I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus‬ ‭20:2‬

These were the words of the Lord God, to the children of Israel, after they were delivered from Egypt; from the hands of Pharoah. Egypt symbolises the sinful evil world and Pharoah refers to the prince of this world, the devil. The Israelites were in slavery under the King of Egypt for 430 years. During this time they cried out to God for help to be delivered from his hand. Hearing their cry God sent Moses and delivered them out of Egypt with His out-stretched arm.

However the Israelites, even after coming out of Egypt and moving on with their journey to the Promised Land, showed signs of still being in bondage (natures of Egypt) during the course of their journey. It was true they were out of Egypt, but still had Egypt in them.

WHAT WERE THE BONDAGES FOUND IN EGYPT?

1. Bondage of eating and drinking – The Israelites would always complain about – FOOD. While in Egypt during their slavery, they got to eat fish🐟 , leeks, cucumbers 🥒, garlic🧄, 🍉 melons, onion 🧅 etc freely. Numbers 11:5. But in the wilderness there was nothing except the manna that God rained daily for them. They had forgotten that Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Mathew 4:4. Romans 14:17.

2. Bondage of men – Jesus bought us for Himself with a great price – He purchased us by shedding His precious Blood; we need to be bond servants to God alone! Nevertheless, when we favour one person over the other and not love everyone equally, we begin becoming servants to men. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:23‬ ‭Our sacrifices must be fully pure – For and To God Alone.

3. Bondage of money – Judas Iscariot sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Even before Judas betrayed Jesus, referring to him Jesus mentioned it would have been good had Judas never been born. The Israelites had a law stating – if a servant was bought with money, he had to be circumcised. Then he was ready to eat from his master’s household. Exodus 12:44. This was to avoid having the love of money in them because the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10. Gehazi, prophet Elijah’s servant lost his ministry because of this very bondage.

(To be continued…)