Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Exodus

The underlying theme that runs from Creation until the death and resurrection of Jesus is the Exodus. In actuality we are living a daily exodus from sin to the freedom of being sons and daughters of God.

Adam and Eve's departure was an exodus in reverse - they went from freedom to the captivity of the world. Moses lead his people out of Egypt where they had been held captive, and not allowed to worship.

Jesus says at the Transfiguration:

"While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." Luke 9:29-31

After James is killed for apostasy. Peter is imprisoned by Herod but it is Herod and the Jews who are now in apostasy for Peter escapes with aid from an angel of the Lord:

"About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (It was (the) feast of Unleavened Bread.)He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. And thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, "Get up quickly." The chains fell from his wrists. The angel said to him, "Put on your belt and your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Put on your cloak and follow me." So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Acts 12:1-10

"This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. Exodus 12:11

In our spiritual live we are passing over the world, sin and death to life of Christ which is vibrant and abundant. We are re-experiencing the exodus.

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