Notes on the Exodus (106)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Danger of Compromise   (Chapter 10 Verses 21-29)

The descent of the darkness (v22), is a manifestation of God’s wrath, as at Calvary (Matthew 27:45). The created order is at God’s disposal to do with as he pleases. The save it or destroy it. To intervene in what we call the natural order. What is possible and what is impossible is not determined by man’s fallen mind, but determined by the sovereign Lord who made everything. And here at the behest of God Egypt is plunged back into the chaos (Genesis 1:1).  This again is a revelation of who and what God is. But also a revelation of his wrath and the fact that he will brook no idols (Romans 1:18). The Pharonic religions of Rome and Mecca will fall in similar fashion. They are too are manifestations of the Anti-Christ. Darkness is death it has no communion, no fellowship with God. This also is a foretaste of the outer darkness of hell that those who choose to belong to the darkness shall encounter, “shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12). The question in the mind of the Egyptian people now is, is this the end? Once again there is a sharp distinction between them and Israel, the children of the light. This is an awesome manifestation that is always true yet not realised by the wicked of this world. God is gracious, but to his alone, the elect of God. To the wicked and unbelieving there but the darkness of death, and wrath. They,  walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:17-19). To walk in disobedience is to walk in darkness, disobedience to the gospel. The physical darkness here is symbolic of the spiritual darkness, a down payment, a guarantee of the darkness to come. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6). These… clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever” (Jude 13).

The temptation to compromise is put before Moses once again (v24-26). This, after the darkness, has been lifted, obviously. There is fear with Pharaoh, but no humility, no repentance. The offer put to them is conditional. He yet wants God to accommodate his will, his unbelief. They, the people of Israel, can go on holiday as long as they pledge to return. He wants a conditional surrender from them. There are many who want God to be their God as long as they remain in control. This is Pharaoh’s sin, he wants to be his own God. He had no excuse, he knew what was required of him, bit by bit he concedes until the final shown down. He seeks to convince Israel that they can serve him and God as well. This is like modern-day Christianity. I am a Christian, yes, but I don’t have to attend church. I don’t have to be baptised. I don’t have to support the church financially. I don’t have to be involved in things Christian. I don’t have to take up the cross. All this is a bit fanatical, extreme. They think they can live for self in other words and still go to heaven. They think they can serve two masters, self, and God. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:46). “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Luke 16:13). A crossless Christianity.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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