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Three things brought about Israel's deliverance from Egypt: the Israelites' cry, Moses' staff and God's decree. The deliverance established Israel in her priestly identity. As a priestly nation, Israel carried a staff of authority to confront and challenge the demonic rulers that enslaved the nations. Israel was not only a priestly nation, she was also a prophetic prototype.
We live in a time when the cry of God's people, the staff of deliverers and the decree of God will combine to release great freedom on the earth.
It all started with a cry. "...The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob" (Exodus 2:23-24).
It's hard to imagine the depth of this cry. The Israelites were a people in covenant with the God of freedom but were subjected to abject slavery. Their cry immediately awakened the covenant loyalties promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God was stirred to action. He took action not only because He was bound by covenant, but because He was determined to see His people set free.
After the cry was heard, a staff of authority was released in the earth. God turned up in a remote wilderness, in a blazing fire and in a bush that wasn't consumed. Moses turned aside to see the phenomena. Speaking from within the bush, God told Moses that He was sending him to Pharaoh to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses wasn't happy about the commission. He didn't believe the Israelites would listen to him.
God simply responded by asking him what he held in his hand. "A staff," Moses replied. "Throw it down," God commanded. It promptly became a snake. "Pick it up," God commanded. Once again it became a staff. The staff represented the authority of deliverance that God had given Moses. At God's command, and with this authority, Moses would challenge Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.
Moses turned up at Pharaoh's court with his brother Aaron for support. They got straight to business. Pharaoh was informed that Yahweh, the God of Israel, had released a decree from His heavenly court: "Let My people go!" (see Exodus 5:1). One commentator says this about the decree or command to "go" (which translated in Hebrew is shalach, or sal·ah):
"If a person was dismissed through the use of this verb, then he ceased to be within the power or sphere of influence of the individual who had dismissed him. He was completely free and subsequently acted entirely on his own responsibility." (Benno Jacob, The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Exodus) (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
This was no small decree.
The cry of the Israelites stirred God to action. A staff of authority was released in the earth. However, the decree was even greater than the cry and the staff. The decree revealed the immovable determination of God's heart. Pharaoh was stubborn, but God had already determined the outcome.
A Greater Deliverance
We live in a time of an even greater deliverance. This time, God's covenant loyalties are not only to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but also to His own Son. There is a direct connection between the book of Exodus and the book of Revelation. The plagues recorded in Exodus were judgments against the Egyptian gods. The plagues recorded in Revelation are judgments against demonic rulers over the nations.
Exodus and Revelation are both about great deliverance. In Exodus, the deliverance is confined to one people group (the Israelites), from one nation (Egypt). In Revelation, the deliverance is much more expansive. It includes a multitude of peoples from many nations. Exodus and Revelation are both about establishing a kingdom of priests. In Exodus, one people group became a priestly nation. In Revelation, multitudes from many nations become a kingdom of priests.
When you put the following verses from Exodus and Revelation side by side, the connection is obvious: "You yourselves have seen what I [God] did to Egypt... Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation..." (Exodus 19:4-6, brackets mine). "...To Him [Jesus] who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His Blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6, brackets mine).
A cry is rising from the earth. It is the cry of God's covenant people. Deliverers are arising in the nations. They have been entrusted with great authority from God. The decree has gone forth from God's throne. It will continue to reverberate until all is accomplished. We live in a time of great deliverance.
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Heart of David Ministries
Nathan Shaw helps bring individuals and churches into dynamic encounters with God's indescribable love. Over the last twenty years he has been instrumental in ushering in significant moves of the Spirit in over ten different nations. Many have experienced life-changing prophetic encounters and dramatic visitations from God. Nathan is the author of two books: Passion and Fire and Unto the Least of These. Nathan is senior pastor at Fire and Destiny Centre, Dunedin and Celebration Church, Mosgiel.
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