Deliverance And Testimony

Deuteronomy 6:21-25

"How long, O Lord, how long,
Until shall burst the song?
The throne of evil shattered,
The hosts of hell all scattered;
Heaven here on earth begun,
Thy will by all men done,
How long, O Lord, how long?"

This great groaning earth still needs deliverance as much as ever Israel did out of the furnace of affliction and the house of bondage (Rom 8:22-23). Every Israelite was enjoined to bear testimony to his inquiring son of all that the Lord had done for them. From the statements here put into his mouth we learn much of what this great salvation was. We learn from it-

I. The Need of Deliverance. While in Egypt they were-

1. Exiles. They were at that time "afar off" from the holy city of divine fellowship. Ye who sometimes were afar off are now made nigh by the blood of Jesus. Exiled from the enjoyment of the grace of God implies bondage to the world and sin.

2. Slaves. "We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt" (Deuteronomy 6:21). Burdened and oppressed under a thankless and loveless master, ever striving in vain to please an irreconcilable enemy, Such were some of us, led captive by the devil at his will.

II. The Manner of Deliverance. It was-

1. Of the Lord. "The Lord brought us out of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 6:21). It was not their own devising, neither was it after their own thoughts. It was a new thing, like the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Every saved one has to confess, like Jonah, that "salvation is of the Lord. "

2. Through a Man. Moses was called and ordained for this great work, away in the back part of the desert of Midian, while he stood by the burning bush. The Man, Christ Jesus, was also called of God, away in the back part of eternity, as He stood by the burning glory of the presence of the Holy One, when He laid help Upon One that was mighty.

3. By Almighty Power. "He brought us out with a mighty hand" (Deuteronomy 6:21). When the Lord makes bare His holy arm to smite His enemies and set His people free, who shall be able to resist? The arm of His redeeming power has been made bare in Jesus Christ, who is mighty to save.

4. Wonderful. "The Lord showed signs and wonders" (Deuteronomy 6:22). There were many wonders associated with the emancipation of Israel from Egypt. There were not only the signs in Egypt, but the great "Red Sea" wonder that separated them from the house of bondage. Every conversion from sin to God is a wonder. A supernatural deliverance.

5. Complete. "The Lord brought us out" (Deuteronomy 6:21). They were not partly out of Egypt and partly in the wilderness. "Not a hoof was left behind. " The salvation of God implies the salvation of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. When our head and heart have been taken out of the horrible pit our feel also will be lifted out of the miry clay (Psa 40:2).

6. With Judgments. "Signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt and upon Pharaoh" (Deuteronomy 6:22). In the salvation of Israel both Egypt and Pharaoh, its king, come under the judgments of God. In the crucifixion and death of Christ (which means the salvation of God) both the world and the prince of this world have been judged. All who obey not the call of God's sovereign grace will assuredly come under the terrible plagues of the righteous judgments of the Almighty.

7. Twofold. "He brought us out, that He might bring us in," etc. (Deuteronomy 6:23). He brought them out of Egypt that He might bring them into Canaan. He brings us out of the kingdom of darkness that He might bring us into the kingdom of His dear Son. Out of bondage and poverty into the liberty and wealth of sonship. Out of the weakness of self-effort into the power of the Holy Ghost. To get in we must get out. But we may be out and yet not in.

III. The Responsibilities of the Delivered. To seek-

1. The Good that Comes Through Holy Fear. "Fear the Lord our God, for our good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24). It is still true that spiritual riches and honour belong to those who humbly fear the Lord (Pro 22:4). Fearing to grieve the Spirit of God will secure the unceasing good of His comforting presence, and maintain a conscience void of offence.

2. The Righteousness that Comes Through Implicit Obedience. "It shall be our righteousness if we do all these commandments" (Deuteronomy 6:24). "If ye love Me, keep My commandments. " Our tightness with God in our daily life depends on our walking day by day in the light of His Word. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.


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