Exodus 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years [after God’s promise to Abram in Ur], even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
12:42 It is a night to be much observed [much remembered] unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
Notice that this night is to be observed “unto the Lord for bringing them out of Egypt”. This is a Holy Convocation! It is the beginning of the first High Day of Unleavened Bread! No work of any kind is to be done on this day from sunset to sunset; not even cooking.
Israel was “On the March” out of Egypt and after burning the Passover food by the morning, was not prepared that next evening; and so because of this totally exceptional situation when Israel was thrust out of Egypt; they were allowed to cook and prepare food during that first Feast of Unleavened Bread High Days ONLY! Not on any subsequent Holy Day or weekly Sabbath!
This evening is to REMEMBER and give thanks to God for his deliverance from physical Egypt; and from Satan the spirit god king of this world; and from the slavery of sin.
This is to be a time of remembrance during which we are to recite and discuss the deliverance of physical Israel from the god-king of Egypt; and to discuss the spiritual application of that deliverance in our own lives.
This IS a High Holy Day of Almighty God and its purpose and the purpose of the very evening beginning this High Day, is to REMEMBER the deliverance that God has wrought for his people; BOTH those called out of physical Egypt AND those called out of spiritual bondage to sin!
The commanded purpose of this evening is to Remember their deliverance from Egypt as an allegory of Our Deliverance from Satan the god king of spiritual Egypt and from the slavery of sin.
If we are not fulfilling that commanded purpose we are not obeying our GOD!
Let us now consider the facts of the matter.
Numbers 28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. 28:17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 28:18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work [work of ANY kind, except that commanded by God to observe the day] therein:
The Passover commemorates the passing over of those covered by the blood of the lamb. This is a picture of the application of the blood of the Lamb of God to the door posts of our hearts in atonement for sin, reconciling the repentant to the Father.
While the Egyptian firstborn who did not have the blood on their door posts; symbolizing the unrepentant wicked and were killed at midnight; then the Egyptians were shocked and terrified and were urgent on the Israelites to leave.
The Israelites and a mixed multitude of other enslaved peoples with them, then gathered together and took wages from the Egyptians for their years of service.
After gathering their belongings, taking wages and meeting together at Ramses, the city in Goshen given to Israel; they left in the evening ending the 14th and beginning the High Day of the 15th day of the first month.
Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
12:39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened;
The Passover lamb was to be killed and eaten BEFORE MIDNIGHT on the early part of the 14th day [after sunset began the day], after that the people gathered, packed and took wages, finally leaving as the 14th ended and the 15th began.
Because Passover was the day before the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and because the Passover was to be eaten with Unleavened Bread; it came about that in common usage of language, the entire eight days including Passover were referred to as the Feast of Unleavened Bread; just like we today refer to Tabernacles and the Eighth Day as simply “Tabernacles”.
Passover was to be eaten WITH Unleavened Bread, but the actual day was otherwise a PREPARATION for the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
People prepared to leave Egypt on Passover day, and left as Passover day ended at sunset; and we are to prepare for the High Day of Unleavened Bread on the Passover day! It was only when they did leave Egypt at sunset that the Feast of Unleavened Bread began.
This is appropriate because our sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; is preparatory to our coming out of sin!
Just remember that we must be sincerely repentant and be baptized with a commitment to: “Go and sin no more;” and then have the Passover atonement sacrifice applied to us; BEFORE we can come out of sin! The analogy in this is perfect.
The Passover was on the 14th; and then the coming out of bondage began on the beginning of the 15th day.
1. Israel was delivered out of Egypt and they did come out of the country on the evening AFTER the Passover day ended.
2. All days end and new days begin at evening [sunset], therefore Israel came out of the land as the 14th ended [at sunset] and at the beginning of the 15th day.
3. The 15th day is the first day and beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and a High Holy Day; which is commanded to be observed as a High Holy Day. There is no way that the Night to be Much Observed could be a reference to the Passover!
