SECTION XI: Everything New Is Old Again

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned…” George Santayana

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments…lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4)

Interesting that throughout all ages the elite have never stopped identifying themselves with the “glorious” pagan theocracies. Their splendor is a tribute to the evil gods who empowered them to slaughter in endless wars and amass wealth through, pillage, enslavement of the masses, and impoverishment of other peoples through theft of their resources.

Tribute. Get it? Tribute is paid to the rulers. The gods empower them to amass wealth in order to receive it unto themselves. If that phrase rings a bell keep going – “that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3) In the case of the pagan gods, that will be hell fire. Not being triumphant here, just warning. 

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The thousands of baked clay tablets found in archeological digs in Mesopotamia survived submersion in water. The Euphrates was in fact known simply as “the flood.” It makes one contemplate the possibility that the pagan gods who believed and trembled at Noah’s preaching of the coming flood, but also believed in their power to survive it, specifically developed the clay tablets as the medium to transmit their esoteric knowledge through the world-wide flood to humanity.

Believing the lie that one can survive the Creator’s judgment is, after all, the main sub-theme throughout the Bible.

In stark contrast to the Fertile Crescent’s alternative historical records, the accounts of the God of the Bible and his people are accessible to all humanity and prove throughout thousands of years of uncountable discoveries and fulfilled prophecies that God can be trusted to stay true to his word. Redemption or Wrath.

The Law of Moses

As the composer of the first five books of humanity’s history, it stands to reason that Moses is God’s foundational spokesman. It is on Moses’ writings that the reliability of the entirety of the literary work of the Bible is based, the plot of which is restoration of humanity’s leadership in the Kingdom of God by defeating the enemy sin and death.

This logical deduction is confirmed by God’s announcement that he has a uniquely foundational relationship with Moses.

“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34:10)

“And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD / Jehovah / YHVH: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.” (Exodus 6:2-3)

The internal testimony of God’s control over these documents is that God put his words in Moses’ mouth. This gives these documents, the foundation for all the rest of the Bible, the highest religious authority.

“And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent…And the LORD said unto him…I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” (Exodus 4:10-12)

Additionally, the unity between Moses and the LORD / Jehovah, apparent in that both the “law” and the “voice” of God is interchangeable with that of Moses, gives Moses the utmost religious authority. The following passage is but one example.

I Daniel…prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O LORDWe have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled

  • by departing from THY precepts and from THY judgments:
  • Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in HIS laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
  • Yea, all Israel have transgressed THY law,
  • that they might not obey THY voice;

therefore the curse is poured upon us,

  • that is written in the law OF MOSES the servant of God,
  • because we have sinned against HIM.
  • And HE hath confirmed HIS words, which HE spake against us…by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
  • As it is written in the law OF MOSES, all this evil is come upon us:
  • Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us…for we obeyed not HIS voice.” (Daniel 9:2-14)

If you think I’m pushing the limits of uniting Moses with God, remember that this is what God wants!that we may be one!

The divine authorship of the word of God purposefully reflects the unity achieved in relationship between

  1. God and his spokesman / prophet
  2. and multiple human writers all tapped into the same – uniquely noncompetitive – God.
  • All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16)
  • “I am the LORD, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)
  • I and my father are one.” (John 10:30)
  • “If ye love [identify with] me, keep my commandments…I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” (John 14:15-20)
  • they [apostles Peter and John] lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, 
    • [quoting from scripturethou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Chosen One.
    • [witnessing of current events matching prophecy] For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
    • [eternal word of God] For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done…And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together…
  • And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:(Acts 4:24-32)ise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witnes unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24)

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

  • Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
  • For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till ALL be fulfilled.
  • Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
  • but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:1320) 

You can’t seriously think that “Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery…” were news to Moses? Why assume that sacrificial procedures were?

