Animals, Colors, Metals, Numbers and Signs in Scripture.
When the children of Israel began their journey out of Egypt they came to the waters of the Red Sea. They had a great dilemma as the Egyptian army marched against them on one side and the Red Sea was on the other side of them. The children of Israel were powerless against the mighty Egyptian army. The Lord appeared unto the children of Israel in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. On the day of their deliverance, the cloud that night went between the camp of Pharaoh and his army and the camp of Israel. To the camp of Israel he was light all that night, but unto the army of Egypt he was darkness.
When the children of Israel saw the Egyptian army marching against them they were afraid: Ex. 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. 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? 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. 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."
The Lord commanded Moses to: Ex. 14:15 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 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."
Next, we read
of the great deliverance of Israel at the Red Sea as follows: Ex. 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. 22 And the children of Israel
went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were
a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 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.
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. 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."
There are several parallels between the deliverance of the children of Israel at the Red Sea and the deliverance of the elect family of God at the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1. a. The Lord chose Israel to be his covenant people, but he did not choose Egypt. The Lord made a distinction between Israel and Egypt.
b. The Lord chose a people out of the descendants of Adam to be his chosen people: Eph. 1:4-6 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." He also separated us from those whom he did not choose: Matt. 25:32, 33 "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left."
2. a. The children of Israel were powerless to deliver themselves from their enemies, but the Lord by himself delivered them.
b. The elect
family of God were powerless to deliver themselves from their enemies
(sin, Satan, death, hell, and the grave) but the Lord by himself
delivered them: Heb. 1:3 "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right
hand of the Majesty on high."
b. The Lord parted the judgmental waters for us, the elect family of God, through his righteousness: We were deserving of being destroyed under the just judgment of God, but Christ the righteous One was made to be sin for us, thus delivering us from the wrath of Almighty God: 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." He was made to be sin for us on the cross of Calvary.
4. a. An east-west wind crossing a north-south sea makes a figure of the cross of Calvary. Deliverance of the children of Israel was at the cross of the east-west wind and north-south sea.
of the elect family of God from their sins came at the cross of Calvary.
b. The elect family of God were delivered from their enemies (sin, Satan, death, hell, and the grave) by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
6. Just like water baptism is a figure of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so the crossing of the Red Sea is also a figure of the death, burial, and resurrection. The children of Israel went down into the Sea and then came up out of the Sea, just like Jesus Christ went down into the grave and then came up out of the grave. This same figure is repeated each time that one of God's elect is baptized in water.
7. a. The children of Israel sang the song of deliverance after God had delivered them at the Red Sea: They gave the praise for their deliverance unto the Lord.
b. Likewise, we
the members of the elect family of God should give all the praise for
our deliverance unto the Lord who has saved us from our sins.