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Prophet Moses - and the salvation of God**


In this second of a four part study on Prophet Moses {Musa in Arabic} we will study how God delivered the people of God from the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.    In our previous study, we saw how God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to free the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt. They said to Pharaoh: "The Lord, the God of Israel, says, 'Let my people go worship me in the wilderness!'" However, Pharaoh replied to them: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!" (Taurat - Exod. 5:2) In brief, God determined to free the people of Israel, whereas Pharaoh was determined to keep them as his slaves. However, as a proverb states, "an egg should not wrestle (fight, contend) with a rock!"

Let us now return to the second part of the Torah, the book of Exodus, chapter seven, to see how Pharaoh tried to "wrestle" with God. The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 7) 10So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11Pharaoh then summoned the wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.

Notice the start of the "wrestling match” between Pharaoh and God. On one side, we see Pharaoh with his wise men and sorcerers.  On the other side we see Moses and Aaron. After Aaron's staff miraculously changed into a snake, Pharaoh's sorcerers {marabouts} imitated the miracle with their incantations. "Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs."

What can we say about all this? We know that the wonders which Moses and Aaron performed came from God. However, Pharaoh's sorcerers also performed wonders. From where did they get their power? Did they get it from God? No! God does not fight against Himself. So where did their power come from? Pharaoh's sorcerers relied on the art of deception and on the power that comes from Satan.

The Holy Scriptures tell us that Satan is very crafty and loves to deceive people; he is also very powerful and can perform miracles. However, what is certain is that God is more powerful than Satan. Thus, Aaron's staff swallowed the staffs of Pharaoh's sorcerers. However, all of this did not cause Pharaoh to repent and to listen to the word of God.  Read what the Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 7) 14Then the Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the water. Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16Then say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not listened. 17This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood… 20Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. 21The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. 22But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh's heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.

25Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile. 8:1Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 2If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. 3The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.

However, Pharaoh did not listen to the warnings from Moses. (Taurat - Exod. 8) 5Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron: 'Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.'" 6So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. 7But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt. 8Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord."… 12Then Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh…The frogs [all] died… 14They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them. 15But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.

16Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,' and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats." 17They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 18But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. And the gnats were on men and animals. 19The magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.

Did you see what the Pharaoh's sorcerers said? We already saw how they had a certain power, which they received from Satan. That is why, through their secret arts, they managed to imitate God's power and change a little water into blood, and make a few frogs appear (as if the Egyptians needed more blood in their water and frogs in their beds!). However, their power was limited. Pharaoh's sorcerers were unable to remove the plagues which Almighty God had brought down upon the land of Egypt. After Aaron struck the ground with his staff and the dust became gnats, the sorcerers performed their secret arts, trying to change the dust into gnats, but they could not. Thus, they told Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God!"

Clearly, the sorcerers' power was limited. Certainly, Satan has power and can give man certain powers, but those powers will never exceed the limits that God has fixed. God alone is the All-Powerful One. Only He can do all things! He alone is the One without limitations! Pharaoh's sorcerers were beginning to learn about the unlimited greatness of God, but Pharaoh still refused to submit to God. Pharaoh continued to harden his heart and think that he could wrestle with the God of Israel and win!

Thus, the Scriptures tell how God brought upon Pharaoh and upon the land of Egypt another seven plagues, by the hands of Moses and Aaron. Unfortunately, we do not have time to discuss each plague. We will only name them.

The fourth plague consisted of clouds of flies which filled the land, even the people's houses, causing much destruction. In the fifth plague, a terrible sickness fell on the livestock, and many died. However, not one died among the herds of the children of Israel. Nevertheless, Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let the people of Israel go. Next, terrible boils broke out on men and animals. And the Scripture says: "The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians." (Taurat - Exod. 9:11) In the seventh plague a terrible hailstorm, of proportions never before seen in Egypt, rained down and ruined all the fields. After that was over, the land was filled with locusts, which ate all that the hailstorm had left. This was the eighth plague.

