When Israel was in Egypt, they were not setting any records for speed, with the exception of birthing. Clearly their brick making was not graced with miracles or they wouldn’t have been complaining to Pharaoh, Moses and God!
We don’t know how long the Ten Plagues lasted. It could have been a few months or a few years. It wasn’t just a couple of days.
We see no miraculous God-speed stories in the Exodus or the 40 years of wandering. Not even in the building of the Tabernacle.
They crossed the Jordan, arrived in Gilgal and experienced circumcision, and the reproach of Egypt was rolled off them BY GOD.
And then God-speed happened. Jericho was shut down, preparing for a long siege. It wasn’t long – a mere seven days and the battle was completely over. From then on, there was one God-speed situation after another. We will look at several since each has a lesson.
The pivot point was clearly the circumcision. The Egyptian curse slow walked their lives with a lot of difficulties before that. There was frequent access to God-speed after that. So let’s look at our circumcision very closely.
Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” NIV
Let’s nail down the critical issue here. Circumcision does not = perfection. I am not perfect and neither are you, but that is not a prerequisite for winning this battle.
Paul creates a very tight link between our salvation/baptism and our circumcision which was not a process, but an event. My conviction is that if we have experienced the regeneration that came about through salvation and have identified with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection through the act of baptism, we have gone through the spiritual rite of circumcision, an event done once, by Christ.
Working out our salvation is still a process (Philippians 2:12). The circumcision of salvation was an event. And once that covenant action is behind us, the powers and authorities are disarmed. The enemy’s right to ding us with the Egyptian curse is gone.
Now he still will, if he thinks he can get away with it, but it isn’t legal and he doesn’t have holding power.
That is the focus of the prayer for today. Join me in a class action lawsuit for the whole of the SLG tribe.
P. S. I know the audio quality is not too great. This was nowhere on my schedule for this week, but it came up and I am running hard with the equipment I have in hand. Look at it this way – I am quite sure the quality is good enough for the devil to understand what I am saying!
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
From my retreat – the last one from here for a while.