Egypt The Kings, Part 12.

In the previous months we have gone from Abraham to Moses. We saw that it was mainly famines that brought the Patriarch to Egypt. It was a famine that brought Israel and when they left over 400 years later, Egypt’s crops and livestock were in ruins. Joseph was made second in command and Israel was welcomed, just as Abraham was welcomed. Moses became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and he too, was in line for the throne. Life was good in Egypt, but that all changed with the change in the Pharaohs. God did miracles in Egypt under Joseph, and He did miracles that brought judgment under Moses. It was like a two sided coin. But God delivered Israel as He said He would to Abraham. In Exodus 14:13 Moses told the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will perform for you today;  for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again.” Maybe that’s true for these particular Egyptians, because they all died, but Israel still wanted their Egypt. Time and time again in the wilderness the people wanted to go back to Egypt. Psalm 106: 7-15 tells us, “Our fathers did not consider    Your wonders in Egypt; they did not remember the greatness of Your mercy,   but rebelled against Him at the sea, by the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake,    that He might make His mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up,    so He led them through the depths as through the wilderness. He saved them from the hand of him who hated them    and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. The waters covered their enemies;    there was not one of them left. Then they believed His words;  they sang His praise. But they soon forgot His works,     they did not wait for His counsel, but they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness    and tested God in the desert.He gave them their request,   but He sent a wasting disease on them.” 1 Corinthians 10:11 says this,   “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” Now if Egypt represents the world, then is it not like that still today? People, Christian people, still want to be part of Egypt. We leave Egypt when we see the truth about God’s salvation, but then like Proverbs 26:11 says,  “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.” We fall right back into our old habits, because today we think that we can be in Egypt, and still be with God. Scripture tells us that we can not sit on the fence. We can’t be lukewarm as Revelation 3:15-16 tells us. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth.”  1 John 1: 6-10 says,  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Messiah Yeshua His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” In Deuteronomy 17: 14-17 God tells Israel this,  “When you enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and you take possession of it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will appoint a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’  you shall in fact appoint a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses. One from among your countrymen you shall appoint as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves, anyone who is not your countryman.  In any case, he is not to acquire many horses for himself, nor shall he make the people return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’  And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.” God did not want His people to ever go back to Egypt. Why? Because the Israelites were slaves, and Egypt was their master.But God fought for them and He won the battle, and now the people belonged to God. Exodus 19:4-6 says,  “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.  Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;  and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” So let’s look at Solomon, David’s son who sat on the throne, who was considered very wise. 1 Kings 3:1-9 records this prayer of Solomon. “Then Solomon said, ‘You have shown great faithfulness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth, righteousness, and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great faithfulness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  And now, Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am like a little boy; I do not know how to go out or come in.  And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.  So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, to discern between good and evil. For who is capable of judging this great people of Yours?” God gave Solomon the wisdom to rule and yet we find Solomon doing many things that were against God. 1 Kings 3:1-4, “Now Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statues of his father David, except that he was sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.  And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, because that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.” 1 Kings 9:16 goes on to say, “For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and overthrown Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the Canaanites who lived in the city; and he had given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.”  1 Kings 10: 26-29 goes on to say,  “Now Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; and he had 1,400 chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.  And the king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.  Also Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s merchants acquired them from Kue for a price.  A chariot was imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for 150; and by the same means they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Arameans.” 1 Kings 11:26-29 tells us this,Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,  from the nations of which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you; they will certainly turn your heart away to follow their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, who were princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned his heart away.  For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away to follow other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of his father David had been.  Solomon became a follower of Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and of Milcom the abhorrent idol of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as his father David had done.  Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abhorrent idol of Moab, on the mountain that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abhorrent idol of the sons of Ammon. He also did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,  and had commanded him regarding this thing, that he was not to follow other gods; but he did not comply with what the Lord had commanded.  So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you, and will give it to your servant.”

Remember, this was all written as an example to us so that we do not run back to Egypt once we leave it for our Messiah. Isaiah 27:13 says, “It will come about also on that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem..” Yes, Egypt will be saved in the last days for they will finally recognize the One True God.

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