The book of Exodus covers the history of Israel leaving Egypt, and then the journey to Mount Sinai and their marriage to Christ. Of course Cod could have prevented all this distress and just moved Pharaoh to let Israel go, instead God himself hardened Pharaoh so that all these things could happen. WHY? Because this was to be an instructional allegory for the called out of spiritual Egypt.
In this history Egypt was a type of bondage and enslavement to the god of this word, Satan, and this history is an allegory about a people being called out of bondage to sin in this world’s evil societies. While Canaan was an example and type of sin itself.
It is about the great love of God for his called out bride, whom the Father has called out of bondage to the freedom of the righteousness of the whole word of God.
It is about the fact that we cannot deliver ourselves and are delivered from having to pay the wages of our sins, by the Passover sacrifice of the Lamb, the Son of God.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Exodus begins with Israel in Egypt and how they came to be in bondage, then the history of Moses, his education and preparation, and then God’s deliverance of Israel from bondage.
The names of the males of Jacob who entered Egypt which added to Joseph and his two sons totaled 70 male persons.
Exodus 1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. 1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. 1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
Israel was fruitful and multiplied for thirty years in Goshen after which a new ruler possibly a grandson of Joseph’s Pharaoh, came to the t6hrone and found the strength of Israel within Egypt to be a problem that needed to be dealt with.
1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Pharaoh’s initial purpose was to drive Israel out of Egypt, for he was afraid of Israel.
1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Israel was then tasked with heavy burdens. This was a special tax on Israel to be paid by their labor, instead of the money we are taxed with today.
1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
Despite this burden Israel continued to multiply and increase.
1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.
The Egyptians feared Israel and were vexed that Israel was growing greater than the Egyptians in their own land. Therefore they increased their exactions from Israel. The families of Israel still had their homes in their villages and their pastures, flocks and herds but were required to pay a very heavy burden of labor tax.
Today we also suffer under a similar burden of taxes including mortgages and COG groups who demand far more than they are entitled to by the scriptures.
And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
Then Pharaoh though to limit the growth of Israel by killing his new born sons.
In a similar way the pharaoh god-king of this world has done this to humanity by abortion.
1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 1:16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
The midwives refused to obey the orders of the king, as we should also refuse to obey unlawful orders from our leaders. That includes refusing the biblically unlawful instructions of those claiming to be leaders and elders in the church of God ,who want us to turn away from a zeal for the whole word of God to serve them and their false teachings.
1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
The midwives give their defense to Pharaoh and GOD delivers them out of the hand of the king because they obeyed GOD and not the physical rulers.
1:18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? 1:19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 1:20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
God delivers those who love and obey him above physical leaders.
1:21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Pharaoh them commanded that every son be cast into the river.
1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
Then a son of Levi called Moses was born and when three months old was placed in a basket and cast into the Nile.
Exodus 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch [tar, asphalt], and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
To avoid suspicion little Miriam watched the child for her parents
2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
The basket was seen by a daughter of Pharaoh and brought to her.
2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Miriam then approached Pharaoh’s daughter and suggested that a woman be brought to nurse the hungry child and Pharaoh’s daughter bought the suggestion for the hungry weeping child aroused her sympathies.
This event came about 350 years after Jacob went down into Egypt. Israel had had thirty years of peace, after which they had had 400 years of heavy burdens. 400 years is much longer than the life of one Pharaoh and therefore the Pharaoh’s of affliction were many over the total of 400 years of affliction.
2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 2:8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
The wonders of God for those who love and serve him! Moses own sister Miriam went and the child’s own mother was paid wages to raise the child!
2:9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.
When the child was older his mother brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he was raised as her son, a prince of the Egyptians; and taught all the facets of human leadership in the court of Pharaoh.
The name Moses means one called out and was an apt name for Moses was to be called out by God.
2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses [drawn or called out]: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
When this Moses was fully learned in the education of the court of Pharaoh and had served Pharaoh to about forty years old; he visited his brethren.
2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
The heart of Moses was moved for justice for his brethren and he slew an Egyptian bully. Yet he hid the Egyptian and tried to hide the deed.
2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
The very next day Moses as an Egyptian prince tries to provide justice to two Israelites, and discovers that his deed was known and would surely get back to Pharaoh. we here see a passion for justice in Moses.
2:13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 2:14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
Pharaoh did hear of the matter and being a case of an Egyptian being killed in favor of an Israelite; Pharaoh had to set an example of Moses quickly lest those in Israel fol;;low Moses example and rise up
Moses then fled to Midian [the modern Bedouin] where he met a priest of God.
