The Plagues, Passover & Sacred Calendars

By Pastor G. Evan Newmyer

The following charts and commentary are excerpts from the full Bible Course, Lesson 3, by Pastor Newmyer. For more on this subject, please continue your studies with the Course, “Genesis to Revelation – An Exposition.”

The Plagues

The first Commandment was not make gods out of people, God made Moses a god before Pharaoh, but Moses didn’t make himself a god, nor did he make Aaron one. Mentor worship is an excuse not to be used; we place a human above us assuming they were so holy, we could never reach their place of holiness, allowing us to deny the calling. On the same note we find the Whacko places their self as a god over the people of God. Pharaoh assumed he was the god of gods, his statement of, "Who is the Lord, who I should obey" (Ex 5:2), makes more sense when we consider the mindset of the man. Pharaoh felt the gods would do as he commanded, thus he also thought the God of Moses would obey him. When things turned on him, he went into battle based on his presumption of being the god who could defeat the God of Moses. Each plague on Egypt proved the ineffectiveness of the gods of Egypt by proving the effectiveness of God. 



FROGS - EX 8:1-15                                           

GNATS (MOSQUITOES) - EX 8:16-19:                  

FLIES - EX 8:20-32:

PLAGUE ON CATTLE  - EX 9:1-7                        

BOILS - EX 9:8-12:                       

HAIL - EX 9:13-35:                                               

LOCUSTS - EX 10:1-20                                                  

DARKNESS EX 10:21-29                                 

DEATH OF FIRSTBORN - EX 11:1-12:36:                          

Paul understood he still had weaknesses, thus they didn’t go away because of the Cross, but they did become known to Paul as ineffective by the nature of Christ. He didn’t attempt to elevate them, hide them, or use them as a supposed strength. Rather he took authority over them by keeping them weak, thereby allowing the strength of Christ to be his strength. The biggest weakness of all is the flesh, the flesh has feelings, it governs us by seeking the feeling. Man uses pride because he likes the feeling which pride produces, just as man likes the feeling of being superior, so he dominates, manipulates, or uses statements to belittle others, just to exalt himself. Man likes the praises of man, so he does things to get the feeling, just as he likes the praises he heaps on himself. Man also makes his gods so he can control them. Those are areas where the weak flesh becomes the god of the soul, thus the Cross is the place to impute the flesh dead, so we can live in Christ. These children did not have our advantage, but they did have one like unto us. Pharaoh couldn’t cross the Sea, there was no place in the wilderness for Pharaoh, just as there is no place in our wilderness for the devil. Jesus destroyed (made ineffective) the devil by the Cross, thus the Cross is a doorway, one wherein we enter, but the devil cannot. The only way the devil can activate himself in our lives, is when we give him place (opportunity).

The children faced themselves in the wilderness, not Pharaoh. We must be able to see our wilderness experiences are for us, not against us. God is doing a great and wonderful work, but the flesh considers it horrid. It’s suppose to, it is becoming completely ineffective in our walk of faith.

We can see how each plague, sign or wonder exposed the ineffectiveness of the gods of Egypt. On the same note, Pharaoh was never allowed to speak to God, he spoke to Moses, who spoke to God. Moses will be rejected by Pharaoh more than once, but he will not stop the course on seeing the children set free. Our job is to speak as the Oracles of God, thus we speak with the expectation of someone believing, but it doesn't mean we can make them believe, nor does it mean we hit the "pit of self-pity" if they don't believe. Our job is to preach, not believe for them, if they reject us, we "shake the dust off our feet". The metaphoric phrase "shake the dust off" holds two meanings, we don't hold any ill-feelings, we don't allow anger, rejection, self-pity, or any other emotion to enter in because of the rejection. Second is the metaphor Dust means flesh, shake the flesh off our feet, keep going in the Spirit. Discern, don't burn.

The fear of rejection will cause us to bend the rules to get man’s approval, or discard the purpose of our calling to gain approval, either of which makes us compromise our position with the flesh, very dangerous. Moses never compromised with Pharaoh, it was God’s way, or no way. Moses found the purpose was to provide Pharaoh enough of God to make a decision. Moses was not required to tell Pharaoh how the water turned to blood, or where the boils came from. Isaiah was also told, "Go and tell this people, Hear you indeed but understand not; and see you indeed but perceive not" (Isa 6:9). Jeremiah was told, "be not dismayed at their faces" (Jere 1:17). These are warnings to the prophets; they were to speak, but they weren't to expect the voices of praise to come from the people. They heard the voices of rejection, yet they were not to allow those voices to interfere with their course. However, Jeremiah almost slipped into the trap, thus God told him to seek the Precious (Jere 15:19). There are many events where we have to search for the Precious.

When Moses and Aaron started the deliverance, Moses was 80 years old, Aaron was 83 years old; it's never too late to begin, nor is it too late to enter the work of the Lord (Ex 7:7). This little side note is interesting, the two men lead different lives, yet they were related. Moses spent 40 years as an Egyptian, 40 more in training in Midian, then 40 in the wilderness. He served God, yet he never got to see the Promised Land. He knew about it, since he mentions names of places in the Promised Land, but his ministry didn't lead him there. Aaron would be the first priest under the Law of Moses, he spent most of his life as a captive, no special priestly training, no time in the Pharaoh's place of educational refinement, no degree in religion, no doctoral work to prove him worthy of the office, just a call from God. How dare he take on such an important task? The man must be crazy, or anointed, you pick which.

The first sign will also show us the children of Israel were not free of all the plagues, yet it was not God who produced the plagues on the children. The plagues God brought were on the Egyptians, the magicians of Pharaoh then cast plagues on the children, but there came a time when God would place a separation between the children of God and the house of Pharaoh. Aaron cast his rod before Pharaoh, it became a serpent, but Pharaoh had his sorcerers (magicians) cast their rods down, their rods became serpents (Ex 7:8-11). Pharaoh had his New Age, the only thing new about the New Age is our fear of it. In fact, the only power the New Age has, is what we gave it through our fear of it.

Moses will experience some mighty things, all of which are Supernatural, or things regarding the natural. Supernatural is still natural, limiting it to the natural realm. The supernatural has limits to its power, the deeds of Pharaoh's sorcerers will show there comes a place for the limit of evil, while God's supernatural power continues on. A counterfeit is a rough, unauthorized copy, lacking the power and authority of the original. We are always in a better position when we know we’re in the Name of Jesus; we are a people who have the supernatural ability in God, plus the spiritual ability of God.

Why did Pharaoh even try? He presumed he was the god of gods, if the Lord God of Moses wanted a fight, well bless God, Pharaoh was ready, or was he? God fought this battle on the turf of Pharaoh, with weapons Pharaoh could understand; however, not with Pharaoh’s weapons. Pharaoh was about as spiritual as a bagel, yet God is Spirit, He is fully able to make His point in a way the natural mind of Pharaoh could grasp; showing the plagues were all supernatural, not spiritual. The same is true with us, we war in a natural war zone, but we fight with spiritual weapons, we never fight flesh and blood, either do we fight with the natural weapons of man. These plagues also show us judgment is real, God is fully able to bring plagues to prove His might. Some might say "it doesn't sound like a Good God to me", but if we rightly divide the Word we can see the Love of God in the Day, yet the Wrath of God in the Night, is God equal? God will do what God will do, a good servant doesn't question the Master, they obey. Paul made this clear in Romans by showing God will have mercy, on whom He will have mercy and compassion on whom He will have compassion (Rom 9:15). For the Scripture says unto Pharaoh, "Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, so I might show My power in thee, and My Name might be declared throughout the earth" (Rom 9:17). Was God's Name declared: Certainly, Rahab heard of the Acts of God, she rejected her people for the people of God. There are those who Hear of our Acts, even if we don't know they have heard. Our actions have force and effect in people we don't even know.

After Moses hears, "speak to Pharaoh", he then hears, "Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you" (Ex 7:4). This wasn't to discourage Moses, but to encourage him. Jesus knew those in His own home town would reject Him, but He nonetheless preached with the expectation of them receiving. Did He know they wouldn't receive? Yes, but God's desire and God's reality are often different. In any case none of those who rejected Jesus could ever say, “well gee, we were never given the opportunity”. There are times when God will send us to carnal junction, or the place of rejection. Before we get there we tend to insert our own expectations, as did Jonah, presuming things God never told us. In Jonah’s case it was “they’re going to kill me”, in some of us it’s, “they will believe, and fall on their face I just know it”; when we get there they attack, yell, call us everything but a preacher. We get frustrated, yet it happened to Jesus, but He knew the purpose was Opportunity for the hearer. He shook the dust off, going on to the next place, as we should.

Aaron's rod swallowed the serpents of Pharaoh, this is a type and shadow of how we tread on serpents. The word Serpent means Malicious, we overcome malicious words by rendering good for evil. The word Malicious means an intent to do harm, it’s the basis for the word Slander. The title Satan means The Slanderer, slander is not always a lie, rather it’s seldom based on a lie. Libel is an outright lie, but Slander can be based on a fact, but presented to do someone harm, or presented with the specific intent to harm their reputation. It may contain some information, but leaves out enough to cause the hearer to draw the wrong conclusion. In some legal circles Libel is printed, slander spoken, but the meaning of Slander found in the Bible refers to the character of Satan. Whether it’s a fact or not doesn’t matter, if it’s said with the intent to do harm to the person or their reputation it’s slander. Discernment desires to know how to deal with a person or situation, slander could care less, as long as it hurts someone. A classic example of slander is when Peter told the Lord, “be it far from You, Lord: this shall not be” (Matt 16:22). This was in response to Jesus telling the disciples about the Cross and Resurrection which was to come. The words of Peter were based on Jewish idioms meaning, “have pity on Yourself, make God stop it”. In response Jesus said, “get you behind Me Satan”, or “Get you behind Me, Slanderer”, so how was it slander? Who would be harmed, certainly not Jesus, Peter assumed why go through it? Things were just fine they way they were, yet the entire purpose was based on the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. To “natural Peter” it seemed like the right thing to say at the moment, but he slandered God’s Plan, in so doing he slandered God. In the Hebrew the word Satan is actually a title of a position, according to the Hebrews, Satan is an adversary of humans, not God, thus Satan is more akin to the spirit of man, with an intent to destroy mankind. Another way to view this struggle between Pharaoh and Moses is the intent, Pharaoh was attempting to promote, or hold to his ideology by using the children of God against God; whereas God through Moses was using His Power to free the children. Two completely different intents, with two completely different results.

God will harden Pharaoh's heart, but it started with Pharaoh having a hard heart, as the man rejected the obvious signs, his heart grew harder (Ex 7:14). The first plague of the Water being turned into Blood should have warned Pharaoh, but his own pride blinded him. Later at a wedding Jesus will turn water into wine, later yet He will proclaim how His Blood is the New Testament. We take Wine or Grape Juice as a symbol of the Blood of Jesus, but here in the first plague we find some interesting elements. Water represents Mercy, the Blood represents a sacrifice, the first plague pointed to Pharaoh's complete lack of Mercy in reference to the children being able to sacrifice unto God. Pharaoh is bringing all these things on himself; this will be evident in the last plague, when the first born of Egypt are slain.

