The bible is so multi-dimensional and I love the way in which the Lord can speak to you through its verses. Sometimes we find ourselves living out one of the stories, and I believe this time is one such time.
The story I am referring to is Moses and his leading of the people out of Egypt. Moses grew up in Pharoh’s palace, he must have understood something of his heritage and the affliction of the Hebrews or he wouldn’t have murdered the Egyptian. News of this spread to the Hebrews and Moses runs away. Many years later he has an encounter with God a the burning bush. The lord has commissioned him to set the Israelites free and lead them out of Egypt.
Pharoh was considered to be the son of the high god Re, it was thought that he was Re’s image on earth. The Nation of Israel is considered as God’s son and Moses was Gods representative. The confrontation that ensued was a spiritual battle, God and his son Israel against Re and his son Pharaoh. Each of the ten plagues was a direct confrontation from the Lord against the pantheon of Gods led by Ra. The last plague, the death of the fist born is the most tragic and where the Israelites are instructed to cover their doorposts and lintels with the blood of a lamb, the first passover.
There is great mourning in the land and Pharoh lets the people go.
But there is one final spiritual confrontation, Pharoh gives chase to the people and in his rage pursues them through the Red Sea, it is here that the waters cover the entire army. It isn’t clear if Pharoh died in the sea but non the less he is seen as defeated and powerless. God, Yahweh has shown himself as the all powerful.
This is a very brief version of the Exodus. Leaving Egypt and following the Lord into the land of their inheritance.
Fast forward to the end of the Old Testament and there is a 400 years pause, broken by Gods visitation to Zechariah in the temple and the promise of a son. The son, John the Baptist goes into the desert and preach a message of repentance, there begins another Exodus, a people turning to God.
And I see that this season is again an Exodus. We have heard many times about this being a reset, we have prophesied it here over the last year and this season is a divine moment, a pause from the normal, a switching off of the autopilot. And in the middle of it all people are starting to realise, like the emperors new clothes, that they are naked, that they are in want and need, a want and need not satisfied by the material realm. This is the beginning of an Exodus from the world into the church.
The gospel message is always about Exodus, leaving Egypt behind, but there are particularly poignant moments in history where we find our selves acting out the story. You might be thinking, but I haven’t gone anywhere. Not physically, but many people are troubled by the pandemic, it is a global wake up to the fragility of man and our need of a saviour.
Hearts are more open than ever before. What should our response be?
The first Exodus began with an encounter with God. At Pentecost, the disciples encountered the Lord in power, and people turned to the Lord.
It was after the first Exodus that they went into the desert and had the first Pentecost. We are in this season, I am not promising an outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. But I am saying we are at the beginning of an Exodus. We are at the start of a turning to the Lord a leaving behind of Egypt into the promised land.
This isn’t just about people turning to Christ, it is about the people of God turning from the things of the world.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 john 2:15-17
This is a time of turning, of putting down of leaving Egypt. But also of encounter. The days in-between passover and pentecost for the early church were those of waiting to be clothed with power from on high, such that they would be empowered to be witnesses.