2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
Again Moses shows his passion for justice and fairness, and stands up to help the women being pushed aside by the men.
2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 2:17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
Then the daughters of this priest in Midian told their father of the kindness of this “Egyptian”.
2:18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? 2:19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
Reuel then opens the hospitality of his home to Moses.
2:20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
Moses was pleased to dwell with this man of god and to keep sheep for him; an din due course he fell for one of Reuel’s daughters to take her in marriage.
2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. 2:22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Over time the Pharaoh died and another Pharaoh rose up and increased the burdens even further, until Israel staggered and cried out for their affliction.
2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
God heard the cries for deliverance from Israel; and after forty years of being educated in all the wisdom of Egypt in Pharaoh’s court, and then another forty years being humbled in the wilderness and educated in all that the priest of God could teach him; Moses was ready to be called of God to lead Israel out of Egypt under the leadership of the Lamb of God, the Messiah the Christ.
2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
Jethro was a priest, before Israel was called out of Egypt and before the Levitical priesthood was made at Sinai, and he obviously believed in the Eternal Ex 18. How could Jethro be the priest of a strange god if he worshipped God with Moses at Sinai?
God was training Moses for his future responsibility and God led Moses to Jethro, who was a man filled with wisdom, See Exodus 18, was very close to Moses, who sent Moses back to Egypt, who met Moses at Sinai and offered sacrifices to God there, and who’s advice Moses valued and took even then when God was speaking personally to him.
We need to break out of our tradition of idolizing men, we need to stop idolizing the hero’s of scripture. They were only men like ourselves, their greatness was not their own but their enormous trust and faith and fidelity to the word of God made them great.
This man worship has been ingrained so deeply in us by our leaders, and it needs to be totally rooted out.
The being who became Jesus Christ gave up his God-hood to become flesh, and while in the flesh clearly taught that no man in the flesh is good, only God is good. Those who become like God the Father shall become spiritually good as he is good. Yes Moses was probably the closest to godly goodness as anyone except Christ himself, but that is because of Moses’s willingness to learn and to keep the whole word of God.
Moses was flesh as we are flesh, and Moses had to learn as we must continually learn and grow. Jesus himself learned as he suffered and we must also learn through suffering (Heb 5:8) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
While in the flesh we are all unfinished products, let us not idolize any man, no not our elders or leaders, and no not even the champions of scripture; rather let us work to become overcomers of sin with God as they were, that we might attain as they did.
Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Moses takes the flocks of Jethro [Reuel] to Mount Sinai.
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Christ appears to Moses as a fire burning in a bush on Mount Sinai.
3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Moses is told to show respect, for the ground was holy because of the presence of God.
3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
The Creator then identifies himself as the God of Moses forefathers and Moses greatly feared. Without doubt Moses had been told of these things by his parents as a child and later learned more from Jethro.
God had guided Moses to the home of Jethro and there Moses would have learned all that Jethro knew over his forty years there.
Later Jethro had gone out to meet Moses at Mt Sinai [Horeb] after Israel had left Egypt, and Jethro was faithful in supporting Moses and giving Moses wise advice about teaching the people the Word of God. See Exodus 18. I did not speculate yesterday on Reuel [Jethro] for this Jethro was indeed a wise man of God
3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God [that is the fire of God] .
The Creator tells Moses that he has heard the cries of the people of Israel and is about to deliver them. Remember that this was at the conclusion of 30 years of blessings and 400 years of affliction in Egypt, and that Christ besides hearing the cries of the people was also ready to fulfill his prophecy of delivering Israel after 400 years of affliction in Egypt.
3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Then the Creator proposed to send Moses to act as his agent in Egypt; and of course the Creator had been working with, preparing and training Moses for this very responsibility all of his life; just like he has been working with, molding and training his called out through the millennia.
The Creator also trained up Joseph before exalting him to responsibility, as a physical example of how he trains up his called out to prepare them for spiritual responsibilities.
3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Moses humbly asks why he should be given such a responsibility. Moses did not try to exalt himself as very many leaders and elders do today. This Moses was an example if righteousness and humility, which to our great shame most of the ministry have not followed today.
3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Moses is told that he will bring the children of Israel out of Egypt and take them to the very mount of Sinai; then Moses would fully know that God is with him. I ask here: Who ordained Moses? Did not God ordain Moses spiritually by sending him on this mission?
Today people exalt ordination by men, and close their eyes to ordination by God. People look at ordination by men, and ignore the fruits of many such men; whether they be faithful to the whole Word of God, or whether they are evil doers (Mat 7).
