posted Apr 25, 2011, 12:58 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 1:10 PM ]
“Blessed are you, O Israel!  Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? (Deut.33:29 NIV)

The deliverance of Israel from Egypt is an amazing story;  a very true story.  It is such a challenge and an encouragement to all because it is a type or illustration to us of God’s work through Christ in setting people free from a greater bondage. (Ro.15:4)

Israel had become a multitude of people after approximately 400 years in Egypt.  Because of their increase, the Egyptians had made them slaves.  The Bible tells us they groaned under the heavy oppression.  There was no way out of this bondage.  Egypt had the power, weapons, training, chariots and Israel had none.  They were helpless and trapped with no way out. God sent a man named Moses to deliver the nation, and with power, many miracles by God’s direction, Israel was delivered from the judgement and power of Egypt.  Eventually, they were led into a wonderful inheritance.(Exod.1-14)

The Bible tells us that we all are under the bondage and judgement of sin.(Ro.3:9-12)  Yet, when we were helpless, God sent his Son, Jesus, to die in our place, to set us free from the guilt and power of sin and rebellion.(Ro.5:6-8)  As we follow Christ as Lord of our lives, he leads us into an eternal inheritance.  

First, God brought a great deliverance to a natural people; Israel, and gave them a natural land to inherit.  This deliverance is a type of the greater deliverance that is available to all. We all need God; his mercy and help.  It is open to all. Jesus died for our sins and rose again.  He is our great deliverer.  This is the real, true message of resurrection Sunday. (Easter)  I urge all to consider and respond to Christ.  Come to him.  He is alive to forgive, and help you to live a life that brings an eternal inheritance.  You don’t want to miss this!