Fast forward to Exodus 1, the sons of Israel are aligned with humanity in Gen 1. They are seen fulfilling "the land/earth" of "Egypt"; the task God gave to humanity. This sets the stage for the book of Exodus as a whole. In one sense, beginning the book in this manner links its concerns with those of God in Gen 1, that is, the flourishing of humanity in “the land/earth,” the subjugation of the earth (i.e., cultivating life), and the ultimate completion of God’s cosmic temple (i.e., creation). However, in Exodus these concerns are reduced in focus from the whole of creation (Gen 1) to preparations for life in “the land/earth” of Israel. All of the above forms the background to the textual aspect I want to highlight here. Exodus not only begins with the same concerns of Gen 1, but also it ends with the construction of the tabernacle and God’s enthronement within it (Exod 40). The same concerns of Gen 1 frame the book of Exodus and help nuance one’s understanding of Israel’s election, redemption, and covenantal commission. Israel is chosen, redeemed, and commissioned to be truly human and to complete the creational task of constructing God’s temple/tabernacle; however, in nuce.