New Foundations Ministries
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The Bible is written to reveal unto man the battle that rages between the flesh and the Spirit. Jesus gave us insight to this fact when He related:
". . . the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
The overcoming Spirit of God is in constant battle with the spirit of man for the control of the soul. This battle rages daily. Paul, who had become weary with this battle for the soul, cried out in his letter to the church at Rome:
"O wretched man that I am? Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:24
Paul was in the overcoming process, but it was necessary for Paul to die daily to the desires of the flesh. As Paul stated:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23
The word sinned is the Greek word HAMARTANO which comes from the base word HARMARTIA which means "to miss the mark, or err from God's righteous path." Paul related that all have sinned. This is certainly true. All have missed the mark God has set before them. All have erred from His righteous path. All have sinned and come short of God's glory. But in this we are given hope. All we need to do to come into God's glory is to stop sinning. God has prepared a time and a day to enter into His glory. That day is at hand. [see "The Overcoming Sons of God" by G. Kirkpatrick]
God gave us ancient Israel as our example. The events surrounding the time God freed Israel from Egypt is a type of what God is doing in each of our lives today. As we study the Exodus, the continuing battle being fought in the spiritual realm for the soul of man becomes very clear. It is God's plan for man to be set free from all governmental bondage.
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36
God wants His people free from all bondages. First He desires to set us free from sin. After that we must allow Him to completely set us free from our sin nature. When we overcome the sin nature, we will come again into God's glory. [see "Threefold Salvation" by G. Kirkpatrick]
God desires to set us free from all worldly controls in our lives. God sent Jesus to set us free from sin. He sent Moses as our example to free ourselves from Egypt, or all earthly and worldly control in our lives.
The Bible records that when Moses was born his parents saw he was a proper child. Moses was born when the Israelites were ordered to throw all the male Hebrew children into the Nile River. First Pharaoh ordered the midwives to kill the male children, but their fear of God kept them from following this government edict. When Jesus was born, another government edict was given to kill all the male children in Bethlehem, up to the age of two years.
In Moses' time and in the time of Jesus, God raised up deliverers. Moses' parents made an ark of bulrushes, and covered it with slime and pitch. They obeyed the government edict to throw their son into the river, but Moses' parents placed their child into the preserving arms of the Lord. Their decision preserved God's deliverer to free all of His people who were held in bondage to the government of Egypt. This same event took place when Jesus was born. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth, where an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and told him to flee with the child into Egypt to preserve His young Saviour's life from the government edict to kill all the male infants.
Today we live in a time when abortion is rampant because our young people have no fear of God. Teens and preteens are taught that being sexually active at an early age is acceptable, and that abortion is permissable to cover their sin. Truly the time of God's deliverance must again be at hand. God's deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt is our example of how we are to overcome all the worldly temptations in our lives, and free ourselves from governmental controls.
Moses was rescued by Pharaoh's daughter and raised in Pharaoh's palace as one of his sons. When Moses was forty years old, he killed an Egyptian and fled to Midian. Moses remained in Midian forty years. While attending his father-in-law's (Jethro's) sheep on the mountain of God, Moses witnessed a burning bush, but the bush was not consumed.
"And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt." Exodus 3:3
Moses had to turn aside from his daily activity to find out what God had for him to do. If we are going to be part of God's deliverance force upon the earth, we too must turn aside from our daily activities, and draw close to the presence of God to hear His voice.
"And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I." Exodus 3:4
When Moses turned aside from his daily routine, God spoke to him. God had His eye on Moses. When Moses turned aside, his heart was turned toward God. God knew He had Moses' attention because of the burning bush. What must God do to get our attention?
"And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." Exodus 3:5
Anytime we come into the presence of God, we are standing on holy ground. This ground had been hallowed. Moses would again meet with God on this mountain when he would be given the ten commandments written by the finger of God in stone:
"Moreover He said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." Exodus 3:6
This was Moses' first encounter with God, and he was afraid to look upon Him. Moses' burning bush experience gave him the assurance he could come into the presence of God and live. Every man God uses mightily will have his personal meeting with God. With Paul it was on the road to Damascus. With Peter it was being freed from prison. With John it was on the Isle of Patmos. We need not fear God's presence if our hearts are turned toward Him. God spoke to Moses concerning the Israelites in Egypt:
"Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them." Exodus 3:9
It is God who puts the cry of freedom in the heart of man. Freedom is never cheap, nor does it come easy. Many governments throughout history have placed their subjects under great servitude.
