THE EXODUS STORY - about being born again.
Remember Jesus is also revealed (typologically) in the Bible stories.
THE EXODUS ALLEGORY:
This famous Jewish story relates the story of Moses leading his people out of captivity in Egypt by miraculously parting the Red Sea. There follows 40 years of wandering in the wilderness in search of the Promised Land, at the end of which Moses dies. It is his successor, Joshua ben Nun, who miraculously parts the river Jordan to lead the Jews to the destined homeland. The 40 days (a day for a year principle) in which Jesus went into the wilderness represents this event. Notice He was tempted in the wilderness to doubt God, to blaspheme (3rd plage the frogs) yet eventually overcome both his bodily temptations and the doubts of His mind.
It is important to understand right up front that the name "Jesus" itself comes from Exodus (Joshua/Jesus makes his first appearance in Exodus 17:8). In Greek the Hebrew name "Joshua" becomes "Jesus".
This "Joshua" of history, whose name also means "Jesus". In the days of the first century this was completely obvious that they shared the same name. In fact if a Jew was writing for a Gentile audience then he would have written "Jesus" and not "Joshua" This is not a coincidence.
In Hebrew the name Joshua/Jesus is written with the letters Yod Heh Shin Vah Heh.
The letters Yod Heh Vah Heh (minus the Shin) is known as the Tetragrammaton and was extremely significant to Jews, as they were used to signify the unpronounceable name of God, usually rendered today with added vowels as either Jehovah or Yahweh. As Philo explains, when the middle letter Shin, known as the Holy Letter, is added, the name means "Saviour of the Lord".
Answer for yourself: Then does "Joshua" and or "Jesus" mean "Savior of the Lord"? Yes!
The "Christ" is also linked to the Exodus. Paul tells us (Heb. 11:24-27).
Jews and Christians, understood Exodus to be a spiritual allegory.
THE ALLEGORY EXPLAINED...COMING OUT OF EGYPT
Egypt represents the flesh " the EGYPTIANS your neighbours, are GREAT OF FLESH"
(Ezek. 16:26). When the initiate identifies with only the body and the flesh they are "in captivity". To "come forth out of Egypt" was understood as leaving behind the temptations and desires of what is natural and the slavery represents the addiction to those lusts (remember the Israelites wanted to return to Egypt and to the fine cloth and the abundance of food).
Hippolytus recounts for us that those who are ignorant...are Egyptians in need of departing Egypt; that is from their fleshly centered existence (Hippolytus, Ref., 5.11).
Man is first "captive" (in Egypt). Then when he/she turns to God they are "called", yet to be "chosen" (in Israel) that man has to overcome by the power of Spirit and faith at which point he comes into the spiritual degree, the spiritual promised land, and like Israel is "chosen". This is the spiritual sense of the Old Testament, the important sense. Thus, "many are called but few are chosen".
CROSSING THE RED SEA..."BAPTISM"...FIRST STAGE
Crossing the Red Sea was understood as symbolizing a purifying baptism, which is the first stage of initiation on the path of spiritual awakening". This in Judaism was called being "born again". Explaining that Exodus should be understood "allegorically", Paul writes:
"Our ancestors passed through the Red Sea and so received baptism into the fellowship of Moses"
(I Cor. 10:1-6): Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
Initiation by baptism begins a process in which initiates must face their doubts and confusion, symbolized by the Jews being afflicted in the desert for 40 years.
THE DEATH OF MOSES...SECOND STAGE
The next stage is experiencing the "death" of the old self which was represented by the death of Moses. Moses then results in Joshua/Jesus (Joshua was his successor).
THE PROMISED LAND ACHIEVED...SALVATION...THIRD STAGE
It is through this new Moses, this Joshua/Jesus, that one completes the journey to the Promised Land, representing the "reborn" one. It is only through this "new man" (Joshua/Jesus) that the goal of salvation can be achieved in the Old Testament for Israel. "But in Christ it is not circumcision or uncircumcision that counts BUT THE POWER OF THE NEW BIRTH. To all who live by this principle, to the TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD"
Peter 2:5. It is a mindset that makes us a spiritual Egyptian, and it is a mindset that makes us a spiritual Israelite. They are symbols.
The basic structure of the Exodus allegory, representing the fundamental stages of our journey. When you possess the keys it can be seen on a deeper level to be the birth, life, death, and rebirth and the spiritual journey of every man.
PARALLELS TO THE JOSHUA/JESUS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
This same Exodus story is retold through the Christ of the New Testament.
BEING BORN AGAIN...BAPTISM...FIRST STAGE
In the Exodus this is the crossing of the Red Sea, which inaugurates 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. We find the exact same thing inn the Jesus story represented by Jesus baptism, followed by his 40 days in the wilderness.
DEATH OF THE OLD SELF...THE "OLD MAN"...SECOND STAGE
The next stage in the process of initiation is the "death" of the old self. This is represented in the Exodus by the death of Moses and by the death of Jesus on the cross.
Answer for yourself: Does Paul teach this Exodus allegory through the New Testament "Christ"? He sure does. Rom 6:6 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Eph 4:22-23 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Col 3:9-10 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
In Col 3:9-10 Paul appeals to believers to not fall back into lives typified by sin and fleshly deeds. To go back into captivity in Egypt
Col 1:27 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
JESUS' RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD...SALVATION...THIRD STAGE
The experience is represented in Exodus by Joshua-Jesus crossing to the Promised Land. This is the salvation of Israel as depicted in the Old Testament.
Edited by Mercia2, 21 November 2006 - 12:07 AM.