GOD’S PLAN REVEALED IN EXODUS
PHYSICAL TRUTH concerning Israelites SPIRITUAL TRUTH concerning Mankind
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Stage 1: EGYPTIAN BONDAGE
(AWARENESS of BONDAGE)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Gen 1:1,2
Stage One commences at the beginning of time Gen 1:1. Symbolically, Gen 1:2 describes man’s spiritual condition after Adam’s sin. Darkness refers to Satan’s kingdom of darkness Ac 26:18 that ruled the earth 1 Jn 5:19. The deep referred to lost mankind Isa 17:12; Rev 17:15 without any firm ground to stand upon Mt 7:24. The earth was without form, without Christ Gal 4:19 and empty, man without meaning or purpose Ecc 1:2; Php 2:13.
Just as the Israelites were in physical bondage to the Egyptians Ex 1:12,13,14, mankind is in spiritual bondage to sin in Satan’s controlled kingdom of darkness Eph 2:1,2,3. It is the Holy Spirit hovering over mankind, who will awaken us from our bondage to sin Jn 16:8 NASB through the Law Ro 7:7,13.
Stage 2: PASSOVER LAMB DELIVERANCE
Two stands for division or in this case deliverance from the enemy. The Israelites were delivered from the death of their firstborn by sacrificing the Passover lamb, and placing its’ blood on the doorpost of their home. When the destroying angel saw the blood on the doorpost, he would pass over, but if there wasn’t blood on the doorpost, the firstborn would be killed Ex 12:13. Jesus is mankind’s Passover Lamb 1 Co 5:7 who takes away sin, when an individual places his or her faith in Him Ro 3:25. We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son Col 1:13, having been justified by faith Ro 5:1.
Stage 3: RED SEA-DEATH OF THE ENEMY
Three stands for resurrection or separation from the enemy. The Israelites supernaturally crossed the Red Sea while the Egyptian army was drowned and permanently separated from the Israelites. When we are baptized after believing in Christ, we go down into the water symbolizing our death, to separate our old man (the selfish part of our being that only desires to please itself) from controlling our life Ro 6:4. When we rise out of the water, we rise with the life of Christ in us, who will control our new life Gal 2:20. This is the beginning of the sanctification process, separating ourselves from this world of sin 2 Co 6:14,15,16,17,18.
Stage 4/5: WILDERNESS TESTING-MOUNTAIN REVELATION
Four refers to world and forty refers to testing period where God tests the true quality of our faith. Five refers to God’s grace as He provides all we need for life and godliness 2 Pe 1:3. The Israelites were tested in the desert to reveal their believing or unbelieving heart Heb 3:12,14. To help them succeed through their trials, the Lord gave the Israelites His Laws Dt 4:1,2; and to help them believe in Him, He did miracles by providing physical provision Ex 16:4,13,14; Ex 17:6. His Laws and provisions were to make the other nations aware of His Presence. Most Israelites were disobedient and died in the wilderness. The obedient ones, Joshua and Caleb, along with the second generation Israelites were allowed to cross the Jordan River. Moses, although a believer, wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land because of his disobedient act, of striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it, disqualified him for his lack of trust to honor God as holy Nu 20:8-12. Moses symbolized the Law, which does not allow anyone to enter the Promised Land by the works of the Law, for salvation is possessed by faith in Jesus. Joshua (Jesus in Greek) was the only one that could lead the people into the Promised Land.
Jesus passed His wilderness test against Satan by quoting the Word of God. We also are tested in our wilderness of trials. If we fall away from Christ, we prove we are like the rocky soil or the soil with thorns. These hearts only profess to believe and through the testing period prove that they never belonged to Christ 1 Jn 2:19. If we are like the good soil, then we will remain faithful through our trials. True Christians (“Possessors”) have been given God’s Holy Spirit and His Word to overcome, while “Professors” work their own strength to deal with the trials. The “Possessors” all pass the test while the “Professors,” Unbelievers fall away and will experience eternal death.
Stage 6: CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER TO ENTER THE BATTLE
Joshua led the second generation of Israelites across the Jordan River to battle the enemy and possess the land. When they trusted God, they experienced miracles and were given victory and secured portions of the land Jos 6:20,21. Those tribes, who disobeyed were punished (for example-if they did not wipe out the entire enemy they eventually married within, causing a falling away from the True God which eventually led to God’s judgment).
This stage will determine, how well we battled for Christ. Our weapons are the Word of God and the Holy Spirit Eph 6:17,18. Intimate fellowship with God gives us the strength to persevere and secure victories Php 4:13.
Stage 7: PROMISED LAND REWARD
The Israelites dwelt in the land of Canaan but experienced much unrest, however, when Christ returns to reign, they will be rewarded with the peace of the Kingdom of God and will reign with Christ Mt 25:34.
Only the Christians who built on Christ with quality works will be rewarded 1 Co 3:14. The Christians that did not have quality works will suffer loss yet will be saved—enter heaven 1 Co 3:15. Christians will receive future rewards Lk 19:17,19; (1 Co 15:41; Php 2:15) for their service to God.
Day Number 1-3
God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is only one God as He has only one DNA (like identical triplets; see Trinity Analogy for further study), thus all three are equal in substance but differ in roles.
In regards to roles, the Father is supreme as He is the Architect Heb 3:4 planning His house of salvation Eph 3:10,11; Rev 13:8. The Son is the Carpenter Mk 6:3; the Builder Eph 2:21,22; Heb 3:3, doing the actual work in salvation Eph 5:25; Mt 16:18 while the Holy Spirit is the Real Estate Agent Rev 22:17; Isa 55:1; the salesman that makes God’s house an attractive acquisition for all who are thirsty for salvation.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him (the Father), just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house (Jesus) has greater honor than the house itself (believers). 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything (the Architect). 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. Heb 3:1-6
In the first three days of creation we see the different roles of the Godhead. Day One, the Father creates light—reveals His plan to save and glorify man with a resurrected body. Sending Jesus, the light of the world, accomplishes this in the Incarnation, which Jesus will die for man’s sins. In Day Two, the waters are separated, a picture of the deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptians and also a picture of the Gospel, which separates the proud, and the humble. Jesus provides living water to justify those who believe the Gospel. In Day Three, the Holy Spirit sanctifies those that are baptized into Christ, helping them mature and bear God’s fruit. The first three books of the Bible also confirm this pattern, as Genesis is a book of beginnings, just as the Father lays out His plans for mankind. The second book Exodus is a book of deliverance as the Israelites are delivered from the bondage of the Egyptians just as Jesus delivers man from the bondage of sin. The third book Leviticus is a book about the holiness and worship of God and the Holy Spirit’s role is to conform us into the image of Christ through sanctification.