The biggest battle for God's people is to be freed from the sin nature, and the old man of sin. No bondage is more confining than sin. When we cry out to God to be freed from the old, sin nature, God will hear our cry. Our deliverer has already been sent. The work has already been completed. All we need to do is walk in the way Jesus set before us.
God informed Moses He would send him to Pharaoh to free His people:
"And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? What shall I say unto them?
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." Exodus 3:13-14
I AM THAT I AM! To understand who God said He was, we must truly meditate on the phrase, I AM THAT I AM! What God revealed to Moses was that He was the Ever-Existing One. Before anything existed the I AM existed. Jesus revealed Himself many times as being the great I AM:
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:58
Jesus declared Himself to be the I AM before Abraham existed. Many times Jesus stated He was the I AM, but the translaters added the word "He." When we leave out the italicized word "He", the Scriptures become clear. Jesus was the Incarnate, Ever-Existing One:
"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:24
If we do not believe in the I AM, we will die in our sin. When Judas led the multitude to the garden to take Jesus, Jesus asked them, "Whom seek ye?"
"They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM. And Judas also, which betrayed Him, stood with them. As soon as He said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground." John 18:5-6
When Jesus declared Himself to be the I AM, The Ever-Existing One, the multitude fell backwards. When they fell backwards, they were in rebellion to God. All who come in reverence before God will fall on their face.
Moses was given an impossible task. He was told to return to the country where he had been wanted for murder. Then he was to stand before Pharaoh, not as a prince of Egypt, but as a shepherd. Shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians. Then he was to demand that Pharaoh give up his slave labor. God then told Moses:
"And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand." Exodus 3:19
Had Moses known all the hardships he would go through, he probably would have refused to go. When God began to deal in each of our lives, if we had known the change He would demand, we too might not have been willing. God only reveals to us what we need to know daily:
"And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God." Exodus 3:18
God told Moses he was to demand Pharaoh to let His people go three days into the wilderness to sacrifice unto their God. To understand this demand, we must recognize the meaning of the number three. Three is the number of completeness. Everything is complete in three: Father, Son, Holy Ghost; Lord Jesus Christ; yesterday, today, tomorrow; past, present, future; animal, vegetable, mineral; sun, moon, earth. There are many other examples of the completeness of three.
Moses was to tell Pharaoh that Israel was to go three days into the wilderness. The wilderness is a solitary place, free from all outside influences. Jesus informed us:
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6
Our prayers are our sacrifices unto our God. When we pray we are to close out all outside influences in our lives, and there communicate with our God.
Going three days into the wilderness would bring a total separation to free Israel from the bondage of Egypt in their lives. Then, and only then, could they make sacrifice and worship their God.
God warned Moses that Pharaoh would not let Israel go. God would harden Pharoah's heart. Through these testings, God would prove Himself, not only to Pharaoh, but to all Egypt, and the children of Israel. God informed Moses:
"And I will stretch out My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians." Exodus 3:20-22
God would smite Egypt with ten plagues which would totally devastate the country. God promised Israel they would not go out empty, taking everything they needed with them to survive in the wilderness. They would take enough silver, gold, linen, lumber, skins, and tools to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. When we totally separate ourselves from Egypt, God will supply all our needs so we may worship Him where ever He sends us.
It had been forty years since Moses had fled Egypt. As a prince in Egypt, Moses had a position of authority. Now he was only a shepherd in a foreign land. God was about to send Moses back to Egypt defenseless where he could only operate in the power of God. Moses spoke to God:
". . . behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod." Exodus 4:1-2
Moses wanted to know how the people would know the Lord had appeared to him. To answer Moses' question, God reminded him of his shepherd staff. The rod Moses had was only a shepherd's crook, used in his everyday activities as a shepherd. The rod is the sign of God's authority in our lives, which symbolizes the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. It is in the name of Jesus, we are given all authority to do His will.
