As a preaching pastor working through the book of Exodus, I've found through use that this commentary is one of my finest tools. If I had nothing on Exodus and could get just a few books, this would be on my shortest list. This is despite the fact that I do not favor the authors reformed theological tendencies.
Every time I look at my Exodus commentaries, I smile when I see this one. That's because it's a mammoth work in comparison to all my other tools (I have maybe a dozen or more commentaries on Exodus).
In a nutshell, my favorite thing about this commentary is the apt titles he gives for each section. For example, when describing the birth of Moses he says "A savior is born". Ryken weaves Christological implications throughout the comments as he deals with topic after topic in the comments.
Instead of tilting to detailed technical information, this commentary includes quotes from authors like C.S. Lewis to make key points. It's more devotional than most commentaries. The flow of thought has a fuller expression of individual thoughts with phrases and quotes that are more helpful for a preacher than most commentaries. It aptly fits the promise in the series title 'Preaching the Word'.
I don't know the authors preferences when it comes to Charismatics and Pentecostals and Third Wave beliefs and authors, but anyone familiar with the last twenty years of publications from those parts of Christianity might call to memory Mike Bickle's well-known Passion For Jesus teachings and others who emphasize the fact that a revelation of God's personal love for us helps us to worship Him. This loomed large in my mind as I studied Exodus 4, especially the last few verses. Since Moses mentions explicitly that the revelation God deeply cares for Israel triggered worship in them, this key point has been made in conferences and several books repeatedly since about 1988. However, Ryken makes only a single sentence comment on God's compassion and moves on. Missing what some commentators key in on, he just calls the last part of Exodus 4 'Back in Egypt'. In comparison, Kaiser calls this 'reinforced by a brother'. I found Enns to be the most helpful on this section of the commentaries I used. Yet in many, many other situations I have found Ryken to be my favorite. His overall work is exceptionally helpful. You will find useful quotes, key points made that bring out aspects some of the other commentaries do not have time to delve into. Kaiser's work is 220 pages on Exodus, Motyer is just over 300 pages, Oswalt's Cornerstone Commentary has a few hundred pages...and MackIntosh's 19th century Notes on the Book of Exodus has 370+ half size pages. All of these combined are less than Ryken's 1240+ page commentary. It's really amazing what he has done here. In addition to the normal indexes in the back, this commentary offers seven pages of sermon illustrations index!
From a careful examination of this commentaries cross references to the NT, one can see there are few references to Revelation. However, when one studies Revelation (see Beale or Mounce), a wealth of references to Exodus are found. So, when you are preaching through Exodus, it might be helpful to use a scripture index in a Revelation commentary (I recommend The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Mich.).)
Although Abraham's covenant with God is cited as a key reason in Exodus that caused God to rescue Israel, and though Romans discusses this extensively in Romans 4, and Romans is used a lot in this commentary, there are no references to Paul's discussion of Abraham's covenant with God in Romans 4. Since this is tied to the purpose of the book, I found that to be odd. It just shows that there is so much one can find in the rich book of Exodus, that even a 1200+ page commentary cannot cover it all!
The paper in this volume is ivory and the fonts are easy to read. All pleasant on my eyes...and the books construction is of a good quality.
I also highly recommend Notes on Exodus, Exodus, The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Genesis-Leviticus (Expositor's Bible Commentary)Genesis, Exodus (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary)