A Three-Item To-Do List before Leaving Egypt Behind

May 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Exodus | 5 Comments
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Three important things happen at the end of Exodus Chapter 13.

1. God led the Israelites out of Egypt and toward the Red Sea.

Why did He not lead them directly toward their destination in the land of Canaan?

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

Exodus 13:17

God knew that they were hardly ready to be brave, even after what He had done for them. He would be proven right many times. Let’s be thankful for the times when God seems to be leading us into a place away from our strength – in confusing or disorienting directions. It probably means He is protecting us from going back into our old bondage despite our deliverance from the slavery of sin.

2. Moses paused to pick up the bones of Joseph (Exodus 13:19).

Of all the great acts of faith of Joseph, Hebrews 11:22 says that he gave commandment concerning his bones, because he knew God would keep his Word and bring His people into the promised land. What evidence of God’s promises are we leaving for future generations, so they will know we lived what we claimed to believe? That we really trusted the Lord? It’s a good idea to leave behind an inheritance and family heirlooms, but a legacy of faithful service is probably the best thing we can leave to our children and grandchildren.

3. The Lord established how He would guide them.

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodus 13:21-22

The pillar of fire at night would give light to the Israelites and leave the Egyptians in the dark. The pillar of cloud by day would give shade to the Israelites but not to their enemies. These pillars were types and shadows (literally) of Jesus Christ, but also a symbol of the Word of God. I hope you are using the Bible as your guide. It will show you the way God wants you to go. It will provide cover when the heat of persecution bears down on you. It will leave your enemies confounded and unable to trouble you.


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