Redeeming the Plagues: Part 12
During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. (Exodus 2:23-25)
While Moses is off in what is to become his version of basic training and leadership academy, the Israelites are still in slavery. While Moses is learning how lead through being a husband and father – the Israelites are still victims of enslavement. They are helpless. They continue to hold fast to the faith, and God remembers.
Well… actually God never forgot. The only thing God ever forgets is our sins, when we ask for forgiveness, because we haven’t done our best or our hearts aren’t in the right place for the situation.
We just celebrated Easter, which is considered the New Covenant. Jesus’ death on the cross is the culmination of God’s historical plan for all humanity. The Old Covenant involved Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This Old Covenant laid the groundwork for the New Covenant.
A covenant is a sacred bond of promise between two parties, which has dire consequences if broken. Many have compared it to marriage, or a business contract, but in a day where marriage is unfortunately falling to the wayside, both these explanations fail.
It gets especially complicated when we’re talking a multi-generational scope of time that no human being could live through or have a living memory of. That is why we’re dealing with God. He is the only one who can already make this covenant happen. Its not just about Jesus. Jesus and the plan for redemption is barely on anyone’s radar.
And God seems to have turned away.
Where else does God seem to turn away?
The crucifixion. The moment where Jesus, his son – is dying.
Both were massive rescue operations. Both dealt with enslaved helpless people – moving them from victim, to victorious.
It takes awhile to see that shift occur, but we live in a post-Resurrection world. We are free. We are not victims. We don’t have to live in slavery toward things that kill us. We don’t have to live powerless and in fear.
That is the power of the resurrection… when God turns his back and motions, “Follow me.”
Have a victorious Easter – and new life in Christ!
All Bible verses are from Bible Gateway. For clarity purposes, the New International Version has been used.