"And He said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it." Exodus 4:3
The serpent was a sign of satan. When Moses' rod became a serpent, he fled from it. Moses had not yet learned his power and authority over the satanic realm.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand." Exodus 4:4
Anyone who has ever worked with serpents knows if you reach down to take hold of them by the tail, they will turn and bite you. What God was showing Moses was that the serpent could not hurt him. Moses had nothing to fear from the satanic realm. This is one of the first lessons we all must learn if we are to be used in the service of God. When Moses took hold of the serpent's tail, it again became a rod in his hand. There would be one more sign God would use to establish Moses' authority:
"And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And He said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh." Exodus 4:6-7
When Moses put his hand to his bosom, it became leprous. Leprosy is always a sign of death; death of the corruptible flesh of man. When Moses put his hand back into his bosom, it became as his other flesh. God was showing Moses He had given him the power over life and death in Egypt. This was one of the revelations God spoke to Moses:
". . . the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet." Exodus 7:1
If Pharaoh and the people of Egypt did not believe Moses' authority, then he would have power to bring the death of all the firstborn in Egypt. This is the same power given to the two witnesses during the time of tribulation. Jesus revealed these two witnesses to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth." Revelation 11:3
The thousand, two hundred, and sixty days is the three and one-half year time period of the tribulation. The tribulation period is three and one-half years, not seven years as has been popularly taught.
"These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." Revelation 11:4
There are two olive trees and two candlesticks. Two plus two equals four. These are not two men, but two peoples. The olive tree represents ancient Israel and the candlestick represents the church (Spiritual Israel). The two witnesses are separated by their anointing: those who have the first fruits anointing of the Spirit and those who will receive the double portion anointing of God. [see "Mystery Israel Revealed" and "The Double Portion Anointing" by G. Kirkpatrick]
"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will." Revelation 11:5-6
These two witnesses, as Moses, will have the power to shut heaven and to turn the water to blood (poison). They will also have the power to smite the earth with the plagues of God as often as they will. This will be to free God's people from all the power of satan and worldy governmental controls in their lives. This was the power Moses held in his hand by the rod of authority given to him by God.
"And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign." Exodus 4:8
As God told Moses, if the people do not believe the power and authority I have placed in your hand, they will believe I have sent you when you exercise the power of death I have placed in your hand. Moses had one final complaint to bring before the Lord:
"And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." Exodus 4:10
Moses had the best education available in the day in which he lived, but God cannot use our eloquence. We must learn to only speak the words He puts in our mouths.
"And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord?" Exodus 4:11
We need to know and realize God is in control of all our abilities. God asked Moses, "Who made man's mouth, his hearing, and his seeing?" The Lord is in complete charge of all our senses. Jesus informs us:
"But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." Mark 13:11
God gives us the assurance that when we are to speak for Him, the Holy Ghost will put the words in our mouths. When Moses stood before Pharaoh, he was to speak by the anointing. This is a lesson we as the body of Christ need to learn in the days ahead. God assured Moses:
"Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." Exodus 4:12
This is the same promise we have for the days ahead. When Moses requested the Lord send someone to speak in his place:
". . . the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart." Exodus 4:14
When Moses insisted for another speaker, God gave him his older brother, Aaron, to be his mouthpiece.
"And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God." Exodus 4:16
Moses was to speak to Aaron, and Aaron would speak for Moses, and Moses would take the place of God in Aaron's life.
"And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand." Exodus 4:20
When Moses returned to Egypt, he called all the elders of the tribes together and did the signs God had shown him and the people believed and bowed their heads and worshiped God. After four hundred and thirty years, their deliverer had come.
"And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness." Exodus 5:1
This was the first time Moses returned to Pharaoh's palace where he was raised.
"And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go." Exodus 5:2
"I know not the Lord." What a condemnation to come out of Pharaoh's mouth.
"And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? Get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens." Exodus 5:4-5
The only interest Pharaoh (worldly government) had in Israel was what Israel's labor could produce for him. He told Moses to get them unto their burdens. Moses had escaped the governmental hold in his life forty years earlier. Now his only allegiance was to God. He could stand before Pharaoh, a free man.