This Night To Be Much Observed is the event of LEAVING EGYPT on the first Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; NOT the previous day of the lamb’s death and the MIDNIGHT Passing Over!
Leviticus 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work [work of ANY kind, including paying other to work] therein.
Numbers 33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
It is clear that as the sun set and the fifteenth day of the first month BEGAN; Israel came out of Egypt!
The 15th day is a High Holy Day because it pictures the BEGINNING of their journey out of bondage to sin; and their journey towards a marriage union or Covenant with their Deliverer at Sinai on Pentecost.
The beginning of that 15th day is the absolute beginning of the journey out of slavery to the god king of Egypt [A type of bondage to sin]!
Our spiritual deliverance from sin begins with our calling, sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
This brings reconciliation with God the Father and it is only then that we can be given the gift of God’s Spirit and begin putting the leaven of sin out of our lives.
Unleavened Bread pictures the internalizing and the taking into ourselves, the very unleavened [sinless] nature of Jesus Christ the Bread of Life! It is for this reason that we are COMMANDED to eat Unleavened Bread on EVERY DAY of the Feast.
Exodus 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
If we miss eating unleavened bread on any day willfully or due to carelessness it is NOT obeying God, It is rebellion and disobedience to the clear command of Jesus Christ; IT IS SIN: It is equivalent to refusing to take into ourselves the very nature of Christ..
There is simply no way that the Night to be Much Observed could be a reference to the Passover.
Passover pictures the application of the shed blood of Christ as the Passover Lamb; and redemption from the sentence of death for our law breaking.
Putting out leaven shows the need to put out sin. Taking in the Unleavened Bread shows the need to take into ourselves the Bread of Life and the spirit of Christ; to become like him and to enter into a full spiritual union with him at the Marriage of the Lamb.
The seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread also pictures the seven thousand year plan of God; and the evening beginning the 15th day pictures the beginning of God’s plan; and the start of his “Calling Out” of a first fruits by the Father to his Son; beginning with righteous Abel.
Ancient men like Abraham and Noah were called in FAITH; that Christ would fulfill his mission; we are called in FAITH believing that he DID fulfill his mission!
The evening beginning the 15th day, pictures the actual start of these events. A true reason for rejoicing!
We are commanded to observe the 15th day as a High Holy Day, beginning the Feast of ULB; throughout ALL our generations: FOREVER!
To celebrate a Holy Day; means to keep the WHOLE DAY HOLY
We are commanded in several places to keep the 15th day Holy; and given a command in Ex 12:42 to observe the very beginning of the 15th day throughout ALL our generations as a night to be much remembered FOREVER!
We are to remember the exact moments that Israel began their journey out of Egypt!
And why? To impress on us the importance of that journey in its spiritual sense; which is our deliverance and journey out from the bondage of sin, and to impress on us the great power AND mighty wonders of our God to deliver those who faithfully follow HIM and keep His Word!
We are to remember the coming out of Egypt these wonders on the Night to be Much Observed! We are to recite the wonders that God performed to deliver Israel; to encourage us to follow our Mighty One in the battle against the bondage of sin!
Why? To encourage us on our own journey of faith in following our LORD out of the bondage of sin!
Why do supposedly converted people compromise with God’s commandments?
Because they lack faith in the most powerful Being in the universe and his Son!
They fear what man can do and losing sight of God they try to deliver themselves by their own efforts, when they should be running to our High Tower of Strength and Refuge, for relief!
Like the Feast of Tabernacles, the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread was commanded to be observed for the FULL seven days and not just the first and last days.
After Israel had journeyed OUT of Egypt [out of sin] as Passover ended at sunset ending the 14th; beginning the 15th day, the first High Holy day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; they traveled for five days and crossed the Red Sea on the 6th day!
They crossed the Red Sea during the sixth day as they journeyed out of the bondage of Egypt and greatly rejoiced over their deliverance from the armies of Pharaoh on the seventh day; which was a High Holy Day Sabbath of rest and rejoicing.