This is an area helping define metaphors, the Water couldn’t mean the Spirit, since it’s not an issue here, neither is Grace, but we know there is no remission without the shedding of blood (Heb 9:22 & Lev 17:11). The Covenant called for the sprinkling of blood, they wanted to sacrifice animals, meaning they knew the blood stood for the Covenant. This of course was based on Abraham’s sacrifice, which had the animals cut in half, wit the blood between the halves. However, they had no idea what Born Again meant, at this point in time it was still the Abrahamic Covenant.

Although Pharaoh didn't know it, he was building the faith of Moses. Pharaoh is a prime example of how a vessel of dishonor can hone the vessels of honor. Moses worked harder as his faith grew with each experience; yet Moses could have said, "Aaron, look, he has more power than we, let's get out of here", or "Aaron, New Age, find the door"; but Moses knew for Whom he worked, he also knew he had to do battle in the manner God desired. Each time Pharaoh said, "No", Moses saw another miracle, yet while the faith of Moses grew, the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart also grew. The difference? Moses was looking for God, Pharaoh was looking to stop God. Moses could have joined in Pharaoh's attack, or seek God, he did the latter, winning the battle.

Pharaoh was raised for a purpose, on the surface it appeared anything but good, but nonetheless Pharaoh did acts to complete the will of God, although his acts were evil, the result was still good for the people of God. The people saw how the kings of the world are overcome by the power of God, at times it’s something we forget (Rom 9:17-19).

Pharaoh's character is representative of the spirit of disobedience, as it uses force and manipulation to control. The Egypt (worldly) mindset crossed the water with the children giving us a type of the Wiles of the devil; although Pharaoh was destroyed as a result of the Water. The Wiles of the devil are the methods of his operation, it is not the devil, but how he operates through the spirit of man. We war against using the wiles of the devil, as we war against being overcome by them, as we war against reacting to them in a natural manner, or using them as our form of warfare. At times it’s seems just as easy to attack anger with anger, but it’s still using a wile of the enemy against the enemy.

The spirit of man can enter the kingdom, it may become the spirit of antichrist, setting itself against the Spirit of Truth. It will turn into the he in the world hindering us from reaching the Christ Character. James tells us, “do you think the Scripture says in vain, The spirit  dwelling in us lust to envy?”. We studied this phrase and found it to mean the old man, the same spirit of man producing deception. Although James shows the spirit is ineffective, we also know the ineffective spirit remains with the flesh. The Wicked make the choice to use the spirit lusting to envy to their advantage, thus when we were in the world we were subject to it, but the Wicked use it, much different. The spirit of man was the problem in Corinth, they had the Spirit, but remained carnal, allowing strive and envy to guide them (I Cor 3:3). Since they had the Spirit, they were without excuse, yet they produced the signs of carnal thinking, by their strife, division and envy. They set Gates in the way, yet gates are not offensive weapons, they are defensive; unless of course you take it off the hinges and beat someone half to death. However, the gates of hell Jesus referred to were like unto the gates in the wall around the city of Jerusalem (Matt 16:18). Although we know the gates of hell hold death, they also Separate, Divide, or Hinder. There is a Godly division, but there is also an ungodly one. Paul asked the Corinthians “Is Christ divided?” (I Cor 1:13). Ungodly division brings contentions and strife, usually leading to heresy (I Cor 1:11, I Cor 11:18-19, II Cor 12:20 & James 3:14). Two Godly elements remove the gates of hell, Unity of the Faith with the Unity of the Spirit (Eph 4:3 & 4:13). There is of course a Godly separation (James 1:21 & Heb 4:12), here we see examples of both, God is separating His children from Egypt, but Pharaoh is attempting to separate the people from God; guess who wins? 

God was giving the children opportunity to see how ineffective the bondage was, as well as defining why they didn’t need to suffer under the slavery mentality. God knew the slavery mentality of the oppressed can turn during the moment of freedom to become the  mentality of the oppressor. Therefore, we can leave Egypt, yet turn and become the oppressor. Peter told us to not to use constraint when feeding the flock of God (I Pet 5:1-2), thus one can, or why warn us not to? We are also told not to use our Freedom as a covering of maliciousness (I Pet 2:16), which would associate us with those who have a reprobate mind (Rom 1:28-29), which means it’s possible, although not very probable.

There are the Acts of God, there are the Ways of God, the Acts will happen, but the Ways only come when we are Born Again, as the Holy Ghost teaches us by comparing spiritual to spiritual (I Cor 2:13). The Acts are Good, the Ways are Good, the two should be one in order to maintain with God. We can do the Acts, yet never enter the Ways, or we can put so much study on the Ways we reject the Acts, never obtaining the Ways. God is Equal, He expects us to balance the Ways with the Acts, do the things of God by walking in the Spirit.

The time element between the first encounter between Moses and Pharaoh, until the departure from Egypt would take forty days. The chain of events are as follows: day one, Moses talks to the people, the next day he talks to Pharaoh; on the 3rd day the rod of Aaron turns into a serpent; the 4th day the water is turned into blood for seven days (Ex 7:25); the 12th day brings the frogs, the 13th day the lice; the 14th day brings the flies; the 15th day the flies stop; on the 16th day the promise for the hail: the 17th day the hail falls; on the 18th day the boils break out; on the 20th day the locusts come for two days; on the 22nd day darkness falls for three days: on the 25th day the darkness ends: on the 26th day Pharaoh makes his final statement, which will also be the first day of the Hebrew New Year; on the 35th day they pick a lamb for the Passover; on the 39th day they have Passover; on the 40th day they leave. God is Equal, they saw the miracles during the forty days in Egypt, they had the evidence of God delivering them from Egypt, then God asked them to believe Him through the forty days of the wilderness in order for them to possess the Promised Land. However, their unbelief led to iniquity, as they failed to believe God, making the forty days turn into forty years (Ex 34:9 & Numb 14:33).

Not only were they to travel the wilderness, but they were to sacrifice and praise the Lord for His deliverance. The premise was to go three days into the wilderness then sacrifice, did they? Exodus 15:22-24 shows they were three days into the wilderness when they began to complain about the water. Answer the question? The longer we complain and murmur, the longer we remain in the wilderness of God.

The wilderness was the place for an attitude change, from oppression to gladness of heart, from slavery mentality to being free; however, the children made the choice to murmur and complain. They failed to mix the Word given with Faith, but wait, we may have hit on something here. They crossed the Red Sea by faith, so what was their attitude then? Singing and Dancing; faith must entail an attitude conducive to being a blessing. What was the motivation for crossing? The death of Pharaoh, it was a faith based in desperation, a type of faith avoiding the immediately danger, “Oh God forgive me this time, same me, I won’t do it again”, next day, “Oh God forgive me this time, save me, I won’t do it again”. This type of faith is nonetheless faith, but it fails to mix with the Word, in the case of the children they failed to mix the Word with faith. We can hear, yet not apply the words to our faith, in some cases it’s because the foundation of faith is missing.

Lusts are deceptive, they rarely appear as they are, the lust of pride may surface as self-pity, just to get attention. The Spirit (Word) in us “discerns spirits” so we can minister to the real problem becomes what is behind the masks (I Cor 12:7-11). Since the New Man is the Word in us (James 1:27), it stands if we mix our faith with the New Man we win.

They failed to praise God for His benefits; because of their unbelief, they ended with the Law of Moses. The curse came because they failed to serve the Lord with joy and gladness of Heart for the abundance of all things (Deut 28:47). The phrase All Things means All Things, good, bad or indifferent.

On the other side the symbol of Aaron's rod (serpent) devouring the serpents of Pharaoh, which should have told Pharaoh this is a "no win situation"; but a hard heart can't see beyond the hardness, really, a hard heart only sees what it wants to see while it only hears what it wants to hear.      

The day after the serpent scene, God tells Moses and Aaron, Go back and meet Pharaoh at the water's edge. It will be at the water's edge where Aaron's rod will turn the water to blood (Ex 7:15-21). First came the Word, then the serpent, now Water and Blood. Turning the Water to Wine will be the first miracle Jesus will do, the Wine being an example of the New Covenant pointing to the Blood of Jesus. However, here it’s water to blood, not water to wine, connect this to the bitter water three days into the wilderness. Here we find the water into blood, in the wilderness it will be bitter water, but for two different purposes. Here it was to show Pharaoh how he turned the Mercy God into wickedness; however, in the wilderness we find two things taking place. First the children held to the old ways feeling the plagues had returned, yet they were delivered. Sound familiar? Yes, some of us see a bug then run off yelling, “the curse, the curse”. The water remained as blood until Pharaoh admitted the Power was of God, in the wilderness it took a Tree to make the water sweet. The children’s minds were on the past, not the future.

Pharaoh's magicians copied God with their enchantments, causing the water to turn to blood throughout all of Egypt, which included the places where the Hebrews were living (Ex 7:22-24). The magicians of Pharaoh wouldn't curse Pharaoh, thus the evidence shows the plagues were placed on Pharaoh's house, then Pharaoh had his magicians place the plagues on the Hebrews; however, the magicians of Pharaoh would shortly find the limit to their evil supernatural power, while God's power keeps going.

Next Aaron is told to Stretch forth his hand to bring the plague of the frogs (Ex 8:5). Here it gets interesting, in Exodus 8:6 it says only the hand of Aaron was stretched forth. In Exodus 8:16 it's, "stretch out your rod", but in Exodus 8:17 we find Aaron stretched forth his hand and rod. So, was Aaron being rebellious? After all it was "hand and rod", but Aaron only stretched forth his hand, then it was "rod", then he stretched forth his hand and rod. No he wasn’t being rebellious, if he stretched forth the rod, he would have to do so with his hand. God never said, "stretch forth your rod with your feet".

The magicians of Pharaoh think they can twist the judgment of God by putting it back on God's people, they used their enchantments causing the entire land of Egypt to be covered with frogs (Ex 8:7). Up to this time their attitude is, "So what, here's back at you"; however, in all the copycat maneuvers the magicians of Pharaoh could never stop one plague, or produce their own, rather they merely copied what God produced.

Next Aaron will stretch out his rod as the dust became lice, but when the magicians attempted it, they failed, saying, "It's the finger of God" (Ex 8:16-19). When they copied the plagues it was “Aaron”, but when their power reached a limit, they gave God the credit, only because they could no longer copy the sign. This is not only a sign of their defeat, but shows the power of God enduring well past the time when witchcraft reaches its limit. For us this is a great sign, there are times when it looks like the devil is just copying us, but if we endure he will reach his limit, yet we’ll just be getting started.

God will now put the division between His people and the house of Pharaoh (Ex 8:24). It was time to show Pharaoh as well as the children there is a division between Egypt and God. Although there were copies, Pharaoh reached the height of their power, yet the power of God was just beginning. When they knew it was the “finger of God”, it should have been enough evidence to yield, but will they? We know Pharaoh won’t, but what about the children? Will they now firm up their belief unto faith?

