Jesus Christ giving of His life for those who believe on Him was foreshadowed in Exodus by bread from heaven and water from the rock. He is our true bread, living water, and true Exodus to the heavenly Promised Land.
God had intended His people Israel to be a light unto the world as well. Yet, in this too they largely failed. Most of the world continued to sit in darkness. Yet, the rebellion of man was not about to thwart God’s plan of salvation nor His desire to preserve a remnant of faithful elect within Israel.
The salvation of God’s people from Egypt pictured God’s great rescue mission in the Old Testament. The cross of Christ pictures an even greater rescue mission, one that dealt with a far worse slavery than the slavery of Egypt.
The enemy has always had his servants that he raises up to oppress God’s children. Today we see much oppression against both Israel and the Church. Satan seeks to steal, kill, and destroy wherever he gets a foothold and is able to do so. Yet God has His promises for both Israel and His Church.
Many people prefer the slavery of sin to the voluntary labor of liberty, even though that slavery leads to their death—the death of their name eternally. It is fascinating that the Founders of the United States understood this. And this is the practical value of Christianity – namely, that the western world’s tradition of liberty and personal responsibility owes its existence to the legacy of Christianity.