The Holy Spirit must want us to spend another day on freedom. Courtney’s post yesterday was awesome and better than anything I could add, but here we are with two stunning passages that juxtapose two forms of freedom that are at the very heart of God. The Exodus chapters share the concern of physical freedom from oppressors and the Galatians passage details the struggle for spiritual freedom.
Moses’ story is one that is a struggle for freedom from the start. And he ends up in the Pharaoh’s house due to that struggle:
5 Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds, sent her slave girl, took it, 6 opened it, and saw him, the child—and there he was, a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.”
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Should I go and call a Hebrew woman who is nursing to nurse the boy for you?”
8 “Go,” Pharaoh’s daughter told her. So the girl went and called the boy’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.” So the woman took the boy and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:5-10 [CSB])
And then through a series of events over the next 80 years Israel is freed from their bondage. It took 80 years!
As I wrote above we compare this with Galtians 5. Freedom for us sinners is immediate! There is no 80 year wait. It comes immediately. Paul writes, “For freedom, Christ set us free (v. 1) and then again in verse 13 he writes, “For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters…” Spiritual freedom is such a blessing and a breath of fresh air. But what do we do? We slink back toward bondage… The Israelites after freedom pined away for the leaks and garlics of Egypt. In Paul’s time believers wanted to add burdens to the freedome they could have in Christ.
Remember our freedom in Christ comes with no conditions. We are free from the weight of the law and its consequences in our lives. Let’s live like free people in Christ today.
Father God, thank you for the freedom we have in you. Thank you we don’t need to add anything to that freedom. Help us to live today in freedom not only for ourselves, but that those still trapped in the prision of sin would see our freedom and want it too! We pray these things in Jesus Name Amen.