Just before reading this post, here’s a little tune from the 1970’s that kind of relates to the post, just for a little fun….(be sure to turn your speakers up before clicking on this link) Larry Norman’s Moses in the Wilderness.
I’ve been on a mission lately to look for shadows and types of Christ in the old testament. This includes things that shadow the church because of-course, the church is the Lord’s bride and she is His body.
So, looking at the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt……you know the story.
Moses = type of Christ (deliverer, leader of his people, high priest on behalf of the people to God)
Israelites = the church, us (chosen people, called to be a holy nation of priests, to be God’s people and He their God)
Egypt = the world, the world system (lost, slavery, without hope, Satan’s domain)
Pharoah = Satan and his army
The parting of the Red Sea = representative of baptism, going into the waters of death and coming out the other side in freedom from the hold of the world, in resurrected life
6 million Jews (men) = the number six representative of mankind (free gift of salvation for all mankind)
Sadly, many of the Israelites still held Egypt in their heart. They complained and longed for the ‘good old days’ where they were prisoners. They had forgotten their conditions of slavery and preferred to look back rather than to go forward toward a promised land they had not seen and could not imagine. They died in the wilderness.
Only a few made it into the promised land.
Are we like this? The church has been like this ever since Israel came out of Egypt! So many of God’s chosen ones (those who are saved) still hold Egypt in their hearts, still are not prepared to walk through the wilderness fearlessly and in faith, believing in the promises of God to deliver them into a land of milk and honey. And JESUS is that promised land! He IS that land of milk and honey! Only a handful took possession of this land.
All through history, there has been only a remnant that has taken possession of the promised land, this glorious Christ, in preference over Egypt and the wilderness. Some have decided to settle in the wilderness, not being prepared to pay the cost to get to the promised land. Some have fainted and died there.
I sometimes wonder if this is what is meant of the scripture “Many are called but few are chosen?” I don’t know. Perhaps.
If so, I want to be one of the chosen…….Lord sever Egypt from my heart.