3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Jesus then tells Moses to say that his name is “I Am”.
3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Moses was told to say that “I AM” was the name of the God of Abraham, even though they had not known God by that name before.
3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Moses was told to present himself to the elders of Israel and to say to them that the God of their fathers had appeared to them and commanded them to leave Egypt.
3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: 3:17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
In the presence of Pharaoh, Moses is to speak the words that God has told him to say.
3:18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 3:19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
God tells Moses that he [God] will smite Egypt and Israel shall be delivered with great riches.
This is an allegory of how God shall smite the wicked in the day of the Lord, and give rich rewards to his chosen at the resurrection of the faithful.
3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty. 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
God then gives Moses certain signs to convince Israel that he speaks the truth. Very soon now God will send his two servants to call spiritual Israel out of this society with mighty signs and miracles; and as in the days of the Pharisees, only a few faithful will respond. The proud modern spiritual Pharisees called Laodiceans, will not respond and will, like the ancient Pharisees, claim that the two are of the devil because they do not bow to the false traditions of men.
I tell you the truth; the vast majority in the various COG Groups will not respond positively to the warnings of God and will fall into great tribulation. Then in much tribulation they will remember that they had been warned by a merciful God.
Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
Moses is given terrifying signs to convince Israel of his calling.
4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. 4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 4:5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
A second sign
4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. 4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. 4:8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
The third sign
4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
Moses points out that he is not eloquent to speak.
4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
God then promises to give Moses the words that he must say, and God promises us that he will also put his words in our mouths today when we are rejected by the assemblies and and later before civil judges because of our Christ-like zeal to live by the righteousness of the whole word of God.
Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Christ rebukes this apparent lack of willingness to serve and informs Moses that Aaron is already on his way to meet him.
4:13 And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. 4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
God will tell Moses what to say and then Moses will tell Aaron what to say.
In this historical allegory, Moses is the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant and a type of Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant. Aaron as the physical high priest [beginning at Sinai] is also an allegory of Jesus Christ our spiritual High Priest. Therefore it is appropriate that both Moses and Aaron as intended by YHVH from the beginning, as types of Christ, speak to Pharaoh the type of the god-king enslaving this world.
4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 4:16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
Moses is to take the rod with him.
4:17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Moses then asks his father in law for his approval to return to Egypt. Clearly this is a limited report of the conversation and Moses must have been bursting to tell of his experience and the burning bush. Yet Jethro believed and did nothing to try and dissuade Moses but simply said: GO! Yes Jethro was a man of God!
4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
God then tells Moses that the men who sought to kill him in Egypt were dead, and bids him return to Egypt. So Moses takes his wife and two sons and the rod of God and starts out on his journey.
4:19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
God tells Moses that he [God] will harden Pharaoh’s heart that he might show forth God’s power on Egypt.
4:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
Here even at the beginning, God says that he plans to institute Passover and slay the first born of Egypt.
4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn [Yes, the first born son of pharaoh died in Egypt on Passover].
Then Christ appears to Moses and would have slain the family because of their uncircumcision. Perhaps at this time Moses sent his wife and sons back to Jethro.
Exodus 18:2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back, 3 And her two sons;
Exodus 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
God then told Aaron where to meet Moses.
4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God [Sinai, Horeb], and kissed him.
Moses then told Aaron all the words of God and Aaron took Moses to meet the elders of Israel.
4:28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him. 4:29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: 4:30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
The people believed for they were desperate for deliverance from the burden of Egypt, which is a type of our bondage to Sin.
Sadly today the church of God called out people, do not want deliverance from their sins; instead they are lustful after the pleasures of sin, and love their idols of men, false traditions and corporate entities above any zeal for the Word of God; and when victory comes from Extremism and peace seems secure, they will reject the warnings of God.
4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
After Aaron had introduced Moses to the elders and they had been convinced of the mission of Moses, Moses went to the court of Pharaoh.
One might ask: Will God send his two servants to the elders of the Ekklesia first before sending them to the worldly? I would not be surprised; in fact I would be very surprised if God’s two servants did not go to the leaders of the Ekklesia at the appointed time
Exodus 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
Pharaoh then asked: Who is this God?
5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Aaron and Moses then identified God, as the God of the Hebrews and repeated their request.
5:3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
Pharaoh then reprimands Aaron and Moses for turning the people from their labors.
5:4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. 5:5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
Pharaoh them increases the burdens on the people.
Spiritually when people are called out of this world’s bondage to sin, the pharaoh god-king of this world also persecutes and burdens us, to discourage us from seeking freedom from his bondage.
