Monthly Archives: October 2020

See The Salvation of God

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. Exodus 14:1-3

Remember God is with the Israelites, every step and every moment. Even though they are going through the Wilderness, God didnt abandon or forsake them! In fact God is leading and guiding their path to safety. 

When the Israelites were instructed to turn around and go a different way, there was probably a lot of grumbling and confusion. The Israelites didn’t know what God knew, therefore they probably thought this was foolishness. But remember God knows the beginning and the end, His ways are higher than our ways, lean not on your own understanding

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? Exodus 14:4-5

Theres a Proverb that says “As a dog returns to its vomit, a fool returns to it foolishness” (Proverbs 26:11) This reminds me of Pharaoh, after all the Plagues , after all the times Pharaoh repented, he keeps returning to his vomit. He keeps returning to his old ways and looking to persecute the Israelites. But God once again is going to use Pharaoh to reveal his power and glory!

And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. Exodus 14:6-8

Again Pharaoh never learns his lesson, and this lesson again is going to be catastrophic for the nation of Egypt. You would think Pharaoh and the Egyptians would come to their senses after they suffered the loss of their firstborn and the devastation  of their land and economy. But this is what sin does to people, it blinds you even as its destroying you

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. Exodus 14:9-10

However looking at things in the natural, looking at things from the Israelites perspective at this moment, the Israelites look doomed. This large Egyptian army with horses and chariots and closing in on them. And the Egyptians are mad and looking for revenge. The Israelites know if the Egyptians get a hold of them, they will slaughter all of them

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. Exodus 14:11-12

Even after Moses through God freed them from slavery, what was their response? They were bitter towards Moses saying “You brought us out into the Wilderness to die” They even want to serve the Egyptians again as slaves rather than be free

Again its like a Dog going back to its vomit. Slavery was easier for the Israelites because thats what they knew. God promised them salvation but He didnt promise them an easy life. This is the same for us CHristians, you were freed from the slavery of Sin and Death by Christ. Jesus never promised an easy life but he promised salvation. The Christian Walk or the Wilderness, is not going to be easy, dont turn back to your own vomit during the hard times

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14

Moses responds with the promises of God! Dont be afraid and see the Salvation of God! This is the same promise we can hold to today. Hold your peace and God will fight for you! Meaning stop complaining and grumbling and have some real faith!

In the next event, were going to see the salvation and glory of God revealed! Amen!

Exodus 13- God Is With You

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:17-18

Finally Pharaoh let the Israelites free, however because of Pharaohs disobedience it came with a price. However as God led the Israelites through the Wilderness to freedom, he didn’t take them on the easy path, He took them on a rough road never traveled

This is much like our Freedom in Christ, when we get saved we might believe life will be easy now. That’s not what God promised, He promised us salvation but He never promised us an easy life. God had a purpose for the Israelites tough journey, just as He has a purpose for ours!

And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you. And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. Exodus 13:19-20

Notice Moses took the bones of Joseph with them as a reminder. Why? Remember Joseph didnt have an easy life either, he was hated by his brothers and sold into slavery. He was falsely accused of crimes and thrown into prison. However God blessed his faithfulness and obedience, and raised him up as leader over Egypt. Joseph was a foreshadow of Christ to come!

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22

Notice that God was with the Israelites during their journey through the wilderness. God didnt just send the Israelites out and say “Good luck” No He was with them, in their midst, through the good and the bad!Imagine being an Israelite and seeing that Cloud of Fire knowing that it was the Great I AM, oh what comfort it would bring!

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

The Apostle Paul gives us further insight via the Holy Spirit. Who was with the Israelites through the Wildnerness? It was Jesus Christ, God incarnate! Who is with you today going through the Wilderness? It is Jesus Christ! Just as the Israelites were freed from slavery and gone through the Wilderness to the Promised Land , Christ was with them! And just as you were freed from the slavery of your sin, going through the Wilderness to the New Heavens and Earth, Christ is with you also! Amen!

Exodus 13- Set Apart

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. Exodus 13:1-3

So now God is setting up the Passover Feast, every Israelite is to “Sanctify” meaning to Set Apart the first born male. Now this is very symbolic, as Christians we are “Sanctified” or Set Apart by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11) This is obviously a foreshadowing of the New Covenant

Again the unleavened bread is symbolic of the removal of sin. Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35) He is the sinless Lamb who cleansed us from our sin. These are all foreshadows of Christ and the New Covenant to come

This day came ye out in the month Abib. And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. Exodus 13:4-6

God is preparing the Israelites for the journey through the Wilderness to the Promised Land (Israel) The land promised by God flowing with milk and honey!I believe this is a foreshadow of The New Heavens and Earth, promised by God in the New Covenant (Revelation 21) This is the paradise we Christians have to look forward to through Christ

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. Exodus 13:7-8

The Passover Feast is 7 days, notice again the symbolic number 7 for completion. The number 7 is also seen throughout the book of Revelation. Notice it says we should continually teach our children about the Passover and what God has done for us! This was the purpose of the Passover Feast , as a continual reminder. As I said I believe Communion is the fulfillment of the feasts and is a continual reminder of Gods salvation

And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. Exodus 13:9

Notice God tells the Israelites this will be a sign for them, a sign of the Old Covenant. Just as Jesus told us at the Lord Supper, this is a sign of the New Covenant (Luke 22) Remember we are all delivered by the blood of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ Amen!