The Song of Moses sung on that Seventh Day of the Feast, was a song of deliverance and praise of God for the victory that he had wrought! and will also to be sung at the Marriage of the Lamb in heaven: making it clear that at a day for a thousand years (See II Pet 3:8), these six days also represent six thousand years followed by a Millennial Sabbath of rest.
The Passover Deliverance Leading to the Departure from Egypt
The Passover meal which consisted of a Lamb along with Unleavened Bread, wine and bitter herbs was observed as commanded in Egypt.
The symbolic lamb represented the death of Christ the true Lamb of God. The bread and wine were not new symbols replacing the lamb; the ULB and Wine were always to be taken at Passover WITH the lamb since the very beginning.
Exodus 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Christ merely explained what those symbols represented at his last Passover in the flesh. These symbols had existed from the beginning and did not replace anything.
It was later commanded that the Passover be sacrificed ONLY at the Temple (Deu 16:1-6). the Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed circa 70 A.D. preventing any further physical lamb Passover sacrifice.
As the physical lamb represented the Lamb of God; the unleavened bread taken with the lamb from the very beginning, represented the perfection of Christ as the Bread of Life from the very beginning.
There was no change in regards to the symbol of bread; only an explanation. The wine was also taken with the meal from the beginning for any sacrifice must have with the meat [grain, unleavened bread] and its drink offering. This goes to the sacrificial system.
The First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; The Night To Be Much Observed [Remembered].
This night is to be a memorial of the mighty deeds of Christ in bringing physical Israel out of Egypt; it is a memorial of the deliverance of the spiritually Called Out from the bondage of sin; and it is prophetic, revealing the seven thousand year plan of a spiritual Calling Out from worldliness and the bondage of sin of a kind of first fruits, by the Father.
Exodus 12:42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
The true literal meaning of the word “Observed,” means to “watch, heed, guard, remember;” by rehearsing the mighty works of God! Many of us are not obeying the command of God regarding this High Holy Day!
It should be understood that we properly observe God’s Holy Days by doing the things that God has commanded us to do on this day. On this day we are commanded to remember [discuss] the mighty deeds of our LORD and his Great Power to deliver those who faithfully follow him!
It is wrong to change the tone of what is commanded for the “Night To be Much Observed” from a watching, vigil, a night watch, a remembrance: Into a social club party, devoid of real spiritual content, by partying without the remembrance that God has commanded.
We are not to fall into a subtle change from ‘night watch’ or “remembrance,” into to just having a more or less meaningless party; by not remembering and discussing what we are commanded to remember and focus on.
Let’s go now to Exodus 14:8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand; and Numbers 33:3 And they departed from Ramses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
A High Holy Day Memorial is not a social get together, as we have come to make our practice; we are commanded to remember and recite the wondrous deeds of God, and the mighty victorious deliverance from bondage in Egypt as a type of deliverance from sin and Satan, the god king of this world!
This evening is to be observed with a REMEMBRANCE of those events; and the mighty things God has done for US!
It would be far better to have no meal at all and to meet in Holy Convocation as is usually done on the evening beginning Tabernacles; to meet to hear the mighty works of our God remembered and expounded; as God has commanded us!
This could be an excellent occasion to have the youth put on a play about these things to edify the brethren and to aid in their own understanding.
As we have seen about the word Observed, it is a “night watch” or “vigil”; to remember the deliverance of God, not necessarily a feasting occasion; and most certainly not a social meal without mention of the scriptures or remembering the mighty deeds of our Set Apart Mighty One!
“An high hand” means with boldness and great joy!
Although Israel went out with joyful boldness, it was really by God’s hand that they were delivered. Just as it is for us, Christ’s sacrifice has atoned for us and reconciled us to God the Father; then his gift of his spirit leads us out of sin, just as Christ led Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness!
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
The Passover and the Night to be Much Observed [NMO] at the beginning of the High Holy day are teaching and learning opportunities for the brethren. On the NMO the plagues of Egypt and the mighty deliverance of Christ should be rehearsed and discussed; which is how we observe [remember] these things:
Where is the spirit of Moses today? Numbers 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
The NMO is a High Holy Day and should be observed with reverence in holy convocation on the High Day, as brethren were corrected in regards to the Corinthian Passover celebrations.
