Notes on the Exodus (119)

“Exposing the Exodus”

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A Night to Remember  (Chapter 12 Verses 37-51)

After the Passover, Israel’s delivered from Egypt. In and through all this part of Israel’s history and God’s dealing with them, we have seen God in action as he promised. We have seen his compassion in calling, preparing and installing a leader in their midst. His promises manifest in the mighty displays of divine power. But not one single Israelite, not a soul is delivered until the blood of the lamb is shed, then, redemption is effected. And Israel is free. Now project this forward to the gospel. The calling, the teaching, the blessed ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, his miracles, not to mention his holy life. But it is not until his blood is shed (John 12:23-24), and he raised from the tomb, that his disciples believed, the church added to, men and women set free from the bondage and oppression of sin. Who would ever have believed that Egypt would treat Israel in this way (v36)? “Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Now the Lord’s victorious army is on the move, a host (v41). Well over a million souls, a mixed multitude. And brought out the selfsame day as predicted, on the day God had planned. All this God tells them is to be remembered, it is a night to be remembered (v42). This more than implies that the Lord’s people are people with a future, a destiny. Yes, even we today. There is a God-awareness about them, he watches over them (v42). There is a vast number of them, in spite of their slavery they increased greatly, and now ready to be led by the Lord towards the promised land. They will in the days ahead lose that awareness of God’s presence with them, even question it, and sinfully deny it. But he was there with them all the time, just as he promised. And just as he continues to promise, with us his people, always.

But for now, there is a great willingness (v39). The food is prepared in a hurry, the unleavened cakes are eaten on the move. They, at this point, willingly turn their backs upon the luxuries of Egypt, alas, not for long (Exodus 16:2-3). Now they are a pilgrim people on a God-ordained diet. They began well, they were enthusiastic, there was commitment. But a good start does not guarantee a good finish, how we finish is of the utmost importance. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22). Their commitment is expressed in their business (v38-39). Such awareness, and commitment to the cause. Was it this that had an evangelistic impact on some of the Egyptians, that caused them to leave with them? For they too had witnessed the many great things God had done for his people. So they wanted to follow, well some of them. One can only wonder what impact the grumbling and complaining of Israel later on, had on them? There is a lesson there too for us is there not? Or was their faith real, or perhaps just an emotional attraction, or maybe they too were tired of Pharaoh’s tyranny? Why people come and join our congregations doesn’t really matter, what matters most is what they hear and see. That they hear the gospel plainly, clearly proclaimed. And that they see us, the people of God, not grumbling and complaining about our Pastors and elders, and gossiping about one another. But rather that they see a people busy, committed to the Lord’s cause and loving one another fervently. And of course ultimately that they themselves come to a real and saving faith. Reborn of God’s Spirit and washed in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus (John 1:29).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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