In the ninth plague, God said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt-darkness that can be felt." (Taurat - Exod. 10:21) Thus, for three days no one could see anything. However, in the district where the children of Israel lived, there was light. Not one plague broke out on them. Yet all of this did not cause Pharaoh to repent and let the people of Israel go. The Scripture says: "Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die." (Taurat - Exod. 10:28)

What does God want to say to us through what we have studied so far? The Scripture says: "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us." (Injeel - 1 Cor. 10:11) God wants to warn us. God wants us to take a good look at ourselves and to heed His warnings.

"An egg should not wrestle with a rock!" Man is like a fragile egg and the Word of God is like a solid rock. The Scripture says: "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever!" (Injeel - 1 Pet. 1:24,25)  The Word of the Eternal God is a solid Rock and everyone who builds his life upon this Rock has placed his life on a solid foundation. However, if you refuse to build your life on that rock-one day the Rock of the Word of God will fall on you and crush you. An egg cannot fight with a rock and win. Neither can man contend with God's eternal Word and escape punishment.

Finally God brought upon Pharaoh one final plague, the tenth, so that Pharaoh would allow the Israelites to leave Egypt. After the ninth plague Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die!" (Taurat - Exod. 10:28) Now let us read in chapter eleven and hear how God Himself answered Pharaoh, through the mouth of Moses.  The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 11) 4So Moses said [to Pharaoh], "This is what the Lord says: 'About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt, worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. 7But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.' Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. 8All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, 'Go, you and all the people who follow you!' After that I will leave." Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.

Thus, we see how God planned to bring a plague upon the land of Egypt which was to be worse than all the other plagues that had already happened. God announced the impending death of every firstborn son in Egypt. What a terrible plague! And what would happen to the firstborn of the Israelites? Would they die along with those of the Egyptians? Certainly, they did not deserve to escape God's judgment, because they also were sinners, just as all the people of Egypt were. However, God who is faithful and merciful, designed a plan to protect the people of Israel from that plague.

Let us continue in chapter twelve and hear what God told Moses to instruct the Israelites to do so that their firstborn would escape death. The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 12) 1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron…, 3"Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household… 5The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire: head, legs and inner parts… 46It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones."

11"This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord's Passover. 12On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn, both men and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt."

Let us pause here. Do you see the plan that God decreed to save the firstborn sons of Israel from death and redeem all the people of Israel from their bondage of slavery in Egypt? It was an amazing plan; a plan which, to man's way of thinking, was utterly ridiculous. He purposed to redeem them with the blood of a lamb-the blood of a lamb without blemish-blood with which they would stain the doorframes of their houses. Only the blood of the lamb could save their firstborn from death.

After God had finished speaking to Moses and Aaron, they assembled all the elders of Israel, telling them the word which God had spoken concerning the sacrifice of the lamb. When the elders of Israel heard how the Lord planned to save their firstborns from the plague of the death, they prostrated themselves and worshiped the Lord. After that, the elders and all the people of Israel did exactly what God had commanded Moses.  Thus, the Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 12) 29At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

Did you hear what happened on that dreadful night? Did God judge the land of Egypt as He said He would? Yes He did! At midnight, the angel of destruction passed through the land of Egypt, striking all the firstborn, from the firstborn of king Pharaoh to the firstborn of those in prison. On that night, great crying and wailing echoed throughout Egypt, because there was not one Egyptian house without someone dead!

But what happened in the houses of the Israelites? Did God save their firstborn from the plague of death? What do you think? God had promised them, saying, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." The people of Israel had stained the doors of their houses with the blood of a lamb, just as God commanded them. Consequently, there was not one death among their firstborn. However, in the houses of the Egyptians, every firstborn died because they did not take part in God's way of deliverance, the way of the blood of a lamb.  Thus, the Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 12) 31During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32…and also bless me!" 33The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!"

Finally, Pharaoh had no choice but to give in and let the Israelites go. We have already seen how, at first, Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!" But, in the end, Pharaoh and all the Egyptians were forced to admit that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel is the Almighty God, more powerful than any of their idols, fetishes, and magicians! "An egg should not wrestle with a rock!" No one can fight with God and win!   On that night, the Israelites made their exodus from Egypt, and left with much wealth that the Egyptians gave them. The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 12) 35The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians… 40Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.