Exodus 12-Unleavened Bread

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:14

During this time God instituted the Passover Feast to commemorate this day forever. Now most Christians would say this is not relevant to them anymore, but when you compare the Passover Feast to Communion, they are tied together. As I believe when Jesus commemorated Communion, this was the fulfillment of the Passover Feast

Think about the Lords Supper, when did Jesus institute this? It was during a Passover Feast. All the elements that are part of Communion, the Bread and Wine, are present here in the Passover Feast

Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15

Typically during the Passover Feast and Communion, you are to use “Unleavened Bread.  First as God commanded the bread is to be unleavened , meaning without yeast, why? Because this is symbolic of the sinless Lamb of God. Leaven is often symbolic of sin in the Bible. Communion is about the blood of the Lamb cleansing you from your sin, that Lamb is Jesus Christ

And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:16-17

The Passover Feast lasted 7 days, notice 7 is the number of completion. During this time , Jews would remember and commemorate this event of the Passover and the Exodus story. Jesus fulfilled all the feasts, he is the Messiah promised throughout the Old Testament. Therefor Communion is a time for us to commemorate our Exodus from the slavery of sin and death through Christ

For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. Exodus 12:23

Just as God commanded the Israelites to get an unblemished Lamb and put the blood on their door posts, then death will Passover every family that is covered by the blood of the Lamb. This is the same for us today through Christ. Those who are covered by the Lamb of God, will inherit eternal life

The important question as the old hymn says “Are you washed by the blood of the Lamb”? So as you study the Exodus and the Passover Feast, think about Christ and how these things are foreshadows of Him, Amen!

Exodus 12- The Passover Lamb

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Exodus 12:3-4

With the final plague of death about to “Passover” , its time now for God to institute the Passover Lamb. This is a very significant event, not just for Jews but for Christians also. This is a foreshadow of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, to once and for all, take the penalty for our sin

As you study the details of the Passover event, think about how this applies to Christ and how he laid down his life for the sins of the world. Details matter, and they bring a significant foreshadow of the events to come in the New Covenant

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Exodus 12:5-6

Notice The Lamb needs to be a spotless lamb with no blemish. Jesus is the sinless Lamb of God, (1 Peter 1:19) In order for Jesus to pay the atonement for your sin, he must be sinless. Those who reject the deity of Christ, have to answer the question, how can a man fulfill this requirement? As Jesus himself said “Nobody is good (morally perfect) except God alone” (Mark 10 :18) Hence Jesus declaring himself God

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.  Exodus 12:7

The blood of The Lamb then was required to be put on the doorposts of the houses of those who were saved by the Lamb. The Bible tells us “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin “ (1 John 1:7) Jesus also said that “He is the door and we must enter through him” (John 10:9) All these foreshadows of Christ to come are right here at the Passover!

For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:12-13

The plague of death is now passing over the land of Egypt, just as we are all under the curse of death still today. However anyones home who is covered by the blood of The Lamb will be saved. This is the same today, as anyone who is covered by the blood of the Lamb of God Jesus will be saved!

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

John the Baptist, who Jesus declared the greatest of all prophets (Matthew 11:11) confirmed that Jesus is The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. The Passover is not just for the Israelites, the Passover was for Christians also! Amen!

Exodus 11- Final Plague- First Born

And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. Exodus 11:1-2

The final plague of Egypt has come and this one is going to be the most painful and rememberable of all the plagues. This plague will finally force Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Its a foreshadow of Christ, as the only begotten Son of God had to die to release us from the slavery of our sins

God was preparing the Israelites to begin their journey through the Wilderness. This plague also demonstrates how Yahweh is the true living God and has power over life and death. Up to this point, all the plagues were not only to demonstrate Gods power but also that the Egyptians false deities were all fake and useless

And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.  Exodus 11:3

Now notice this, Moses , who was the nomad that lived in the wilderness for 40 years , the same Moses who didnt even have the confidence to stand before Pharaoh because of his speech impediment, is now favoured throughout the land of Egypt. Why? Because God made him feared through his signs and wonders! Its not about who we are its about who God is!

And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. Exodus 11:4-6

Terror is going to sweep across the land of Egypt, a terror that has never been seen or experienced before. A great sadness will sweep across the land as the firstborn will perish, I wonder if anyone feels this sadness when they think of Christ? 

But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. Exodus 11:7

Notice this again, God made a clear distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. Again is this a foreshadow of the Rapture? God is in complete control!

And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land Exodus 11:8-10

God again is using Pharaoh to demonstrate his power and glory! Even after all the plagues , Pharaoh continually rejects God and wont allow the Israelites to leave. Again its interesting to see the sovereignty of God and the free will of man work hand in hand.