Performing for Captives

Following up on the quote I posted a couple of days ago from Jordan’s Handwriting on the Wall concerning the prophecies that Israel would have been receiving from the prophets already in exile: Ezekiel is already in exile while Jerusalem still stands. He is taken to Jerusalem in the Spirit (by his hair! – 8:3)…

Another Tenth Plague/Passover

Ezekiel 9 combines a number of elements from Exodus 12-13, 32. It too is a tenth plague/passover story. In Ezekiel 9, like Exodus 32, the Destroyer is embodied in the actions of men. This time the “sign” that marks those who are to be spared is made with a pen on the foreheads of those…

Tenth Plague Revisited on Israel

The golden calf incident in Exodus 32 is another Passover story. Only this time, the tenth plague and Passover occur in the midst of Israel in the wilderness, and the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient Israelites. Several connections between the two events: 1. Egypt is referenced seven times in the pericope, and…

I am Yahweh

The declaration of God, “I am the Lord” using the the covenant name Yahweh occurs nearly 200 times in the OT. Nearly three quarters of those are found in the books Exodus, Leviticus, and Ezekiel. This suggests a few things: First, this invites a close connection between Exodus and Leviticus. The Exodus from Egypt is…

Exodus and the Circumcision of Christ

In Colossians, Paul seems to have much of the Exodus imagery in mind. He goes in Col. 1 from speaking about being “delivered from the powers of darkness and transfered into the kingdom of the Son” to “redemption in His blood” to Jesus as the “firstborn from the dead” (tenth plague) to chapter 2 warning…

CRF: Why Words Matter

1. God created the world with words (Gen. 1:3-2:3). (Words are magic.) 2. God created the world through the Son, who is the Word (Jn. 1:2, Col. 1:16). Words are like people. The created world is words that speak (Ps. 19:1-11) and is upheld by the Word (Heb. 1:3). (Very magic.) 3. God gave man…

Believing Babylon

“Consider the likelihood that these three stories [Daniel 1-3] were in circulation for ten or more years before Jerusalem was destroyed. For ten years Jeremiah and his associates were able to tell the citizens of Jerusalem and Israel that God was working to convert the Babylonian empire. For ten years it was clear that the…

Delivered from the Powers

In Colossians 1:18, when Paul goes from describing Jesus as the “firstborn from the dead” does he have the Passover and Exodus in mind? It seems likely: First, you have the “firstborn” language which recalls the tenth plague, but secondly, he immediately thinks of “reconciliation” through the blood of the cross (1:20). If the Passover…

Blood and Water and Exodus

I noted in the previous post that Jesus comes as the eternally begotten One to be begotten again from the dead. The Eternal Exodus comes in history, in flesh, to perform that Great Exodus, delivering this world from Satan, sin, and death in His death and resurrection, through the blood and the water. John notes…

Eternal Exodus

Micah foretells the Christ: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me, the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” (5:1) This is one place the Church has looked to for evidence…