Was Christ’s ultimate rescue of the human race the result or afterthought of a God whose creations – Adam, Eve, you, me – finally surprised and rebelled and wearied Him enough that He threw up His hands and decided to regroup?
Or was His action carefully, deliberately planned and executed from the start?
- OT Israel was enslaved to Egypt (Exodus 1:6-11); NT believers were enslaved to sin (Romans 6:15-23).
- OT Israel existed under an abusive ruler who exploited them to their own hurt and destruction (Exodus 3:1-10); NT believers were under Satan who exploited them to their own hurt and destruction (John 10:10-18).
- In Egypt, OT Israel had not yet become God’s covenant people (Exodus 19:1-6); people in sin had not yet become God’s covenant people (Romans 8:5-13).\
- OT Israel stood totally powerless to deliver themselves from their slavery (Exodus 2:23); NT believers stood totally powerless to deliver themselves from slavery under sin (Romans 3:9-12).
- In bondage, OT Israel did not know God’s true identity and doubted His ability to deliver them (Exodus 6:6-8); in sin, NT believers did not know God’s true identity and doubted His ability to save them (1 John 3:1-6).
- For OT Israel, God provided Moses as a leader (Exodus 3:10-22); for people in sin, God provided Jesus as a leader (John 3:16-21).
- God proved by miracles through Moses His identity as deliverer to OT Israel (Exodus 4:1-9); God proved His identity as deliverer to NT believers through Christ’s miracles (John 20:29-31).
- For OT Israel, deliverance was totally God’s work – they needed only follow Him obediently (Deuteronomy 4:1-10); NT believers, deliverance is totally God’s work – all we do is obediently follow (Ephesians 2:1-10).
- With OT Israel, God provided victory through what seemed certain defeat at the Red Sea (Exodus 14); with sinners, God provided victory through what seemed certain defeat at Jesus’ death and burial (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).
- With the Jews, God established Passover, a perpetual memorial to be continually observed by OT Israel (Exodus 12:1-16); with NT believers delivered from sin, God established the Lord’s Supper, a perpetual memorial to be continually observed (Luke 22:7-20).