The children would “see” many things before, and during the wilderness, each one the Lord is allowing or providing as a means to build their belief and faith. Joshua and Caleb are symbols of those who endure bringing forth fruit, but the first time we hear of Joshua will be in Exodus 17:9 after the departure, the first time we read about Caleb is in Numbers 13:6 (Ex 17:9, Numb 13:6 & Mark 4:20). What importance is this? Both Joshua and Caleb remained silent in the Egypt testing, they become examples of those who submit; on the other hand we find the other children complaining with the attitude of "it's to hard, we can't do it", the same attitude will carry over into the wilderness. In our case, when the root is coming forth we will face all those golden calves we brought with us from Egypt, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts for other things. If we endure, the blade will come forth as we become little children, knowing our sins are forgiven, then onto young men where we have victory over the Wicked (Mark 4:18-20  & I Jn 4:1-5). The Blade stage begins to produce the fruit, not the seed or root (Mark 4:28). It's when the Blade comes up when we see the Tares from Egypt in ourselves and others. We can go crazy assuming we are some evil creature, or we can rejoice knowing the tares are being destroyed by the Spirit of Truth: the latter is better, more productive and beneficial to both the Lord and us.

Pharaoh knew his gods were failing him, but as most ego infested kings, he also felt he was higher than his own gods, or at least felt he was equal to God. However, Pharaoh reached a point where he knew only the God of Moses could stop the plagues. Pharaoh knew his magicians could only copy the plagues, neither could they stop them, or bring them. Like all New Age workers, they copy something to a point, but they can't stop it. Only after Pharaoh's magicians failed to copy the later plagues, did Pharaoh think he had sinned. Would he limit the sin to the immediate plague? Yes, showing his repentance was to escape the danger, not to atone for his sin. He gives us a look at “self-repentance”, he was remorseful, but only because it wasn’t going his way. Repenting to avoid danger, or repenting because things are not going the way we want is not true repentance, self-repentance is short lived, usually soon forgotten.

Pharaoh now says, Moses can make a sacrifice, but like all Pharaohs, he will limit the sacrifice and place rules and regulations on the method and time, thus Pharaoh is still wanting to control the event in some manner. Policy and rules are different, Policy is something we live to, rules are something we make others live to.

Pharaoh knew the Hebrews wanted to sacrifice sheep, but killing sheep was an abomination to Egypt. Pharaoh tells Moses to leave the flocks but go and sacrifice, sacrifice what? Daisies? (Ex 8:25-26). Pharaoh gave in for the moment, but removed the elements for the sacrifice. Moses entreated the Lord and the flies stopped, but as soon as the flies stopped, so did the promise from Pharaoh (Ex 8:28-32). Clearly the evidence of Self-repentance, as soon as the danger passes, so does the repentance.

The entire premise is for Pharaoh to "let God's people go", so they can serve the Lord, but Pharaoh didn't want to lose his control over God's people, neither did he want to lose control over his control. Who were they serving at this time? Pharaoh, thus Pharaoh refused to give up what he felt was his, yet in truth God will show Pharaoh owns nothing. Could Pharaoh stop the Exodus? Not at all, the devil couldn't stop us from coming to Jesus either. Pharaoh not being able to enter the Wilderness shows us the devil cannot cross the “Cross barrier” of the kingdom, thus he planted Tares when we were in his realm. The problem isn’t the devil, it’s the flesh with those wiles and tares of the devil.

The children couldn't sacrifice while in Egypt, as a sign to us, no one can truly give God the Glory while they remain in Egypt. If God is "all powerful" why not hit Pharaoh with a bolt of lightning and get it over with? God's plan, our self-determinations of what God should, or shouldn't do are much different from what God is doing. God was showing His people His power, giving them incentive to believe when their discipleship begins in the wilderness. God never takes us into a wilderness unless He first shows us His power. Unfortunately some of us confuse the source of the power and say, "look at the power I have". Do those statements mean we are fitted for destruction? Not at all, it means there is yet a cleaning to take place; God desires for us to become vessels of Mercy (honor). How do we know? We enter places of cleaning like the wilderness; if God didn't care, He wouldn't bring us to a place to clean us.

The vessels of dishonor are "fitted" for destruction, the word Fitted in Romans 9:22 is the Greek Katartizo meaning To adjust, or To put something in its appropriate position, or to Arrange as a Potter would form clay for its use. It doesn't mean to "create", rather it means to form, it holds the concept of forming based on what the product allows. If the clay is hard by refusing water, it is limited for use, leaving the Potter no choice but to form it by it’s own hardness. It seems strange for Paul would equate the vessels of dishonor to those within the Body, yet use Pharaoh as example, since Pharaoh was not called of God, or was he? This evil man was sitting as Pharaoh simply because God allowed him the position, thus God was still in control, He still had a plan going beyond the man. Did God make Pharaoh evil? No, Pharaoh did, but God used the wickedness of Pharaoh to show the children the delivering power of God. Pharaoh was still related to Abraham, it may be Paul’s point.

We can see God doing something benevolent for the children, yet at the same time the unbelief of Pharaoh is turning to rage, as he challenges God, yet in the challenge Pharaoh's heart became harder, thus the children had a living example of what happens when you challenge God. We also have the example, it’s good to know these things as we keep them in mind when we find ourselves in an event we don’t like.

Pharaoh became an example of what not to do when confronted by God, it’s an example we can't ignore. If we take this back to the time Joseph we find many things, first God could have stopped the drought which caused Jacob to enter Egypt in the first place, but He didn't. God could have warned Jacob about the drought many years prior, but He didn't. Perhaps Jacob's faith wasn't strong enough? No, it had nothing to do with Jacob's faith, it had to do with the plan of God. God could have warned Joseph in a dream to keep his mouth closed regarding the dreams, but He didn't. God could have caused Joseph to be saved by Reuben, but He didn't. God did save Egypt through Joseph, only to destroy it through Moses. Wow, sounds like a waste of time. Not at all, the purpose became apparent in the wilderness. Joseph kept the Lord in his heart, thus God was with him. Pharaoh kept Pharaoh in his heart, God was against him. Both Joseph and Pharaoh were leaders, both were raised by God, yet for different purposes.

God gives Choice to the heathen as well as His called, the plague of the hail mixed with fire proves it. The Egyptians who feared the Lord could remove their cattle and servants from the field, but as we will see those who looked to Pharaoh as their god, left their cattle in the open, causing their cattle to die (Ex 9:1-3 & 9:6). These cattle provided milk and cheese, staples to the Egyptian diet. The cattle belonging to the children of Israel were spared from the plague, as the Division and Separation was still in place and becoming obvious (Ex 9:6). This example shows how God can operate with His called while they are yet in Egypt. This fits with Romans 8:28, where we read, "And we know all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose". When we were in the world, we were nonetheless Called according to God's purpose, thus those whom God has predestinated, He also called; the purpose of the Predestination is for us to be Conformed (not created) into the Image of His Son (Rom 8:29-30). The Predestination is the Record, the Witness on earth is bringing the Record into our lives, thus It's the Conforming process we call Justification, the Just still live by Faith (Heb 10:38-39).

Before the hail falls, the house of Pharaoh will suffer the plague of boils (Ex 9:9-12). The hail will come from heaven, but the boils from within the flesh. God exposes the evil within before He is forced to bring hail on our heads from above. The boils are a type and shadow of the tares the enemy planted while we were in the world. Those hurts, pains, ego based concepts, seeds of control, or unbelief must be removed from the inside out. It's when we see them as unwanted boils we gain the incentive to be free of them, prior we assumed they were treasures, or talents.

God will warn Pharaoh through Moses, by saying, "for this cause have I raised you up, for to show in you My power; and My Name may be declared throughout all the earth" (Ex 9:16 & Rom 9:17). We reviewed this prior, seeing Pharaoh was a sign of God's Power as a vessel of dishonor, but here we find the man was told, thus he rejected the warning. This man who considered himself the god of gods is told he was nothing, God raised him to show God’s power over the Pharaoh’s of the world. For most of us considering the evidence we would fall on our face, begging for mercy, but not Pharaoh, his pride enforced his stiff neck rebellion, causing him to refuse to submit.

The flies, lice and frogs were all signs of things to come, disease is purposed to remain in the world (Rev 6:8-9). Having a few boils in our time really doesn't seem like such a "big deal", but to Pharaoh's house this was something unheard of. The combination of the boils with the hail would cause Pharaoh to say, "I have sinned this time"; which means he didn't think he had sinned prior (Ex 9:27). This is another example of self-repentance, the pride of Pharaoh refused to bow to God. Although Pharaoh knew the combination of boils and hail proved his people were wicked, while also proving the Lord is righteous (Ex 9:27), yet Pharaoh still failed to bring the "fruit of repentance" (Ex 9:28-29). Pharaoh only admitted his sin to stop the plague, not to turn from his wicked nature.

Both Judas and Peter repented, the difference between the two is great. Judas was remorseful because the event didn’t turn out the way he wanted, Peter was deeply remorseful because he failed the Lord. Judas wanted to use the Lord to get what he wanted, Peter wanted to protect the Lord, but was unaware of his weakness. As far as Peter was concerned he had no weakness, but when his weakness was exposed, he discovered he was not who he thought he was, yet after the discovery he almost went the other way, by giving up. Judas set out to accomplish something, and did, except it didn’t turn out the way he wanted. Peter on the other hand set out to do something, and couldn’t, because he was weak. Most of our wilderness experiences are to destroy over confidence, or in some cases to gain Godly confidence. Pharaoh is a classic example of someone who will not admit their weakness, rather they are delusional about their strength. The Pharaoh mindset will admit failure, but only to gain an upper hand. They are deceptive, cunning and manipulative; when Pharaoh voiced his sin, he assumed he would be free of any further plagues, yet he sinned the more (Ex 9:34-35). Pharaoh's self-repentance shows us the danger in simply mouthing the words to avoid the danger of the moment, while never making the decision to turn from the source of the sin. This example goes all the back to the fall, we are drawn away by our own lust, yet saying, “it was the serpent” isn’t going to remove the lust, it will enforce it. We must face it, admit it, allow the New Man to bring up the root, then we can rejoice in the freedom.

God sends Moses to bring the locusts, we also find the connection between the hand and rod as the difference between being in the hand of God, and having Him bring the rod of correction. Moses is told to stretch out his hand, but Moses stretched forth the rod (Ex 10:12-13). It's not the hand or the rod, but to whom they are connected, and to whom they are pointed makes the difference. When we humble ourselves under God's hand we won't face the Rod of Correction in His hand. Before the locusts devour the land, God will send Moses and Aaron again to Pharaoh asking, "How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me" (Ex 10:1-3). At the time Pharaoh is told the locusts will appear the next day (Ex 10:4), the servants of Pharaoh begin to see the handwriting, as they tell Pharaoh to let the people go, but Pharaoh’s heart is hardened the more (Ex 10:7). The next day the locusts came devouring the land; locusts are a symbol of religious pride, or religious conceit, Pharaoh had a religion, with him as his own god (Ex 10:8-15). John the Baptist came eating Locusts, does it mean he kept getting those little legs stuck in his teeth? Or does it mean he came to expose religiously conceit? He also came eating Honey (a metaphor for prophecy), thus John the Baptist was known as a Prophet. Pharaoh rejected the words of the prophet losing the prophet's reward. The Pharisees rejected John's words, but knew the people considered John a prophet (Mark 11:32). When the righteous person or the prophet tells us to repent, we better listen or we will miss the reward.