The Word of God is easy and the burden of godliness is light; it is the burden that pharaoh [satan] places upon us for our zeal for freedom from bondage to him that afflicts us. Yet if we continue in learning and living by every Word of God with passionate enthusiasm; our Mighty One will deliver us as he delivered Israel from Pharaoh!
As Christ raised his called out of physical Egypt from the Red Sea of death, on the end of the sixth day of unleavened bread, raising physical Israel up to the seventh day of rejoicing: Christ shall raise up his chosen called out of spiritual Israel at the end of six thousand years, to a millennial Sabbath of rest for all humanity!
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Exodus 5:6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, 5:7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. 5:8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
God’s words of deliverance are NOT vain; our Mighty One shall perform all his promises to his faithful. It is the words and actions of Satan and his minions that are vain, they shall not profit, but will bring destruction on all who chose to reject God’s deliverance from the bondage of sin.
5:9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words. 5:10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. 5:11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished. 5:12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. 5:13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
Then Israel complained to Moses that they were not delivered and that their burdens were increased.
When we are burdened with temptations to remain in sin, or burdened by persecutions and trials designed to make us turn aside from the Word of God; we must redouble and redouble again our dedication to learn and to fully live by every Word of God! We must RUN to our Deliverer and ask him to help us to learn whatever he is teaching us by the situation, we must ask for faith and courage to take a stand up for the Word of God. We must ask for the courage of Daniel and his three friends and acquit ourselves like people of God Almighty!
Whether we live or die in the flesh is of no consequence if we lose our eternal life! Nothing physical whatsoever matters in comparison to being like our Father for eternity!
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul [spirit, eternal life]? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Exodus 5:14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore? 5:15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? 5:16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
When we seek to worship and obey God; the enemy attacks and burdens us.
We need to understand that our trials, temptations and afflictions are not from obeying God; they are from our own errors and from Satan; to discourage us in following and keeping every Word of God.
5:17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. 5:18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.5:19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
Now Israel falls for the satanic lie, common throughout history, and blames the Word of God for all their troubles; instead of placing the blame on Pharaoh [Satan] where it belongs.
When facing trials physical Israel always blamed God; instead of placing the blame on Satan and on their own sinfulness where it belonged.
5:20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh: 5:21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour [we stink in pharaoh’s nose] to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
Even Moses begins to blame God and must still learn the lesson that God is good and it is the sins of the people and the attacks of satan that are to be blamed for our afflictions. That said, it is also true that God allows us to experience trials for our own good, to mature us into the people he wants us to be.
In this case God did harden Pharaoh in order to fulfill his purpose of teaching us these lessons. The lesson of Job is that God is far wiser than man, and we should not questing his actions; but should trust in him and understand that what he does is for our long term good.
5:22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? 5:23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
The Plagues on Egypt
Moses and Aaron visited the elders of Israel and told them of their mission, and then they went to pharaoh who refused to let the people go and increased their burdens. Israel then complained to Moses and God told Moses to stand fast in his mission and go before pharaoh again.
The Egyptians had a pantheistic religion in which all physical things had a little bit of God in them. That being the case they worshipped the creation in place of the Creator.
With Amun-Ra as the sun and chief god, all other things from cats to crocodiles, from dung beetles to the bull god Apis were worshipped as gods.
The sin of Aaron and Israel and later of Jeroboam in setting up golden calves as gods, came from the Egyptian worship of Apis the bull god.
The superstitious Egyptian common folk literally worshipped these physical things, while the high level initiates understood that these things were only symbols of spirit entities.
The sun was a symbol of Lucifer [Satan] called Saturn and Baal in other languages.
From this point on every sign and every plague given in Egypt, used the gods of Egypt themselves either to afflict the Egyptians by their own gods, or to demonstrate the power of the Eternal over all other gods.
Then God said, stand back and see what I shall do to Pharaoh, for God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart that God might show forth his power as the Deliverer of physical and spiritual Israel! This was for us as well as those people, that we might know the power of our Mighty God and always be zealous and faithful to his Word in the flesh and in the spirit.
Exodus 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
Then Messiah the Christ informed Moses that he would keep his promises to their forbearers and deliver them out of Egypt. Even so the Mighty God whose dwelling is eternity; will keep his promises to the spiritually called out of bondage to sin!
If we follow HIM faithfully and live by EVERY Word of God always, we shall enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!
The Eternal IS God Almighty and beside him there are NO other gods!
6:2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH [YHVH] was I not known to them. 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
Today the whole earth groans under the bondage of sin; God will deliver his spiritually called out soon, and after that he will deliver the whole earth from Satan the god-king Pharaoh who holds this world in bondage!
