To everyone around the world and especially for our Jewish brothers and sisters I deliver this gift from the Lord. I have NEVER heard this understanding preached anywhere.
12-14-15 Before I asked where to read, I opened my bible to Exodus 4 where I found the notes about “…In Christ God got both a sacrifice to end one season and obedience to begin another.”
As I read Exodus 4, I came to verse 22. Exodus 4:22 (NASB)
22 “Then you (Moses) shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.” (added for clarity)
From the movie 10 Commandments, “Let my people go,” is our typical understanding of what Moses said to Pharaoh. Obviously Moses says this to Pharaoh. Why he changes it from God’s instructions we do not know. The scripture says more and goes further.
Let us look at what God sees in the people of captivity. Within Israel is His first born His Son! THIS is God’s priority, His first and foremost priority, His Son, to be born of God and to serve His Father God.
Exodus 4:23 (NASB)
23 “So I said to you, (Pharaoh) ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.”‘” (added for clarity)
We know from the Passover story that this is exactly what God did to Pharaoh to provoke the release of Israel. God killed the firstborn of any who did not put lamb’s blood over the lentils and on the door posts.
God sees ahead just as He was able to say the Messiah would be of the linage of David.
God can see into a people and see His plan being fulfilled or hindered.
God sought to kill Moses! Exodus 4:24 (NASB)
“Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him (Moses) and sought to put him to death.” (added for clarity)
Moses wife rescued Moses in a prophetic Way. Exodus 4:25 (NASB)
”Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.” This was amazing in its implication!
Who else do we know as a Bridegroom of blood? Is there anyone else but Jesus?
Who do we know as the “firstborn of many brethren? There is no other but Jesus!
Does Zipporah remember the Abrahamic Covenant? Did this save Moses?
Genesis 17:11 (NKJV)
”…and you (Abraham and his people) shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.” (added for clarity)
Exodus 4:26 (NASB)
”So He let him (Moses) alone. At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood”—because of the circumcision.” Not only does God change His mind about killing Moses. Zipporah says a second time, it appears in a statement of confirmation, “You are a bridegroom of blood”—because of the circumcision.” The Abrahamic Covenant lives on with Moses.
If Moses is the bridegroom of blood, Zipporah is the bride of the bridegroom!
Moses is a savior of the people of Israel, a type of Messiah or Christ, but Moses was really saving the Son of God, the Firstborn of God, who was in the loins of His ancestors in captivity.
God’s ultimate plan would not be lost on account of their captivity. His name means salvation! For His name’s sake He will rescue Israel, but more importantly He will do so for the sake of His “first born Son.” He (Jesus) will be released to serve God the Father, verse 23, by later on doing “Not My will but Thine.”
Why the world has not seen God’s real reason for delivering Israel out of Egypt until now I do not know. It is right there in clear text. The literal translations agree. I can only conclude that this is another “truth” we are being guided to by the Spirit of God because the Father’s plan is unfolding and time is of the essence. I would welcome a correction by a Rabbi if I am wrong. It would require a reference from the Torah and the Exodus account.
The Father is willing to bring people to their knees if it means accomplishing His own will. Our best chance at survival in a relationship with God is through obedience. God was willing to kill Moses! Remembering His covenant took not only a reminder in Moses case but action that demonstrated an understanding of the covenant.
The New Covenant has laws, like Romans 8:2 and John 3:36.
Romans 8:2 (NASB)
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” HAS this law set us free? IS the law of the Spirit of Life operating in us?
John 3:36 (NASB)
36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
In our obedience to the commandments of Christ, that first-born Son lives in us. As we seek to obey Him daily we are already living eternally.
John 14:15 (NASB)
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
To everyone but especially our dear Jewish brothers and sisters, Jesus IS the Messiah, the First-born of many brethren. You were led out of captivity for His sake. Give thanks. He has come. He patiently waits your turning to Him. He is coming to win the battle you thought He was supposed to win when He first came 2000+ years ago.
You will not be disappointed!
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December 22, 2015 at 5:07 am
You should take the time to consider the two testimonies of Israel, the son of God, and Jesus, the Son of God. They are actually so similar that Israel’s testimony really points to Jesus as Messiah. If you really consider Israel’s overall testimony you will see the immaculate conception of the son, Israel, you will see Israel, the son presenting God’s testimony and His covenant to the world, You will see Israel, the son, take on the sin of the world, though in a different way than the way Jesus did, you will see the death of the son, Israel, at the diaspora, and you will see the resurrection of the son in 1948. I’m really fascinated by Israel’s testimony because it is so similar to Jesus’ testimony. I’m sure that there are more similarities we can find. For example. both were called out of Egypt around the time of birth. I hope you will join me in exploring this further.
December 29, 2015 at 4:15 am
Thank you for your reply. In a copy of the Chumas, a Hebrew comentary of the Pentateuch the verbage is the same as I have quoted it. The commentators however believe the term first-born is figurative. “Israel is God’s most worthy and beloved nation, just as a first-born has a special place in his parent’s affection.” I believe the Lord is indicating something more important and prophetic, by telling Moses exactly what He means, that His first-born Son, is within the ancestral population in captivity. This is literally a seminal revelation. Along with the “Bridegroom of blood” (Exodus 4:25) we can see a picture of One who should be the favorite and first-born Son of Israel. Let us believe for the nation of Israel to grasp this and turn to their native Son, Jesus the Christ.