Mile’s “Out of Egypt” and Men Pretending to Choose God
MESSAGE RECAP – “Out Of Egypt”
Today we continue with our series examining Christmas in the Old Testament.
There are four gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Each gospel has a theme and a symbol.
Matthew’s theme is that Jesus is the Messiah of which the Old Testament spoke, and because of this, Matthew uses more Old Testament verses than the others. Its symbol is a lion.
In Mark’s gospel, Jesus is depicted as the suffering servant and its symbol is an ox.
Luke’s theme is that Jesus is the son of Man and its symbol is a man.
John’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ deity and its symbol is an eagle.
Today we will look at the book of the minor prophet, Hosea. Remember, a prophet is a mouthpiece of God whose job it is to pass on God’s messages to His people. Sometimes even the prophet’s very lives were part of God’s message. Hosea was one of these; God instructed him to marry a prostitute, to whom he would be faithful while she was not faithful to him. This was a metaphor for God’s faithfulness to His people while they were having spiritual relations with other gods.
What do the Gospel of Matthew and the Book of Hosea have in common?
In Matthew chapter 2, we find the story of the birth of Jesus, when wise men seek Him to worship Him and bring Him prophetic gifts (gold as a symbol that he was King, frankincense as a symbol of His priesthood, and myrrh as a symbol that He was born to die and be resurrected). At this time, King Herod heard of the birth of Jesus, and in fear for his own status as king, he ordered the death of all the babies in Egypt. But Jesus was spared from this early death:
Now when [the wise men] had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Matthew 2:13-15
The prophet to whom Matthew refers here is Hosea, from Hosea 11:1:
“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.”
In the Old Testament, Hosea spoke of the deliverance of God’s people Israel from their slavery in Egypt. The greatest act of God’s deliverance in the Old Testament was a metaphor for the coming greatest act of deliverance in the New Testament: Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection to deliver us from sin.
He wants us to understand that when He delivered His people from Egypt, He was giving us a glimpse of the Messiah coming to deliver us from sin.
God wants us to notice His constant message from the beginning of the Bible to the end. He wants us to understand that when He delivered His people from Egypt, He was giving us a glimpse of the Messiah coming to deliver us from sin. Here are some parallels to note:
When the Israelites where delivered from Egypt, they were delivered from the last plague, the destruction of babies, just as Jesus was delivered from Egypt as a baby.
God saved a baby, Moses, from death as a Jew to deliver His people, just as He saved the baby Jesus to one day deliver us from sin.
God delivered Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. The Bible says he who sins is a slave to sin. (We are in bondage to sin and can’t stop ourselves.)
God spared the Israelites from the death of their children by the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. We are delivered from death by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus.
The Israelites were delivered from Egypt by God sending the Angel of death to kill the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. We are delivered from spiritual bondage by the death of Jesus, the firstborn of the Father God (Colossians 1:15).
The Israelites were delivered by supernatural signs from God (10 miracles). God delivers us through the supernatural miracle of a virgin becoming pregnant and bearing a Son, who later supernaturally rose from the dead.
The Jews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, complaining that they had no bread. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and fasted from bread.
Moses was given God’s law a mountain. Jesus gave the new convent law from a hilltop in the Sermon on the Mount.
God wants to deliver you just like he delivered the Israelites, a plan He has had in place for eternity!
Like the Israelites, you have the opportunity to trust God and enter the promised land or you can live on your own and die separated from Him. God is faithful and He proves it over and over again. He delivers you from bondage, has sacrificed for you, and does amazing miracles on your behalf just to give you the opportunity to receive the deliverance that Jesus’ birth death and resurrection provide.
The question is: Do you want to be set free? We learned in the Old Testament that without bloodshed, there is no forgiveness of sin. When Jesus died on the cross as the perfect Lamb of God, He died once and for all so that you could have the opportunity to place the blood of the Lamb on your heart!
Miles speaks a lot of truth in the above message, unfortunately he closes with a gospel of demons – telling men that we have the power to “choose God!” This is uniblical. The clear truth of the Bible is that we don’t choose God, he chooses us so that no man can boast! God Chooses Us
YLT Eph 2: 3among whom also we all did walk once in the desires of our flesh, doing the wishes of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath — as also the others, 4and God, being rich in kindness, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even being dead in the trespasses, did make us to live together with the Christ, (by grace ye are having been saved,) 6and did raise [us] up together, and did seat [us] together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus, 7that He might show, in the ages that are coming, the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus, 8for by grace ye are having been saved, through faith, and this not of you — of God the gift, 9not of works, that no one may boast; 10for of Him we are workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God did before prepare, that in them we may walk.
YLT 1 Cor 1:27-29
27but the foolish things of the world did God choose, that the wise He may put to shame; and the weak things of the world did God choose that He may put to shame the strong; 28and the base things of the world, and the things despised did God choose, and the things that are not, that the things that are He may make useless — 29that no flesh may glory before Him;
John 15:16 You didn’t choose me, I chose you.
Thinking/saying that we have chosen to follow God is a boast. The truth is that we can not work our way into God’s good graces. Our flesh is wicked. It always was wicked. It always will be wicked!!
If we are among God’s chosen few, we will know that we had nothing to do with it. It was all God, he drew us to Jesus!! If You Now Seek God, God First Chose You!
YLT John 6:44-45
44no one is able to come unto me, if the Father who sent me may not draw him, and I will raise him up in the last day; 45it is having been written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God; every one therefore who heard from the Father, and learned, cometh to me;
God doesn’t care how many alter calls you respond to in your life!!! These are the “covenants with the death” that God annuls in Is 28:18. Even if you were to respond to an alter call each week for the rest of your life, they will not save your soul! All will see their day of wrath. The few chosen see their day in this life, the rest see their day in the ages to come.
YLT Is 28:16-18
16 Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: `Lo, I am laying a foundation in Zion, A stone — a tried stone, a corner stone precious, a settled foundation, He who is believing doth not make haste. 16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
17 And I have put judgment for a line, And righteousness for a plummet, And sweep away doth hail the refuge of lies, And the secret hiding-place do waters overflow. 17 I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.
18 And disannulled hath been your covenant with death, And your provision with Sheol doth not stand, An overflowing scourge, when it passeth over, Then ye have been to it for a treading-place.
If God has not chosen you, if he has not removed your stony heart and place a responsive heart of flesh in you, if you are not known by Christ you will sit at the great white throne saying things like “I cast out evil spirits in your name”, and Jesus will answer, Get away from me, I never knew you!!]
YLT Matt 7:21-23
21 `Not every one who is saying to me Lord, lord, shall come into the reign of the heavens; but he who is doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, lord, have we not in thy name prophesied? and in thy name cast out demons? and in thy name done many mighty things?
23 and then I will acknowledge to them, that — I never knew you, depart from me ye who are working lawlessness.
These folks have been saying Lord Lord, but not doing the will of the father, they continue in lawlessness year after year after year, generation after generation!! These are the blind leaders we are warned about!!! It has never been up to us. It is always up to God, he chooses to show mercy!!
KJV Rom 9:13-22 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Prayer: Dear God, Please show us your power, your glory, and your majesty. Let the earth see and wonder, still the waves, and calm the seas, showing many that your will is being done on earth as it is in heaven.