Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was a perfect picture of the miracle that God has performed for us, and in us, when He delivered us from bondage to sin and Satan. Look at how perfect the analogy was between Israel’s deliverance and our deliverance:
#1. Israel could not escape their bondage; they were locked in. Likewise: We could not escape the clutches of Satan and the pull of sin by our own strength. Since we were totally depraved, we actually liked being subjects of Satan.
#2. Why did God pour His favors only upon the children of Israel? They were the image of His chosen people, as He promised to Abraham that in his Seed would all the nations of the earth be blessed. But the promised Seed of Abraham referred only to Christ and all those who are in Christ. They are the children of the promise, and not the children of the flesh. The physical children of Jacob were only a picture of His chosen people, and God works with them to show us to what extent God will go to rescue us from our troubles. And thus, throughout time, the Israel of God, and God’s Elect are the ones whom He promised to save.
#3. The Passover Lamb was only sacrificed for Israel, not for the Egyptians. Likewise, Christ, the Lamb of God, was only sacrificed for the Israel of God, that is us, His people chosen by the Father from before the foundation of the world.
#4. How did God make it possible that the nation of Israel could walk away out of Egypt? It was God’s irresistible Grace, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, which moved the heart of Pharaoh to send Israel away with haste. (Remember, a few days later, when his own evil heart took hold of him again, he regretted that he did send Israel away, and he went after them.) But likewise, when God has delivered us out of the kingdom of Satan, God made it possible, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, that we can walk away from sin. To remind us of this God said in Rom 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you”.
#5. Did they ever go back to Egypt? No! Only at the end of Israel’s existence, after Jerusalem was destroyed, an unsaved remnant went back into Egypt. Likewise, would we ever go back into the world of sin and Satan? Not possible! God will prevent it unless we have never been truly saved. And likewise, at the end of the Church’s existence toward the end of time, there will be a great falling away since all those who will fall away are not saved, and most of the Church will become the kingdom of Satan, called Babylon.
This article is by Pastor Alfred Chompff. He was the pastor at Reformed Bible Church of South Carolina. He has gone home to be with the Lord. You can find His sermons here. To know more about our beliefs, check our statement of faith. Follow Pilgrim Meditations on Facebook.