This article is particularly about, the similarity of our lives, in relation to that of the Israelites, and their journey from Egypt to Canaan.
So much of our short lives spent on earth can be associated with many occurences and things that happened to people found in the Bible. The Exodus from Egypt to Canaan has gained a lot of significance to me in the past few weeks, and I’ll try to explain why this historical event means so much to me.
God is a God of Integrity
…so much that he offered the Pharaoh ten warnings/signs, that He is in fact the true God, and wished to lead Israel out of Egypt. With saying “Let my people go…” to Pharaoh, our Almighty God has demonstrated and expressed His endlessly perfect love for His children. So there were those ten disgusting plagues we all know about, which tormented the uncooperative Egyptians. But did this truly serve to punish Pharaoh and the Egyptians?
That’s slightly beyond the point, but honestly said, I don’t think so. It had to do with God’s glory.
Exodus 14:17 – I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord…
Many a time, we read that God hardened the heart of Pharaoh. In the above text it becomes clear, that God was purpose driven. It all simply served to allow Israel to gain trust in their God by His glorification, and to stop standing on their own understandings and reasonings.
God had a plan, and he predestined that His children need to be freed from slavery, which is an act of God’s love. He not only wanted to free them from labouring in Egypt, but he had a new destination in sight for them. A place where honey is sweet, and milk flows in adbundance.
But it did not even end here, it was necessary for Israel to come free from Egypt, so a long line of historical events could occur to eventually lead to the birth, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our saviour.
The Ten Plagues and where they can be found:
- The plague of Blood (Exodus 7:14-25)
- The plague of Frogs (Exodus 8:1-15)
- The plague of Gnats (Exodus 8:16-19)
- The plague of Flies (Exodus 8:20-32)
- The plague of Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)
- The plague of Boils (Exodus 9:8-10)
- The plague of Hail (Exodus 9:13-35)
- The plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20)
- The plague of Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29)
- The plague of the Firstborn (Exodus 11:1-10)
Strike ten, Pharaoh, you’re out! God has the power to take what He wants, to do His perfect will without having to answer to anybody or anything. And when it comes to His children, don’t mess around, He will drown their enemies in the sea.
So what does this have to do with us? How does it apply to us?
Well many times we are in circumstances of affliction due to other people putting pressure on us. Other unholy things rule over us, and we are their slaves, sometimes without even knowing it. Things like a job that makes us unhappy, a relationship that is broken, too much debt…the list is endless.
It’s like each of us have our own Egypt to deal with, but elsewhere, there’s a better place. A “Canaan” that God has predestined for each and everyone of us. Not to mention heaven, which is currently “under construction”. I believe that we can have abundance in life from the moment we choose to honour God and worship Him with our lifestyle.
Our God hardened Pharaoh’s heart
God has a perfect plan, but He needed to get that into the thick minds of His children. Simply telling them about the awaiting abundance and His unending love, was not enough. He had to put on the pressure and in the heat of the moment, demonstrate once again, His power, love and grace by destroying their enemy. All this, just to show Israel, that the only intention God had, was good intention born from out of His love for us.
God is love, and love is in fact a verb. He does not only declare His love by His word, but He also keeps to the promise of His word. He is a God of integrity, and He honours His word, to the last sentence.
Genesis 15:18 – On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said: “To your descendants I give this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates…”
So God brought some affliction across the path of Israel, just to, in the end, deliver them from their “apparently inevitible” destruction. God’s glory!
He once again hardened Pharaoh’s heart, who persued Israel with a fearsome force. But the destruction of the charging Egyptians was simply a bold statement. It was like God was saying: “Trust me, and I will deliver you from your demise, your enemies and your afflications.”
The devil tries so hard to keep us from our promised land, and he is not going to listen to God. At least He’s trying very heart not to listen. But unfortunately for him, he has no choice. The choice lies in your hands. Are you going to take your journey, or are you going to stay in Egypt. Are you going to stand firmly on God’s word and His promises and delve into His greatness, integrity and love, for the sake of your freedom? The choice is entirely yours.
Crossing the Red Sea
The crossing through the Red Sea has become a very interesting subject to me. There is so much archaeological evidence that this actually really happened and where it occurred. It has built my faith like nothing before.
It is said that the point of where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, is at a place known today as Nuweiba. The sea is physically shallower here, allowing easy passage when the waters separated. It is basically a “lip” of beach, large enough to contain about 2 million people. The only way back was the passage, between the mountains, the one which the Egyptians was now using to make their hasty persuit on Israel.
When a bunch of archaeologists went scuba diving and surveying the bottom of the Red Sea floor, they discovered 18th dynasty (which was the ruling dynasty in Egypt at the time of this event) chariot wheels lying encrusted with coral, and some were very nicely preserved. Countless human and horse remains where found, amongst other artifacts.
You can refer to http://www.wyattmuseum.com/ if you’re more interested in the topic. I believe that the presence of these artifacts, undoubtedly prove the Red Sea crossing, and I praise God for these findings, as it has reaffirmed my faith in His existence and powerful love for us.
I can’t stop to imagine how great God’s love for us is, when I consider all these things that He’s been through for us, all the effort He’s made. He could easily have destroyed all humanity, and created beings that are perfect, without blemish. How can we be different than return our love unto His gracefulness?
Matthew 3:8 – …I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
God doesn’t need anyone or anything, He is purely, a God of integrity, that honours His word. Remember this, it’s important for what you pray for…
And please, when God does do something special for you, don’t forget about it. Meditate upon it, and live within what He’s already done for you. Do not forget the Lord your God!!!