Rather than establishing a brand-new religion of Judaism, it is far more credible to recognize that Moses RE-established the worship of YHVH documented as being practiced by the Hebrews Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Job and  Moses’ father-in-law Jethro the priest of Midian in the rustic fashion limited by the pioneer era and in a far more fitting manner by Noah and Shem under Enoch in the antediluvian glory days.

Sound heretical? Isn’t it less heretical / more orthodox to acknowledge that God never changes? 

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant.

  1. as in the days of old (this can only be the years prior to the flood: Job 8:8; Isaiah 46:9-10),
  2. and as in former years (prior to the exile to Babylon).

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not…Even from the days of your fathers [before the flood and Shem, Eber, Abraham, etc.) ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3)

The clearest support of the deduction that Moses re-established the pure worship of holy God rather than a brand-new religion is the consistent pattern documented in scripture of mankind falling away into apostasy followed by consistent response of God’s prophets RE-minding and RE-introducing the original way to approach a holy God,

This is documented in the books of the prophets from Genesis through Malachi, but provided in greatest detail in the account of Ezra who, like Moses, led an exodus, this time from Babylonian exile.

He is also called a scribe, well-versed in the law of Moses (7:6), indicating Ezra’s dedication to the study of the Torah, which he sought to make the basic rule of life in the restored community. It was in religious and cultic reform rather than in political affairs that Ezra made his mark as a postexilic leader. Jewish tradition holds him in great esteem. The apocryphal 2 Esdras, sometimes included as an appendix to the Vulgate, where it is known as 4 Esdras, transforms him into a prophet and visionary. The Talmud regards him as a second Moses, claiming that the Torah would have been given to Israel through Ezra had not Moses preceded him…

He gave to his people a cohesion and spiritual unity which helped to prevent the disintegration of the small Jewish community settled in the province of Judah. Had it not been for the intransigence of Ezra and of those who adopted his ideal, it is doubtful that Judaism would have so effectively resisted Hellenism in later centuries. Ezra set the tone of the postexilic community, and it was characterized by fidelity to the Torah, Judaism’s authentic way of life.

As the long-sought messenger of the covenant to give the land of Canaan to the children of Israel. In addition to the miracles given to him by God, Moses undoubtedly had documents handed down from Joseph. As the Melchizedek of his day, Joseph’s primary interest would not have been in counting baskets of corn. As the ruler of Egypt, he would have had access to an Egyptian library of the greatest collection of ancient pre-flood historical documents preserved through the flood in the pyramids, and would assuredly have sought out, collected and preserved records regarding his Hebrew nation.

Still skeptical?

Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the LORD God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:16-17)

“Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies [sin and death] might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,” (Luke 1:67-77)

We are not caving in to the claims of secular Higher Criticism by recognizing God’s standard practices and patterns of behavior. Moses undoubtedly used previous written records going back to Adam himself as the most valid sources – by God’s standard of relying on the written word –  for his history of mankind in Genesis, and organization of religious practices in Exodus – Deuteronomy. Even the delegation of priestly duties is standard practice. In Moses’ case, it was to the Levites, but as detailed in the post The Order of Melchizedek, the Levites were not historically nor currently the only anointed priests.

And restored relationship is demonstrated in restored shared dominion.

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy handAfter these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless…And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. (Genesis 14:18-20, 15:1-7)

Faith in God’s word – fundamentally, this promise of a redeemer – is what is required to restore a permanent life connection with God. As detailed in the post Son of David, the Father grants, in a form of adoption, the permanent relationship known as “son and heir”.

“as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name / way. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13)

Faith in the word of God has always been the power of salvation from sin, experienced as destructive forces now and eternal damnation to come. During the four thousand years or so between

  • God’s promise to provide a savior from death via the the seed of the woman
  • and the fulfillment of that promise through the birth, death and resurrection of that Seed,

believing God’s promise –  as in “You have my word on it” – was just as much the means of salvation as it has been since fulfilment of his promise.

Moses expressly states that this word is given to all peoples, not just the nation of Israel thousands of years after the Garden of Eden incident. 

