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!!

 

Delivered

“So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”  Exodus 14:30

I recently read this verse and stopped to think about it for a few moments.  I’ve never seen a dead body other than at a funeral when they’ve been prepared to be seen.  Death made presentable.

But these Egyptians were recently dead, crushed by crashing walls of water.  And now their dead bodies littered the shore of the Red Sea, in plain sight of Israel.  I wonder what it was like to see this and realize this was the cost of your deliverance.

Only a short time before they had been required to kill a lamb for the purpose of putting its blood on their doorposts that they might be delivered from the destroyer sent to kill the firstborn in each family.  The death of the lamb was the cost of their deliverance.

And only a short time later they camped at Mt. Sinai where they received from God the law and the system of sacrifice which provided covering of their sins.  Every day animals were killed, sacrifices were offered and blood was sprinkled.  An abundance of blood and death.  This was the cost of their deliverance.

Death and deliverance, hand in hand.  A pattern repeated year after year.

Into this system the Messiah is born.  As Jesus gained prominence in Israel through the working of miracles and His teaching, great hope was stirred up in Israel.  Was this the long awaited One who would bring deliverance?

The answer was a resounding Yes!  But the deliverance He would bring would be much more than mere freedom from Roman oppression.  It would be freedom from sin and its penalty.  His was a death that would bring a complete and perfect deliverance.

“Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us” 2 Corinthians 1:9-10

In Jesus, God did deliver us, does deliver us and will deliver us.  AMEN!!