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Salvation by Water

The crossing of the Red Sea by the Children of Israel is a picture of the salvation we receive through baptism. After changing his mind, Pharaoh pursued Israel up to the Red Sea with no deliverance in sight. At this point, Moses told Israel “to be still and behold the salvation of the Lord.” The Lord held off the Egyptians by providing His cloud between His people and those pursuing, while Israel crossed the Red Sea. Paul, the apostle, wrote that "all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1Cor.10:1).

Plundering Egypt

The Egyptians told the Israelites to leave their country. They had enough of the plagues. But, there were still a few things the Children of Israel had to take care of. First, God led them to ask the Egyptians for gold, silver, and cloth. They “found favor” in their sight, so they were given everything. The Message translates this passage as, “Oh Yes! They picked the Egyptians clean.” At first one cannot understand why the God who taught His people not to steal allowed them to plunder the Egyptians.

The Passover, Redemption

Matthew 7:13: The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. God’s judgment on Egypt exposed the way of the world. The temptations of the world lead people to corruption, destruction, and eventually death. Alcohol, for example, may appear to be an innocent refreshment, but for some, it has become their demise. Addiction has led to broken marriages, lost jobs, and death. Cigarette packages now have labels that warn users about the health risks, but for some reason it is ignored. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Passover, A New Start

In Exodus 11, God judged Egypt with the final plague, that of the death of the firstborn. In verse 7, God said that He would make a “distinction” between Egypt and Israel. He separated His people from the pending judgment. This was the end of the reign of Pharaoh and the beginning of a new life for Israel. Exodus 12:2 says, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.”

Learning to Fear God's Word, Egyptian Plagues, Part 3

The first nine plagues put on Egypt in Exodus were in three categories. Each category, not only is a precursor to God’s wrath at the end times, but also exposes how the world inflicts damage and injury to people, animals, and the environment.

The first three (blood, frogs, gnats) shows how the bothersome the world is in our lives. The second three (flies, fatal cattle disease, boils) were injurious plagues that show how the world inflicts suffering upon its subjects. The third category (hail, locust, darkness) exposed the destructive nature of the world.

Rescued From the World, Egyptians Plagues, Part 2

The second group of plagues in Exodus is markedly different in that they were only put upon the Egyptians. Exodus 8:23 says that God put a “division” between the two peoples. The Israelites only watched as ...

More Bricks, Less Straw

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Jehovah Exposes Egypt through 10 Plagues, Part 1

During the 400 plus years the Israelites lived in Egypt, God blessed them with children, increasing their population from 70 to a couple of million. But the Israelites were in slavery under the Pharaoh of Egypt. Pharaoh symbolizes Satan and the Egypt symbolizes the world. This is not unlike Christians today ...

Mirrors in Exodus

Exodus 3:3 says that when Moses saw the burning bush that was not consumed he said that he would turn aside to see this great sight. The Hebrew word for sight is mare which also can be rendered mirror.

We All Need an Aaron

God sent Aaron to make up Moses’ lack in speaking. Praise the Lord that God provides brothers and sisters that cover our shortcomings and enhance our service.


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