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December 7, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – DEC 8

by Leslie John

WHEN WE WERE YET WITHOUT STRENGTH

Leslie M. John

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6

We are not freed from the bondage of sin because Satan was willing to let us loose but because Lord Jesus Christ defeated Satan at the cross of Calvary and put Satan to shame. Lord Jesus Christ bore our sins on the cross and died for our sake. He was raised on the third day. He walked on this earth for forty days after His resurrection and then ascended into heaven. The Church is His body and we are the members of His body. He is the head of the Church. Rejoice in the Lord because He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He is our High Priest and there is no other mediator than Him and Him alone.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3)

“When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, [and] Israel his dominion” Psalm 114:1-2

When the apt time came for the deliverance of the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh, they were asked by Egyptians to leave Egypt as soon as possible. (Ref. Exodus 12:33-36).

Earlier the LORD showed His desire that they should hurriedly leave Egypt just as He commanded them that they should gird up themselves while eating Passover. It shows the urgency that was needed to leave the sinful nation to their Promised Land. They were commanded to have their loins girded, to have their shoes on their feet, to have their staffs in their hands while eating Passover.

“And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12:11)

The children of Israel were asked to leave Egypt not because Pharaoh was willing to send them away but because of the affliction that the LORD brought on them with His mighty hand and outstretched arm. Pharaoh refused sending them away in spite of seeing miracles from the living God and facing plagues that the LORD brought on him and his people.

God called Israel as His firstborn and blessed Jacob.. The Lord renamed Jacob as Israel. The LORD blessed Jacob’s offspring to the extent that his children could not be numbered and their number would be as the sand of the sea and stars in heaven.

The children of Israel suffered under Pharaoh for nearly four hundred years. Their suffering was seen by the LORD and He heard their cry. The LORD chose Moses, his servant, and Aaron, brother of Moses, to lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt unto the Promised Land of Canaan.

The people of Israel left the land of strange language and preserved their language. (It is interesting that Hebrew language, which seemed to have been extinguished fully, after A.D 70, resurrected once again to the utmost surprise of nations around them and the world. It is God’s pleasant and pure language which could never get drowned among several popular languages of the world).

In their journey the children of Israel defeated six nations and thirty one kings. When the LORD parted Red Sea the children of Israel and their cattle walked on the dry land in the midst of the Sea while there was light for them from the pillar of cloud that stood between them and the chasing Pharaoh’s army and their chariots. The other side of the pillar of cloud that Pharaoh and his army saw was dark. The darkness is felt only when there is no light. The darkness is curse, and tough to bear for man.

“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” Genesis 1:4

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. John 8:12

Pharaoh, his chariots and his army were drowned in the Red Sea and were killed while the children of Israel comfortably crossed the entire width of the Sea. The sides of the waters stood like walls for their protection while they slowly walked the breadth of the Sea.

The children of Israel went out of Egypt, not clandestinely but with boldness, filled with courage with the spoils of Egyptians who offered them their wealth to leave Egypt as soon as possible. They were unable to bear the agony and sufferings in consequence of the plagues that the LORD brought on them, especially the death of their firstborn. Egyptians ill-treated the firstborn of the LORD and consequently they had to see the death of their firstborn. Yet, Pharaoh did not learn lesson but chased them from behind, in his evil desire, to get them back to the land of Egypt to make them slaves again but he failed miserably.

When the children of Israel left Egypt Judah became the sanctuary and Israel became the dominion of the Lord. The sea saw the fled. The River Jordan was driven back when Joshua led the posterity of the people of Israel into the Promised Land.

The LORD is mighty. The earth trembles in the presence of the Land and stands still. The mountains and the hills flee before Him like lambs.

“He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Psalm 10:32-33

“When thou didst terrible things [which] we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence” Isaiah 64:3

When the due sea season came Lord Jesus Christ came into this world as the Lamb of God to redeem us from the bondage of Sin.

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