The locusts devoured everything the hail missed, there wasn’t one green thing left, again Pharaoh tells Moses, "I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you" (Ex 10:15-16). Pharaoh is still rejecting the truth of the Lord being God over all, as he assumes Moses has control over God. Simply admitting there is One God is not enough, we must reject the old gods of Egypt as well, then receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Here Pharaoh says "your God", thus he refuses to receive God. Pharaoh’s repentance is based in his displeasure of the events, yet he admitted sin, but admitting sin is not all repentance calls for, one must humble their self, then set themselves against the cause of sin, as they continue to repent toward the Kingdom before their repentance has fruit.

The next plague is the darkness for three days, but in this we find a mystery. The darkness could be Felt, yet the children of Israel had Light (Ex 10:21-23). This darkness was sin causing a blindness to the eyes on Egypt. The phrase, "dwellings of the children of Israel" is a metaphor for their bodies; therefore, this isn't a great Egyptian power shortage, this is the result of the darkness in the world, the blindness keeping man from seeing the Light. The Fall produced death, the Law of Moses defines sin, the plagues introduced sickness, disease and darkness, thus the Law of Moses defined the law of sin and death, since it defined sin, it then applied death to the violation. The Law of the Spirit incorporates Life (Body of Christ or Living Soul) with Life More Abundantly (Blood, and Quickening Spirit) to avoid the second death.

One could do the entire Law of Moses, live a good life on earth, yet still face death; therefore, Jesus told the Pharisees they would die in their sins. Jesus wasn't belittling the Pharisees, He was making a statement of fact. The Light and Life of Jesus changed many things, from the Light would come Truth, Life, Love, Faith and Mercy, from the Life would come Grace and the Spirit, plus many other things. When we accepted the Cross our old existence ended, behold all things became New. When we were Born Again we gained the ability to become a Newness in Christ. We are the children of Day, the Greater Light; darkness is eradicated by the Light. John said, Jesus is the Light, yet the Light came among His own, but they received Him not, yet as many as did receive Him, He gave them the Power to become sons of God (Jn 1:9-12). Power? What Power? We are Born Again from Power on High, the same Power which started on the Day of Pentecost.

The three days also gives us some outstanding metaphoric content, Jesus took on the sins of times past, times present and times future, it’s also a symbol of the three days Jesus was in the grave when He descended to take captivity captive, when He obtained the keys of death and hell, thus making the devil ineffective (Heb 2:14, Ps 22 & Ex 10:21-26).

Pharaoh again gives in a little by telling Moses, go and sacrifice, but he still wants Moses to leave the flocks, but if they leave the flocks, what would they sacrifice? (Ex 10:24). When Moses says, "No", Pharaoh says, "Get you from me, take heed to yourself, see my face no more; for in the day when you see my face you shall die" (Ex 10:28). Pharaoh assumes "I made an offer, it was rejected", but he sealed his own doom, now Moses knows the time of deliverance is at hand (Ex 10:29). The last plague is the death to the firstborn male of all the house of Pharaoh, based on this plague God will ask Israel to consecrate the firstborn male unto Him (Ex 11:6 & 13:1-2). God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but what must be, must be. The sign is the greatest display of power over the house of Pharaoh, simply because Pharaoh considered himself a god over Egypt, meaning his firstborn was to continue the reign as another god.

The First cup of the Passover will be handed to Moses, as God places a difference between the Egyptians and Israel (Ex 11:7). We also know they took Passover before they left Egypt, thus to these people it was not a "farewell dinner", but an acknowledgment of God's power and protection. The Last Passover was taken before Jesus was crucified, the meal ended Passover for the Christian, but opened Communion for those who receive the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. Passover was not taken in order to communicate with God, it was taken as a sign of protection from the death passing over. Our Communion is to Remember what Jesus did in defeating death, by granting us Life.

Up to this time the Hebrews didn't have feast days, thus Moses will be given a type of a New Beginning. This Beginning will be in addition to the Covenant with Abraham, rather than New in and of itself. This type of newness is different than the Newness of the New Birth, or the New Covenant, thus the New Covenant is not an extension of the Old, it's completely New.

The Ten Commandments were not an extension of the Abrahamic Covenant, they were the beginning of the Covenant made with Moses. Therefore, circumcision was not included in the Ten Commandments, but the sabbath day was, indicating the division between the Ten Commandments and the Abrahamic Covenant. However, the sabbath day became the token for the Law of Moses, making the connection between the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses. Therefore, Abraham was never required to keep the sabbath, since he was not subject to the Law of Moses. If someone in the Body wants to keep the day, fine, they keep it between them and the Lord, but don’t expect special treatment from God for keeping it. If one keeps the day assuming they are special above the rest of the Body, they error, just as not keeping the day doesn’t make them any holier, they too are to keep it between them and the Lord. Keeping the day in and of itself means little, why one keeps it means much. If the person keeps the day, or not they are not to make it doctrine, nor are they to expect special treatment, above all they never make others keep the day as a requirement (Rom 14:6).

There were some things incorporated into the Law, the tithe of Jacob was one, not the tithes of Abraham. The paradox regarding the Law of Moses and the Abrahamic Covenant is based on the national connection, thus in order to be "of Abraham" one had to be circumcised of the flesh, in order to be associated with the Nation Israel, one had to accept the Law of Moses; thereby connecting the two Covenants. How about the Covenant of Noah? It was world wide, rather than directed to a single nation, it was also before Abram was separated to be Abraham.

The First Passover & The Jewish Calendars

For us under the New we have different tokens, water baptism is one, the Seal of the Holy Spirit another included with the Baptism with the Holy Ghost, along with the Body and Blood of Jesus. Jesus never told us to keep the Law of Moses, but He did say, "This Cup is the New Testament (Covenant) in My Blood" (Luke 22:20). The Blood of Jesus is the New Testament, the Body is the place between places. We are of the Body on earth, but the purposed Bride in heaven. We are not of the Old, but the Old does hold clues and knowledge for our understanding of the New. Knowing the Old, and doing it are far different.

God now begins a new work with the children, a New Work is not something God just thought up, it's something in the heavenly blueprint from the beginning. This opens the concept of Progression, thus the Plan was unfolding. Although God rested from the works of Judgment, the works for Redemption were still unfolding. For these people it was a New Law with a priesthood defined in the order for them. It would also be the beginning of their calendar, their first month would be marked by the Passover. Today we use a calendar with the term "AD" a Latin reference standing for "The Year Of Our Lord", denoting our New Season as the Godly separation from the Days before the Birth of Jesus (BC – Before Christ). Adam's fall marked the beginning of Time for human beings, which means the time when man began to age. The First coming of Jesus marks another beginning of Time for the sons of men to walk in the Mercy of God, then the Resurrection of Jesus becomes an addition to the time marking the ability to complete the prophecy, “Let us make man in our image”.

Israel still keeps the Moses calendar, but the Gentile world keeps the AD calendar. What importance does this have? Some Gentile says they don't believe in Jesus, yet whenever they write the year they are saying, "In the Year of our Lord". When they tell us the year of their birth, they are recognizing the Year of our Lord. Whenever they make plans or use the number of a year, they are using the Year of our Lord. Whether they admit it or not, or whether they like it or not doesn't matter, they are still dependent on our Lord for their timing. Of course the Jew still uses their colander, going back to Adam.

This will mark the end of the Season of Sin and Death from Adam to Moses, by opening the Season of the Law of Moses defining Sin and Death until Christ came to open the kingdom of heaven to bring us Life. The time will change in respect to the definition of sin and death, not in respect to sin causing death, rather the Law of Moses defines sin as well as the consequence of sin, it doesn't do away with it. However, in order for the children to enter this New step, they must leave Egypt behind. If they fail to leave Egypt behind, the mindset of Egypt will not only hinder them, it will destroy them. The Law of Moses is a blessing considering the alternative, but nonetheless it came based on the unbelief of the children; whereas, the Law of the Spirit came based on the Faith of Jesus. For this reason Jesus is our Passover, making us Free from the second death.

They were still in Egypt when God gave them the beginning of months, their calendar began with the first month of the beginning of months. It is interesting the beginning of months came after the plagues, not before (Ex 12:1-2). The first feast will be the Passover, the sign of deliverance, again Jesus is our Passover, but the Power (Dunamis) of Deliverance is found in the Spirit through our personal Pentecost experience (I Cor 5:7 & Acts 1:7-8).

The time began the first day of the first month, but the Passover will be 14 days  later, they will not leave until the next day, or the 15th day of the first month. However, we can't forget these dates didn't come until after the plagues, thus we can't presume the plagues only lasted a few days. As noted, the Scriptures lay out the time element for the various plagues, in so doing the time element tells us God is equal.

Some of the symbols of the Passover meal were to remember their bondage: when Jesus opened Communion He said it was for Remembrance. These people had to remember their bondage, as well as what bondage felt like. For the future generations it was still to remember how the Lord delivered their forefathers by the hand of God, not the will power of man (Ex 12:3-27). In our case it's to remember how the Lord placed us in the Body as He sees fit, what we have done, or have not done in reference to the Body, then to remember His Blood is the New Covenant, the place of Newness in Spiritual Liberty.

The meal was not a means to enter some self-pity for the bondage, but to recall what it felt like to be in bondage. It wasn't just keeping Passover but the blood of the Passover itself keeping the Destroyer away (Ex 12:27). The Destroyer still moved among the Egyptians, but honored the blood of the slain lamb. When we get to the wilderness we will see how the Lord kept telling the children to remember how the Lord delivered them. To the carnal mind it sounds as if God is seeking some pride in the effort, but it’s not the case at all, rather it was to bring the children’s remembrance regarding the ability of God, thus building their belief in the face of the wilderness experiences. God was still delivering them in the wilderness, but instead of delivering them from Pharaoh, He was delivering them from their old mentality. The same is true with us, we must remember our wildernesses are delivering us, thus we Remember what Jesus did for us, not what we did for Jesus.

The Passover holds many types and shadows, the sign of the Trinity, and the Cross are two. God's instructions went beyond the time, becoming signs for us. The children placed the blood on the upper door post and both sides; thereby making the ground below holy (Ex 12:7). Jesus said, He is the Door, no man enters, except he be lead by the Porter (the Holy Ghost - Jn 10:1-5). Thomas knew there were Nails, not simply a Nail in the hands of Jesus. If the Cross was one piece of wood, as some contend, then God, Who knows all things before they were things, would have made sure the blood on the door during this Passover would have been only on the top of the door. Surely He would have stopped the placement on the sides, but He didn't. Not only did He allow it, He commanded the placement of the blood in the shape of a Cross with a crosspiece. The placement was important, if Jesus is "the Door", as well as our "Passover", then this door is a symbol of the Cross.

History gives us many shapes of the various crosses used by the Romans, but the same History shows the uses of the crosses. There was a reason for the "T" shaped design, as compared to the upright stake. There were also crosses upside down, and some shaped like a “X”, each type was used for different reasons. The single stake was placed outside of a village or town with the malefactor on it, with a sign stating the violation. The warning was for those who entered the village or town, but death on the single stake was very slow. Rather than a sign saying “no speeding”, they hung a speeder on a stake, it would take days for them to die, making the impression on the would be violator.

