I recently learned that the first use of the word “salvation”, that is “Yeshua” aka Jesus, happens in the Torah when Yahweh rescues His people from the Egyptian army at the crossing of the Red Sea. While on a general level I could see the similarities to Jesus, this morning I had an even deeper understanding of the parallels of this story with the story of Salvation through Yeshua for all who would believe.
The Israelites had been enslaved by Egypt. They were oppressed and despised. Humanity is enslaved by sin. The world is ruled by, oppressed by, and destroyed by sin. It takes over our decision making, it rules our thoughts, it inspires anger and vengeance, and dependance on self instead of God.
God brought a deliverer to Israel with Moses. And God brought a deliverer to humanity with Jesus. Through Moses, God parted the Red Sea to make a way for the Israelites to journey toward the Promised Land and have victory over the Egyptian slavers. God used Jesus to bring salvation to the world, by taking on the sin of the world on His own body and having victory over it, to clear the way for people to enter the journey toward the Promised Land of the New Jerusalem.
Moses interceded for the people with God. He communed with God on the mountain, brought the law of the Ten Commandments to the people, and told the people what God wanted from them. Jesus intercedes for all people with God. He came to earth as a man to intercede for people to God. He fulfilled the Law once and for all by conquering sin and death on the cross for all people who would accept it. He came back to life to lead all people who would believe Him to the Promised land of eternity with God.
The Israelites wandered through the desert learning the lessons of God, and growing in their faith and trust in God’s protection, provision, and salvation. Humanity wanders a world still ruled by sin, learning the protection, provision and salvation of Jesus. Just as God led the Israelites along the way through the desert, so too, God leads the way for all who trust in Him, through the Holy Spirit, to navigate through the desert of a sinful planet until we can finally arrive at the Promised Land of eternity with Christ.
Finally, the Israelites are led into the Promised land by the conquering of idol worshipers, and false gods and practices, while allowing any who chose to side with God to have the salvation He offered to His chosen people as equal inheritors. God partnered with the Israelite army, but in the end it was always God who provided the victory, not any special work or tactics of Joshua and his military prowess. We are allowed to partner with Jesus in the conquering of sin and death, by being made co-heirs with Christ, and this is given not by our own power, but simply as a gift of God by his grace. As followers of Christ, we can have victory over the sin and death in our lives but trusting in God to win the battle for us.
And finally, the Israelites receive their promised inheritance, just as we too shall recieve our promised inheritance with Christ. Pretty cool.
Note: I didn’t include scriptural documentation because I have assumed a Biblically savvy audience. For Biblical context references, feel free to contact me privately, and I will provide them.