Flight from Egypt
Exodus 12:29-39, “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on the throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
“And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds ,as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
“And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, amd jewels of gold, and raiment:
“And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
“And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, besides children.
“And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.”
The account of the Passover is very familiar to most people, where Moses led the people of Israel from slavery out of Egypt. 10 times Pharaoh had resisted God’s instructions given through Moses. In the end he paid dearly because of his stubborness. Those who did not apply the blood to the doorposts and lintels lost their firstborn sons – even the beasts of the field. What a price to pay for stubborness.
In this we learn to first lesson: DISOBEDIENCE
When God leads us, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, to act on what He want us to do, somewhere down the line, one way or other, we are going to pay for the consequences if we do not heed Him.
The second Lesson: NOT OUR WAY, BUT GOD’S WAY
Have you ever wondered why God lead them through the desert and by a long detour instead of the straight route taken by everybody else along the coastal road? Instead of a few weeks journey, it eventually lasted 40 years. The reason is that the Israelites where in no state to do battle with others along the way. Another reason is that Pharaoh’s persuing army would have easily caught up with them. Remember that there were women children and the elderly who could not travel too fast.
Some have said that Moses went through the desert because he had lost his way. God knows the end from the beginning. He took them through the desert for a reason.
Exodus 13:17-18, “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the Philestines, 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 wildernes of the Red Sea …” (yam Suff)
Sometimes we complain because of the circumstances we may be in. Could this not be the best route to our “promised land”? The shortest route is not always the best one.
Proverbs say it very nicely, “There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
The third Lesson: WE ARE CONFRONTED BY A GREAT BARRIER
After going through the mountainous desert they suddenly came across a large expanse of water that was blocking their way. God did this so that the persuing Egyptians would think that they had the Israelites trapped. Can you see how God sometimes leads us to an apparent dead-end for a purpose, we cannot see the way out of it?
Exodus 14:13, “And Moses said unto the people, fear 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.”
When all the people had reached the shore they saw the Egyptian army afar off bearing down on them. That’s when Moses told them stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God changes Moses’ command and half admonishes Moses by commanding him to tell the people to move on forwards. Forwards? That’s the sea – and very few can swim!
“Lift your hand, Moses. Point the rod in your hand towards the sea!” Moses obeys God and to their amazement, the sea divides in two to form a roadway
“When we put our hand in the Hand of the Man that stills the water, in the Hand of the Man from Galilee” then miracles happen in our lives. There is another chorus that says, “God will make a way, where there seems to be no way.” “Trust and obey, for there’s not other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
The fourth Lesson: TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OLD SINFUL LIFE
After all the People had crossed over to the other side God commanded Moses to stretch the rod over the waters to make them return to their normal place.
What we need to remember here is that, together with the children of Israel, there were many Egyptians as well who accompanied them. What does this tell you and me? These Egyptians listened to the warning given to Pharaoh and took them to heart. They too added the blood of the lamb to their doorposts. Here we have Israelites and Gentiles together on the journey to the Promised Land. Some sources say there were possibly close to two million people including men, women, children and the multitude of Egyptians who chose to serve Adonai.
Kind of reminds me of today where the Jews and Christians are on the same journey except that on this journey the Jews have mostly distanced themselves from the Christians The road is there except that the Law is one side of the parted water and Grace on the other side.
When the waters closed up it symbolized that there was to be no return to the old life. A completely new life lay ahead for them.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The fifth Lesson: GOD HAS GREAT PLANS FOR YOU
When God shuts the door behind you He opens another one for you – another journey! If you study the Scriptures correctly you will see that they went through the modern day Sinai Peninsula, then through the Red Sea and were now in the country of Midian (Arabia) and in the wilderness of Shur.
The modern day Sinai Peninsula only got it name round about the time of Constantine when someone claimed that Mount Sinai was there. Many Scriptures place it in Arabia and east of the Gulf of Aqaba. There are many Arab names referring to Moses in that area. I’ve done extensive research in that area via Google Earth and found some amazing information. Google Jabal-al-Lawz. I believe that this is the actual Mount Sinai (Horeb) the Mountain of God – not the traditional one.
At the traditional Mt Sinai on Google Earth I failed to find a flat area big enough to camp two million souls as a group, While at Jabal-al-Lawz in Arabia there was enough flat space.
It was here that God Gave Moses the tablets of the Law.
God had great plans for Paul. Straight after his conversion he went immediately into Arabia. I believe he went to the Mountain and conferred with God there. And it was here that Paul was given the Law of Grace at the same place where the Law was given (Galatians 1:17 and Galatians 4:25)
I believe that it was on this same mountain that the physical written Law was replaced and written into a heart of flesh
God had great plans for Paul. He also has great plans for you, if you let the Holy Spirit guide you.
The sixth Lesson: THE SALVATION PLAN
The Israelites had been in captivity as slaves for 430 years. During this period they hardly knew Adonai, only the gods of the Egyptians – all 10 of them! This where the culture shock begins. God had to start teaching them who He is and how to worship Him as their God and rescuer. Rescued by the blood of the lamb – no yet the Lamb! How did He teach them? Through the Tabernacle and the Priestly services.
Unfortunately time does not permit me to explain the Salvation Plan in this short message.
However, I am in the process of writing a book on the Tabernacle where I explain fully the Redemption Plan of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.. Hopefully it will be published by the end of this year.
God Bless and Shalom!