To punish Israel, Pharaoh told the taskmasters:
"Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves." Exodus 5:7
All Israel could gather was chaff to make Pharaoh's brick. Chaff would weaken the bricks Israel made. Every time government comes against God's people, they weaken their own structure which brings them one step closer to judgment. Pharaoh was about to learn:
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31
When the straw was taken away the children of Israel began to cry unto Pharaoh, saying, "Why have you made our way so hard?"
"And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh: and they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us." Exodus 5:20-21
Israel met Moses and Aaron and told them they had made them a stink in the nostrils of Pharaoh, putting a sword in their hand to slay them. Many times when God gives us something to accomplish for Him, it seems to bring hardship on others. We need never forget God's ways are higher than our ways.
"And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? Why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast Thou delivered thy people at all." Exodus 5:22-23
Moses began to question God. Because the Lord had sent him, he thought this would be an easy task. He expected immediate results. But Moses questioned why the Lord had done evil unto the people since he had come to Pharaoh, and had not delivered them as He said He would do. God had His time schedule and Moses had his. God's time schedule would prevail. God revealed to Moses:
"And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." Exodus 6:3
When God appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He appeared as Shaddai, the All-powerful One, the Mighty God. Now Israel was to know God by the name of Jehovah, the Ever-Existing One. We begin our walk with God by knowing Him as the All-Powerful One, the one who forgives our sin through the Word. Then we begin to know Him as the Ever-Existing One. Jesus gave His disciples insight in the Ever-Existing One when He spoke of the second Comforter:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever;" John 14:16
The Ever-Existing One is the Holy Spirit who came on the Day of Pentecost to abide with God's people for ever.
When God revealed who He was in Israel's life, He again stated His promises He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:
"And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord. And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage." Exodus 6:8-9
Even when the children of Israel were reminded of God's glorious promises, their hurt was so deep because of the cruel bondage of Egypt, that God's promises meant nothing to them. How like God's people today. Many times when they face a hardship, a trial, or a testing, they forget all the promises God made them in His Word. They can only think of their grief, and look for someone to give them pity.
God then sent Moses to Pharaoh to speak to Pharaoh again to let His people go:
"When Pharaoh shall speak unto you saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent." Exodus 7:9
This was the first sign Moses was to show Pharaoh. If he would not believe this sign then he would suffer the second. Pharaoh called his wise men, sorcerers, and magicians, and they, through their trickery, performed the same feat as Aaron. Through trickery, the magicians could paralyze a snake by taking hold of both sides of the snake's head, and the snake would become rigid.
"For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods." Exodus 7:12
Through trickery, the magicians mocked the miracle of God. But Aaron's rod swallowed up all the magician's rods which had become snakes. Today many use trickery to try to prove they are great men of God, but God will not be mocked. Those who use trickery will be swallowed up by the power and authority of God.
Pharaoh did not believe the first sign, and because of this he would witness the second sign which would be death throughout all Egypt. God sent His first plague upon Egypt:
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone." Exodus 7:19
All water in Egypt became poison. The people tried to dig wells to get safe water to drink, but all the waters were poison. This is a sign for our day. All our water is becoming poisoned because of our heavy use of chemicals and agricultural fertilizers. Again, God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let God's people go. Moses returned to Pharaoh:
"And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs. And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:" Exodus 8:2-3
After the land was plagued with frogs, Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and asked them:
". . . intreat the Lord that He may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord." Exodus 8:8
After promising freedom for God's people, Pharaoh went back on his word because the Lord hardened his heart. Then God sent the third plague. God told Moses to stretch out his rod and smite the dust, and it would become lice all over Egypt:
"And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt." Exodus 8:17
When the lice were all over Egypt, the wise men, sorcerers, and magicians tried to convince Pharaoh this plague was from the hand of God. Pharaoh further hardened his heart. God sent Moses again to Pharaoh and told him if he would not let His people go, He would send swarms of flies all over Egypt, but this time he would protect His people. There would be no flies in Goshen. Moses was to inform Pharaoh:
"And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be." Exodus 8:23
The flies were so thick in Egypt that even the land was corrupted. Pharaoh called Moses, and tried to make his first deal with Moses:
"And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land." Exodus 8:25
Pharaoh told Moses they could sacrifice to their God as long as they did not leave Egypt. The government does not care if we worship our God, as long as they keep control of the people. Again Moses told Pharaoh God's Word:
"We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as He shall command us." Exodus 8:27
Moses stood firm on God's Word, but Pharaoh wanted to make another deal with Moses:
"And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me." Exodus 8:28
Pharaoh told Moses he could go into the wilderness as long as they did not go very far. Again the government wanted to keep control over God's people when God demanded total separation. By the words of Paul, we know God's commandments:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." II Corinthians 6:17
If we want to be acceptable in the sight of God, we know we must be totally separated unto Him with no governmental controls in our lives. We must choose between God being our God or government being our God.
