GOD’S PLAN REVEALED IN EXODUS
PHYSICAL TRUTH concerning Israelites SPIRITUAL TRUTH concerning Mankind
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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.
Stage 1: EGYPTIAN 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…
One stands for the beginning. The Bible opens describing man’s spiritual condition after Adam’s sin. Darkness refers to Satan’s kingdom of darkness that ruled the earth (1 Jn 5:19). The deep refers to lost mankind (Isa 17:12; Rev 17:15) without any firm ground to stand upon. 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, mankind is in spiritual bondage to sin in Satan’s controlled kingdom of darkness.
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 then placing its blood on the doorpost of their home. If the destroying angel saw the blood on the doorpost, he would pass over but if there were not the blood on the doorpost, the firstborn would be killed. Jesus is mankind’s Passover Lamb who takes away our sins if we place our faith in Him. We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son (Col 1:13).
Stage 3: RED SEA SEPARATION
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 to die 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).
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 find out if they had a believing or unbelieving heart. To help them succeed, God gave the Israelites His Laws, and for the people to believe in God, He did miracles by providing physical provision. 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, Caleb along with the second generation Israelites) were allowed to cross the Jordan River. Moses, who definitely is a believer, but was not 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, as salvation must be by faith in Jesus. Joshua (Jesus in Greek) was the only one that could lead anyone into 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, while professors use their own strength along with God’s Word to deal with their 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
The second generation of Israelites was allowed to cross the Jordan River and battle the enemy to possess the land. If they trusted God, He would give them the victory to secure the land.
Only the Christians that build on Christ with quality works will be rewarded (1 Co 3:14). The Christians that do not have quality works will suffer loss yet will be saved—enter heaven (1 Co 3:15). This stage will determine how well we battled for Christ.
Stage 7: POSSESSING THE PROMISED LAND
The Israelites possessed the physical land but how they enjoyed the land depended upon their obeying God (for example-if they did not wipe out the entire enemy and eventually married within, this caused a falling away from the True God and eventually God’s judgment).
Christians will all enter heaven but we all will receive our just reward for our serving of God.