Daily Devotional 5-16-19

Let My People Go 

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. Exodus 5:1
 
One of the reasons I love the Old Testament narratives is that the stories of the Israelites reveal the story of humanity. There may be different cultures and civilizations, but fundamentally we are the same.
 
Israelites had been in Egypt with one of their own, Joseph, serving as a prime minister. After his death, a new Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph. So the Israelites were subjected to slavery for four hundred and thirty years. Their cries and anguish went up to the Lord and he decided it was time for their deliverance. So, God met Moses and commissioned him to go back to Egypt to lead the deliverance of Israel. God’s message to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was simple: let my people go. God’s intent for the Israelites was a transition from slavery into freedom so that they could serve God.
 
You see, for Christians, the bondage of the Israelites in Egypt represent the bondage of people in the world. Just as Moses led the Israelites out of bondage, so has Christ broken the bondage of sin and led us out from the influences of the world. As Moses was to the Israelites, so was Christ to the world. The Exodus narrative is a typology of salvation.
 
Now that you see the connection, let’s observe the significance of the text. God is interested in your freedom from whatever form of bondage you are experiencing. Christ defeated sin and death so that you can experience freedom from the bondage of the world. Your freedom is of primary importance to God. In Christ Jesus, you are free to love God, free to love yourself, free to love your neighbor, and free to serve the world with Christ love. “Let my people go” is the theme of the gospel of Christ and the kingdom of God. God sets us free in Christ Jesus so that we can relate with him.
 
Friends, we all need freedom. Some need freedom from fear of the unknown, freedom from anxieties, failure, unhealthy relationships, freedom from sickness, pain, etc. The good news is that the freedom you seek is at the heart of the Gospel. You can experience the freedom that Christ offers deep down in your heart—working from the inside out.
 
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, I invite you to do your deep work of freedom in my heart and my mind. Loose me from my fears and anxieties, that I may truly experience freedom in Christ.