Even though Pharaoh had agreed to free Israel, God hardened his heart again, and he refused to let God's people go. The next plague God would send upon Egypt was sickness upon the cattle, horses, asses, camels, oxen, and sheep. But so Pharaoh would know it was God who was doing this, there would be no sickness on the livestock of the children of Israel:
"And the Lord did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one." Exodus 9:6
When Pharaoh sent his servants to Goshen, he discovered not one of the Israelite's animals had died. This further hardened the heart of Pharaoh. When God is bringing His judgments upon the land, it may appear He does not know what He is doing. We may settle for a partial victory, but God only settles for the ultimate victory; complete and absolute. Next, God would send the plague of boils:
"And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt." Exodus 9:8-9
Again the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he refused to let the people go. Boils were the sixth plague upon Egypt. There were to be four more plagues:
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
For I will at this time send all My plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like Me in all the earth.
For now I will stretch out My hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee My power; and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth." Exodus 9:13-16
God had Moses warn Pharaoh of the plagues to come. Moses was also to tell Pharaoh that God was bringing these plagues so Pharaoh, his servants, and all Egypt would know He was the God of all the earth.
Moses was also to inform Pharaoh that he (Pharaoh) had been raised up to show God's name and power throughout all the earth. The Exodus, more than any other event in the Bible, shows God's power, not only in judgment, but also His protection upon His people. God sent Moses to warn Pharaoh:
"As yet exaltest thou thyself against My people, that thou wilt not let them go?" Exodus 9:17
When the government exalts itself against God's people, it is exalting itself against God Himself, because we are one with the Father and one with the Son.
The remaining plagues would totally devastate Egypt, but Pharaoh could not say he was not warned. We have God's promise through the pen of Amos:
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." Amos 3:7
Many prophetic words have been spoken concerning the coming judgment which will come upon this nation, because the government and our elected officials have turned their backs on God. The fear of God is non-existent, not only in our government, but also in her people. In their hearts, they believe God will neither do good or evil. They have come to the misguided conclusion that they are the captain of their own fate. They, as Pharaoh, are about to witness the error of their way.
The next plague God would send would be the plague of hail:
"Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even unto now.
Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die." Exodus 9:18-19
God gave Egypt its warning. There are those who believe God and those who do not heed His warnings. Today every true prophet is foretelling God's impending judgment. Some are hearing and heeding, most are not.
"And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field." Exodus 9:23-25
Those who feared the word of the Lord brought their cattle into the barn. Those who did not fear the Lord left their cattle in the field, and they were killed by the hail. God sent grievous thunder with the hail, and super natural fire which ran along the ground. This plague not only killed the cattle, it killed man, stripped the trees of their foliage, and battered the crops into the ground.
"Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail." Exodus 9:26
This time Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron:
". . . and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.
Intreat the Lord for it is enough that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer." Exodus 9:27-28
Pharaoh, who did not know God, was learning to recognize the righteousness of God and the wickedness of himself and his people.
Pharaoh made another promise to let God's people go. He begged Moses to entreat God for the thunder, hail, and fire to cease. This Moses did, and as soon as there was no more hail, God again hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let Israel go.
"And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:
And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:" Exodus 10:3-5
Moses confronted Pharaoh about humbling himself before God. No matter how important a man believes himself to be, he still must humble himself before the living God. The Apostle James wrote:
"But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6
By the Spirit, James informed us that God resists the proud. The proud cannot depend upon the grace of God to be active in their lives. The only thing the proud can expect is the judgment of God in their lives.