The "T" shaped design brought a quicker death, but a much more painful one as the Scriptures describe, it was used for political malefactors. Jesus was accused of being the King of the Jews, a political crime, not a crime of passion, or a crime against society. On the T shaped Cross the person's hands were not palm out, but palm in (against the wooden cross piece). The nail was more like a railroad spike, it was driven through the back of the wrist (called the carpus, or into the carpals), the only place able to hold the weight of the body. There are eight bones in this area forming the wrist, this is interesting, considering the number eight is the number of new beginnings, thus Jesus granted us a New Beginning. When the person's legs could no longer hold the person up, or if they were broken, the shoulders would dislocate causing the bones would slam against the wind pipe, thus choking the person to death. This death was prophetically foretold in Psalm 22, long before the Cross was in actual use. If the Cross was a single stake, there would be no reason to break the person’s legs, thus by telling us the two malefactors had their legs broken, and the Roman guard was going to break the legs of Jesus, we are being told the Cross was T shaped. Moses' Passover had a lamb leg which was broken off, but not one bone of Jesus was broken. The Body of Jesus will be broken, but His physical Body of flesh had no broken bones, there is no division of His Body until the time appointed. What about all the divisions in the Body now? They are still in the Body, they can say, “we are not of the Body”, or even say, “They are not of the Body”, but it doesn’t make it so. If they were water baptized in the Name of Jesus, they are in the Body, whether we like it or not.

God knew the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world, all these events point to the moment. Why would some tend to change the shape of the Cross to begin with? Perhaps they think by having some special revelation outside the Bible they can feel special, or hold some area where they think they are the only ones with the Truth, or simply the spirit of man forming another fable. The lust of wanting to be the special over the special is the motivation of cult systems, as well as the drive of the Whacko. They have to have the one Revelation placing them in their minds over the rest of the Body, or some Act separating them from the rest of the Body, making them greater than the total. It’s pride, ego and arrogance; the motivation is envy, coming from the spirit lusting to envy, thus it always involves fables, self-righteousness, or pride. Detection and Clarity keeps us from attempting to begin a “New Body of Christ”, rather we know the Body will be broken, our goal is be among the Wheat.

Once the death passed over, then the children could go out. Jesus said, once we Know His voice, we will not know the voice of the Stranger, neither will we follow it (Jn 10:4-5). Death Passed Over the people, but we pass from death to life. We accept the Body of Jesus to obtain Mercy and forgiveness of sins, but the Blood of Jesus covers the Door, bringing us Grace with the remission of sin, as well as the spiritual character and nature of Christ. John makes entry into heaven by the Spirit taking him through the Door, Jesus told us to look for the Time of Doors. The symbol of death passing over is just the opposite for us, we are above the second death, rather than having it pass over our heads. It’s still appointed unto all men once to die, then comes the Judgment, it’s the second death we avoid (Rev 20:6).

The actual number of people who left Egypt is up for grabs, but we do find some very interesting information. In Exodus 12:37 we read, “about six hundred thousand on foot were the men, beside the children”. Generally speaking the women and children were not counted, thus when we read the genelogy of Mary we find the records used the names of the men. Strangely enough we also find the Holy Ghost did use the names of women in both the genelogy listings in Matthew and Luke. The insertion of the women by the Holy Ghost opened the door to “there is neither male or female in Christ”.

The Book of Numbers gives us some additional information on this group leaving Egypt. When we get to Numbers we will find the number of men after one year in the Wilderness was 603,550, one could figure most were married, plus adding the children, but two million is on the high side. Nonetheless we find the number here is confirmed for us, then recorded in the Book of Numbers to remove any confusion. Really two million isn’t many in the overall picture, we found there were more Hebrews than Egyptians. There are cities in the world with many more people, in a much smaller area.

The method of the Jewish day is from sunset to sunset, not midnight to midnight, thus when Jesus kept the Passover with His disciples at night, then went to the Cross the next morning it was still one Jewish day, not two. Moses and the children will keep the Passover on one day, leave on the next. The day they leave will later become the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, but that is later (Ex 12:31-41).

Each Season has a position and condition, where one stands, determines their right standing in the Season. The Law gives one standing by self-righteousness, the Law of the Spirit gives standing by God's Righteousness. The Law of the Spirit makes us the Firstfruits of the Spirit, yet our Season has Times and Timings. The feast days were not for Moses, although Moses will write about them. John’s account shows the feast days are appointed to be signs regarding Jesus. To Moses the first Passover was by faith, but all Passovers after the first one related to an event in the past, but to the Father it pointed to the Son on the Cross which was future at this time. The very day Jesus goes to the Cross was a Passover day, not by chance, but determined before the foundation of the world. The Passover began in Egypt, was recorded and kept in the wilderness, then kept well beyond by many generations, yet it still points to Jesus as our Passover.

The Testimony of Jesus speaks Of Jesus, the Testimony of Jesus is found in the Law, Prophets and Psalms as the Shadow of things to come; the history of the Jews testifies for or against the children of God, regardless of the season (Jn 5:39-41 & Luke 24:44). The Law Of Moses actually shows mankind can't make it without the Cross, but once we receive the Cross, Body and Blood of Jesus, we are able to confess Jesus as He confessed the Father. The Law of Moses is the Body Of Moses, the Prophets were seen as the Body Of Elijah, these Two Witnesses stood by the Lord of the whole earth, but the Father said, "Hear ye Him" (Matt 17:1-6 & Zech 4:14). We can't discern the Body of Christ, while holding the Body of Moses, it's one too many bodies.

The Passover itself is not a Sabbath day, since it takes labor to kill the lamb. The day after became the high sabbath day, beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The weekly sabbath is according to the Commandment; however, the Ten Commandments made no provision for Feast Days, yet the Law does. The Weekly sabbath always fell on a Saturday regardless of the date, the Feast Days always fell on a date, regardless of the day. This is vital when we look at the week of the Cross, as we see the various days as they are given in the Gospel.

The Passover meal today is somewhat different from the one Moses kept, or from the one Jesus and the disciples kept, but it nonetheless holds the knowledge of God. Moses had one cup, the cup of deliverance, when Jesus held Passover His table had four cups, the cup of deliverance, the cup of separation, which Luke talks about, then the Elijah Cup, which Jesus took, saying it held His Blood of the New Covenant, then the fourth cup of God's wrath which Jesus took in the Garden, later in the Book of Revelation at the very end it’s seen being poured out. The wine in the cup was mixed with water, Paul told Timothy to take a “little wine” for his stomach sake, and his often infirmities (I Tim 5:23). The word for wine in the reference means water mixed with wine, the word for stomach means the gullet, or the area producing wind to make sounds through the voice box. Adding how the verse joins with “lay hands suddenly on no man” gives us a clue to the reference. Timothy was a troubled pastor who lay hands on some whom he felt had the ability to teach, but all they taught was doing the Law. Timothy left it easier to run, then to stay and correct the problem. Therefore, we find Paul telling him why we don’t lay hands suddenly on someone to ordain them into helps or eldership, rather it’s better to consider both Mercy and Grace as we look for the signs of the calling, as the Apostles did (Acts 6:3). Of course this was in reference to deacons, bishops and elders, not the Offices of the Lord. The Offices are appointed by the Holy Ghost on behalf of Jesus (Acts 13:1-3 & Eph 4:10-11). Leadership then confirms, they don’t appoint. 

The warning to Timothy was “lay hands suddenly on no one”, it was not “watch out who lays hands on you”, thus Paul told Timothy we have not been given the spirit of fear, the phrase, “watch out who lays hands on you” is based in fear, making it the complete opposite of the teaching. If we are above all things, then we are above them, we tread on serpents and scorpions and “over the power of the enemy: and nothing shall be any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). It’s far better to watch who we lay hands on, rather than twist the verse introducing fear.

The Passover lamb was not by mistake either, the Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world. This Passover for Moses should have been a sign to the religious rulers during the earthly ministry. However, envy blinds one to the truth. The lamb bone is still used in the meal, not the same bone, but a broken bone from a lamb, showing a sacrifice given, then the bitter herbs relating to the bondage. Remembering bondage can produce one of two attitudes, one is never to keep others in bondage, knowing we were once in bondage, the other is the demonic one, keeping others in bondage because we were in bondage. The bitter herbs were to remind the children what it was like in Egypt, thus they were never to hold anyone in bondage. For us the Cross reminds us we were of the world trapped in darkness, yet God forgave us, thus we refuse to impute sins on people (II Cor 5:19-20).

The bread was called Matzo bread, a thin bread with holes poked through it, which was also striped so it would bake fast. There are two types of Matzo, one is more “holy” than the other. In either case the time element from the water touching the flour until the bread is baked could be no longer than 7 minutes. The ordinary Matzo was watched by the Rabbi during the cooking stage, the other Matzo was watched by Rabbis from the growth in the field, until it was baked. We are the Bread (I Cor 10:17), we were watched by the Holy Ghost as we were being prepared to become members of the Body of Christ. However, on the Cross we see the Body of Jesus, holes in His wrists by the nails, holes in His scalp from the thorns, His body carrying the stripes, by which we are healed, thus the Body of Jesus is the true and living Matzo. Jesus said He was not the Manna, but He said He was the bread (Jn 6:48-59).

The Cross is the ultimate self-less act of all time, the Son of man had full authority to say “no” at any point in time, yet He stood, endured, as His faith reached beyond the pain to the joy of seeing us come to the saving knowledge of the Gospel. Moses on the other hand was looking for protection from death, while seeking to be released from Egypt. Wanting to leave, and being able to, are different. The same was true for us, we might have the desire to leave the world, but how? If there is no route of escape, how can we? The Cross is the Door, behold Jesus stands at the Door and knocks, if any man answer, He will come in and Sup with them (Rev 3:20). Yet there is the Door of David no man can open (Rev 3:7). Oh, it’s the Time of Doors, not the Time of Door (Matt 24:33). 

The symbols in the modern Passover meal point to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, thereby promoting the Faith of Jesus, although the Jew holding the meal hasn’t a clue to the significance. Since the elements changed, does it mean Tradition took over? Don’t forget there is a Godly Tradition as well, in this case it shows the progression to the Body of Jesus until the Door is closed to open the Night.

Each cup is representative of something, the First Cup is the cup represents God desiring to be with His people, it was taken in Egypt by Moses. The Cup of Separation is seen in Luke, it’s taken before the bread (Luke 22:17-19), for us the Cup is our water baptism, our token of separation. Leaving the bitter herbs, egg and such, which we do not partake of. The only two elements for us are the bread and wine as the third cup, thus Communion for us is something we do after we enter the kingdom, which leaves the Jewish Passover in the principality of the Law of Moses. We also have many baptisms in the Doctrine of Baptisms, but they are One in position and purpose. Water baptism identifies us with the death and resurrection of Jesus, it doesn’t produce it. The baptism with the Holy Ghost grants us the Gift (Spirit – Acts 2:4, 10:45, 11:15-16, 15:8 et al). We do water baptisms as part of our duties as members of the Body, Jesus will baptize us with the Holy Ghost and Fire. There is also the baptism of service, it also has a cup (Matt 20:22). According to Paul the children were “baptized unto Moses” (I Cor 10:2). So did Moses do “sand baptism”? No, it’s the same context as the “Baptism of John”, as an identification to the process. John’s baptism was in his name, by an authority granted him. John’s baptism stopped when John was imprisoned, it became ineffective at the Cross (Acts 19:1-6). The noun for Baptism refers to be immersed, but immersed in what? The water or the purpose? One can swim the channel being immersed with water for days, does it mean they are baptized? No, one has to immerse their self in the purpose of their baptism. Being immersed in water is a sign, or token, as a type of signature as we give our vow. The water didn’t save us God did, the water doesn’t clean us inwardly, since we didn’t drink it. The verb for baptism means to Identify with, the children identified with Moses through the Law of Moses, they did not identify the Body, or Christ, or the Rock, they saw the water come from the Rock, but they were not the Rock.

