The Story of Exodus pt.5

Victory over Amalek

At the end of chapter 17 in Exodus is a short story of Israel’s engagement in battle against Amalek and his forces. As strange as it sounds, somehow Moses discovered that when he raised his rod, the Israelites began to win in the battle, and when he lowered it they began to loose. I wonder if Moses caught on to God using him and his rod, probably everywhere he went he took that rod, you never know when God would ask him to use it. God turned it in to snakes and back in to a rod before Pharaoh, He used it to part the Red Sea, He used it to bring water out of a rock, and now to be victorious over the enemy. Perhaps our modern equivalent to Moses’s rod is the memorized and spoken Word of God. We lean on it and God uses us as we use it (the scriptures) in obedience to Him.

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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.

Typology of Joseph

In continuance of my typological look at Exodus I’m posting this similar study on the life of Joseph and how closely it resembles the life of Christ. A coincidence? Perhaps the Chris we know of was constructed from previously existing myths of the Old Testament? I think not. I believe real people acting on their own will played a part in God’s bigger picture – His plan of redemption. Included in His plan of redeeming mankind were many previews of Jesus and His salvation. One of which is greatly portrayed by the life and conduct of Joseph.

Joseph Typology by Daniel Grove

The Two Sauls

There are two Sauls in the Bible; one in the Old Testament and the New Testament from them we can learn much and see two very different paths of life.

Old Saul

1Samuel 9:1,2

The Saul of the Old Testament is the son of Kish a very powerful man within the tribe of Benjamin (the smallest tribe) who was favored and remembered to of been the most handsome man among all Israel at the time, he also stood a head taller than everyone else.

It wasn’t until an encounter with the prophet Samuel while on a search for his fathers donkeys that he received his transformation from God.

New Saul

Acts 7:58, Acts 8:1,3

The Saul of the New Testament is first mentioned in Acts 8 where Stephen is stoned and persecution breaks out in Israel. He was a young man at the time but had some form of religious authority demonstrated by imprisoning New Covenant Christian believers.

The next mention is in Acts 9 where it is stated that he planned on killing all of the Disciples of Christ, he was also seeking authorization from the chief priest to imprison anyone who mentioned Christ.

While trying to do this on His was to Damascus His transformation began.

Altered

Both Saul’s received a dramatic change directly from God. King Saul’s was from directions from Samuel on where to find his fathers donkeys in which he became a new man (1Samuel 10:2-9) and even amazed the other local prophets by his own prophesies (1Samuel 10:10-12).

He was dramatically transformed when he left Samuel to follow his directions and find his fathers donkeys, Samuel read his mail and told him everything that was “in his heart” (1Samuel 9:19).

Despite Saul’s newness he seemed to be quite incompetent in what seems to be the next day where Samuel anointed him as king over Israel. Saul hid among the baggage, perhaps did not like to stand out, he feared the people, or did not believe he was capable of being King..

Which ever reason it was, it was based on fear and a bad self image, both of which are things God restores in us when we are truly transformed by Him. God told Samuel directly that Saul was hiding in the baggage and immediately they found him there, what a way to be humbled- to be uncovered hiding in baggage in front of all the tribes of Israel when you are elected King by God!

Humble yourself and get over your fear or God will humble you and drag you over your fear.

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