Our Deliverer will keep his promises and deliver his faithful of spiritual Israel, into the Promised Land of eternal life and all good things. Then Christ will also deliver all humanity, grafting then into spiritual Israel, his collective bride!
As physical Israel had God’s promise of deliverance from bondage in Egypt; God has given mankind a promise of deliverance from Satan and sin!
6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians [a type of deliverance from bondage to sin and Satan]. 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.
The people could not believe because they focused on the cruelty of their bondage; even so many of us lose faith in the midst of our afflictions in this life.
It is very hard to think of a wonderful future when we are faced with present distress. Yet to overcome the present distress, we must remain focused on the end result of our calling, and on the power of our God to deliver in his own good time!
As our Great God made an example of Pharaoh in Egypt; in these last days he is making an example of his power to accomplish his purposes against Satan.
Messiah the Christ shall come to resurrect his chosen and then will return with his collective bride with great power and glory to bring the millennial Sabbath of rest and bring freedom from the burden of sin to this world!
6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
Then Christ sent Moses to speak unto Pharaoh again
6:10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
Moses discouraged asked Christ: “What is the use of going back to Pharaoh?”
6:12 And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?
God then commissioned Aaron and Moses with the responsibility to bring Israel out of Egypt.
It is so easy to get discouraged and to have a crisis of faith when we focus on the present distress and do not focus on the power of our Mighty God. Even Moses got discouraged many times, but nevertheless God kept all of his promises and demonstrated his mighty power to deliver his people if they will only trust him and keep his Word.
Brethren, these things were recorded for us, that in times of trials we should not be discouraged; but should have faith in the word, promises and power of our God to raise us up from the pit to the birthright of our calling which is eternal life, if we faint not in following our Mighty One!
6:13 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
An important thing to observe is that Moses and Aaron did not decide for themselves what to say to Pharaoh or what to do in Egypt. Instead they said what God had told them to say and proclaimed the plagues that God had commanded them to warn that God would bring. This was not about Moses, but was about revealing God and his power to Israel and Egypt and all the nations of that time.
The serpent was a symbol of the god Amun-Ra and God showed that he had power over the serpents of Amun
Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
The One who became Messiah explains that Pharaoh will not let the people go until he, YHVH, has made his power and glory known. In the same way at this end time, the power and glory of Messiah will be made known by God’s two prophets and all His mighty works at His coming.
As God delivered his called out bride from bondage to sin with many mighty deeds in physical Egypt; He will also deliver his spiritual Bride from bondage to sin, and raise up his faithful chosen to be a part of his collective spiritual Bride in that day.
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart to the level of hardness of the “heart” of Satan, that the allegory of Pharaoh being a type of Satan might be fulfilled more clearly.
7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
As the Egyptians were made to fear God in ancient times; the spiritually Called Out will be made to fear, respect and to really know God and his deliverance from the bondage of sin in our time; and at this end time, all of the world will be made to know God at the coming of Messiah the Christ.
7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
Moses and Aaron now knew the purpose of God and the reason for the actions of Christ in hardening Pharaoh’s heart, and the mighty miracles that Messiah would perform for Israel.
We of spiritual Israel should also begin to understand the reason for the trials and afflictions in our lives; which is to bring us to the perfection of our Father!
7:6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they. 7:7 And Moses was fourscore  years old, and Aaron fourscore and three  years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
Christ commands Moses and Aaron to visit Pharaoh and to show him the first miracle that was shown to the elders of Israel.
7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
The wise men [priests of Amun] of Egypt duplicated this miracle by the power of Amun [Satan] whom they worshipped.
Here we have a short duel between the miracle workers of Egypt and the servants of God, between Amun [Satan] and the Eternal.
7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Pharaoh saw the miracles of his own people and maybe thought that the God of Moses and Aaron was not greater than his god Amun-Ra.
7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
Then God sent Moses and Aaron to meet Pharaoh at the river side to turn the water into blood to show the power of God, but the magicians of Egypt [Satan] were again able to replicate the miracle.
7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
Moses and Aaron are then told by the One who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh and die like a Lamb for his creation, to speak against the Nile [which was worshipped as the goddess Anuket] unto Pharaoh
7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
After Moses and Aaron had thus addressed the god-king of Egypt; Messiah the Christ, commanded them to lift up the rod against the Nile and all its tributaries and streams in the delta.
7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
They obeyed the spiritual Lamb of God, and all was fulfilled as Messiah had declared.