We are commanded to do no “Servile work,” NO work of any kind, on this or any other Sabbath or High Holy Day; and if we pollute this Sabbath with much serving and cooking or paying others to do so we have offended our God! Even when held in our homes this has become more about eating and drinking and showing off our hospitality than about the actual occasion.
The word “Observed:” in its spiritual context means, night watch, watching, vigil against sin, for all those called out to be a part of the collective the bride of Christ:
1) A Vigil; wakefulness maintained for any reason during the normal hours for sleeping.
2) A watch: a period of watchful attention maintained at night.
We are to remember God’s Mighty Deliverance of physical Israel from bondage in Egypt; and our own deliverance from bondage to sin. and we are to remember to zealously keep the whole Word of God and to faithfully follow and Trust in Him, to deliver us from the bondage of sin!
The NMO is about Israel coming OUT of Egypt, but it is also about the spiritual coming out of the bondage of sin.
On this night we are to be diligent to remember both of these things and not just to remember Israel and her deliverance from Egypt; but to remember the need to be vigilant about our spiritual salvation and need to follow our Deliverer out of our own bondage to sin.
Why the necessity for a vigil? Because sin can so easily overtake us. We are to be alert in our calling. Not to be slumbering, or stumbling around in darkness. Israel could not slumber either, they had to be “on watch’ ready to exit Egypt at the command of God with the pillar of fire which gave them light.
So back to the question, ‘how exactly are we to keep these two separate events (Passover and NMO?
There is NO COMMAND to eat and drink in feasting on this evening.
The command is to REMEMBER; to keep this night as a night to be OBSERVED in Remembrance; which means to rehearse the Mighty Deeds of the Eternal that we may learn to follow Him and TRUST in Him! That we may learn to be SOBER, toWATCH and to be VIGILANT against all sin and turning aside from following our God; and to remember what God has done and is doing for us!
There is no necessity for a meal on this occasion and people could easily eat as they do regularly in their own homes [as per Passover] and then come together that evening as the sun sets for a Special Bible Study without a festive meal. That meeting without any meal, maybe with some finger foods; would certainly fulfill the Biblical command to make this a Night to be Much Observed.
I suggest that families hold a meeting as they do now, but instead of making the emphasis on eating and drinking and avoiding the discussion of God’s Word, a family man should give a [and rotate that responsibility year by year, even if the meeting is held in another’s house due to size etc, to give every man an opportunity to speak] Bible Study explanation of the occasion.
Children should be involved and asked to contribute as young as possible.
The speaker should go into some detail about Israel coming out of Egypt and the mighty deeds and greatness and power of our Champion; the prophetic significance regarding God’s plan and the first fruits; and also discussing the sacrifice of Christ and the need to diligently watch out for and reject sin and internalize Christ, the Lamb of God!
An agreement should be accepted by all to avoid any conversation about jobs, weather, recipes, babies or any personal extraneous matters, as they are NOT suitable for Sabbath and High Day conversation; and to discuss and consider the reason for the occasion.
The evening should begin with prayer and an orderly discussion of the scriptures and any unresolved questions should be written out for presentation to an elder during the coming afternoon’s Holy Day Services.
The Holy Day services during the day should be conducted in a similar manner with a sermon in the AM to be followed by a Bible Study, Question & Answer session and discussion with the elder moderating; in the afternoon.
Have we forgotten that the job of elders; is to make everyone else “elder capable?” If we cannot discuss these things with our own family and friends; how can we ever be qualified to become kings and or priests?
This situation, like the overall situation is one of focus, approach and emphasis. We have lost sight of the truly spiritual and have been emphasizing our own traditions and desires above what our God has commanded; Often emphasizing our own pleasures above a proper focus on our Creator and his Father.
2 Timothy 3:4 . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Come OUT of bondage to sin: Persevere and Remove All Trace of The Leaven of Sin!
