The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. Ex 3:7-9
The Lord had a plan to deliver His people from the oppression of the enemy. Egypt was a land filled with many gods. There was a god for everything and the people spent their lives trying to appease these gods. They called it worship, but we know it as idolatry. Anything that stands between us and the One True God is idolatry. When we trust in our ability to do something other than fully depend on God, we have fallen into idolatry. Truly, these gods, or idols, were demons that held the people in captivity. Today, we read this story as if it were a fairy tale. We think how ridiculous the Egyptians were to place their trust and hope in these gods, but we must realize that we are the same way. What is it that you trust to help you in times of trouble? What actions do you take to deliver yourself without seeking counsel from the One Who knows it all? You might utter a prayer of help, but are you willing to sit still while He works out the answer to your prayer?
We can be certain that the Hebrew people had adopted many of the ways of their neighbors. They had been oppressed in this land for 450 years. The stories of their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had been passed down, but it had been a long time since they had seen God move. They, too, had been caught in the web of idolatry. They had learned the ways of the Egyptians and their system of worship. They cried out for help, but didn’t know what to do. They needed a Deliverer. God heard their cries and He had plan, but the process was not going to be simple. God would have to systematically dismantle their wrong belief system. He was going to show His superior power over every lie they believed and this was going to take some time. As we look at each plague, we see how deliberately God confronts the demons and their lies in order to liberate the people to believe in Him. This opportunity of freedom was specifically for the Hebrews, but the Egyptians could choose to believe in Him as well. When presented with the Truth, each man must decide for himself what he is going to believe. Deliverance from this old system led them to the Promised Land where they could have had a new life and a new relationship with God. Sadly, we know that the generation that came out of Egypt was not able to make the shift. The younger generation, lead by Joshua, finally entered the Promised Land 40 years later.
We have this same opportunity today. We can cooperate with God and let him dismantle our wrong beliefs or we can hold tightly to them and remain captive. We can be delivered to find freedom and our true identity. We can become who we are meant to be. When this happens our worship becomes new. God told Moses to say to Pharaoh, “Let my people go, so they can worship Me.” Worship of the One True God is not just singing a song. It is not an event, it is the celebration of our relationship with Him and it is lived out in every minute of every day. It is 24/7 as we become one with Him. In Him, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
In these last days, we must realize that this pattern of the Exodus is being played out one more time, only this time entering the Promised Land will mean Jesus ushering us into His Kingdom. The plagues the Egyptians faced are a foreshadowing of the judgments in the Book of Revelation that the whole world will experience. God the Father has made provision for His children to work with Him in unfolding this end-times scenario, just as Moses and Aaron where his spokesmen back then. We all have a part to play if we choose to yield to His work of deliverance and reformation in our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. This will be a most glorious time for all who choose to make themselves ready for the return of our Bridegroom Jesus. It’s time to shift and get ready!