7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Then the Egyptian magicians turned pots of well water into blood
7:22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. 7:23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
The river was as blood for seven days, and the Egyptians dug wells for water.
7:24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 7:25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.
After seven days God commands Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let the people of Israel go; and if he refuses, God would bring a curse of frogs across Egypt. the frog being a goddess of Egypt would be used to afflict the Egyptians.
Hequet was the frog goddess of childbirth of the Egyptians and it was only appropriate that frogs were summoned to afflict the Egyptians after they had sought to cast the sons of Israel into the Nile to drown.
Exodus 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
Then Messiah the Christ commanded Moses and Aaron to stretch out the rod and bring the curse of frogs on the nation.
8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. 8:6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
The Egyptian magicians then replicated the miracle.
8:7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
Then Pharaoh begged Moses to remove the frogs, and Moses perhaps believing Pharaoh rejoiced.
8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD. 8:9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? 8:10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. 8:11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.
Moses then asked God to take away the frogs from Egypt and the One who became Christ heard and fulfilled the matter.
8:12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh. 8:13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
Christ caused all the frogs to die out, and they were gathered up of the people out of their houses into stinking heaps.
8:14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
Pharaoh then went back on his word
8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Then the one who became Jesus Christ brought up a plague of lice out of the dust of the land.
The word “lice” is rendered as “sand flies” or “fleas” in some translations. The Hebrew word “kinnim” comes from a root word meaning “to dig”; it is probable that the insect in question would burrow under the skin.
This plague would have been an embarrassment to Geb, the great god of the earth. Egyptians gave offerings to Geb for the bounty of the soil — yet it was from “the dust of the soil” that this plague originated.
8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
The priests and enchanters of Egypt could not replicate this miracle.
8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
The magicians then openly told Pharaoh that this could not be duplicated because it was of God the Eternal
8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
The Messiah our physical and spiritual Deliverer, then commanded Moses to again call on Pharaoh to let his people go; and if he will not, then swarms shall fill the land. The word fly is not in the text but is the conjecture of the translators. The swarms could be mosquitoes or even hornets.
We must be careful not to let the translators mislead us into thinking of the common house fly here. These Egyptian swarms were not a mere nuisance, but were most likely stinging insects or biting flies like the deer, horse and black flies in the North American wilderness and the biting flies of Africa. This was a very real and terrible plague.
The “swarms” in this passage could have easily been swarms of the scarab beetle, the Egyptian god Khepri.
The scarab was actually a dung beetle — an insect that feeds on the dung in the fields. The plague of swarms of scarabs, with mandibles that can saw through wood, would be terrible and the scarab was another god of Egypt!
8:20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
God separates out Goshen from Egypt in terms of this curse.
8:22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
In this end time Christ is dividing his faithful from the lukewarm, so that God may deliver his faithful from the strong correction to come upon the lukewarm.
8:23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.
Then the land of Egypt was overwhelmed by vast swarms of biting stinging flying insects, from which there was no escape.
Such swarms have been known to drive animals and men mad in the wilderness, often the only relief being to dive under water or to coat themselves with thick mud. If you have no experience with this, just imagine yourself swarmed by thousands of hungry mosquitoes continually, even inside your home.
8:24 And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
Pharaoh then seeks a compromise and tells Moses to sacrifice within Egypt.
8:25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.
Moses rejects this offer of Pharaoh to sacrifice to God within Egypt. God’s people must come OUT of Egypt, come OUT of sin and spiritual Egypt to meet the Eternal.
8:26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? 8:27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.
Then Pharaoh gives in temporarily
8:28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
Moses then agrees to ask Christ to remove the flies but warns Pharaoh not to change his word this time.
8:29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.
8:30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. 8:31 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
The Pharaoh changed his mind and would not let the people go.
8:32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
The Egyptians worshipped the creation and these plagues on Egypt were designed to show the absolute power of God over all the gods of Egypt. In the same way, the Eternal has absolute power over his creation and that includes Satan today
Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
Murrain is not some specific disease but means: Heb. deber, “destruction,” a “great dying,” the fifth plague that fell upon the Egyptians.
The cow goddess Hathor was the symbolic mother of Pharaoh while the bull god Apis was worshipped throughout the land. Remember Aaron’s and later Jeroboam’s golden calves
9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain.
The flocks and herds of lesser [sheep and goats] and greater [beeves] cattle of Egypt shall die off, but the lesser and grater cattle of Israel shall live.
9:4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. 9:5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.
The plague killed the lesser and greater cattle of Egypt as the Eternal had said, and of Israel none died. This would have been a disaster for Egypt because not only were these animals good for food but ploughed the fields for planting the grain.