It is said water baptism and communion are ordinances, things we should do, but no commandment telling us to. It is partly correct, if we are the candidate it is our freewill offering, but if we are the ones doing the baptizing we are under Commandment (Matt 28:19-20).  During the Communion Jesus never said, “If you desire take thereof”, He said, “take, eat”, then “drink all of it”, which would be Commandment by definition, or something wherein there is no choice, we are required to do it. Although we also find in Communion we do have the choice not to take it, thus we do find the choice is ours, but in not taking we admit we are unworthy, which means we really don’t think the Body and Blood are important. The “unworthy” state is not having a sin, rather it means we really don’t see the importance of remembering what Jesus did.

We have two elements in Communion after our entry and position to partake of,  we take the Bread (Luke 22:19), representing the Body. Paul said we are the Bread (I Cor 10:17), yet the Bread is not the New Covenant, Jesus said His Blood was (Matt 26:28 & Mark 14:24). When we take of the Cup it’s the Third Cup, or Elijah Cup, indicating our association with Christ as the purpose (Luke 22:20). The same cup was also termed the Messiah Cup as it held the represented Blood of Christ as the New Covenant. So, why don’t we still take the Second Cup? The disciples took it before Pentecost, but it was the Passover meal, the change took place to Communion, meaning we have One Cup for the Believer, representing  the Mercy (Water) of the Father, and the Blood (Wine) of Jesus. Jesus came by both Water and Blood, Water for the Mercy, Blood for the New Covenant. The Living Waters come from the Spirit in us, showing words of mercy empowered by Grace (Jn 7:38-39). The washing of the Water by the Word, shows the Word using Mercy to wash us with, the Water is not the Word, but “by the Word” the water is applied (Eph 5:26).

How about the Fourth Cup? “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Rev 14:10), but how do we know this is the Cup Jesus took in the Garden? The Name Gethsemane means Winepress, or a Place of pressure to extract the oil, it’s more of a condition than a location. In the Book of Revelation we read, “and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great Winepress of the wrath of God” (Rev 14:19 & Jere 25:15-17). The fourth cup came after we received the Third Cup of Remission, thus we are spared the wrath of God to come (I Thess 1:10). For Moses it was one cup, the cup taken in Egypt for deliverance, for us it’s based on being delivered, while being spared the fourth cup of God’s wrath. The Third Cup is for the children of the Day, the Fourth for the Night. 

The "death of the firstborn" is not to be confused with the phrase “dead in Christ”, the "dead in Christ" are defined by Paul to include those who can confess "I am crucified with Christ" which denotes a death, but adding "nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who Loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:20). This connects to, "confessing Jesus is come in the flesh" (I Jn 4:1-4), by Grace (Gal 2:21). Those who "sleep in Jesus" are a different group, they sleep through the Night, or better “soul sleep”, but the Dead in Christ are hardly asleep, they cry out to the Lord from under the Altar of God. Those who soul sleep are among the “rest of the dead” who live not again until after Jacob’s Trouble, but the dead in Christ are those who are Partakers of the First Resurrection (Rev 20:5-6). Those who are “Dead in Christ” will not rob those who “Sleep in Jesus” of their reward. The difference? There are those who do the Law of faith without knowing it, they walk in Mercy, but for one reason or another, not their fault they have not received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, they cannot leave the planet, but they are stood up as their works of mercy are judged (Matt 25:31-46, I Thess 4:13, 4:5-7). In Romans Paul denotes two types in the Body, those who walk after the Spirit, and those who walk after the flesh (Rom 8:1). The Corinthians and Romans being examples of those who walk after the flesh. In First Thessalonians he denotes three groups, the Dead in Christ, those who Sleep in Jesus, and the Drunken who go into the Night (Rom 8:1-5 & I Thess 4:5-7). The goal is to be a child of the Day, let us not sleep as some, but awake, but whether we sleep or awake, we should live together with Jesus (I Thess 4:8-11). It doesn’t give us the right to reject the Spirit, it simply means there are some who walk in Mercy, yet are ignorant of the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 19:2).

The First Resurrection is of course the Resurrection of Jesus, the Rapture is not another resurrection, it completes the First Resurrection, thus the same Spirit who raised Jesus shall raise us. Paul knew he would make one Resurrection or the other (Ph’l 3:10-11); thus in Philippians Paul used two different words for Resurrection, one relating to the Resurrection of Jesus meaning a power from within, denoting the same Spirit who raised Jesus will raise the dead in Christ. The other word means a power from without, pointing to the resurrection unto life. His hope was to be a partaker of the First Resurrection, but if he was among those who sleep in Jesus, he knew his reward was waiting with Jesus (Ph’l 3:10-11, I Thess 4:13, 4:17 & 5:5-7). The Passover points to the Cross, but the Cross points to the Grave, the Grave to the Resurrection, the Resurrection secures us in Grace.

When Jesus was on the Cross He said, “Father forgive them”, He did not say, “My Blood forgives you”, or “I forgive you”, yet John says, “the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleans us from all unrighteousness” (I Jn 1:7), then adds, “all unrighteousness is sin” (I Jn 5:17). The Cross is the place where we obtain the Father’s Mercy, the Resurrection the place of the Son’s (Word) Grace. We must have both to be Equal, anyone who denies either the Father or the Son is antichrist (I Jn 3:22-23). Jesus is The Christ, but we are Christian, in order to be a Christian one must be crucified with Christ. The division shows the Bread and Cup, two things, much like the Rock and Church. Jesus didn’t dip the Bread into the Wine, or pour the Wine over the Bread, they were two separate items, yet joined. This is not against the Intinction (dipping the wafer into the wine), only showing how Jesus did it, and why. The Body is not the New Covenant, the Blood is, yet Jesus will build His Church from the Body, showing they are united, yet separated. The Intinction began because of using one cup, while not wanting fifty people or more to partake of the one cup. 

The Passover Dinner for today’s Jew begins with the Betsa, a hard boiled egg roasted in an oven to commemorate the offering made by those who entered the Temple in Jerusalem; however, the symbol shows us the Seed of God forming our souls through the Fire of God's affliction. It’s obvious this was added, since the Passover for Moses didn’t have the Tabernacle or the Temple, neither were they in Jerusalem.

Next they had the Maror or bitter vegetable, often horseradish, reminding them of the bitter life in Egypt; however, it shows us the bitterness when one falls from Grace. We are told to Look diligently lest any man fail of (fall from) Grace; lest any Root of Bitterness springing up trouble you, thereby many be defiled (Heb 12:15). We know, Without faith it's impossible to please God; for he who comes to God must believe God is, then hold their faith in God being a Rewarder of those who Diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).

Next is the Charoset, which is a thick paste of grated apples, with a little wine added to moisten it. To the Jew it represents the mortar the children used to make the bricks, to us it shows we must have the Fruit of the Spirit by the Blood of Jesus.

Next is the Karpas, or a green vegetable, which is eaten to represent the Talmud (collections of Jewish traditions), but to us it shows the Growth of the Seed of God as the Word of God engrafting to our souls, making the Two One. Again this has to be something added, since the Talmud was not in existence in the days of Moses.

The Jew uses Matzo Bread, which to us represents the Bread of Life, Who was pierced for us. The Haggada is a small book containing the entire service for the Passover; however, to us it points to the Little Book of Prophecy John was given, which made his mouth sweet, but his belly bitter (Rev 10:10).

During the Passover they wait for Elijah, but Moses wasn't waiting for Elijah, he was waiting for the call to leave Egypt. Jesus said, Elijah came before the Cross; indicating the Elijah message came through John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord. We can't wait for someone, if Jesus said the element has come. We are not told to wait for Elijah, we are told to follow Jesus. Elijah was a prophet, yet Jesus said there was no man greater than John the Baptist, which means John was greater than David, Moses, or Elijah, yet the least in the kingdom is greater than John (Matt 11:11). Why then do we want to follow after Elijah? Neither Elijah or John the Baptist were Born Again, or in the Body of Christ. Yet, the message came through John, thus it had to do with Preparation for the kingdom, not the Possession of it.

Wait, is there another message of Elijah? Yes, the message by God to the people, Come out of her My children, be not a partaker of her sins, which points to the Night and the Everlasting Gospel pertaining to Judgment, not Salvation (Rev 18:4 & 14:6). The first Elijah message shows it was spoken to prepare the way for Jesus for the Day. Elijah representing the prophets was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses who represented the Law, but Jesus was there as well, who did the Father tell us to listen to? Jesus; the Law and Prophets speak of Jesus, they don’t take His place.

The mystery is found in the meaning of the name of Elijah, which is; "My God is Jehovah", yet Jehovah is broken down into "Jesus Saves", and "Judgment", which again points to Rightly Dividing the Word (Logos). To review, the wording "rightly dividing" in the phrase "rightly dividing the word" in II Timothy 2:15 (the only place the Greek appears)  means to Stand up the Word then Cut it in half, without completing dividing it asunder. We can't divide the Word from side to side, or at an angle, it would not Separate the Day from the Night. Rightly dividing simply means keep the things of the Day in the Day, and the things of the Night in the Night. We are children of the Day, we are not children of the Night; nor purposed for the Night (I Thess 5:5).

The Jew knows, "The Lord, your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt and the house of slavery". This is more important to the Jew than, "I am the Lord who created the world" or "I Am He who forgives sins". The Taanit B'chorim refers to the Firstborn Son with the Hebrew wording Taanit B'chorim meaning, The Fast Of The Firstborn. The day before the Passover the firstborn male will fast, this has two meanings to the Jew, the Firstborn sons of the Jews being spared during that night, next it's to remember the firstborn of Egypt died the same night. To us we see the death here did come in the Night, thus the Passover relates to the Night, Communion to the Day.

Today the Sabbath preceding the Passover is called, Shabbat Ha-gadol or The Great Sabbath, to us this is Jesus, our Great Sabbath. To the Jew it means the defiance of the Hebrews as they sacrificed a Lamb in the face of the Egyptians. This is important to us, since the Lamb was sacrificed while the children were still in Egypt, Jesus was sacrificed outside of the Gate for us while we were still in the world. The importance indicates the Door provided from the Cross is the one wherein Jesus is on one side, we on the other, Jesus knocks, we open, then Jesus comes to us, then leads us through the Door by the Holy Ghost into the Kingdom.

Today, the Jews have two calendars, one is the sacred calendar, the other is the civil. The first month of the sacred is the seventh month of the civil, but the seventh month of the civil is the first month of the sacred. Why two? The bondage, and other factors in history caused one to be used to correlate with the dates and times of the world, yet the other is to preserve their history, both are based on the Jewish year, not the method used by the rest of the world (excluding the Oriental calendar) bringing up a point. The Jews use a year conducive to the time of Adam, according to their history, time begins with Adam, they can trace the years back to the first time "age" became a factor with Adam. We as Gentiles have a split system, BC and AD, with the BC meaning Before Christ, and the AD from Latin standing for "In the year of our Lord".