Moses warned Pharaoh that if he would not let God's people go to worship him in the wilderness he would send a plague of locusts, such as Egypt had never seen. The locust is the symbol of God's destructive power. It would destroy everything that had not been destroyed by the hail, including the tree's crops and every green herb. Moses warned Pharaoh the locust would even fill their houses. There would be no place safe from the locust, Exodus 10:6.
"And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed." Exodus 10:7
Pharaoh's servants, his advisors, and his magicians begged Pharaoh to let Israel go and serve their God. They asked Pharaoh, "Do you not know Egypt is destroyed?" When Pharaoh heard the threat of the locusts:
"And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the Lord your God: but who are they that shall go?" Exodus 10:8
Pharaoh listened to his advisors, so he tried to make a third deal with Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh said they could go, but who would go with them?
"And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the Lord." Exodus 10:9
This was exactly the same thing Moses told Pharaoh in their first meeting. There can be no compromise in God's directive. It must be God's way, or no way.
"And he said unto them, Let the Lord be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you." Exodus 10:10
Pharaoh told Moses the men could go, and the little ones (those who could produce no labor), but their wives and all their substance must stay in Egypt. Government never wants to lose its hold upon those they have under their control. Pharaoh knew if he held the wives, their flocks, and all their belongings, they would return. When God frees us from our Egyptian slavery, He does not expect us to return. There should be nothing left in Egypt that we desire.
When Moses refused Pharaoh's attempt to get him to compromise God's word, he was driven from Pharaoh's presence. When Moses left, he stretched out his rod over Egypt, and the locust came and destroyed all the green vegetation in Egypt. The land was blackened with the locusts.
"Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you." Exodus 10:16
We must remember Pharaoh stated, "Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice?" Exodus 5:2. Pharaoh had learned the same lesson the whole world is about to learn. The Lord spoke through the pen of Isaiah:
"I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." Isaiah 45:23
To the Romans, Paul wrote:
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11
To the Philippians, Paul proclaimed:
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." Philippians 2:10
Pharaoah's knee was beginning to bow, but God had yet to receive total victory in Israel's life. Pharaoh asked Moses to entreat the Lord to remove the locusts. This Moses did, and God sent a strong west wind, and the locusts were removed:
"But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go." Exodus 10:20
God not only hardened Pharaoh's heart, he stiffened his knees. Pharaoh was not ready to bow his knee and worship the God of Israel. How true this is of the worldly people. Even when they see God's judgment, they refuse to bow their knee. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos how the people will react when He again pours out His wrath upon the earth:
"And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory." Revelation 16:9
When man did not repent, God sent further plagues:
"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail: for the plague thereof was exceeding great." Revelation 16:21
Man's heart has not changed. He will not recognize God as supreme. He continues to look to government for His salvation. God would send two more plagues to free His people from all governmental control in their lives:
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:" Exodus 10:21-22
Three is the number of completeness. There was complete and total darkness in all of Egypt.
"They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." Exodus 10:23
Everything came to a standstill in Egypt. The people did not see each other, nor did they leave their dwelling places for three days. Only in Goshen was there light. The Lord prophesied through the pen of Isaiah concerning the day in which we live:
"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2
Truly darkness is covering the earth in the day in which we live. Isaiah stated that gross darkness is covering the people. This is because there is no light in them. In this darkened world, the glory of God will shine forth from His people. The beloved John gives us insight into the darkness that is in the hearts of those who have not come out of Egypt (the world).
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
Man loves the darkness because they have viewed the light, and have preferred the darkness. They do this because their deeds are evil. And because their deeds are evil, they desire to hold God's people in bondage to their worldly ways. When the darkness came, Pharaoh called Moses, and wanted to make another deal with him:
"And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you." Exodus 10:24
This would be the fourth deal offered to Moses to get him to compromise God's direct orders. Pharaoh was willing to let everyone go serve their God but the flocks and herds were to stay. Pharaoh was willing to give God's people a little rope, but he still held the other end.
