Verse 14 is a lesson or caution that comes down to us, for we have made a vow of consecration and we sacrifice unto the Lord. It is easy to criticize others, but we, too, could be guilty of offering “a corrupt [or unacceptable] thing.”
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We are in a much better position today—4,000 years later—to understand the experiences in the Wilderness than the Israelites back there, for we have the benefit of God’s deeds over the years, as recorded in Scripture. Israel’s experiences were relatively limited, so we can commiserate, to a certain extent, even with their complaining initially. The nation of Israel, which had started with the children of Jacob, went back only 200-plus years at this time. However, as the miracles occurred, the people should have stored up a memory bank to increase their faith. We, as Christians, can avoid discouragement by thinking back on how God originally called us and then led us step by step into clearer and clearer understanding. Tracing providences increases faith. We look back at past providences and look forward to future promises.
Moses grew and learned. His long oration in the Book of Deuteronomy just before his death shows his maturity. We, too, have to grow from a babe into the full stature of a man in Christ Jesus. And we are assisted when we assemble together, for we learn from one another’s mistakes and strengths.
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and requested that he let the Israelites go so that they could hold a feast unto God in the wilderness. Of course the intent was to leave Egypt for good, but this method was a tactful way to begin approaching Pharaoh. God had told Moses earlier that Pharaoh would refuse.
The Hebrews had been using supplied straw. Now they had to gather the straw themselves. The gathering would take time, yet the number of bricks could not be decreased. Pharaoh wanted to so burden the Hebrews that they would not even think of asking for liberty to sacrifice religiously.
What is the spiritual lesson? When we give our hearts to the Lord or even if we are just contemplating giving our hearts, the Adversary uses every possible means to distract or sidetrack us into another avenue that will occupy our time. Pharaoh is a picture of Satan here. If Satan sees someone seeking liberty through Christ from the burden of sin and death, he specially tries to make it difficult for that individual to pursue consecration. The people are already burdened, and he increases the burdens.
This study covers the life of Elijah from the first record of his ministry to Mount Horeb (Sinai). The prophet is unique in that his life’s experiences hold symbolic meaning from beginning to end and in a chronological fashion. Just as Daniel the 11th chapter, with a language brings us from Darius Hystaspes right up to the Time of the End. Elijah’s life pictures most of the Gospel age right to the completion of the Bride of Christ. The narrative starts with the 3 1/2 years of drought (539 AD). We see the 3 1/2 or 1260 days appears elsewhere in Scripture which helps to identify this time Chronology (Jesus’ ministry is 1260 days, there is 42 months, and the woman in Rev. 12 flees into the wilderness 1260 days). It is Revelation that helps determine the date with the ascendancy of the Manchild (Papacy), and the woman’s flight into the wilderness. This is the same as the drought sustained by Elijah. The date is 539.