January 29, 2019 A NEW DAWN
Day 29 Exodus 13-15
Whatever situation befalls a man, once he gains God’s attention, a new chapter opens, a new dawn is proclaimed.
Exodus 12:1-2 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
This was before the last daze on the nation of Egypt. In chapter 6, we read that the children of Israel were anguished in their spirits and did not go along with Moses. But by the time the last plague was unleashed, they had been convinced of their deliverance.
Also, the Egyptians were fed up with the torments of the plagues and, therefore, were eager to let them go, Exodus 12:33. But the Lord would not let go Pharaoh’s heart. It is a terrible thing to fall into the anger of the Lord.
The most important thing about this deliverance was that, without salvation, a person would not get it. The process of salvation was given to Moses which he also relayed to the children of Israel. First is killing of a lamb by the head of each household and strike the blood on the door side posts using a hyssop dipped in the blood.
On their departure, the word came to pass. They became rich. The Egyptians could not restrain from giving them more than they asked.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
They made peace with, Abraham. The adversary of Isaac made peace with him. Esau and Laban were at peace on sighting Jacob. the covenant of the Lord solicits for peace all the time.
On their journey, two angels escorted them.
Exodus 13:21-22 “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”
Abraham sited the likeness of the angels in the vision of the covenant.
Genesis 15:17-18 “And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”
The smoking furnace is the angel that went by them by day and the burning lamp gave them light by night. These were the angels which witnessed the covenants and ensure compliance with the words of the covenant. They will not tolerate:
- Transgression against the covenant.
- Rebellion against the words of the covenant.
Along our reading, we will eventually see that they carried out their assignments on the journey according to Jeremiah 34:18-19. Not all that left Egypt entered the promised land.
Philistine was closer, but the children of Israel had not been skilled in warfare. God had been doing the fight with signs and wonders. Jacob their father did not engage in any physical warfare; but spiritual warfare. The philistines were aggressive people who couldn’t tolerate closeness of strangers. If the Israelites had passed through their land first, the battle would have been severe as for them to think of going back to Egypt. In view of this, God led them by another route through the wilderness which they would be trained for battles.
As you know, God had not released the heart of Pharaoh. The system of witchcraft was destroyed, which gave them deliverance. But the witch, the power behind witchcraft remained to be dealt with. Pharaoh was to be humiliated since he said, “who is the Lord that I should obey him”
When the Israelites saw the pursuit of Pharaoh, at the edge of the wilderness, fear gripped them. But they never knew that God had composed a song for them to sing on the other side of the Red Sea.
Exodus 13:17 “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:”
Beloved, at the end of every battle, there is a song to sing. On the other side of every river to cross, there is a song to sing. To every rough road, there is an end and a song to sing. All that is needed is to TRUST and OBEY. This is the key to victory. The way of the philistines would have been easier and smoother, but there was no song composed there; only weeping and discouragement. Many have plied such roads but are regretting now. Just because God did not draw the road map for them; they drew it for themselves. It is a dangerous thing for the children of covenant to murmur in what they are going through. The angels of the covenant cannot tolerate it. Therefore, learn to”
- Trust God in all your adversities
- Obey His words in your decisions in the course of your plights
- Pray to Him in faith in the roughness of the road; faith is the shock absorber
- Praise Him no matter how difficult and tormenting the problem.
Because it is a new dawn, a new beginning, the beginning of an admirable phenomenon and a new realm of glory that cannot be despised. May the Lord continue to keep us in the radar of His grace, in the name of Jesus. Amen
MFM, Delaware, USA