Have you ever stopped to think about the parallels between God delivering the Israelites from Egyptian captivity and our deliverance from sin? There are many parallels between these two deliverances, and they are worth noting. The Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt was a shadow of the deliverance from sin that would later come through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Slavery is the first parallel to note. At first glance, it may not seem as if we were in slavery before we were saved, but just as Israel was enslaved to the Egyptians, we were enslaved to sin before our salvation. God provided freedom from slavery to the Israelites through Moses, their deliverer. Today, our deliverer from slavery to sin is Jesus Christ. Deliverance from Egypt was a shadow of the true deliverance God’s people would one day have from their former slavery.
Additionally, a lamb was sacrificed by the Israelites, and the blood was painted on their doorposts so that they would be “passed over” by the destroyer when the firstborn sons of the Egyptians were killed. God then commanded them to sacrifice this Passover lamb every year to commemorate his saving them from the destroyer. Now, under the new covenant, Jesus is our Passover lamb, and his blood marks us. He causes the destroyer to pass over us, covering for our sin and shame.
These similarities between old testament stories and new testament realities are quite common throughout the old testament. Although it is a temptation for many to overlook the old testament, it helps to reiterate the truths and realities we experience under the new covenant. Next time you are tempted to skip over an old testament passage, remember that there are essential truths that lie within them. These truths clue us into God’s plan for us, who he is, and what he has done for us.