I am often asked, “If God knew how things were going to turn out, why did He create the world?”
There are lots of token answers. But the most satisfying answer I am settling on more and more is profound in its simplicity.
God wanted to dwell with us.
When God created the world and it was perfectly good, He placed himself in proximity to Adam and Eve; dwelling in the Garden with them.
We know this utopia did not last long. Adam and Eve broke the one commandment they were given. Sin, death, and separation from God entered the picture. They broke the planet. Things were no longer how God created them to be.
But this did not change the heart of God to pursue His people.
Fast forward hundreds of years to the time of the Exodus. God wanted to deliver his people out of slavery to dwell with Him in the wilderness.