Israel embarked on their journey out of Egypt as the sun set ending the 14th and beginning the 15th day of the first month. They left with great joy as a man called by the Father accepts that calling to truth with great joy.
Now Pharaoh was most angry that he has been deprived of his slaves and most angry over the mighty deeds of Christ; used against him to deliver the people.
Enraged, Satan places as many stumbling blocks before the brethren as he can; seeking to discourage the brethren and make the people believe that God’s ways are harsh and difficult so that they will give up and seek to turn away from God and his commandments; to turn back into the slavery of Egypt.
As Pharaoh chased Israel with armies, Satan chases the called out with his own lackeys, piling on the pressure to compromise with God and his laws.
Brethren begin to wonder if their calling is really worth the price and the faint of heart may quickly lose sight of the POWER of their God and begin to compromise and make excuses for a lack of zeal to keep the commandments. This was the story of Israel’s entire time in the wilderness, and it is the story of those called out of this world.
That is why this wondrous history is recorded for our edification and encouragement today. We are to learn that when facing trials, we are not to try and face them alone; there is a Great and Mighty God upon whom we can call.
Our Father in heaven loves us, and so does our espoused husband; as we read on Passover.
Brethren, we are beloved of God, the very apple of his eye! When we suffer ill for him, his reward is great!
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
To return to the slavery of sin and Egypt is to return to suffering, decay and death; yet Satan tries to make it so easy for us to turn away from God and to return to his slavery of sin. It is always easy to give up the race and turn back into Egypt surrendering to Pharaoh. The hard way is to resist him and stand firm against him, yet if we do so, he WILL flee before us, for he KNOWS the POWER of our Champion!
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Brethren, to tolerate sin; which is the transgression of the Word of God (1 John 3:4); is to separate ourselves from God, for Isaiah 59:1-2, tells us that our sins are the only thing that can separate us from our God.
There is a superficial show of worldly wisdom in saying that God is love and because he is love he will not correct us; but that idea is only ignorance of what love really is.
Will you watch your beloved walk out in front of a speeding truck and not call out a warning? Is it any different to watch this world or one of your brethren rushing to his destruction and not warn him of his sin?
Love does not tolerate or overlook sin!
1 Corinthians 13:6 LOVE . . . . Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Such wicked men who pervert love into compromise with God’s word; turning his grace and forgiveness into a license to sin, would lead you back into spiritual Egypt!
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying [or perverting the teachings of] the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
They are the mixed multitude of spiritual thorns, brambles and tares that accompany Israel, physical or spiritual; wherever they are.
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise [from Christ], and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Brethren, when we are persecuted and pressured; GOD IS WATCHING US, to see if we will run to HIM for our refuge, or if we will try and save ourselves through compromising and going back into the sin of Egypt.
The greater the trials, the faster we should take a stand for our God and RUN TO HIM TO DEFEND US.
That is the lesson of the six days journey out of Egypt and the entrapment of the people before the sea by Pharaoh.
When we are persecuted and suffering; we are NOT to compromise with God’s word and wink at sin: NO, NO, NEVER! We are to take a stand on the word and will of God and do as HE commands: then we are to trust in HIM and his great deliverance as he parts the sea for us! Always remembering that the sea God parts, is the sea of death, bringing forth those who trust in him and DO his will, in a resurrection out of that sea of death.
We may face persecutions and trials in this life, we many even face a horrible death; yet if we remain faithful and diligent: We SHALL be raised up on that day and our reward will be commensurate with our suffering and our steadfast overcoming in Christ!
While the compromisers will be rejected and will be driven away by our Lord:
Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
As God closed the door to the ark of Noah, and those outside began to pound on the door and loudly beg to be let in; even so many who are now called, and who have become lax and disobedient, falling away and preferring their own ways and traditions above theWord of God, shall be left on the ground looking up at the resurrected chosen
Do not let the deceivers and idolaters of false traditions deceive you and steal your crown!
