Freedom from the past.
They were slaves. They endured hardship at the hands of the Egyptians for many, many years. And now, they had freedom.
Moses, at God’s direction, had demanded that Pharaoh let his people go. We all have heard the story, many since childhood. God hardens Pharaoh’s heart and he resists Moses’ demands multiple times, causing the Egyptian people to suffer plague after plague. Finally, after the loss of all the firstborn of Egypt, including his own, Pharaoh relents and agrees to allow Moses to lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt.
He changes his mind of course and decides to pursue the Hebrews, only to experience loss of life in the Red Sea as the Hebrews cross over on dry land and, after following them, the Egyptians are drowned as God causes the waters to flood over them.
Well..in some ways. You see, the Hebrews left the physical Egypt but their enslavement was not merely physical. It had a mental and emotional hold on them that they were not yet free from.The Hebrews left the physical Egypt but their enslavement was not merely physical #faith Click To Tweet
Their freedom was not without trial. They endured many years in the wilderness…mostly at their own hands. Their complaining and groaning caused them to wander for forty years on a trek that should have taken 11 days. Let that sink in…and ELEVEN day trip took them FORTY YEARS! It was a 250 mile journey!! And most never made it at all.
You see, these people saw God do the miraculous right in front of them!! They were led directly by God day and night! They were fed by God! And yet they did nothing but complain! They were free! Yet, when things got tough they complained:
“Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11 (NKJV)
They actually saw Egypt, the land of their enslavement, a better option than the comparatively speaking minor trials they had to endure in the wilderness.
“Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3
God provided what they needed! But they kept focusing on their WANTS. They had manna to eat every day, but they complained. They wanted more. So they had quail. When they were thirsty, God provided the sweet water out of the bitter (Exodus 15). He gave them everything they needed and tolerated their complaints time and time again!! Oh sometimes He wanted to strike them down on the spot, and I can’t say I blame Him. But He didn’t. And yet in all His provision and their freedom…they longed for the land of their enslavement.God provided what they needed! But they kept focusing on their WANTS. #faith Click To Tweet
You cannot be free and enslaved at the same time!You cannot be free and enslaved at the same time! #faith #proverbs31 Click To Tweet
The Church in Galatia experienced this, albeit in a different way, which is why Paul exhorted them:
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)
They had difficulty separating themselves from the “works” of the Law and coming into the freedom that Christ afforded them. Their “Egypt” was the Law. They had a difficult time moving away from the bonds of the Law and into the freedom that is Christ. They had difficulty moving away from the “works” that had been their enslavement, such as circumcision. If they could not do that they could not experience the freedom Christ died to afford them.
What is your Egypt? What is it that continues to bind you? What yoke do you still carry that you can take to the cross?What is your Egypt? What is it that continues to bind you? #faith #proverbs31 Click To Tweet
Is it that you keep one foot in Jordan and one foot in Egypt by letting sin or old habits in when things get tough? We have a very real enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy! He wants nothing more than to make us believe that our walk is too difficult. He wants us to run back to Egypt whenever our walk turns to a crawl.The enemy wants us to run back to Egypt whenever our walk turns to a crawl. #warfare Click To Tweet
Is it a part of your old life you keep wanting to run back to when you are attacked? What parts of your past life are you holding onto as some sort of security blanket?
Is it that you take the blessings of God for granted and complain about the very things you asked Him for? Maybe you prayed for that husband but now complain about him? Maybe you prayed day and night for that job but now complain about the hours, or the co-workers?
Leave your Egypt behind!! Look forward…to the promised land God has for you!! You have dwelt long enough at this mountain!! It is time to move forward into all He has for you!!You have dwelt long enough at this mountain!! #faith #proverbs31 Click To Tweet