The loss of working cattle would have reduced the farmers to digging with mattocks and reduced the harvest greatly for many years.
9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 9:7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.
Encyclopedias – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia – Blains
blanz (abha`bu`ah: only in Exodus 9:9,10): Pustules containing fluid around a boil or inflamed sore. It is an Old English word “bleyen,” used sometimes as a synonym for boil. Wyclif (1382) uses the expression “stinkende bleyne” for Job’s sores. The Hebrew word is from a root which means that which bubbles up.
This was about the god of medicine Imhotep who could not heal the priests or the people.
9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
Painful boils filled with leaking pus spread to men and beasts in Egypt and afflicted the magicians so that they were brought low like Job had been.
9:10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
It was the Eternal who had hardened the heart of Pharaoh that God might make an example of him for our instruction. The Eternal loves the bride that was called out of physical Egypt whom he married at Sinai; and he loves the collective spiritual Bride that the Father has called out for HIM! As the Eternal destroyed Egypt and delivered physical Israel out of bondage; he will fight for and deliver spiritual Israel with mighty deeds; out from the bondage of sin also.
We need not fear what this world can do, neither should we hesitate to fully follow our Deliverer OUT of the bondage of sin; for he will deliver the faithful of spiritual Israel out of the pit of death as he delivered physical Israel out of the Red Sea of death.
Our espoused Husband is Mighty, he is Holy, he is Righteous in all his ways; let us follow him and his word alone!
9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.
Now the Eternal brings a plague of great hail upon the land, yet he warns all who would listen that if they and their animals take shelter they shall live, for the plague will only kill all who reject the warnings and remain out in the fields.
All of these plagues are to teach the Egyptians AND physical Israel, AND the called of spiritual Israel that the Eternal God the Father and God the Son are God indeed and there is NO OTHER god besides the mighty God family. It seems strange to say it, but we of the called out of spiritual Israel have forgotten any zeal for our deliverer and have idolized men.
9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart [the desire of your heart], and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
The Eternal has hardened the heart of Pharaoh for the express purpose of demonstrating his power and greatness to all the earth; and the Eternal will yet allow Satan to raise up a miracle working son of perdition in the Vatican and a bestial king emperor over the new Europe; for the express purpose of demonstrating that the Eternal is God, and humbling and preparing humanity to receive HIM at his coming!
9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
In this plague the flax and barley crops were destroyed (Exodus. 9:31) in Egypt, which means this must have taken place about February.
Since this plague originated from the sky, it would have shown the impotence of Nut, the sky goddess. Nut was also considered by the Egyptians to be the mother of five other gods: Osiris, Hathor, Set, Isis, and Nephthys.
Before the plague of destruction a merciful warning to all who would listen and take heed.
9:19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.
9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.
Moses did NOT do what he himself wanted, he did not do what seemed right to him: Moses did as God commanded him. So it is with all godly men, and so it will be with God’s two servants; they will serve the Eternal and not their own ways.
9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 9:24 So there was hail, and fire [lightening and great thunder] mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
Those who were called of God and those who heeded the warning to Egypt were spared.
9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
Pharaoh repented in words only, as very many of us also do.
For his heart was set on keeping these people as his slaves; and our hearts are set upon the pleasures of Egypt [sin]. Today many of us say and do not, as did Pharaoh in Egypt.
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Exodus 9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 9:28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
The thunder, lightning and great hail demonstrated the power of God, but the cutting off of the same demonstrated that God had the power to send and to stop plagues upon the earth.
9:29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’s. 9:30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God. 9:31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear [the barley matures much earlier in Egypt then in Israel], and the flax was bolled. 9:32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.
9:33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 9:34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
Isn’t this just like us; when we have a need we cry out to God and repent with our words to follow him; and when the crisis is past we turn away from any zeal to live by the Word of God to keep our own ways?
9:35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.
God hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that all peoples may know that the Eternal is God and is Mighty above ALL gods. This is the very reason why at this time God will correct his called out in great tribulation when the abomination goes to the holy mount (Mat 24:15). To teach us and to teach all humanity that the Eternal is God indeed!
Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.
Moses and Aaron make it very clear to Pharaoh that he is to bow down and humble himself before the Eternal. We need to learn this same lesson and humble ourselves before the Eternal and his word to learn it and to keep it, instead of clinging to our own ways, idols of men and our false traditions.
10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
God will send a plague of locusts to eat up every green thing in Egypt, except Goshen; if Pharaoh will not let Israel go.
