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From time to time we hear of women who have been found – even in our own city and local neighbourhoods – who have been kept as sex slaves. It is a worldwide problem – child slavery and women who are virtually trapped into lives of drug abuse and prostitution – unable to escape. Until somehow one gets free, and someone is alerted and the house is raided. Can you imagine something of the despair and hopelessness and dehumanization of living like that? Trapped, no freedom, life not worth living…
But then try and imagine the day when the door breaks down, and the police rush in… and bring freedom from the oppression, bondage, slavery, pain. There is relief and a sense of wonder at new chance at life. Reconnection with family. They get to go home!
There is a real spiritual parallel. That gives us a real picture of salvation. Why? Because people are trapped and enslaved in sin… needing rescue. The Bible is clear… humanity is in a state of spiritual slavery
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34, ESV)
“In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.” (Galatians 4:3, ESV)
And yet what? Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, believers in Christ break free from slavery to sin and enter into the glorious liberty of the children of God. This is called redemption!
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13–14, ESV)
That’s what we’re talking about here – redemption: being redeemed/rescued from a position of slavery to a state of freedom. Moving from being slaves to sin and slaves of Satan to being freed to become sons of God, through faith in Christ. That’s the good news of the gospel. That’s what Jesus accomplished.
But friends we don’t just see that for the first time at the cross! That crucial reality is given by God to us in His Word again and again and again! From the early pages of Genesis, and through the rest of the Old Testament, that picture of slavery and bondage and release is given. God ordained that the events which we read in the Old Testament actually happened in such a way that provide those pictures of bondage and release… and then they were written down, and we get to read and read and read of many accounts where God redeemed and where God is described as the Redeemer – the rescuer, the One who make a release from bondage a possibility, and indeed a reality. We need to hear and be informed and be taught by these. Not just as dry, dusty history, but as life-giving pictures of what God has done to rescue lost, trapped, sinful people like you and like me.
We see that unfolding in the whole story of the Exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt.
That story shows us our own need today, points us to Christ on the cross today, and challenges us not to forget what God has done to rescue and save and redeem people! This is essential stuff for us today!
That's what we explore as we dive into Exodus 11 & 12!
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