“And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm…” ~ Deuteronomy 5:15a
“But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence…” ~ Deuteronomy 24:18a
In his farewell address to the Hebrew people that he had led for more than forty years, Moses repeatedly (at least seven times) reminded them to remember that God had redeemed them from slavery/bondage in Egypt. And, therefore, they should not live as if they were still in Egypt. Nor should they live in a way that would lead to their re-enslavement.
The Hebrews had been (physically) taken out of Egypt, the next step was for Egypt to be (spiritually) taken out of the Hebrews. The Hebrews were made free men, but they had to learn to live as free men.
God, speaking through Moses, gave them the key: for the Hebrews to live free they must think free.
The word “remember” (whether in Hebrew or English) means “bring to mind”. Therefore, the Hebrews were being encouraged to keep thinking about the fact that they were free. They were not obliged to live as the Egyptians did: they were not obliged to live sinfully: They now had a choice: IF they wanted to, they could serve God as He had taught them to do.
The redemption of the Hebrews from Egypt parallels the redemption obtained through Jesus’ death on the Cross. The Lord redeemed the Hebrews from enslavement to Egypt and The Lord has redeemed Believers from enslavement to sin.
Like the Hebrews, Believers are no longer obliged to live as slaves to sin.
Like the Hebrews, Believers must learn to live as free men/women.
Like the Hebrews, the key is to change our thinking so that we are constantly conscious that we are no longer in bondage.
By the grace of God, I can overcome sin!
Believers: We have been redeemed from the bondage of sin.
“For ye are bought with a price [redeemed]: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
Believers: We are not slaves to sin.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” ~ Romans 6:14
Believers: We can overcome temptation.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Believers: We are not alone, we have Jesus to triumph through us.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20
The first step needed to walk victoriously in the abundant life God has given us is to remember, remember, remember, that we are redeemed. Sin is no longer our master.
Moreover, the power of redemption is exercised when we LIVE as free men/women. If we live as slaves to sin, though our redemption remains a reality, we squander its power.
Believers living as though they are still enslaved to sin are like a blind man who receives his sight but then walks around with his eyes closed. He can see, but his newfound sight has no effect on his life. And he misses out on all the beauty before him.
Let us never forget that we are redeemed, we are born again: we are new creations. It cost Jesus His life to redeem us. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we have been reborn. Let us live every day as the children of God our Father.
“And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them…
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” ~ Ephesians 2:1, 8-10, 19
This is the fifth of a nine-part series on Principles for the Promised Land summarized from the book of Deuteronomy.