All this took place to fulfill what God had promised Abraham hundreds of years earlier, saying,

"Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and ill-treated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions." (Taurat - Gen. 15:13,14)

The story of the tenth plague we have studies is known as the Passover, is like a deep and wide ocean full of hidden treasures. There is so much that we could say about the story of the Passover. Obviously, we do not have time to explain all the truths contained in this story. However, there is one very important truth which we must retain in our minds. It is God's promise to the Israelites: "When I see the blood I will pass over you!"

Why did the firstborn of Israel not die along with those of the people of Egypt? They did not die because God opened for them a way of salvation through the blood of a lamb. God decreed that the firstborn would be spared from death in every house where the door was stained with the blood of a lamb. But every firstborn found in a house where the blood had not been applied would die!

If a youth from among the firstborn of Israel questioned his father, saying, "Father, why does our innocent lamb have to die?" The father would reply something like this, "My son, as you know, God has condemned every firstborn son in the land. Because of our sins, we all deserve God's judgment. However, God, in His mercy, has told us that if we sacrifice a lamb without defect, and apply the blood to our doors, the plague will not strike us. The lamb must die, because the payment of sin is death. God is righteous and cannot simply overlook our sins. The lamb will replace you. We will sacrifice it in your place, as our forefather Abraham sacrificed the ram in his son's place. Our God is righteous and does not take sin lightly! His word to us is clear. He will only pass over our house if the blood is on the doorframes!"

Dear friends, what we need to realize is that, before God, all of Adam's descendants are like the firstborn sons of the people of Egypt and Israel. God's holy law condemns every one of us to die and face God's righteous judgment. That is what the Scripture says: "There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Injeel - Rom. 3:22,23) The payment of sin is eternal condemnation, "shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power!" (Injeel - 2 Thes. 1:9)

What then must we do to be saved? How can God save sinners from the penalty of their sins without compromising His righteousness? We cannot take it very far today, but what we need to know is this: The lambs which the Israelites sacrificed to escape the plague of death symbolized the Redeemer who was to come and pour out his blood to pay the debt of sin for all the descendants of Adam. Concerning that Redeemer, the Scripture says: "He died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God…[like a sacrificial lamb offered up to God on the day of the Passover]." (Injeel - 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 5:7). Thus, the blood of the lamb, which the Israelites applied to their doors to save their firstborn from death, was an illustration. It pictured the blood which the Savior of the world would shed upon the cross, so that whoever believes in Him, might escape God's everlasting punishment.

On that night of the Passover, the Lord God delivered the nation of Israel.  Their chains of slavery were broken! And now God promised to guide them through the wilderness and take them back to the land of Canaan, the land which, as you know, God had sworn long beforehand to give to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Canaan was the land in which Jacob and his sons lived before they moved to Egypt to live with Joseph. Today this land is called Palestine or Israel.

As we continue the study of Prophet Moses further, we see that not only God delivered the nation, but He also guides and protects them throughout their Journey.  Read the story which the prophet Moses has recorded in the Torah:

(Taurat - Exod. 12) 37The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. 13:19Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place."… 21By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

(Taurat - Exod. 14) 1Then the Lord said to Moses, 2"Tell the Israelites to turn back…to camp by the [Red] sea… 3Pharaoh will think, 'The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.' 4And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord." So the Israelites did this.

5When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!" 6So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.

9The Egyptians-all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the [Red] Sea… 10As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"

What were the people of Israel saying? Why were they not trusting God? Could not the God who had saved them from the bondage of slavery again deliver them from Pharaoh's troops? Of course He could! However the Israelites did not think about this because they were so terrified. The sea was in front of them. Mountains were on their right and on their left. Behind them, Pharaoh's troops were advancing to recapture them or even kill them! What should they do? What could they do? How could they be saved? Let's read what Moses said and see what God did.

(Taurat - Exod. 14) 13Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." 15Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord…" 19Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other; so neither went near the other all night long.

21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 23The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt." 26Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." 27Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen-the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. 29But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: "I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted…The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation" (Taurat - Exod. 15:1, 2). Thus, they began to sing, and thank God for the great salvation which he had accomplished for them. Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses, took a tambourine, and all the women followed her, beating tambourines and singing and dancing. Miriam struck up a song, saying, "Sing to the Lord for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea!" (Taurat - Exod. 15:21).