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. And Moses commanded them, saying…thou shalt read this law before

    • all Israel in their hearing…
    • and thy stranger that is within thy gates,

that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: (Deuteronomy 31:9-12)

Don’t narrowly construe every reference to “law” as being the Constitution of the Nation of Israel. Don’t forget, Moses wrote down Genesis as well. “This law” goes back to the fundamental law in the Garden of Eden. Further specifics besides eating of the tree in the midst of the garden, which after all was no longer available, were delineated for people who insist on parsing the details of the law to find a loophole. But the essential law never changed.

“of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it…the serpent…said unto the woman…For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof…ye shall be as gods…” (Genesis 2:17, 3:1-5)

“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God…Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3)

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love [set above self] the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself [treat as equal to self]. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

The same warning against sinning against God given to the Adams is given to all humanity, not exempting the Israelites. 

“of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

“the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee.” (Genesis 17:1-2)

Moses commanded the Levites…Take this book of the law [including Genesis], and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against theeFor I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from “the way” which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days…” (Deuteronomy 31:25-30)

“every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:14-17)

What is “the way” Moses commanded the Levites to teach Israel?

And Moses said unto the LORD…thou hast said, I know thee by name [relationship], and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee…shew me now THY WAY, that I may know thee [be united with thee by following your way of doing things]

And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name / way of the LORD

  • The LORD, The LORD God,
  • merciful and gracious, longsuffering
  • abundant in goodness and truth
  • forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
  • and that will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 33-34)

Here we find that the way of the God of the Bible is summed up as

  1. desire for unification / oneness with humanity motivating
  2. God’s forgiveness of sin and
  3. judgment for unredeemed sin.

This “way of the LORD” IS “the Law of Moses” on which every other rule rests. The first five books of the Bible are known collectively as “the law” because it contains, not just rules, but the political constitution – not just of the nation of Israel – but of the entirety of God’s kingdom, beginning in Genesis with the establishment of the boundaries of the kingdom at creation and the assignment of kingdom leadership.

The Septuagint rendered the Hebrew torah by the Greek nomos (“law”), probably in the sense of a living network of traditions and customs of a people. The designation of the Torah by nomos, and by its Latin successor lex (whence, “the Law”), has historically given rise to the misunderstanding that Torah means legalism

And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house[hold of all nationalities, the Hebrews] of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel [Israelites]; if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant / constitution, then ye shall be…unto me a kingdom…” (Exodus 19:3-6)

We should understand from our own chaotic marital, social and political situations that obeying the terms of an agreement is the only way unity, a necessary precursor to overcoming destructive forces, can be achieved.  

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As described more thoroughly in the post on Melchizedek Moses, at this point in time God offered kingdom leadership to all the nationalities of the world in the Hebrew nation.

This makes Moses the human author of the constitution of God’s spiritual kingdom for all mankind.

Judaism itself acknowledges this.

The message of the Torah is for all mankind. Before giving the Torah to Israel, God offered it to the other nations, but they refused it; and when He did give the Torah to Israel, He revealed it in the extraterritorial desert and simultaneously in all the 70 languages, so that men of all nations would have a right to it.

What? Never heard this in Sunday School so immediately rejecting this as a Jewish invention? This account utterly makes sense in view of God’s desire to see all humanity saved, and is consistent with the next occasion of offering priestly status to all humanity, when the message was also preached in many languages on the Day of Pentecost.

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the single most important event in Israel’s history: the giving of the Torah (the first five books in the Hebrew Bible) to Moses at Mount Sinai….it is one of the three major festivals often called “pilgrim” festivals because all Jewish males were required to observe them at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem…Since Shavuot occurs 50 days after the first day of Passover, it is sometimes known as Pentecost, which is a Greek word that means “fifty.” Jesus’ followers were in Jerusalem celebrating Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to them.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come…there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven…

the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own languagehow hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born…we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:1-11)

“Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not,

    • O Jacob, my servant;
    • AND [another entity] –,Jesurun / upright one, whom I have chosen.” (Isaiah 44:2)

Jesurun is assumed to be another name for Israel because the text identifies this nation as the one over which Melchizedek Moses was king for forty years in the wilderness. However, as proven with hermeneutics in the preceding posts, this is the Hebrew nation formed as God’s United Nations at the Tower of Babel then led out of Egypt in the Exodus.

