40 Days - Day 2
40 Days to Jerusalem
The New Exodus Begins ‚Äì Day 2
Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25)
In a dream, God instructed Abraham that his descendents would be in bondage for four centuries. Genesis 15:13 states, Then He said to Abram: ‚ÄúKnow certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.‚Äù At one time, the Children of Israel had been welcome in Egypt. Joseph, one of the sons of Jacob, was the prime-minister under Pharaoh. The Israelites were thriving in their new home. For 30 years all went well. But, when the favorable leader died and the new Pharaoh assumed power, everything changed. The final 400 years were spent in servitude, hard labor and bondage. Exodus 12:40 says, Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.
John 8:34 records these words of Jesus. He said, ‚ÄúMost assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.‚Äù Paul wrote in Romans 6:23, ‚Äú‚Ä¶for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God‚Ä¶‚Äù The logic is clear. Those who are slaves to sin are those who sin. All of us sin. Therefore, we are all slaves to sin. Just like the Children of Israel were in bondage to Pharaoh, humanity shares a common plight. We are in bondage to sin. Romans 6:16 states it succinctly. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey...you are slaves to sin, which leads to death‚Ä¶‚Äù As the centuries of slavery wore on, the Israelites desperately needed an ‚ÄúExodus‚Äù from their bondage. That is exactly what we, as sinful human beings, require. We need a ‚ÄúNew Exodus‚Äù from our bondage to sin which leads to death. Over the next few days we will see that a ‚ÄúNew Exodus‚Äù is exactly what God had in mind.
Prayer for Today
Praise God for His gracious plan to free us from bondage to sin.
Pray that the Spirit might reveal sins to which you are enslaved.
Repent from and confess your sins.
Pray that the Spirit might strengthen your resolve.
Thank the Lord for His forgiveness and restoration.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance‚Ä¶ (Joel 2:32)
Let‚Äôs continue toward Jerusalem. Only 38 days remain.