Here in Exodus the first month is called Abib which means To March, as in "marching out of Egypt", or as in "Marching to the Promised Land", since the move entails a marching from, as well as a marching to (Ex 13:4). Today we call the first month Nisan, it was first noted as Nisan in Nehemiah 2:1. The first month of the civil calendar (which came much later), as the seventh month of the sacred is called Tishri meaning Grain, which is another definition for Abib. The Passover is kept each year on the same date in the month of Abib, during their Generation, which will last until they look upon Him they have pierced. If one rejects the Law of the Spirit, they are under the Law of Moses, if they reject the Law of Moses, they are subject to the Season which ran from Adam to Moses. Paul told the Corinthians to pray their works get them through the fire, but he also called them carnal, get the hint? If we are carnal our works will be judged, if we are spiritual we cease from our works, as we judge ourselves at the Table of the Lord. The table of the Lord is just for those in the Body of Christ, we have much to remember, if we consider all the Lord has done, it becomes our foundation for belief, often a humbling experience. The Body is the place of separation from the world, the safe place where the anointing protects us, but the Blood is the New Testament, the place where our souls are becoming spiritual in nature.

Following are the Jewish months, as they appear in both calendars:

# OF DAYS: 30        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  1st       

# OF DAYS:  29 or 30       
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  2nd       

# OF DAYS: 29 or 30        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  3rd       

# OF DAYS: 29        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  4th       

# OF DAYS:  30       
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  5th       

# OF DAYS:29 or 30         
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:   6th      

# OF DAYS: 30        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  7th       

# OF DAYS:  29       

# OF DAYS:  30       
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  9th       

# OF DAYS: 29        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  10th       

# OF DAYS: 30        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR:  11th       

# OF DAYS: 29        
MONTH OF CIVIL YEAR: 12th       

Since their year, shorter than the AD year, has 354 days, thus about every three years (seven times in 19 years) they add an extra 29-day-month known as VEADAR, between ADAR and NISAN. 

When the children left Egypt, they went by the way of the Red Sea. After they took their first step the Lord brought the pillar of fire and the cloud, not before (Ex 13:19-22). Up to this time the children didn't have to do a thing but follow Moses. This is a symbol to us, until the Blade comes forth, we do nothing more than put our hearts on learning of Jesus. What symbol is the Red Sea to us? Our water baptism, the Token of our commitment to leave Egypt behind, as we go where the Lord would have us go, in order for us to find the Path to Follow Jesus by the Spirit. If the Faith of Jesus blazed the path, what is it going to take to “follow” it? Faith, but without the New Man we lack “guidance”, the New Man is fully able to apply our measure of faith allowing us to follow Jesus.

Then comes the time when we are taken into the Wilderness by the Spirit (Matt 4:1). Into the wilderness? Are you crazy? No, God still does some of His greatest works in the wilderness. Jesus was taken into the Wilderness by the Spirit to defeat the devil, we're taken into the Wilderness by the Spirit to defeat the works of the devil.

We use the term “Red Sea” simply because the map makers did, as did the Bible to give us a reference. The Hebrew word for Red is Cuwph (Soof) meaning Flags, Red, or Weeds, it was used by many Jewish and Early church scribes to mean “of the sea from the straits to the Gulf of Akaba”, yet they also agree the origin of the word is a mystery. The word Sea is the Hebrew Yam also translated as South, Westward, Nile, it was assigned to a place in the Temple Court, which is also know as the Court of the Gentiles; giving us the metaphor Sea for the Gentiles.

The scholar Gesenius, with others take exception to the modern interpretation of the Hebrew wording, noting terms like “Rush Sea” or “Reed Sea” all seem to be Jewish interpretations coming from the German, or Latin Scripus Sirpus, rather than the Egyptian or early Jewish thinking. The Red Sea was known by many various names in the past, such as the “the weedy sea” (Ps 106:7, 9, & 136:13). There is also Jablonski Opuscc and the Michaelis Supplement indicating the place was known by the Egyptians as the “Sea of Weed”, later as the “Rush Growing Out Of The Nile”; therefore, there are many names attributed to the body of water, we use Red Sea for simple identification. Someone could get legalistic regarding the name, forgetting what happened. The children crossed by faith, Pharaoh and his men died attempting to cross.

There are at least two views on the Crossing, one has been confirmed, the other has not. One view presumes the children crossed at a place called The Reeds, where the water was about three inches deep. The presumption is the Sea didn't divide, rather the children tiptoed across three inches of water; however, it also produced a premise showing a miracle. If the water was only three inches deep, how did Pharaoh and his men drown? What caused the wheels to fall of Pharaoh’s chariots? Flat sharks?

The established view pointed to a place where the water was deep, an area near one of the branches of the Red Sea. Of late a French satellite has discovered a path, yes these satellites can detect places where large groups of people marched several hundred years ago. This satellite showed a route more conducive to the Bible account, at the point of crossing they also discovered an earthen bridge about thirty to fifty feet under the water, thus the water could part, exposing the bridge, causing Pharaoh to assume it was a natural crossing. The Red Sea is still a very dangerous place to navigate, it has many reefs causing ships to run aground.

Since the crossing is a point of controversy we could run all around attempting to prove they passed at this point or another, missing the point of their crossing. We know some other information we will get to shortly helping narrow the search, but there will be someone who thinks they either flew over the water, swam under it, or tiptoed through it. Oh well, the point remains faith was able to get them to the other side.

Being spared the plagues gave the children a sign of God's protection, but now they are asked to believe in the protection in the face of death. There comes a time to believe in what we say we believe. God proved His love for them, all wilderness are for us to prove our love for God.

The Lord had the children camp in the area of Pihahiroth, Migdol and Baalzephon (Ex 14:1-2). This was not by chance, nor was it because God was tired, or didn't want to travel any further. The name Pihahiroth means The Mouth Of The Gorge, the name Migdol means The Tower, the name Baalzephon means Baal The Destroyer, we get the word Typhoon from part of this word. Typhoon also means the Destroyer; therefore, this place will be the difference between the pit (gorges), the Tower of God, and the destroyer, thus it will become the place of division for a decision, three points, run, stand, or hide. Pharaoh will have his decision at this place, as will Moses and the children.

We made our decision as we Passed by the Cross, the destroyer could not follow, since he was made ineffective. Yet, he still tosses darts at us, but God has given us His armor to protect us. On the other hand it becomes obvious, if the devil is ineffective, then our problems seem to be the golden calves we keep making. When the children cross the Red Sea, Pharaoh as a sign representing the devil will no longer be their problem, the works of the devil in their hearts will be their problem. The events and circumstances won't be problems, their approach to the events through their unbelief will be the problem.

Pharaoh knew his free labor force was about to leave Egypt, meaning his people would now have to become the labor. When the children were encamped, they were preparing to leave Egypt, the hardness of Pharaoh's heart decided "if I can't have them, neither can God", he set his heart on killing the children (Ex 14:5). He was still under the false impression the people were his (jealousy), when God said they were His. Jealousy is the fear of losing something or someone we think we possess, envy is the desire to have something someone else has, but we either lack the authority, or refuse to walk the same path to get it. Envy was the driving force of the religious leaders when they put Jesus on the Cross (Matt 27:18), thus they were run by the spirit lusting to envy (I Cor 2:8 & Eph 2:2). The evil envious nature is a driving force of the spirit of man (spirit of disobedience), it attempts to fill a lust, which can’t be filled. Pharaoh began by Jealousy, assuming the people were his, now it’s envy, wanting what God has proven is His. 

Not only did the children of Israel provide the labor for Pharaoh, but many of them had the skills as well: when the labor and skill is removed, the nation falls. As soon as the children see the taskmasters coming after them, they turn against their Deliverer (Moses) saying, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?" (Ex 14:11). They hadn't even crossed the Water, yet they were already speaking from the slavery mentality assuming Death was upon them. The Passover at this time was behind them, they felt they were spared one death to see another. Although their comments were off base, how many times have we panicked in the face of adversity? We yelled at the darkness hoping the devil will believe us, or perhaps we might believe us. Belief is still a Now confidence based on past information, here the Now is facing them, they needed to remember the past deliverance in order to put away their fearful thoughts.

Does their statement mean no Jew died in Egypt? Or there were no graves for the Hebrews? Not at all, it shows no Jew died in Egypt, except for natural causes, thereby confirming disease and sickness came with the plagues. This also shows how God gave Moses the purpose in the battle plan before each battle, but God didn't give Moses all the battle plan at once, nor did Moses know the outcome of each event, or the details, thus each step was building the faith of Moses. At least Moses knew who the enemy was; some of us are fighting the wrong entity, we are sent to destroy the works of the devil, not enhance them. The children thought Moses was their enemy, yet days prior they were shouting, "Oh save us man of God". The fallen nature of man is hypocritical, one day it’s, “Have mercy on me thou Son of David”, the next it’s “Crucify Him”.

At the mouth of the crossing the decision for the children would be at hand, they could cast off the works of the devil to grab the works of God before the cross, or face the issues after they cross, regardless, they were going to face their own unbelief and golden calves. The crossing was a faith issue, the Book of Hebrews shows this was the last "faith" experience the children would be accredited for until Jericho (Heb 11:29-30). After the decision comes, then they find the faith by looking at Moses. The children would see the Sea divide, cross on dry land, giving them an experience; however, they sill had to see something in order to gain the belief, so they could have faith, nonetheless their faith was desperation faith considering Pharaoh was close behind (Ex 14:21-23)

Pharaoh being a vessel of dishonor, just couldn't give up what he thought belonged to him. In the midst of the Sea, the wheels fell off his chariots. Their hate, bitterness and blindness caused them to keep driving their chariots, instead of jumping off and running to safety. Some of us are driving chariots without wheels, we need to run to safety in the arms of Jesus (Ex 14:24). Pride also keeps us in bondage to chariots without wheels, or under heavy burdens (Ex 14:25). The Lord saved Israel that day, but Pharaoh was destroyed by the water, yet God didn't push Pharaoh into the water, rather He allowed Pharaoh to destroy himself. Metaphorically we can see how Paul by the Holy Ghost made the connection to mercy. The vessel of dishonor rejected mercy (water), it was his own bitter water overcoming him which finally destroyed him.

Although the children were Saved from Egypt, the Lord would still destroy those who believed not (Ex 14:30-31 & Jude 5). Our water baptism is a sign (token) of being saved from the world, as we become part of the Body by God’s mercy (Water), but Grace (Blood) is where the saving of the soul takes place by the Spirit. Our faith in God to complete the good work is a continual position regardless of the event, circumstance or personal failures. A vessel of dishonor continually rejects the premise of giving Mercy after making entry, it does not relate to one who falls from time to time.

The children feared Pharaoh, and the works of Pharaoh, our fears of darkness give the works of the devil power. Why do we think the devil goes about As a roaring lion? To bring peace? Hardly, it's to scare the socks off us, then he uses our own fear against us. Faith on the other hand defuses fear, leaving the devil as a toothless kitty cat. This fear of Pharaoh will remain with these children, later the works will manifest in their confessions of unbelief, then become visible by them making the famed golden calf.

