SIMILARITIES - Month of October
By Judy NicholsOctober 10, 2017
I have been studying Exodus and am struck by how God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt parallels what the death of Christ has done for us. After Moses’ initial interview with Pharaoh, conditions for the children of Israel got worse. We all know the story of additional work with fewer resources and no reduction in expectations. The leaders of Israel are not happy with Moses and Moses is not happy with God. He says, "Why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all" (Ex. 5:22-23).
Just you wait and see what I will do to Pharaoh is God’s response. He says, "I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God . . . I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession" (Ex. 6:6-8).
So how do these promises God made to Israel see their fruition in the work of Christ? First, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross has brought us relief from the burden of our guilt before God. Hebrews 10:11-17 explain that the Old Testament priests’ burnt offerings and sacrifices could never actually take away sins, but the sacrificial death of Jesus did.
Second, His death has also delivered us from our bondage to sin and self-effort. Romans 6:14 says, "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." And Romans 4:1-8 teach us that it is not our works that justify us but our faith in the atoning work of Christ.
Third, Peter tells us that we "were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from [our] futile way of life . . . but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Pet. 1:18-19). And this sacrifice resulted not only in our redemption but in the disarming of Satan and his evil forces. Colossians 2:15 declares, "When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him."
Fourth, He redeemed us that we might belong to Him. "[He] gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession" (Titus 2:14). In fact, we are more than just His possession; we are His family. Gal. 3:26 reminds us that we "are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus."
And finally, He will bring us to our promised destination. Jesus told His disciples, "In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-3).
© Judy Nichols 2017