In 1,313 BC, up to 2.5 million people who descended from the 12 tribes left Egypt. Today this serves as a mirror to the Chrsitians.
It happened to real people. The signature of God in setting people apart is seen from Genesis to Revelation. The Son says He comes to divide. We thank God that He has divided us from evil, sin and death.
Define set apart. (set someone/something apart) to make someone or something different and special. set someone apart from someone/something.
The Bible uses the story of the Exodus of Bnei Yisro’El (the children of Israel) to tell Christians a lesson. It was not “just” the story of Israel, don’t let anyone plant that thought in your mind. Beni were removed out of Egypt to illustrate what salvation is in the New Covenant. They made the mistake so that we don’t have to make the same mistake.
As Moses went to Pharoach and pleaded the case of letting YH’s people go, YHVH took all the planning and initiatives, down to the night of the Passover instructing Moses how to make it happen. He instructed Moses of what to do from Exodus 12.
It was ON NO PART of the Israelites that they were led out of Egypt except by the hand of Adonai. It is His grace and we are saved also by grace today, as partakers of Christ’s New Covenant. It is not of our own effort and wishes, but all by Christ going on the cross when not me, not you, no one asked Him to do it. People did not even know eternal life was on the table until Christ came. People only wished for a long life back then. Peter even tried to prevent Christ from going to the Cross. Therefore, it is all on God’s part that saves a believer, lest anyone boast of our works.
There are many covenants in the Old Testament. There is one that goes to David alone. There is one that YH gave only to Avraham. Here, we are addressing the one that was brokered on Sinai in Exodus. So we have examined the first similarity between the Old and the New Covenants. Both Covenants were sealed on the day of Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks. We are now on the 10th day of the Omer. In 40 sundowns we shall once again reach that anniversary of the New Covenant.
But the children of Israel had no faith in YHVH and 2 1/2 million of them were made by Him to roam for 40 years in Sinai. 40 years is one score and 10 years. It is a long time. When your heart is stubborn and hardened even time cannot give you the benefit of faith. Adonai says, He wants to circumcise the hearts of His people. But the Bnei would not give God their hearts.
Yoshua And Kaleb were regarded brave as they were prepared to fight the nephilim tribes to get rid of them for the Promise. Christians who refuse spiritual battles may learn from the 2 1/2 million of Jews who died in Sinai.
For 40 years they had water to drink, quails for protein daily and manna from heaven. They lived in His nature and creation. But even being provided by God, they complained. All perished except two and the next generation of Israelites entered the Promised Land. The rest of them complained about how hard it is to cross the Jordan. In the end, only their children, who were born in freedom on Sinai, not owned by anyone else but Adonai, and Yoshua and Kaleb (Joshua and Caleb) crossed the Jordan to take possession of a land that was promised to them.
Jesus promised believers who abide in Him and continue to do so, as He abides in us a land of promise. Only by following Him alone, as the Bnei followed Yoshua, would believers of the New Covenant cross over the Jordan on dry land to enter Paradise. The Jewish thief on the cross did exactly that as a sound example. He followed Jesus to paradise on the day that he died, also on the day of Passover.
Jesus spoke on multiple occasions about the necessary elimination process. First 5,000 men followed Him. After He imposed the Bread of heaven, only 12 were left to follow Him. The rest found Jesus unacceptable. The Bride of Christ shall be separated from the Church. Those who overcome according to Revelation 2 and 3 in the Seven messages of Christ will receive the Promise. Let us look at two examples of these challenges. Words of Christ in red.
1. The believer has lost his love.
4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
2. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.
Nicolaitan practices are pagan feasts in the Church
The sword of Christ’ mouth is Judgment by the Law of the New Covenant. It means the believer who takes on Nicolaitan pagan feasts will attend judgment before the throne. The life of a believer is like those 40 years walking in the wilderness. We have a lot of wilderness all around us. Have you noticed? YH will test that person for his faith in Him through His Son while facing challenges that everyone else is facing. How do you act? In Christ? Or in yourself?
If the person only wants salvation and not Jesus, he too will perish and not be entered to Paradeisos. This is a major doctrinal difference between the Protestant movement and the Bible.