An Interpretation of the Exodus
Song “The Exodus” by Ernest Gold,
Additional music performance and arrangement by Marcello J Garzillo
Painting by Zoltan Papp
An Interpretation of the Exodus
The Exodus we read about in the pages of the Holy Bible is exciting because it tells of God, like a super hero, coming to the rescue of His people. As we search the pages of the Bible, and the history of men, we find that men have always needed to be rescued. The book of Ecclesiastes was written to the man who walks under the sun, (mankind in general).
Ecc. 8:9, All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: a time when one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
When we look at the shortcomings of our history, we can’t help but feel that there needs to be a better way of living, or smarter people with new systems of governing. But why are all of men’s ideas in vain?
Romans 8:20, “ For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subject the same in hope. 21, because the creature (creation) itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Every man and woman needs to be delivered from bondage but many don’t realize it, not yet that is. Egypt was a type of sin or bondage that holds men captive until they are freed in some way by someone greater than themselves. In the case of the Exodus, God owns all men and woman by right of creation therefore holds Himself responsible for their well being. God tells us what the problem is and why men can’t find the utopia they desire.
Jeremiah 17:9, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.”
In the song, “An Interpretation of The Exodus,” men seem to have the peace they desire but as problems arise with no solution, the peace is taken away. The song starts out peaceful enough but when things go wrong, there is no solution other than Divine Intervention. God will then pick us up; clean us up, and teach us to have peace again, His way.
It is a matter of the heart and how we think. No matter how well intention people are, they will always fall short of the perfection they desire. Those rescued in the Exodus fell right back into their old ways and generations later, the problems still existed. Scripture tells us, “God is Love”. There again, it is the problem of the heart. Love of God or neighbor, can’t be forced or demanded. Love needs to grow within each individual and manifested outward to others. God showed us by using Moses to execute the challenges to Pharaoh. Couldn’t God do it all Himself? Yes He could if He was creating robots and not children. The important ideas scriptures instill in us is the hope that there is more to life than this earthly existence.
Romans 15:4, “ For whatever things were written beforehand were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope”.
God, through the ages has always revealed Himself as a witness to His saints as well as gentiles so as to give them hope.
Ephesians 3:4, “Whereby, when ye read ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. 5, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His Holy Apostles and Prophets by the spirit.
The Exodus during the days of Moses was only a type of deliverance by God. Scriptures point out that sometime in the near future, there will be a much greater Exodus.
Jeremiah 16:14, “Behold the days will come,” saith the Lord, “that it will be no more said, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.” 15, “but the Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands that I have driven them; and I will bring them again unto their land as I have given their fathers.”
God has been preparing for this Exodus from the very beginning. God calls Himself our father. He is taking a lot of preparations on His part to birth His children. During the first Exodus, the people were required to put the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. The blood of the lamb was a type of sacrifice of Jesus Christ which was fulfilled at the cross. That Exodus didn’t change anyone’s heart but it did give them a level of faith. It didn’t cost them anything but it gave them freedom from bondage. Having only a human spirit within them caused them to complain all the time that they were in the wilderness. Now, two thousand years after the cross, preparations have been made, and the time is getting close for God to deliver His sons and daughters from bondage. Read how it will be done.
Ezekiel 36: 24, “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of your countries, and I will bring you to your own (promised) land.” 25, “Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean from all your idols, I will cleanse you. A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” 27, “And I will put my spirit within you and you shall walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them.”
The second Exodus is the story of God’s mercy and tells us why we need a heart that would be in agreement with Him.
Ezra 9:13, “And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and our great trespass, seeing that our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this.”
The mercy and kindness of God leads us to repentance.
Romans 2:4, “Or despises thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.”
Scripture says that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8). Many have died for a good man, (even Jesus), but how many have died for a sinner? The second Exodus is a time of reformation. We need to see and realize our shortcomings and forsake them as well. In the greater Exodus to come, God will do for us, because of what Jesus Christ did for us at the cross, what Moses wasn’t able to do. Then will come about what we read in the book of Malachi.
Malachi 3:7, “And they shall be mine, sayeth the Lord, in that day when I make up My jewels, and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth Him.”
The second Exodus will not only set us free from ways that enslave us but we will have life with more abundance.
Psalm 16:11, Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.