Leaving Our Egypt Behind

The other night I asked my husband to write this devotion out on paper. This is something the Lord had laid on my husband’s heart. I decided to share his lesson here on my blog. I hope that you all enjoy the devotion that he wrote.

Exodus 1:8-9, 11, 14
[8] Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
[9] And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
[11] Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
[14] And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

After this new king had forced the children of Israel into bondage and slavery for decades and decades. God sent someone to deliver His people, the Children of Israel. Moses was his name, and his complete story will be for another time. For now we’re going to focus on how the Lord led His people out of Egyptian bondage and into the wilderness to be free at last.

Exodus 13:17-18, 20-22
[17] 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:
[18] But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
[20] And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
[21] 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:
[22] He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

So here we see where the Pharaoh let the Children of Israel finally go. This symbolizes getting saved. The same way that Pharaoh had no choice left but to release the Israelites once God intervened, is the same way the devil has no choice but to let God have you when you ask Him to take away your sins. However, the desire to sin is still alive, just like Pharaoh and his army were still alive. So let’s read on in the next chapter for more of the story.

Exodus 14:1-4, 8, 10, 13-16, 18, 21-23, 26-31
[1] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
[2] Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
[3] For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
[4] And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
[8] And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
[10] And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
[13] And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
[14] The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
[15] And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
[16] But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
[18] And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
[21] And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
[22] And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
[23] And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
[26] And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
[27] And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
[28] And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
[29] But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
[30] Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
[31] And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

Even though the Israelite’s had already been released from bondage, God had a plan to show the Egyptians and the Israelite’s once and for all that He had all the power. God showed up in a mighty way. Just when the Israelite’s thought they were trapped and doomed, God literally split the sea open and dried the land up so that the Israelite’s could safely cross. After they were safely across, God then destroyed the ones who had tortured, and bound them for so long. Completely separating them from their bondage, so that they would never go back again.

In the same way, God has given a way to separate us from the sin and bondage that we were once in. It’s called sanctification, which in short means that if you pray and ask for God to deliver you, He will take away your desire to sin. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be tempted to sin anymore, but it does mean that even if you are tempted you won’t want that sin anymore.

1 John 1:9
[9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The first part of this verse is talking about salvation, when you asked God to forgive you of your past sins. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” The second part of the verse is talking about sanctification, and how God will clean out all our desires for future sins. “And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The reason why we as Christians need Sanctification is so that God can help fight our battle against sin. Because when you get saved, the only way to stay saved is to never sin again.

Hebrews 12:14-15
[14] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
[15] Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Verse fourteen says that without holiness, you won’t see the Lord, which means that you won’t make it to heaven. We want to be very careful not to sin again, but God loves us so much that He gives us more grace with Sanctification so that we don’t have to bear our burden alone. On our own we can fail and fall from grace/salvation. But with Sanctification, we can stay saved and be holy.

If you have sinned again after you got saved, God will forgive you again. 1John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” His grace is always there if we fall down. This does not mean that we should feel free to sin whenever we like because He will always forgive us. What it means is that if we ever make a mistake and we sin again, God will be there to forgive us.

Galatians 6:7-9
[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
[8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
[9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Always strive to do the right thing, and follow what God tells us in the Bible. One day we will all receive the reward of Heaven if we live our lives without sin.

Revelation 2:5
[5] Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

The first works it talks about here are Salvation and Sanctification. God wants you to be saved and sanctified so that you can live a holy life, which is pleasing to Him. This way, you can make it to Heaven. Also, God has more gifts to give to you when you show that you are worthy by staying saved and sanctified. So just like the Israelite’s left Egypt and bondage behind forever, we also must leave our sin and bondage behind.

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2 comments

  1. You are a blessing!!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words!

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