God will FULFILL ‘His PLANS’ according to ‘HIS TIMETABLE’
January 21 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 10-12
"Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years--on that very same day--it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations." (Exodus 12:40-42)
As we have gone through the first twelve chapters of Exodus, we have seen God’s tender compassion towards the Israelites (2:23–25); we have seen the appointment of Moses as the leader of the Israelites (3:10); we have heard the divine promises for the Israelites (6:6–8); and we have seen the great displays of divine power (through the plagues). Yet, not a single Israelite was delivered from the house of bondage until the blood of the “lamb” was shed for that redemption. Immediately, even the very next morning, the Israelites marched out of Egypt as free people. They were “bought with a price”, and that price was “not corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of a Lamb.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
It was predicted back in Genesis 15:13-14 that Abram’s descendants would be in bondage in a foreign land for 400 years, and that they would leave at the end of that time, carrying great wealth with them. This time span of 400 years was substantiated in Acts 7:6 and refers to the time of Israel’s harsh affliction in Egypt. However, in this passage (Exodus 12:40- 41) we read that the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, were sojourners for 430 years refers to the total time the people of Israel spent in Egypt from the migration of Jacob’s family to the time of the Exodus.
The important thing for us to understand is that God did not forget the promise that He had made centuries earlier. God fulfilled His Word by delivering His people according to His timetable! What God has promised is as sure as if it had already occurred! God is always on schedule and He brought the people out of Egypt exactly on the day appointed. It was not until the day following the Passover-night that the Israelites were delivered from Egypt!
Let us remember that God is not negligent concerning His promise of our redemption either! One day in the near future, our Lord Jesus Christ (the ‘anti-type’ of Moses) will lead us - His redeemed people - out of this world (the ‘anti-type’ of Egypt) to Heaven, our eternal Promised Land!