"And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither." Exodus 10:25-26
Pharaoh was willing to let Israel go as long as they had nothing to sacrifice unto their God. Moses informed Pharaoh there would not be a hoof left behind. Moses knew we must serve the Lord with everything He has given us. Our whole substance must be dedicated to serve our God. We are reminded of the words of Jesus when the people tried to trick Him. When they asked Him if they should pay tribute to Caesar, Jesus asked them to show Him the tribute money. Jesus asked the Pharisees whose picture was on the tribute money:
"They say unto Him, Caesar's. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's' and unto God the things that are God's." Matthew 22:21
We need to differentiate between what belongs to God and what belongs to the government. Whatever we have that does not belong to God, we need to give to Caesar (government). All we retain should belong to God.
The tribute was paid to Rome because Israel at this time was in bondage to Rome. It was a tax levied on the people. This was to be paid yearly. It was not a tax on their income. It was a tax levied because they were in captivity.
Moses refused Pharaoh's deal:
"But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die." Exodus 10:27-28
Pharaoh's hardened heart had cost him everything. He did not believe the first sign Moses' had shown him when Moses rod of authority had eaten up the serpents of Pharaoh's magicians. Because he did not believe the first sign, he was about to experience the second sign which was death to the flesh.
Pharaoh, who did not know the God of the Hebrews, was learning fast. The world will learn this lesson in like manner when God once again frees His people from all governmental control.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether." Exodus 11:1
God told Moses that Pharaoh would not only let the people go, he would drive them from Egypt. This plague would bring death to all the firstborn in Egypt:
"And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts." Exodus 11:5
But before this deliverance could come, God's people had to be prepared. Each household in Goshen was to take a lamb on the tenth day of the first month, and keep it until the fourteenth day. Then they were to kill the lamb.
"And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." Exodus 12:7
The lamb was known as the Passover Lamb. The blood had to be on the side posts and the upper door post; there had to be a complete covering of the blood before the Lord would passover. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
". . . for even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:" I Corinthians 5:7
Jesus is our Passover Lamb, and there must be a complete covering of His blood in our lives if we are to be purified in the sight of God. God prepared His people for the night of death:
"But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." Exodus 11:7
When judgment comes, God will set immovable bounds between His people, and the people of the world. There has been much taught about what is called the "death angel" that passed through Egypt the night of the passover. Who was this so-called "death angel?"
"For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you." Exodus 12:23
It was the Lord who passed through Egypt to smite the Egyptians.
"And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle." Exodus 12:29
The Lord speaks much about the day of His wrath He will bring upon the world. He speaks of weeping, wailing, and the gnashing of teeth. This is the same grief suffered by all those who held allegiance to Egypt. There was not a house where there was not one dead. Death reigned supreme. Pharaoh had learned the power of the God of the Hebrews:
"And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said." Exodus 12:31
The time of negotiating and bargaining was over. God had wrought total victory in Israel's life. Total freedom and separation was now at hand. Pharaoh told Moses:
"Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men." Exodus 12:32-33
Egypt could not get Israel out of their lives quickly enough. They recognized the awesome power of God. They had lost all their firstborn. Those who were left feared for their lives also. There was no doubt in anyone's mind who the God of the Hebrews was.
"And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them, such as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians." Exodus 12:36
They spoiled the Egyptians. There was nothing left in the land Israel could look back upon and desire. When we are truly freed from Egypt (the world), nothing left in Egypt will have a drawing in our lives.
If we look back, we could be as Lot's wife who desired those things she left behind. God will deal with those who desire the things of Egypt more than the things in the promised land --- the Kingdom of God. As Moses recorded:
"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." Exodus 14:8
Israel went out with an high hand. The high hand is the winning hand. The high hand is the elevated hand raised in praise to our God.
When Pharaoh realized what had happened, God again hardened Pharaoh's heart to pursue after Israel. God would deal with Pharoah's hardened heart in the Red Sea. Everything that exalts itself against our God will be brought low. Only God's people will crossover the Red Sea on dry land.
The Red Sea is a symbol of total separation between God and government. As government attempts to make deals with God's people to compromise their walk in God, there will be those who will be victorious as overcomers and those who will compromise and be overcome. We need to ask ourselves,
"On which side of the Red Sea will we deal with the governmental controls in our lives? Will Egypt (government) be victorious, or will we be totally freed from its enslavement?"