Numbers 22:30 – The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
Honestly, okay, if one doesn’t want to listen, maybe he’ll show some interest if his ass would start talking to him and get him going in the right direction.
Let those who have ears, listen, even if it’s a donkey speaking. Maybe Shrek wasn’t to far off from the truth with it’s talkative Donkey. Just note the extremes that God sometimes takes, to open our eyes, and maybe make a little fun of us. I believe God also has a wonderful sense of humour.
People are blind sometimes, and even if the truth was fed to them like bread on a stick, they’d not even take a cents notice. We need to be open for suggestions from the Holy Spirit.
I once heard a pastor say: “There is protection in the council of man…” I don’t know if this is biblical scripture, so any help on this would be appreciated, sounds like something that will be found in Proverbs if it were. Could there be protection in the council of Donkey? Certainly not, but in all things, question everything and confirm it in the Bible. Seek His will and He will let you know. God makes a promise to us that we will hear His voice whenever we stray from the right pathway.
Complaints, miracles and consequences
Ever since the Red Sea crossing, it almost appears that the only thing the Israelites could do was mope, groan and worry about their stomachs. Nonetheless, whenever they groaned, God was merciful and provided, despite their complaining. Just look at the trouble He went through for them in the desert.
- Bitter Waters of Marah and Elim (Exodus 15:22-27)
- Manna & Quail (Exodus 16:1-36)
- Water from the rock (Exodus 17:1-7)
- Amalekites Defeated (Exodus 17:8-15)
Exodus 15:26 – “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
…but the Isrealites murmurred:
Exodus 16:3 – “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assemly to death.”
In affliction, you have a choice to make. Complain, or trust God. You cannot do both, and you should not allow yourself to be influenced negatively by what other negative people say. I think it’s best to avoid those that tend to make us negative, but then again, we also need to consider that these are the people we need to minister to. Be positive, trust God.
Romans 9:33 – …the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.
Spies explore Canaan. Yet, the nation is doubtful?
We all know of them, the spying spies that went to spying in Canaan. In Deutreronomy 1: 19… we are told some of the details of this covert operation. The result; man… even if these guys had 7 megapixel cameras, these children of God would probably still have resorted to their complaints. It’s not good to comlplain at all, and in my honest opinion, it’s a sin, as much as it’s a sin to doubt God. I’ll deal with this subject later.
Numbers 16:45 – “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”
This was God speaking here, His wrath was turned against the opposition that approached Moses in the desert, way before the were even close to Canaan, and some of them got swallowed up by the earth, and many died. In fact, that day, 14 700 people perished from the plague and other lethal events that occurred. And all this happened thanks to their rebellion, their opposition and their constant moaning and groaning.
It’s clear that we cannot afford to moan and groan. Instead, keep in mind what God has in store at the end, and just meditate upon the historical event that happened with the Israelites when you are in affliction. I don’t think God is too fond of rebeliousness.
Remember, in getting from Point A to Point B, there is a road in between, and there was no saying that it’s an easy road. However, stick to it…it will be well worth it. When you get the report, whether good or bad, do you still doubt? Sometimes we miss the point, and God is on His way to bless us, and we just chase away the angels with our negative remarks. Maybe you needed to get fired from an old job to get to your newer more fulfilling career God had predestined for you, who knows. It’s a journey…
Life requires perseverance, do not ever, ever lay down in front of a bad report, some are foolish enough to doubt when they hear the good news about Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, theres nothing we can do to help. Revelations only come through the Holy Spirit, but we can encourage God’s work through means of prayer and being lively walking testimonies.
War is waged, Kings are defeated.
Before entering Canaan, another hurdle was getting rid of the evil people that posessed the land. The only way, was not an easy one, it required war and bloodshed. In the book of Josua, we read about all the wars waged, the Kings slain, and the nations defeated in God’s plan in making space for His children. Just think of the Fall of Jericho, the day the sun stood still (and I believe there’s scientific proof, and a perfectly plausible explanation on how God did it), the list of defeated Kings here seem endless.
Many achievements in your life wont come easy. You probably won’t have to go to war to achieve your goals in life, and the goals that God has predestined before you. Simply remember what Ephesians say about our war.
Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authoroties, against the powers of this dark world and against the spritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
You are a son/daughter of the most high God, which grants you previliges in His Kingdom. We are truly, joint heirs in Jesus Christ.
The entrance to Canaan. Honey is sweet.
And finally the land of milk and honey was entered. It has been a long journey. Did the Israelites deserve it? Certainly not with all their whining. I absolutely know that I know, that they did not enter the promised land because they were all good and nice, with bright shining smiling faces. It purely had to do with the promise that God made to Abraham, as you shall see, God is a God of integrity, and He honours His word, to the last sentence.
If my dog was to bite me in the foot, even though I so diligently feed him, give him water and a nice home to live in, I’d consider taking him to the SPCA. I made no promise to him, I have no obligation to care for him. But we are children of the Almighty God, and He made a promise to Abram, and He has made many promises in His perfect word. And He will make every one of them come to pass.
If God thinks so much of us, as to fulfill His promises he made to us in the first place, just think a minute on how special you truly are to your Creator.
In closing, I might just say, that many have confessed and testified how God has aided them in coming the point where they can have life in abundance. I believe God wants to bless us, purely so that we can bless those who come accross our paths and are less fortunate than we are.
John 1:12 – Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Isaiah 55:11 – …so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the puspose for which I sent it.
I hope this article has blessed you, as much as it blessed my whilst writing it. Feel free to comment!!!