EXODUS OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM EGYPT
Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves. Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for the children of Israel throughout their generations.(Exodus 12:36-42)
The plan of God had now manifested. The children of Israel had been delivered from bondage and they are now on their way to their promised land. I want us to take note of some words in the above text. Their sojourn in Egypt was 430 years. They were supposed to stay for 400 years according to former revelation to Abraham. Moses spent 40 years in the land of Midian, this might have added to the number of years that was originally planned by God. This in my own opinion is how our actions cause delay to what God had planned for us. We thank God that God is always faithful because He still makes His plan to come to pass despite our actions. This is to say that delay is not denial, so if there is any thing we are waiting on the LORD for, and it is not forthcoming, we should not lose hope but continue to be expectant because our expectation will not be cut short. The next words that caught my attention are that the children of Israel were referred to as “armies of the Lord”. They represented the armies of the Lord. This is a wonderful statement that made me to look at children of Israel as people that have been empowered to fight for God. They were specially chosen for this task, so that wherever they went they were supposed to be patriotic, loyal and servants of God. They were supposed to worship God and God only, their devotion must be totally to Him. Unfortunately later on as we shall see, this loyalty diminished and they found themselves serving other gods.The next words that caught my attention was ” A mixed multitude went with them also”. What is a mixed multitude? I would assume that a lot of Egyptians living among them saw what Pharaoh failed to see and decided to join the people of God. They identified with God of Jacob who was able to perform all those miracles and decided to serve the God of Jacob. Not everyone had the eyes of their understanding being enlightened as these ones that followed them. It may be possible that these people killed a Lamb and put the blood upon their doors, like the children of Israel, and they might have escaped the death of first born just like the people of Israel. Thus this is an assurance that “whosoever” will call upon the name of the Lord will,be saved.
Children of God we that have given ourselves to Christ should truly represent Him. That is the meaning of our name, “Christian”, Christ-like. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Therefore we also have been given the power or authority to step into the shoes of the children of Israel and claim all the benefits due unto children of God. We are going to embark on another journey with the 600,000 children of Israel that left Egypt and proceed to their promised land. We followed Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on their journeys, and we knew there were 70 people that entered the land of Egypt with Jacob and their number increased like the sand of the sea shore. So we will be monitoring their obedience or disobedience and consequences of their actions as they move forward with Moses and Aaron leading the way. Throughout the journey, God’s presence was manifested among them as pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. Indeed God was faithful to them and the same God has not changed. He is ever loving and He will perfect everything that concerns us in Jesus name. Amen. Remain Blessed.