God's overcomers will walk into the New Day with hands held high, totally free from all government bondage. They will only look to God who brought them out of Egypt with an high hand and total victory praise be to God who is our victory in all things pertaining to this life.
For Further Discussion
The Overcoming Process
Each Person's Personal Encounter With God
The Cry of Freedom
The I AM, The Ever-Existing One
Power and Authority Over the Satanic Realm
1. God desires to set us free from sin. After that we must allow Him to completely set us free from what? P 2
2. Name the time of three deliverances from killing innocent children? P 3
3. What must we do if we are to become part of God's deliverance in the earth today? P 4
4. Every person God uses mightily must have what? P5
5. What is the biggest battle for God's people? P 5
6. What does it mean when one falls backward? P 7
7. God only reveals to us what we need to know . P 8
8. The wilderness is a , free from what? P 8
9. God will supply all our needs when we do what? P10
10. What does the rod represent in our lives? P 10
11. What do the olive tree and the candlestick represent? P 12
12. For what purpose will God's two witnesses be given authority to shut heaven, turn the water to blood, and smite the earth with plagues as often as they will? P 13
13. We begin our walk with God by knowing Him as the All-Powerful One who forgives our sin. Then we begin to know Him as the Ever-Existing One. Who is the Ever-Existing One? P 19
14. Today many use trickery to try to prove they are great men of God, but God will not be mocked. What will happen to these men? P 20
15. What was the first deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses? P 21
16. What was the second deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses? P 23
17. What was the third deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses? P 30
18. What was the fourth deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses? P 34
19. If we want to be acceptable in the sight of God, what must we do?
20. We need to differentiate between what belongs to God and what belongs to the Egypt, the worldly government. What do you have that belongs to God?
1. God desires to set us free from sin. After that we must allow Him to completely set us free from what?
Our sin nature
2. Name the time of three deliverances from killing innocent children?
At the time of Moses, at the time of Jesus, and in our day with abortion, God is about to deliver His people once again.
3. What must we do if we are to become part of God's deliverance in the earth today?
We must turn aside from are daily activities, and draw close to the presence of God to hear His voice.
4. Every person God uses mightily must have what?
A personal meeting with God
5. What is the biggest battle for God's people?
To be freed completely from the sin nature, and the old man of sin.
6. What does it mean when one falls backward?
They are in rebellion to God
7. God only reveals to us what we need to know .
8. The wilderness is a , free from what?
Solitary place, free from all outside influences
9. God will supply all our needs when we do what?
When we totally separate ourselves from Egypt
10. What does the rod represent in our lives?
The rod is the sign of God's authority in our lives.
11. What do the olive tree and the candlestick represent?
Ancient Israel, the church (Spiritual Israel)
12. For what purpose will God's two witnesses be given authority to shut heaven, turn the water to blood, and smite the earth with plagues as often as they will?
God will give His two witnesses this power to completely free God's people from all the power of satan and worldly governmental controls in their lives.
13. We begin our walk with God by knowing Him as the All-Powerful One who forgives our sin. Then we begin to know Him as the Ever-Existing One. Who is the Ever-Existing One?
The Holy Spirit who came on the Day of Pentecost to abide with God's people for ever.
14. Today many use trickery to try to prove they are great men of God, but God will not be mocked. What will happen to these men?
Those who use trickery will be swallowed up by the power and authority of God.
15. What was the first deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses?
Pharaoh told Moses they could sacrifice to their God as long as they did not leave Egypt.
16. What was the second deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses?
Pharaoh told Moses he could go into the wilderness as long as they did not go very far.
17. What was the third deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses?
Pharaoh told Moses the men and little ones could go, but their wives and all their substance must remain in Egypt.
18. What was the fourth deal Pharaoh tried to make with Moses?
Pharaoh was willing to let everyone go serve their God, but the flocks and herds must remain in Egypt.
19. If we want to be acceptable in the sight of God, what must we do?
We must be totally separated unto God with no governmental controls in our lives.
20. We need to differentiate between what belongs to God and what belongs to the Egypt, the worldly government. What do you have that belongs to God?
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