“And Pharaoh…called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people…And the children of Israel journeyedAnd a mixed multitude went up also with them;” (Exodus 12:30-38)

When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Isra-el / Prince of God. For the LORD‘s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance [acknowledging the Hebrew nation does not deny the Israelite nation]. He found him in a desert land [AFTER the Exodus of the Hebrews], and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. But Jeshurun [translates exactly as “Upright Ones” the entire community of Hebrews, preceding and including Noah, Shem, Abraham, Etc. not just the children of Israel]...forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Review the post on Melchizedek Moses for an in depth proof that Jeshurun means Saints of all time rather than a nickname for Israel. A quick proof of this is that the idolatrous incident referenced in this same passage happened  before the nation of Israel was formed under the Mosaic covenant, while they were still identified as Hebrews. This nation was the international believers in the God of Creation, judgment on sin through the flood, grace to Noah, and faith of Abraham.

They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

And when the LORD saw it, he…said…They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God…I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people…(Deuteronomy 32)

The continuation of the passage in Isaiah naming Jeshurun confirms that after the creation of the nation of Israel for God’s leadership in the kingdom of heaven and earth, the preceding ancient nation of Hebrews called Jeshurun / the Upright Ones continued to exist and grow.

Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not…Jesurun / upright one, whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall [future tense] spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. 

  1. One shall say, I am the LORD‘s[the pre-flood ancients and post-flood Hebrews]
  2. and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; [Israelites]
  3. and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel[post Redemption]

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people” (Isaiah 44)

Whoever will be saved from the dominion and destruction of sin in this life and after death must act on their belief in God’s word, whatever their particular circumstances and revelation.

faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone…shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:17-26)

For a certain group of people in a certain set of circumstances, believing and acting on God’s word took the form of killing an appropriate animal as a substitute for a sinless human, as God did for the Adams.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,..Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house…and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…it is the LORD’s passover.

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and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not…destroy you, when I smite…” (Exodus 12:1-13)

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother…I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat…And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat…Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering… and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat…And he shall make an atonement.” (Leviticus 16)

“But Christ / The Promised One being come an high priest of good things to come…by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us...

  • For if the blood of bulls and of goats…sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 
    • How much more shall the blood of the Anointed One…
  • And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, 
    • for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament,
  • they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance….
    • without shedding of blood is no remission.
  • It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these;
    • but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” (Hebrews 9)

For everyone, believing and obeying God’s word takes repentance from current self-absorbed mindset. The following account is not of one unique event in the history of mankind. It is experienced by everyone who is overwhelmed by forces too big for them to handle, and who choose to put their faith in God’s promise – through his spokesmen – to rescue them.

“the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea…And…the children of Israel lifted up their eyes…and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out…unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day…The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14)

Without a doubt there were unbelievers in that group who chose to run back to throw themselves on the mercy of their Egyptian taskmasters rather than go forward into the unknown. How can I be so sure? The science of deduction. We all do it. But for everyone, no-man’s- land in between the armies is certain, maybe slow, but certain, death.

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For everyone, salvation requires a visible demonstration of the inner spiritual immersion / identification with the Savior.

“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” (Exodus 14)

“Moreover, [Corinthians, therefore Gentiles] brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” ( I Corinthians 10:1-4)

“take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office…this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them...thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water…And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.” (Exodus 28-40)

“Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria…but he was a leper…So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him [treating this mighty conqueror of Israel as inferior to the poor prophet, in essence truly acting like the Priest of Almighty God], saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said…Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?…So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel. And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.” (II Kings 5)

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matthew 3:1-13)

God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:36-41)

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