10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: 10:6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
Then Pharaoh’s servants and advisors recommended to him to let the people go; spiritually this means that Satan cannot stand against God in a direct confrontation.
Later after losing Israel who followed God across the Red Sea; Satan then uses his cunning to tempt Israel into wanting to return to Egypt, tempting them with the apparent pleasures of sin.
In our personal; and corporate spiritual journey, Satan very often uses temptations to entice us to turn aside from zeal for our God, and to desire to turn back into the bondage of Egypt, separating ourselves from God by our sins.
10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
Moses demanded that all Israel and all their animals must go to worship God. Notice carefully that physical Israel was called out of Egypt to worship [the Hebrew word “worship” means to obey!] GOD!
We also are called out of the Egypt of this world to worship [which means to obey] GOD! Not to do what we think is right, or to do what some man or group of men says is right: But to live by EVERY Word of God!
10:8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? 10:9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD. 10:10 And he said unto them, Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you.
Pharaoh then permits the males only to leave, for he intends to keep the women hostage against the return of the males.
10:11 Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.
Then Messiah the Christ called for Moses to stretch out his rod that the locusts may cover the land.
10:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.
The locusts came the next morning
This would have been a few days or weeks after the hail destroyed the crops and now the locusts would be eating up every green thing that was sprouting anew.
Nepri, the god of grain could not save, Isis is silent once again. Thermuthis, the goddess of fertility and the harvest was speechless. Seth, another god of crops, was also mute.
10:13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 10:14 And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 10:15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Moses who had been driven out the day before is called by Pharaoh who begs for relief from the locusts.
10:16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 10:17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.
Moses than entreats God for Pharaoh and the Eternal removes the locusts.
10:18 And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. 10:19 And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
Then once again Pharaoh changes his mind as God hardens his heart. Now Pharaoh was a mere man with the weakness of a man and he would have let the people go after all this; but God wanted to make him an example, of the hardness of Satan, and make God’s power over Satan known to all people.
10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
Then God sent a deep darkness over all the land so that there was no light at all. This is symbolic of the spiritual darkness and ignorance of sin and the eternal death which swallows up sinners.
The greatest god of Egypt was the sun god which was the symbol of the god Amun-Ra [Lucifer Satan]. Bringing total darkness demonstrated the power of the Eternal over the supreme sun god to the people, and over Satan himself to the occultists.
10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 10:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Pharaoh then lets the people go but withholds their flocks and herds for himself, the physical mind trying to salvage something for Egypt.
10:24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.
Moses says no and demands that all the flocks and herds also be released.
10:25 And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. 10:26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.
And God hardened the heart of Pharaoh one more time that Exodus 4:22-23 might be fulfilled.
10:27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 10:28 And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. 10:29 And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.
Jesus Christ was sacrificed before the world began, this means that the Passover and the later sacrifice of the Lamb of God were PLANNED from the very beginning. The plan of God is no haphazard “make it up as we go” thing; it was all very carefully planned even before creation.
We now come to the last plague which is the destruction of the firstborn of man and beast in Egypt; with the destroyer passing over the called out of Egypt.
Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
Jesus then commands Moses to tell the people to spoil the Egyptians, and the Egyptians willingly give all that was asked to the called out.
Brethren this is NOT for us to borrow without an intent to pay back. This is an allegory of how at the coming of Christ spiritual Israel will inherit all things and become the rulers of the whole earth.
11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. 11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians.
The Egyptians were in awe of Moses and the called out from Egypt and gave whatever they had for fear of God and the people. Even so, Satan fears our Mighty God and knows that he cannot stand before him!
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble
Exodus 11:3 Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
Moses then tells Pharaoh the Word of God
11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
All the Called Out from Egypt who were faithful to obey God were spared! God gave Israel instructions as to what to do to be spared, and those who did not follow those instructions were destroyed in the plague with the Egyptians. ONLY those who kept the whole word of God and all of his instructions were passed over!
Even so, it is with spiritual Israel, who are the Called Out from this worldly spiritual Egypt. ONLY those who obey and follow the whole word of God, will be delivered from bondage to sin and death, and cross over the Red Sea of death into the resurrection to eternal life; given as the birthright of the chosen.
11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Moses tells Pharaoh that pharaoh will send his servants to demand that Israel leave Egypt.
11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
Then the Eternal [YHVH] told Moses that Pharaoh would not let them go until after the Passover.
This was because God was using this physical history as an allegory to teach us of the spiritual deliverance of spiritual Israel, and the Passover sacrifice of the Lamb of God; which is applied ONLY to those who sincerely repent and commit to follow God and his Word, forever.
11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.