A Way Out

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Numbers 33:1-4 [2]

There was no shortage of religion in the story of the Hebrews deliverance from oppression. Both the Hebrews and the Egyptians were very religious. The problem with religious practices is the delusion it creates that the worshiper actually loves the God he or she worships. Pharaoh used religion to control his people. His denial of religious freedom brought death and sorrow to the home of every family he ruled. The Egyptians embrace of leaders who did not love them and used the concept of god to control them cased this tragedy.

While the Egyptians buried their dead, the Hebrews walked out of Egypt with great joy to worship the only God who loved both the Hebrews and Egyptians. The Hebrews’ were no better than the Egyptians. All of them worshipped a false image of God. The Hebrews’ were delivered because their ancestor Abraham loved God.

At this point in the chronological narrative a passage from Numbers 33 is injected. “And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the Lord…”[3] God had a greater purpose than the recordation of the Hebrews history when he commanded Moses to keep a diary of their experiences. Their journey to worship God unfolded a part of God’s nature that is necessary to understand the depth of his mercy.

The Apostle Paul sent a letter to the Corinthian church explaining that the things Moses wrote were examples of God’s dealings with his people and a warning to fear the consequences of bad behavior. Idolatry, sexual immorality, testing God’s love and grumbling will not be tolerated. Religious practice does not exonerate one from the consequences of doing these things. Paul tempered the warning with a promise. When our fallen human nature tempts us to do wrong, God is faithful to limit the temptation to that which we can bear and will provide a way out.[4]

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Numbers 33:2 KJV

[4] 1 Corinthians 10:11-12

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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