The law of God IS love; and anyone who teaches to compromise or tolerate sin in the name of love is an IGNORANT DECEIVER. Yes, conversion is a process of growing! Yes, we can make mistakes and we may sometimes slip; but we are NOT to justify our errors! We are to sincerely repent, and with God’s help redouble our efforts to overcome!
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
You shall know the good shepherds by their love of God and their diligent keeping and teaching of the commandments of God and by their diligence to do the will of HIM who called them.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
23: 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of all of their commandments and who set a good example of godliness and FEED THE FLOCK with the good pasture of the Word, watering them with the Spirit of Godliness, are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The words of Christ are not taught today, because they are NOT KEPT! It is because the Word of God exposes the many false shepherds among us! It is because the Word of God cuts sharply into the very heart and spirit of our organizations and convicts us of our sins and egocentric complacency; and our lack of Christ centeredness; exposing our almost total lack of Christ-like zeal for God the Father’s will and ways!
Jesus Christ stands at the door of each of those called to him; knocking (Rev 3), calling us to repent of our self righteous idolizing of our own ways; calling us to a diligent dedicated passionate obedience to the commandments of God; calling us to a zeal for the keeping of God’sWord and instructions; calling us to sincerely repent of our self seeking embracing of worldliness.
The wolves pretend to feed the flock; the better to ravish them.
It is only by reading and doing these words of Christ, that we begin to learn to discern between the holy and the profane; between the wolves and the true shepherds and sheep; for truly the wolves do disguise themselves diligently, and can only be discerned through a proving of all things by the scriptures.
Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye [those who have justified their sin] begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
Very, very, many Church leaders, elders and brethren will be shut out of God’s Kingdom; unless they repent of idolizing men and corporations above the Word of God.
13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Some from all over the earth shall enter the Kingdom of God through their unwavering, faithful, whole hearted zeal for all the things of God, and many who have served few years shall be first because of their zeal and spiritual growth; while many who had little or no zeal and did nothing with their talent, will be last [if they make it at all].
For it is the zealous for the ways and will of God, who continually grow and steadfastly reject and abhor all sin in passionate love for their Lord; who shall be first in the Kingdom of God!
13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Those who appear to be first [great people] in this life could well be last in the life to come, because they are full of impressive zeal to follow idols of men and false traditions of men, and lack any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God.
Many that think they are great now; shall be kept out of God’s resurrection by their compromising attitudes and willingness to look back longingly at sin, as did the faithless of Israel.
During this week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, God uses leaven as an example of sin, and we are to remove every trace of leaven from our homes so that no leaven is seen in our dwellings.
If we learn the lesson that we are to diligently remove every trace of sin out of our lives, we do well; but if we remove physical leaven and then permit the spiritual leaven of sin to remain, we have missed the point and learned nothing.
Brethren, have we not read that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump? Let us then work diligently to remove every trace of the leaven of sin out of our lives! Let us remove that leaven of sin which is known and seen; and then diligently study seeking God’s direction and help, to remove that leaven which is still unseen by us.
There is much idolatry and sin, much taking the easy way and following the traditions of men today.
Let us go forward and onward by the might of our God; OUT of Egypt and out of all sin.
Let us go forward and onward, overcoming Pharaoh and the god king of this world through FAITH is our Great God and Deliverer!
If we are rejected by our friends and persecuted for our love of God and faith in him; remember that our Lord himself so suffered and very many of his true saints also:
Abraham had received promises that Isaac would be the father of countless descendants yet not understanding the command to kill Isaac with those promises, Abraham obeyed.
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
That is figuratively speaking, he received Isaac back from the dead because he was about to kill him and God delivered Isaac.
11:20 By faith [in God’s promises] Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 11:21 By faith [in God’s promises] Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
11:22 By faith [in God’s promise that he would bring Israel out of Egypt] Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Who? Moses esteemed who? Paul showing here that he KNEW that Jesus Christ was the God who was an husband to Israel under the Mosaic Covenant declares:
By faith in the promise of God, Moses chose to reject Egypt and follow the God of his father Abraham.