The route could be somewhat confusing, but some of us get confused over the word "sabbath". We find the first use of the word "sabbath" in Exodus 16:23, but in the verse Moses relates the keeping of the Sabbath was something God had commanded, yet no where prior to then do we find such a command. Also the only place prior to Exodus 16:23 where we find the word "rest" in reference to Moses and the children is in a fearful statement by Pharaoh (Ex 5:5). So, where did the sabbath come into being? On the night of the Passover they took rest as God moved through the land. The sabbath according to the Fifth Commandment is on the seventh day, or last day of the week, reflective of the end of the works of God, but what works did God end in Genesis? Salvation or Judgment? Yikes, the sabbath is to reflect on the Judgment of God, not His Salvation. This is evident on the first Passover, their first "sabbath" came when the angel of death moved through the land of Egypt judging Pharaoh. God rested on the Seventh day, knowing all the works of the Night were done, no man can stop them, but during our Season mankind has the opportunity to avoid the Judgment. Clearly the weekly sabbath came to remind them of the night death came, reflecting on how God spared them. Both the death of the first born, with the completed works were a reminder for keeping the sabbath, thus they kept the day, but never entered the Rest of God. The Rest of God is based in belief, but the belief is based in “God Is”. At times the Justification seems tough, rough or upside down, but the New Man is still working out the Report for our benefit, allowing us to Rest knowing God is doing a good work.

The Book of Hebrews splits the hairs between a "sabbath day", and the "Rest of God", just as it does between the "tithe under the Law", and the "tithes of the cheerful giver". These people being natural had to have the priest take tithe, but what means would the priest use? A baseball bat? Nay, no baseball back then. Six elders holding them down so they could take their wallet? No, Paul saw and divided the tithes not only in the Book of Hebrews, but in II Corinthians. God gave based on His love, did He get a return? Yes, was the return His motive? No, love was. Paul tells us a Cheerful giver is loved by God, which also means a Cheerful Giver gives based on love. Then Paul lays out two premises separating the priest taking tithes, and the priest under the New receiving tithes. Under the Old the priest under the Law used two elements, necessity, which means a promise of a return for the giving being greater than the gift given; second is grudgingly which means twisting the arm, or tugging at the compassion, or pulling at the heart of the person until they turn loose of their money. The same is true with the sabbath, it became the token of the Law because it forced the person to think on the time when death was “three spots of blood” away. The only thing between them and death was the Blood.

The confusion over the route can be solved as well, if Mount Sinai is in the same place now as it was then, than it was near the Red Sea, right in the path of the Exodus after the children crossed the Sea. Following the procedure we find the children camped before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea against Baal-zephon, which means there was no route of escape by land, thus telling us the only one place this could have been. After crossing the Red Sea they traveled for three days until they reached the wilderness of Shur, where they found no water (Ex 15:22). From there they came to Marah (Ex 15:24); then into the wilderness of Sin (Ex 16:1), which is between Elim and Sinai, which also means they traveled north then around the tip of the water, then back into the same area they left, only on the other side of the mount. Then came the Manna (Ex 16:15), then we read of the "sabbath" (Ex 16:23), then the fight with Amalek in Rephidim, which is again in the same area they came from before they crossed the Sea (Ex 17:18).

It would be three months before Moses would go up to Sinai to obtain the Ten Commandments (Ex 19:1). All this shows the plan of God, they were trapped by Pharaoh, no where to run, but God made a way, where no man could. God then took them back around again, but why? Confidence builders, often the Lord takes us back to places where we thought we were near defeat, just to show us how the Lord delivered us, proving our growth has made us overcomers. They are confidence builders, if we receive them; unfortunately these children did not.

God allowed them to take the silver and gold to make the Tabernacle, as stupid as the golden calf was, they never used the silver and gold to make the calf, rather they used their "earrings", which were a sign of their bondage in Egypt. It doesn't mean earrings are evil, it means these people were identified as slaves by their earrings. The golden calf was a means for them to control their leader, something they were attempting to do from the beginning. They were circumcised, thus they had the mark of the Covenant God made with Abraham, but they lacked the same belief as Abraham. Their prosperity turned into "things sacrificed unto devils", as they mixed the things of the Lord with the cup of devils.

Paul will use the day after they made the golden calf as his lesson on the carnal thinking of the Corinthians, a little later we will see why. The same pride and rebellion was able to sneak into their history as well. While in Egypt, Pharaoh was their problem, but when they entered the wilderness, their own selfish, self-centered minds generated the problem. God did mighty signs for them, yet they held their unbelief. The "deliverance" was Good News, but they believed not. Two things are obvious, the ability to believe and the ability to apply mercy are still within the realm of a person, even a natural minded person.

God is able to work together all things for Good to them who love Him, to them who are the called according to His purpose, as evidenced by Abraham and Joseph. For us the purpose is to be formed into the image of God’s Son, not for some self-pleasure, or mountain top to mountain top mind game, but to complete the purpose of our existence (Rom 8:28-29). The confidence of faith knows God limited Romans 8:28-29 to two groups of people, first and foremost is the group of those who Love God, next it's to those who are called according to God’s purpose. Not all are called, but Many are, out of the Many few are chosen, since few make the choice to be chosen. Regardless of the event there is a Good (Precious) for those who Love God, and those called according to His purpose, so what is His Purpose? The Greek word for Purpose in Romans is Prothesis, meaning purpose, but it also means Shewbread, it is not the Greek Protithemai meaning Purpose as in setting forth something. What possible connection does the Shewbread have with God’s Purpose? The Bread is the Body, the metaphor Body is not the manna, which was, and was not, rather it points to the Shewbread. The Shewbread was much different from the Manna, the command for the Manna came from heaven, but it grew out of the ground, it’s purpose ended when the wilderness ended. The Shewbread however had an outward display in the Holy Place on the right hand side, as a type and shadow of the Body of Christ. Even a vessel of dishonor has purpose, they show how God applies Mercy to the vessels of honor. God is not going to force anyone to accept Jesus, or the Spirit, it’s up to the person. The Corinthians prove the point, they had the Spirit, but were yet carnal. Paul could teach them about the Spirituals, but he couldn’t make them become spiritual. Our clues are here, what does the bondage and deliverance show us? While we were in Egypt, God worked out many things for our Good, although we didn't know it. The events may have ended sour, even appear tragic, but the purpose was to drive us to the Cross, a Good result to what appeared to be a bad event. The verse has one other clue, it doesn’t say immediately, thus the good may not be found until we understand the event. There can be tons of Good in an event along with some evil, yet we can put our minds on the evil causing us to miss the Good. If we seek the Precious, we will find it, if we seek the evil, it will overcome us, whatever we seek we find.

It was once said, if seven hundred people were all told "six hundred and ninety nine of you will be healed", all seven hundred would think they were the one who would miss it. It’s a sign of slavery mentality coupled with the fear of rejection. The first thing the children said when they ran into their first test in the wilderness was "God is", but they added, “going to kill us” hardly belief. The same attitude can overcome us in the process of Justification (saving of the soul), we can presume God is going to run over us with a steamroller, or put us in an event to punish us, embarrass us, or belittle us, but God is a Rewarder for those who diligently seek Him. Fear of rejection, or the slavery mentality will twist the purpose of God in our minds, causing us to miss the Precious.

God's purpose for these people in the wilderness was Good, yet they saw it as evil, death, hunger and destruction. The Good was before them throughout their wilderness experience, but they failed to see it. Their eyes were blinded by their own unbelief, but they had the Law of Moses, the Tabernacle, the Cloud, the Fire, the Manna and many other things, including health and protection as signs for them to believe. Even if a good event happened, they forgot it when the next affliction came.  

We must take into consideration how these people had not tasted freedom their entire lives, to them having God tell them what to do through Moses, was the same as Pharaoh ordering them about. For years they heard how Pharaoh was not only a god, but their protector, now here comes Moses telling them God is come to free them as their protector. Slavery mentality prevents some of us from receiving discipleship, rather we presume because someone is instructing us, we are being controlled. We don’t like the instruction, so we form our excuse to run, tossing away our God granted discipleship. The Whacko does control, there is a difference between instruction and controlling. Those who control leave no choice, they make slaves out of people, whereas instruction allows the person to learn by making errors as well as avoiding errors. Jesus told Peter how Satan wanted to sift (punch a hole) him, yet Jesus allowed it, but added, “when you are converted” (Luke 22:32). Judas was allowed to make his error as well, thus Jesus never controlled anyone, but He did instruct them. 

Nonetheless the children’s faith reached to the other side of the sea, thus they saw the Red Sea part, but much of their motivation was the sound of the wheels of Pharaoh’s chariots behind them. Their Hope was on the next shore, but it’s where they left their faith. They needed to project the same Hope to the other border of the wilderness, then allow their faith to pull them there. Hope is ahead, but when we use “faith of desperation” we are more concerned about the danger, than the hope. The children feared Pharaoh was going to overtake them, yet when safety was secure, their faith vanished.

The children also failed to see Pharaoh's methods and God's methods were not the same, neither were the purposes the same, but it didn't matter, they wanted to be “free" according to their own thoughts. Of course their thoughts were tainted by Egypt, their minds full of strongholds, but they still wanted what they considered the "freedom" God promised. To them Freedom was void of responsibility, they rejected the authority over them, causing them to rebel. Some of us think the “perfect law of liberty” is doing what we want, when we want. Freedom means we are not under bondage to the things of darkness, or the rules and regulations applied to natural people, but it doesn’t mean we have no responsibilities, nor does it mean we are not a people under Authority.

They needed to be trained, thus God gave them a leader by placing the mental of leadership on one person. They were looking all over for someone to teach them, but in the manner they wanted to be taught, yet God had the most productive way. Imagine what would have happened if God allowed them to teach each other? Unfortunately it can happen when we allow a novice to teach, or we run about seeking a teacher with itching ears (loves to be praised). Novices are sprouts, they are not yet Blades, when we allow our old carnal mind to define what we think God should do, or what we think God will do, we get into trouble. When God doesn't perform to our carnal expectations, we get mad, frustrated, or confused. These people heard the premise was to travel three days into the wilderness for the purpose of giving a sacrifice unto the Lord, but they never considered what the sacrifice would entail. When they were three days into the wilderness they found "bitter water"; instead of giving a sacrifice of praise to God, they entered bitterness, and murmured against Moses (Ex 15:22-23). Two types of water, the Mercy of God, and the bitter water, they saw death, rather than Opportunity. However, the opportunity was there, but their carnal thinking and faulty expectations caused them to miss it.

These were the same people who cried unto God to set them free, yet when it came time for them to consider what real freedom was, they attacked the same hand setting them free. They wanted freedom, but they didn't know how to handle it. They lacked belief; without belief they lacked a foundation for faith. Instead of seeing themselves as disciples, they wanted to be lords.

When the Word came to better them, they failed to mix the Word spoken with Faith, and lost the Promise. The Word comes to better us, but if we think the Word will cause us harm, we will attack it, murmur about it, or complain. If it doesn't please the flesh, or boast about us, or perform for us, we get mad. The elements are products of the old man: God is perfecting us, but we don't like the way He is doing it. Why? The old man doesn't mind freedom, as long as he can be master. However, true freedom will never come until we put off the old man, then put on the New. If we are serious about Salvation, we will face the wilderness with Joy and Gladness of heart.