Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Live]. God’s Holy Spirit, is that part of God that goes forth from Him for many purposes. As we continue our study of Israel, we will learn many things about how God’s Holy Spirit works on the behalf of God, “The Father.” In this series of articles we will see how God’s Holy Spirit worked in such a way as to deliver Jews from Egyptian bondage. We will also see how God traveled with the Israelites, and provided for them, and protected them, throughout their forty-year wilderness experience (Deuteronomy 2:7). God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but is a “He,” the third person of the “Trinity.” (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html Since God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it, it may be appropriate to have such a greeting as “Holy Spirit,” as opposed to “the Holy Spirit.” The closing video shows the possibilities of how God delivered the Israelite’s, to, and through the Red Sea.
Israel 6 – Exodus 4 – Preliminary
Genesis 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Spirit of God. Not only did God the Holy Spirit participate in creation, but so did God the Son (cf. John 1:1–3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible note). Consider the role that God’s Holy Spirit had in the creation of our world, and in many things that relate to the chosen people of God.
Enoch was in the blood line that ran from Adam, through Seth. Enoch didn’t die, but was taken to heaven by God. (God “took” him to heaven, Gen 5:24. “Took.”). Enoch was the father of Methuselah, whom is the oldest person that ever lived, and died during the year of the flood (Wilmington’s Guide To The Bible, pg 10, Dr. Harold L. Wilmington). Methuselah was the father of Lamech, whom was the father of Noah. The blood line from Noah ran through Abram (Abraham), Isaac, and Jacob (whom God renamed Israel). Consider the following verse and comments.
Genesis 5:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
5:24 walked with God…was not, for God took him. Enoch is the only break in the chapter from the incessant comment, “and he died.” Cf. 4:17, 18; 1 Chr. 1:3; Luke 3:37; Heb. 11:5; Jude 14. Only one other man is said to have enjoyed this intimacy of relationship in walking with God, Noah (6:9). Enoch experienced being taken to heaven alive by God, as did Elijah later (2 Kin. 2:1–12). (MacArthur Study Bible note)
NASB Lexicon: took. Hebrew: לָקַ֥ח (la·kach). Strong’s:3947: to take.
laqach: to take
Original Word: לָקַח
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (law-kakh’)
Definition: to take
Brown-Driver-Briggs: 1 take, take in the hand. 2 take and carry along with oneself. 3. a. take from, or out of. b. take, carry away. c. take away from, so as to deprive of.).
God will use whichever means that He finds necessary to fulfill His will. In the case of the exodus of Israel from Egypt, and their forty-year journey in the wilderness, God used many spiritual tools to fulfill His will in the lives of those Jews, God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2).
There is a New Testament comparison to the “taking” of Enoch to Heaven, which also relates to the “taking up” of His people, whom will be the born again believers in Christ. This subject will be addressed in articles that relate to the end times. Consider John 14:1-6.
Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven prior to the worldwide flood:
Genesis 6:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
Israel – Ongoing.
Date. The fourth chapter of Exodus took place in 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible, 2009, previous editions date back to 1903).
Exodus 4 Outline. 1. Moses’ rod is turned into a serpent. 6. His hand becomes leprous. 10. He is loath to be sent. 14. Aaron is appointed to assist him. 18. Moses departs from Jethro. 21. God’s message to Pharaoh. 24. Zipporah circumcises her son. 27. Aaron is sent to meet Moses. 31. The people believe him. (Nave’s Study Bible, Revised And Expanded, 1978).
Exodus 4 Examination. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on the intervention of God in the affairs of the people of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt. We will see how God worked in the lives of the Egyptians and the Jews to bring about the exodus of Israel from Egypt.
Exodus 4 New American Standard Bible.
We will review God’s Chapter 3 discussion with Moses. God will take the Jews out of Egypt, in spite of the objections of the King of Egypt. God will strike Egypt with His miracles to cause the King to, “let God’s people go!”
Exodus 3:16-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 They will pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.
Beginning in Chapter 4 we see that Moses had a great lack of confidence in his abilities to lead the people of Israel. Consider how God answered those objections.
Exodus 4:1-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Moses Given Powers
1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” 3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
vs 2-3 The staff of Moses became a serpent. vs 4 The serpent became a staff.
6 The Lord furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. 7 Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.” So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign. 9 But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
vs 6-7 The hand of Moses became leprous. vs 7 The hand of Moses was returned to good health. vs Moses would be able to pour Nile River water on the ground, where it would become blood on the ground.
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”
vs 10 Moses was self-conscious of his speaking deficiencies. vs 12-13 God would take care of any speech limitations that Moses would have.
Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece
14 Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16 Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17 You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”
vs 14-15 Aaron, the brother of Moses, will be the mouth piece of Moses. vs 16 Aaron would speak to the people for Moses, even as Moses would speak to Aaron for the Lord. vs 17 Moses, despite God’s anger at his unwillingness, retained superiority in that he had the instrument by which miracles would be done so that it was identified as “the rod of God” (v. 20) (vs 16-17 notes from MacArthur Study Bible).
27 Now the Lord said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30 and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.
vs 29 Moses performed the miracles before the Jewish elders of vs 2-7; vs 30 the elders believed God’s Word. vs 31. The elders worshiped God.
Israel – Supportive.
A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion. It is clear that God provided for the exodus of the Israelites in a plan that He devised in eternity past. It is also clear that God led the Israelites to the place of their “Red Sea Crossing,”and that it was not just by “happenstance” that the Jews “stumbled across” the proper place to cross the sea.
As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”
Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood
[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.
See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 5 of 6
In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). There is a list of the names of God in the previous articles on Israel.
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