The Story of Exodus pt.1

Slavery in Egypt

The People of Israel were slaves in Egypt for 430 years until they were rescued by God. They were the offspring of Jacob who’s son Joseph was at one time 2nd in command of all of Egypt (Genesis 41:39-45). After Joseph died and all the descendents of his fther lived in Egypt a new king eventually came to power who did not respect God’s people, the Israelites (Exodus 1:8-11). The Jews were not ruled fairly, we find one account in Exodus where their quota for bricks increased but their resources to do so were removed (Exodus 5:6-9). The Israelite enslavement in Egypt is similar to our enslavement to sin and the weight that rests on every person’s shoulders until he is redeemed by God (Rom 6:23, Jhn 8:34).

The culture of Egypt was that of carnality, materialism, idolatry, and polytheism. This is the exact opposite of the culture that God desires us to live in (Rom 12:2). The culture of Egypt had worn off on the Egyptians; they adopted the ways of the world and trusted in man instead of God. Like the Israelites of Exodus we were born in to slavery (of sin) we have no say in it and it plays no favorites (Rom 3:23, 5:18-19). Because of Adam and Eve’s choice we suffer. Some people see this as unfair on God’s part, but on the contrary it shows His unswerving character which holds to His agreements. God clearly informed Adam and Eve what not to do yet they did it anyway (Genesis 2:16,17). When He says something, He means it. It also serves as an example of how our decisions affect others mainly our own children. Your life is not an isolated set of events, the choices you make effect who you are which then effect friends, family, and later generations.

Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday that is still observed to this day. The first Passover was the night before the Israelites left Egypt (Exodus 12). God gave the instructions to Moses who then delivered them to the people. Each household was to acquire a spotless lamb, cook it, and eat it. The blood from the lamb was to be smeared on the outside of their house’s doorpost. Interestingly enough the Passover is the only Jewish holiday that Jesus is recorded to of observing. This is significant because the Passover Lamb and blood is symbolic of Jesus as the Lamb of God that was killed to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) and who’s blood is applied to each believer (1Peter 1:18-19). On the night of the Passover all 1st borns of every household died if there was no blood on the doorpost, this is symbolic of the spiritual death one encounters if they are not covered by the blood of Christ (John 3:16). Without it, their sins are not atoned for and they are not washed clean.

At the beginning of Exodus 12 God told Moses that he and his people were to have their own calendar separate from that of the Egyptians and that their calendar was to start with the month in which they left Egypt. When we first confessed our sins to God and accepted Him as Lord and Savior of our life our new life began at that moment. It’s important to draw the distinction between your old life and what is now your new life as a Christian. Your testimony is how God brought you to the place of decision and gave you your new life. In Deuteronomy 5:14-15 God says that the Sabbath is a day of rest so that you will remember that God has delivered you from slavery and labor. It’s important to remember where you came from so that you will always be grateful for God’s saving grace and working hand in your life. When we forget what God has saved us from and where He has taken us we become complacent and apathetic towards God. Make sure to take time and look back and acknowledge what God has done.

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5 thoughts on “The Story of Exodus pt.1

  1. >>>…Passover is a Jewish holiday that is still observed to this day.

    It is celebrated symbolically, but not in actuality, because it is required that it be celebrated only in Jerusalem.

    Num 9:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body,*** or be in a journey afar off***, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD.
    Num 9:11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

    In other words, he can do it when he gets back.

    >>>…Each household was to acquire a spotless lamb, cook it, and eat it.

    Actually, English Bibles (intentionally?) mistranslate the text, which refers to an adult flock animal. This would usually be a goat, or a sheep, but never a lamb. Lambs become a sheep (sexually mature) at one year (as do kids/goats), and the flock animal is to be a year old:

    Exo 29:38 Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs [adult flock animals] of the first year [a “son of a year”, or “yearling”] day by day continually.

    Lambs play no part whatsoever in the passover, Abraham’s offering of Isaac, the Levitical sacrificial system, and even the reference in Isaiah 53 is (intentionally?) mistranslated! All to foist a false “penal substitution” theory upon the unsuspecting!

    >>>…Interestingly enough the Passover is the only Jewish holiday that Jesus is recorded to of observing…

    It is also interesting that he in John’s account, Jesus died during the preparation of the passover – completely contradicting the synoptics!:

    Joh 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
    Joh 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
    Joh 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

    >>>…This is significant because the Passover Lamb and blood is symbolic of Jesus as the Lamb of God that was killed to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29)…

    The “lamb” figure does not relate to passover, nor to sacrifice but rather to violence:

    Luk 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    That is how he removes sin from the world:

    Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

    >>>…and who’s blood is applied to each believer (1Peter 1:18-19)…

    Contact with blood makes one unclean, not clean. What Peter is alluding to is the fact that when the Jews left Egypt, they borrowed silver and gold from the Egyptians, never to pay them back.

    When John says the blood of Jesus “cleanses us of all sin,” he is referring to separation from sin, not washing from guilt. So, too, Peter compares the Exodus, not to freedom from *sin* but rather to freedom from Judaism:

    1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed [bringing] with [you] corruptible things, as [Egypt’s] silver and gold, from ***your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers***;

    >>>…Without it, their sins are not atoned for and they are not washed clean.

    Washing in blood is not a Jewish idea. Blood here is used as paint.

    You didn’t mention unleavened bread. In addition to the lamb not being a lamb, the unleavened bread is not matzoh or crackers – it is Pita bread. That is, it has leaven, but is not raised, because of time constraints, into a large loaf. This is why Paul compares the believers to a puffed up loaf (of uncooked dough) that he says need to be pressed down to have all the bubbles expelled, so they can again be a “new” loaf (or “a dough that has not risen”).

    1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven [“rise”], that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

    And finally, the feast is only for Jews, not gentile Christians, because it is a covenant [or rather testament!] meal for the new covenant with the houses of Israel and Judah.

    Luk 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

    It was only to celebrated by Jews, during a passover.

    It’s all in the details, Grove!

  2. I always find it interesting that the Hebrews were in Egypt for about 400 yrs, becoming more enslaved as time went on. One Pastor Jim Garlow – whose church heroically spearheaded the push to pass Prop 8 (support of traditional marriage) in CA in 2008 – last year gave one awesome teaching relating to the “400 yrs” and its implications for the Church.

    His message was an overview of the Church’s influence in our nation. With every generation, we have lost more of our voice in Western society until the Church is “this close” to governmental persecution (things are already worse in Europe). A “shelf life” of 400 yrs for a Democracy is about up in the US, and the Church is poised for political enslavement. But the end-times harvest is about to occur, and the Church will be set free spiritually – if not also politically, in a sense – to see our promised land, in reaching the world with the gospel! Our best days are ahead! – great article, Daniel. 😉

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