The Beginning and the End (and the End) of Egypt

Genesis 46.3, 4a And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:  I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again

God tells His story in so many ways. We’ve got the whole Bible; and we’ve got His Spirit; and we’ve got past and present circumstances.

In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve sin, and are cast out of the Garden of Eden. Also, they are prevented from eating from the Tree of Life (a blessing, so that we are not condemned to living in sin forever).

In Genesis 46, God appears at night, in a vision, to Jacob/Israel. He tells Israel not to fear to go down into Egypt, for God will go with Him; and that HE WILL BRING HIM BACK AGAIN.

Because Egypt is often given as a symbol of sin, I see this as a picture of the human race entering the sinful world. BUT, we are promised that God will go with us. And He is! God is with us in so many ways: Bible, Spirit, circumstances, each other…

Then, in Exodus, God leads them physically out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. I see this as a picture of our salvation. The Israelites were in bondage, and could not save themselves. God brought them out. Once in the Promised Land, the Israelites had to fight for their Promised Land, just as we must fight the spiritual battles raging all around us. I think of Philippians 2.12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; we must, once God has gifted us with salvation, work out that salvation by reading His Word and obeying His Truth.

In Exodus 12.11, God gives Moses and Aaron specific instructions on how to eat the Passover: And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover.

And verse 15: even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

Having recently read Matthew 24, (you can read it here) I couldn’t help but draw comparisons:

  • God’s people were to search for and clean out any leaven from their homes. Leaven symbolizes sin. We are to clean our lives of sin by confessing and repenting.
  • They were to be ready: loins girded, shoes on their feet. The Lord would call for them at any moment! We are to be ready for the Lord’s return at any time. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24.16-20: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day
    • Be ready for the Lord always. He is with us right now, always; but He is coming again to take us home.

The Israelites were going to the Promised Land. So Jesus will take us to His promise: His Heavenly home to live with Him forever. Our final trip will be unlike the Israelites’ arduous journey, filled with complaining and dangers. We will rush to meet Him in the air (Genesis 46.3, and I will also surely bring thee up again and John 14.2, 3 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.), joyous and finally, finally, fulfilled with perfect peace.

8 thoughts on “The Beginning and the End (and the End) of Egypt

  1. Kathy, you’re right, it will be a joyful journey – no complaining once the Lord comes for us. But in the meantime, I see some complaining going on. It also seems there are some who are tempted to go back to Egypt. As in Moses’ time, memories can be warped and made to seem that slavery was better than it was. May we have the strength and courage to stay free!
    (Keith Green sang a quirky song about it, “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt?”

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  2. 😅 I do like Keith Green. As you say – he’s quirky. But he’s got some really good ones.
    It is sad, how some want to go back to Egypt. Like their eyes were never really opened to all that God has gifted, and the hope He inspires. Yes – may we appropriate God’s strength and courage, and continue in worshipful obedience to Him.

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  3. Excellent analogy, Kathy. I often say when the trials seem to keep coming that I haven’t learned what God is teaching me yet, so He is keeping me in the wilderness until I learn it. I’m realistic about my own walk with God and wish that others would see the sin rampant in the world is the real reason that God’s promise of a Heavenly home means so much. No more sin, sorrow, pain or death, but we have to hold on and stop complaining to God that He is not doing enough for us. He has already paid the price for our salvation and we should be thankful every day that our real home is in Heaven and this wilderness journey won’t last forever.

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    1. It seems an oxymoron that the way we learn is through trials and sufferings, but that’s the way it is. When we see tribulation, we can look up and give thanks for all things. He loves us that much.

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  4. Thank you dear Kathy for taking us on His journey. I believe He will do as promised, and we will be with Him in glory. I went to see the Case for Heaven last night. I praise God for such movies/documentaries, teaching all about eternal decision for and against Christ.

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