“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
–Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:17
I spy: something from Genesis 1, a mass baptism, a Trinity—but not exactly the one you’re used to, and the plan of salvation. Ok, now find them!
1Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7 and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. 9 Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.
10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16 As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land. 17 As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen.”
19 The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24 At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.
What is your score? You may want to double check again to make sure you found all four items!
- Something from Genesis 1: “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided” (Exodus 14:21). “and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters’” (1:6). “Then God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so” (Genesis 1:9). Moses’ hand hovered over the waters, the waters were divided from each other, and dry ground appeared. This wording gives the idea of a re-creation. God is re-creating, or even re-parenting, the Israelite people. (I got this idea from the Andrews Study Bible.*)
A mass baptism—Well to be honest, this one takes some imagination. It wasn’t baptism by immersion as in the New Testament, but the entire congregation of Israel marched through the sea. With the creation-like imagery, this most definitely symbolizes the re-creation of our hearts, as mentioned in the quote at the beginning.
A Trinity—I warned you that this was not the Trinity you expect to see, but I have this feeling that it may actually be the same Trinity we know today. “The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them” (Exodus 14:19). “At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion” (verse 24). Who are the three members of this Trinity? The “angel of God,” the “pillar of cloud,” and “the Lord.” The angel of God and the pillar of cloud are used interchangeably, and then we find that the Lord looks down through (another possible translation is “in”) the pillar of cloud. Something cool to think about, I suppose.
The Plan of Salvation—We’ll see a more complete picture of the Plan later on in the sanctuary services, but for now, this is an amazing picture. The plague that released the Israelites from slavery was the death of the firstborn son. This death made it possible for the Israelites to escape, only to feel trapped with no way out between two mountains, the Red Sea, and the Egyptians. God has them pass through the Red Sea, using words that remind us of Creation. In this same way, God has the ability to re-create us, change us, and shape us into the people He wants us to be, if we let Him. And the only way He can do this is if we accept the death of the Firstborn Son, the Only Son, the Passover Lamb.
Today I’m thankful for Jesus’ gift of life and the Plan of Salvation—the awesome way He gives life to us. Why don’t you stop right now and thank God for life and the Plan, and then ask Him to continue the re-creation process!
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
*For more information see www.andrewsstudybible.com.