Friends, this is the true and wonderful story about how God not only delivered but also made a path through the sea for the people of Israel. Now then, how can we conclude our study of Prophet Moses? Perhaps we can conclude with a simple question. Here is the question: Who could save the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and later from Pharaoh's troops? Could they save themselves? We saw how first the lamb had to die because the payment of sin is death. God is righteous and cannot simply overlook our sins. The lamb will replace you. We will sacrifice it in your place, as our forefather Abraham sacrificed the ram in his son's place. Our God is righteous and does not take sin lightly! His word to us is clear. "When I see the blood I will pass over you!   He will only pass over our house if the blood is on the doorframes!   What about the Journey with the sea in front, the mountains on the right and left and Pharaoh's troops behind?  Could the people of Israel save themselves?  Could they cause the sea to dry up? Or level the mountains? Or perhaps battle the troops of Pharaoh? No, they could not! Who then could save them? God alone! Only the Lord God could deliver them. That is why Moses said to them, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today!" Only God could save them! And He did save them. That is why, after they had arrived on the other side of the sea, they sang, "The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation."

God Himself had become their salvation. There was nothing that the Israelites could do to save themselves --nothing, except to do exactly as God had instructed them about the blood of the lamb and follow the path which God had opened for them in the midst of the sea, and then thank Him and worship Him for delivering them from certain death!

Dear friends, God wants everyone to know that all the children of Adam are like the children of Israel. Like them, we have no hope of escaping the death or disaster that will soon befall us unless God delivers us! Perhaps the sea is not before us, but death and hell await us. Perhaps the mountains are not at our sides, but the holiness of God fences us in and condemns us. Pharaoh and his troops are not behind us, but Satan and our sins are upon us and threaten to destroy us forever!

Who can save the children of Adam from God's righteous judgment? Who can save the sinner from the fire that never goes out? Who can save man from the power of Satan? Who can save us from all of this? Who can get us to the other side of the sea of sin and bring us into the holy place called Paradise?   How about you? Do you know what God's prophets have written concerning the blood of the Redeemer? The Redeemer shed His blood so that God might forgive you of your sins without compromising His righteousness. Do you believe what is written concerning the blood that has the power to save you from the punishment of hell and guarantee you a place in God's presence forever? In the Day of Judgment, will God's terrible judgment pass over you? Or will it fall upon you as it did upon the Egyptians?

God alone! Only God can save us! Man has no possibility of saving himself nor of saving another person. This is what the Scriptures declare: "It is by [the grace of God that] you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." (Injeel - Eph. 2:8,9)   God, who is great in mercy, has opened a way of salvation for all the children of Adam, to deliver us from the power of Satan and sin and hell. God wants us to escape the judgment of raging fire that awaits all who die in their sins, but we must come through the way of salvation which He has opened for us! Do you know the way of salvation, which God has opened for you so that you can escape the power of Satan, the horrible consequences of sin and the punishment of hell? Are you in the way of righteousness which God has established so that you can be blessed in His holy presence forever?

The way of salvation which God has opened for the children of Adam is not based upon good deeds which man can do, nor is it based upon following the requirements of a religion. God says, it is "not by works, so that no one can boast." What is the way of salvation that God has established for us? It is the way of the Redeemer, who came from heaven to die for our sins and rise again--to free all those who believe in Him--those of us who were like slaves because of the power of sin and the fear of death. The Holy Scriptures speak of this mighty Deliverer, saying: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Injeel - Acts 4:12)

Yes, God has opened for you a way in the "sea of sin" so that you can escape the punishment of sin and get to the other side--into the safe and holy presence of God. But you must cross over by the way that God has opened for you. Concerning this way of salvation, the Redeemer said,

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me.…I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." (Injeel - John 14:6; 5:24)

Dear friend, have you "crossed over from death to life"?   May God bless you as you reflect on the Scriptures that make it plain…     

"When I see the blood I will pass over you!.... Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today!" (Taurat - Exod. 12:13, 14:13)

 

** This concludes our second part of the study of Prophet Moses from the Holy Scriptures.   This teaching from the Scriptures is a compilation of Lessons 32, 33 and 34 from “The Way of Righteousness” by Paul Bramsen.    Posted here by permission of copyright holder – Paul Bramsen.

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