Exodus, the story of the Israelites coming out of Egypt is a paradigm of
the Christian's walk. Let's take a broad overview of what happened to
those Israelites, with the view of seeing ourselves on the same journey.
The story of the Exodus begins about 400 years after the sons of Israel
came to live in Egypt. A new Pharaoh had come to power. Because he feared
the Israelites, he slowly took their "rights" away and placed them in
"They made their lives bitter with hard labour in brick and mortar and with
all kinds of work in the fields, in all their hard labour the Egyptians
used them ruthlessly."
(Exodus 1:14 NIV)
A similar process has also occurred placing many people today under the
slavery of homosexuality. It was a slow process that eroded freedom away.
In this environment, Moses and all others born during the next 80 years
were born in slavery, or more specifically as slaves. In a similar manner,
we are born in sin or more specifically as sinners. After our birth, we
live as slaves to sin. At this point, it does not make much difference if
a person was made a slave or if he was born a slave. The fact is: he is a
slave! The same is true for those who claim to be born homosexual, or who
acquired that condition later in life. The time of onset of becoming a
slave, a sinner, or a homosexual is not the crucial matter. The
homosexual, as all other people, is a slave to sin. (Romans 5:23). The
story of deliverance occurred for all people - those who were made slaves
and those who were born slaves.
"The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out and their cry for
help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and
He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob."
(Exodus 2:23,24 NIV).
The Lord responded to these cries saying to Moses:
"I have seen the misery of my people ... I have come down to rescue them up
out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk
and honey - the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Jebusites ... so now go.
I am send YOU to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
(Exodus 3:7-10 NIV, emphasis added).
The Lord is aware of the situation. He has heard the cries of the
Israelites. He has given His answer: "I will rescue" to one man: Moses.
At this time, no one realised that God was answering their prayers for
freedom. Then God sent Moses to the enemy, to Pharaoh, Satan's
representative. Parents, wives, children, and friends of homosexual
people, God's word to you is "I am sending YOU!" Where? To PHARAOH.
Pharaoh, Satan's representative, is the ruler of Egypt, the land of
slavery. The Lord is sending you directly to the enemy. You are to say
directly to Satan "Let my loved one < person's name > go."
The Lord knows that this is a tough assignment. It fact the Lord says, "
I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand
(Exodus 3:19 NIV)
Take note, The Lord does not tell Moses that he must pray, or offer
sacrifices, or pay a tithe, but rather the Lord sends him out to battle
against the enemy. No one, save Aaron, believed that the Israelites would
gain their freedom. In dealing with homosexuality, few believe that it is
possible for the homosexual person to gain his freedom either. God's word
remains, He has promised deliverance. (Exodus 5:22-6:12).
When Moses and Aaron first approached Pharaoh, the situation for the
Israelites grew worse. They had to produce the same number of bricks, and
gather their own straw at the same time.
Then the Lord began to move His hand. The water turned to blood, the land
was covered with frogs, then gnats. Pharaoh would not let the people go.
Everyone in Egypt, the Israelites and the Egyptians, suffered those first
three plagues. Then came the flies, and a plague on the livestock,
followed by boils. Pharaoh hardened his heart, and the Israelites could
not go. Pharaoh was not going to give up easily. Neither will Satan
easily turn your homosexual child or spouse back to you. The Lord again
sends Moses before Pharaoh saying
"let my people go!"
(Exodus 9:13 NIV).
More plagues: hail, locust, and darkness. Still Pharaoh said NO!
Finally, the last plague, all the first-born sons from Pharaoh, to the
slave girl, to the cattle in the fields died. Then Pharaoh, and all of
Egypt sent the Israelites out of their land giving them silver, gold, and
whatever else they requested.
Isaiah, the prophet, many centuries later, recorded God's word:
"Can plunder be taken from warriors or captives rescued from the fierce?
But this is what the Lord says: 'Yes, captives will be taken from
warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those
who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your
oppressors eat their own flesh, they will be drunk on their own blood, as
with wine. Then all mankind will know that I the Lord, am your Saviour,
your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.'"
(Isaiah 49:24-26 NIV).
This prophecy looks ahead, but also behind. The captives, the homosexual
person has been taken from the warriors, plunder has been retrieved from
the fierce. God's word remains;
"Those who hope in Me will NOT be disappointed."
(Isaiah 49:23b NIV, emphasis added).
The Israelites, freed ex-slaves, begin a journey out of Egypt, the land of
bondage. This journey is only a beginning, not an end. Pharaoh's anger is
rekindled. He pursues the Israelites - the ones set free. The Israelites
find themselves trapped with the Red Sea before them, and the Egyptians
behind. Are they really free? Many homosexuals ask the same question:
"Am I really free?" God did not bring His people out and forget about
them; He opened the Red Sea so the Israelites could march through.
Pharaoh and his hosts were defeated. So too, the Christian is freed from
the grips of Satan. He has been defeated at the cross of Calvary. The
message of freedom applies to the homosexual person as well. At this
point, he is freed from the power or bondage of homosexuality. The desert
lies ahead of him. It must be crossed.
The desert region is not God's promised inheritance, a land flowing with
milk and honey is. The Israelites must cross the desert to reach the
promised land. When they arrive, they find a river to be crossed, and a
land filled with Canaanites, Hittites, and Jebusites. The Israelites are
commanded to cross the Jordan River, and to take possession of the land by
driving the enemy out.
Turning around and going in the other direction is the story of Exodus:
Leaving bondage, crossing the Red Sea, going through the desert, crossing a
raging river, and possessing the Promised Land.
All are called to this journey, which leads to freedom, from slavery, sin,
and homosexuality. Exodus is God's promise that this freedom really is
--Douglas A. Houck
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