The Journey Brought Forth "Exodus"
This blog series is focused on God’s word bringing people through their journeys in His intentional way that He has set in front of them and brings them through to His completion.
Exodus is the second book of the Bible, and it shows God’s redeeming power that is not always pleasant to the flesh, but is carried out as He knows it must occur.
Exodus begins in the foreign land that He told Abraham his people would go into and be in bondage for four hundred years.They had already been there for quite a while and another pharaoh who did not know Joseph, the Israelite who was second in command to Pharoah during his life, felt threatened by them because the Israelites had grown in population and strength. This pharaoh, therefore, put the Israelites into bondage and increased their work load significantly and attempted to kill all of their male children at birth.
God sent Moses, and his parents hid him in a small homemade boat, Pharoah’s daughter found it, Moses’s mother (whom the Egyptians did not know was his mother) got to nurse him until he was weaned, and then Moses was raised and educated with all of the Egyptians teachings in the Pharoah’s home until he was forty years old.
Moses saw what the Egyptians were doing to his people when he was forty years of age and slew one of them. He then learned people knew what he had done and fled for his life into a land named Midian where he spent the middle forty years of his one hundred twenty year journey. It happened to be that as soon as he arrived in this foreign land that he was met by the daughters of the priest of the land as they were coming to the well to give their sheep water. Moses spent these forty years of his life with this priest named Jethro, married one of his daughters, and had two sons by her.
When the forty years were fulfilled, God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush, told him he was to go back to Egypt and tell Pharoah to let his people go, and that God would harden Pharoah’s heart until He had taken his people out of the land with a strong hand, and tell his people that “I Am” had sent him. After God met with Moises and Moses went and told Jethro, his father-in-law what God told him to do, God said, “And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.”
God had this all worked out when He told Abraham what would happen and made the circumstances and situations that led His people into a place that was pleasant to their flesh and later turned into bondage and finally required the death of the first born of Egypt to let God’s people free to worship Him as they need to receive His blessings in their lives, but even though Moses knew what would happen, it was still difficult on his flesh, and he cried out to God several times as he went through the journey God had set in front of him to experience.
All of the things that God told Moses were necessary to happen for His people to be set free from the Egyptian bondage, happened and they give God’s people of today a portrait to understand their own lives journeys before and while they are revealed to them. You can go to our website and learn how the “Plagues of Egypt” display the Stage of Redemption through Jesus Christ at https://www.completepeace.us/the-plagues.
Once God’s people are set free from the external bondage of the Egyptian’s rule, they are terrified because they are seemingly trapped by the Red Sea and the Egyptians who changed their minds and pursued after them, but God made a way of escape where there seemed not to be one, and it was by Him drying up the Red Sea for His people to walk over it as upon dry ground and to drown the Egyptians who pursued after them. God’s people can experience the same anxiety today as they experienced then, but as long as they do not lose heart and keep their faith in Him, they will be able to escape all of the wicked that pursues them into the true victory that exists for all that call upon His name.
Upon their realization of victory over the enemy, God’s people made a song of triumph that proclaimed their imminent victory in all of their lives that would end in entering into the “Promised Land” and how God would ensure victory over all of their enemies along the way.
The next thing that happened is their realization on the human level that they did not have food or water for a period of time, and they could not see any possibility of receiving it in the desert they had journeyed into, but God gave them the things they needed to sustain their lives every step of the way and still does for His people today no matter how somber it may appear.
Jethro heard that Moses and God’s people had exited Egypt and went to visit them in the desert.When Jethro found Moses judging the people’s complaints against each other all day long, he told Moses this was not good because it would weary both Moses and the people that he was leading. Jethro told Moses, “And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.”
The next chapter of the Bible tells how God appeared to the people in Sinai and they were afraid, and God called Moses to the top of the mount by himself and told him to warn the people not to come close lest they die and to take Aaron up the mount when Moses returned.
This is where and when Moses receives the Ten Commandments; which while Moses was receiving them the first time the people made them a golden calf for an idol. They proved by their actions they could not even follow God for forty days without a leader being physically present. This is the sad state of man's ability.
The Ten Commandments, that Moses received twice because he broke the first ones when he saw the people had made the golden calf for their false idol are the Power of God for His people when they receive them spiritually, and the Third Stage of Life in the Ten Stages of Life. The Truths of this Stage of Life can be read at https://www.completepeace.us/the-ten-commandments.
Just like Jethro told Moses, “and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.” When God’s people understand His Law Spiritually and stand upon it instead of being placed under it, they receive a peace they have not experienced in their lives because they are in agreement with Him about what is good and what is evil.
The rest of the book of Exodus tells about the design and building of the tabernacle and the priest's attire, the cleansing of the priests and the tabernacle, and Moses being the only man to enter it to this point in their journeys together.
Exodus tells about God’s love for His people as He redeems them and leads them through their journeys into a seemingly waste land which is actually developing them further into who they need to be in order to receive the blessings they have not even heard of yet. God has sent His people on their incredible journey that equips them to receive the good things He has set in front of them.