A three-fold deliverance

“Therefore say to the children of Israel:  I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”  Exodus 6:6

I have heard it said that the Old Testament contains many types and shadows of Christ and the New Covenant.  I always rejoice to come across an Old Testament passage that foretells the New Covenant.  This verse tells us 3 things that the Lord will do for His people:

I will bring you our from under the burden of the Egyptians
I will rescue you from their bondage
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments

As I read the verse above, it was thrilling to see in it a picture of salvation.

The burden that He brings us out from under is the weight of guilt upon our conscience.  Even those who never think of God, if they are honest, have moments late at night when all is silent when they feel the weight of guilt upon their souls.  The guilt of their sins.  There is a “knowing” that God has put into man through his conscience.  What great efforts men will go to in order to silence this conscience, until it becomes a faint whisper.  Yet Jesus offers to lift this burden of guilt from us.

The bondage He rescues us from is our bondage to sin, self and the world.  Everyone has a different variety of bondage, but all are equally wicked and opposed to God.   Our hardened hearts will tell us that we are not so bad as ___________ (insert name of wicked person here).  And thus we justify ourselves and feel satisfied to remain selfish, sinful and sensual.  Yet Jesus offers a life free from the pursuit of these things.  A life that is focused on an infinitely more glorious pursuit.

The redemption that He provides is forgiveness and righteousness through Jesus Christ.  Oh may the Lord deliver us from thinking that we are good enough.  Never, never, never, no matter how nice, benevolent and selfless I am, can I ever earn heaven based on my own merit.  There does not exist enough human goodness in the entire universe to allow even one of us admittance into heaven.  But praise God, He has made provision for this as well.  Jesus Christ, the perfect One, died for my sin, thus providing forgiveness.  And now I live in the righteousness of His perfect life.

The God who delivered Israel out of Egypt is still a God of deliverance.  And it is a mighty deliverance!!


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