11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Moses obeyed the call of God from the burning bush in Sinai and by faith Moses believed God and killed the Passover in Egypt. It Moses had said I believe and had not had the works of faith in commanding the killing of the lambs; what would have happened to Israel?
11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
What if Joshua had said I believe you can do it LORD; and then did not demonstrate his faith with the works of faith and did not march around Jericho?
11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
What if Rahab had not saved the spies and what if she had not tied the scarlet ribbon to her window? have you ever wondered why a scarlet ribbon? The red ribbon was a type of being under the protection of the blood of the Lamb!
11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 11:33 Who through faith [and the works of faith, doing mighty deeds in obedience to God] subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
11:34 Quenched the violence of fire [Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego], escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
All of these faithful called out over the past 6,000 years, who were FULL of the works of Faith died, and wait in their graves for the promise of the resurrection to eternal life in the Promised land of eternity! Yet today, so many of the Ekklesia are afraid to take a stand to question and prove the words of men by God’s Word; afraid to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; afraid to take a stand against the deceivers and idols of men!
11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
All of these ancient called out people [and very many more since Paul] mentioned by Paul through faith did things. They didn’t say, “Oh, I’ve got faith. Praise the Lord,” and then do nothing. They had the FAITH to be DOERS of the Will and the whole Word of God!
No watering down; No compromise; No dimming of their light of example, to appease the world!
They were valiant people, courageous people, godly people, and they were made strong by the power of their belief in God and the power of God’s spirit dwelling within them; which God gave to them because of their belief and their willingness to ACT on that belief and be full of the works of faith, to put Almighty God first and to act and do whatever God wanted them to do.
They had faith. Abel believed God and acted on that belief having the works of faith. These people acted on their faith and they did what God wanted them to do. They kept His commandments and they did whatever He told them to do.
Faith without works is dead.
They did not fear, nor did they love this world, they looked forward to another and a better world; being willing to give up their lives in this world to follow teh whole Word of God to attain that better world. While most today would not even give up a meal in a restaurant on Sabbath! Like Esau the church of God today has sold its birthright for a bowl of pottage; for the pleasures of this world and for fear of its trials.
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh [sin which is commandment breaking] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, [Those fearing deceiving idols of men in leadership positions or those afraid of persecution and fearing men more than God so that they compromise with God’s Word] and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24 :12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many [The zeal of many for God and his Word] shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure [and reject temptation to break any part of the whole Word of God, and commit sin] unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Coming Out of Egypt
After the destroyer went through Egypt at midnight on the 14th day of the first month, the Egyptians were urgent that Israel should leave; and gathering their possessions including their flocks and herds, and taking wages of the Egyptians they journeyed from the outlying villages and farms to Ramses, where they gathered with Moses.
Then they began their march out of Egypt just after the sun set ending Passover day the 14 day of the first month; and as the 15th day of the first month was beginning.
Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children [and women].
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: 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
Numbers 33:5 And the children of Israel removed from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth.
Traveling with the old and young, with the flocks and herds, and the sick and the lame; they could only reasonably make about 2 or 3 miles per hour.
The Bible mentions only three encampments and the total journey from Ramses to where they crossed the Sea is only about 75 miles, or no more than four days travel.
The Second Day’s Travel
Exodus 13:20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
Numbers 33:6 And they departed from Succoth, and pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness.
On the second day of travel they reached the border of cultivated civilized Egypt and the wilderness at Etham, close to today’s Suez Canal.
The Third Day’s Travel
On the Third day they “turned again” or turned to a new direction; away from traveling east directly out of Egypt and headed South to Pihahirioth.
Numbers 33:7 And they removed from Etham, and turned again [changed direction] unto Pihahiroth, which is before Baalzephon: and they pitched before Migdol.
The word “Migdol” in Hebrew means “watchtower”. It refers to one of many Egyptian military lookout posts scattered along Egypt’s borders. The existence of the Egyptian Migdol’s is confirmed by archaeology.
At that time Egypt ruled the whole of Sinai and Palestine, but because of the collapse of Egypt due to the plagues they had lost control of areas outside of the Egyptian mainland.
In all, there were only three encampments on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea: Succoth, Etham and Pihahiroth which was between Migdol [the border watchtower] and the Red Sea.
At this point they had arrived at the Sea and became entrapped between the mountains and the Sea. For God had warned Moses that this was a planned action.
Exodus 13:21 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: 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
When Israel turned south on the third day and came to Pihahirioth, Then Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he began to pursue Israel, arriving on the fifth day!
Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 14:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn [change direction from going to the border] and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
When Israel becomes trapped between the mountains and the sea at the close of the third day’s journey, Pharaoh realizes that he has Israel “in the bag” and resolves to pursue them.
14:3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
God had led Israel into a trap, to bait Pharaoh to pursue them, and Pharaoh with his horses and chariots pursued Israel. Pharaoh’s army had to cover the same ground although they were much faster [without animals and the old and young] and could easily have made the journey in less than two days.
Israel became entrapped after only three days of travel; and then stayed trapped in the same place on the fourth and fifth days. Pharaoh began to pursue them on the third day; arriving on the fifth day.
Exodus 14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 14:6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
Then the Egyptian army pursued Israel arriving on the fifth day.
14:8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
Here we are told that Pharaoh himself was with the army and Israel feared greatly.
14:10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 14:12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
This represents the fear of persecution and trials that drives many a new convert back into the bondage out of which they came.
This was a deliberate act of Christ to demonstrate to physical and to spiritual Israel the power of God over Pharaoh and all his power, as an example of the great power of Christ to overcome Satan and all his power!
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
When faced with temptations and trials we are to RUN to our Beloved and trust in him to deliver us; we are never to try and deal with the situation by our own ways and by compromising with any part of the word of God. We are to trust in our God and GO FORWARD in enthusiastic zeal for his word!
14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
This is the key to overcoming all our fears. We are not in the fight alone! The Eternal shall fight for us, and all we need do is to faithfully follow HIM!
14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Again Pharaoh is mentioned as being present and to take party in the destruction of his army.
Yes, let us go forward and continue on the path of faith in our Deliverer; never fearing, never compromising; always faithful DOERS of the Word and FOLLOWERS of our Father in heaven!
14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Then the fire was removed to the rear of Israel, to be a cloud separating Pharaoh from Israel on that fifth night as the wind blew all night.
14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
The Egyptian army arriving on the fifth day; the wind blew all that night and early in the morning of the sixth day Israel entered the Red Sea and crossed that sea on the SIXTH DAY of Unleavened Bread, rising up out of the Sea of Death, within which all that were a type of wickedness perished, never to be seen again.
14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground [in the very early morning]: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
As the called Out passed through the sea and the Egyptians could not do so; this is an analogy that the faithful zealous called out and chosen shall pass through the sea of death into a resurrection to spirit and eternal life, while those who reject zeal to follow any part of the whole word of God, cannot cross from flesh into spirit.
14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
Jesus Christ troubled this professional army to deliver his people; just as he will deliver his spiritual people from the power of Satan and from the power of death itself!
14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
Numbers 33:8 And they departed from before Pihahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days’ journey along the eastern side of the Red Sea.
As the Egyptians, being a type of bondage to sin; could not cross through the sea representing the grave; those who are not zealous to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth, will not be in the resurrection to spirit.
Exodus 14:26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
Those who passionately love their LORD enough to learn and to keep his word will be lifted from the grave and given a new and incorruptible body of spirit in eternal life.
14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
The Eternal saved physical Israel: so shall he save all those who love him with the passionate love of the Shulamite [the beloved of God]. While those who do wickedly and refuse to sincerely repent will go down to destruction.
14:30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
When a resurrection of the faithful and chosen dead comes in the next few years; then all the earth shall SEE and KNOW the power of God and believe on him alone, bringing in the millennial rest
14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.