The world celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday. To me, every day is a celebration of the risen Christ in me because the Holy Spirit keeps revealing many amazing things in my walk with the Lord. Recently He gave me a new creation message from the Old Testament. It’s amazing that the OT contained this message hidden in a story as ancient as Moses. But then [Proverbs 25:2 – NLT] says ‘It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them’
Let’s take a look at [Exodus 4:1 -NKJV]‘Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”’ This was a moment where I feel Moses who was now humbled by his circumstances, where he once thought he could deliver Israel by his might and position and then after committing the mistake and sin of murdering an Egyptian was forced to flee into the desert for 40 years. Wow! 40 years is a long long time, I mean a 10 year old would be 50 in 40 years time. But now Moses understood his mistake, his pride and ego and was humbled to such an extent that he went into the other extreme of pride to start believing that he could no longer do it. He was cringing at the task of getting the people of his nation out of Egypt. I find the next verse very amusing [Exodus 4:2 -NKJV] ‘So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”’ The creator of the universe was asking a cowering man what that thing was which was in his hand. God very well knew what it was but he had to get Moses out of his wincing. So Moses replies to God that what he had in his hand was a ‘rod’. Moses was leading a flock of sheep towards the back of the desert and for that he used a rod which was a common tool shepherds used to ensure their flocks would stay together.
The next two verses say [Exodus 4:3-4 – NKJV] ‘And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand)’. When God told Moses to cast the rod on the ground and as Moses obeyed, the rod turned into a serpent and Moses fled from it. It was but natural that Moses would flee from a serpent that could have bitten him and he could have died. So to protect his life he fled. But God said to him to reach out his hand and take the serpent by its tail. I’m not sure if anyone has ever tried taking a live serpent by it’s tail. It doesn’t take genius to figure out the outcome of that. Moses knew he was risking his life to obey God, but he did it and as soon as he caught the snake by it’s tail, it turned back into a rod. Then God showed Moses another sign as we read in [Exodus 4:6-7 – NKJV]‘Furthermore the Lord said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh.’ As if two signs were not enough God gave Moses another sign [Exodus 4:9 – NKJV] ‘And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.”’
Sure enough these signs were so that the people of Israel would believe that Moses was sent by God but hidden in these signs are a shadow of the new creation of the New Covenant people. When Moses threw the rod in his hand upon the ground, until then the rod was just the rod of Moses the shepherd, but look at [Exodus 4:20 – NKJV] ‘Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.’ Whoa! the rod of Moses now became the rod of God and henceforth that was how it was termed. We know how many wonders and miracles were performed by that same rod as we read ahead of Exodus Chapter 4. But the Lord just showed me how the old rod of Moses is like our old man (old nature) and unless we throw away or give up our old man we cannot receive our new man. Jesus taught that whoever loses his life for my sake will find it [Matthew 16:25]. But when we give up or crucify our old man [Romans 6:6] (as a sinner when we turn towards God and repent), then we put it to death (our sin nature is put to death) and we receive the new man (we receive a new nature according to God’s own nature) and are made free from sin [Romans 6:7]. Apart from being free from sin, this new nature also contains all that is needed for our life here on earth and that is indicated by the working of the power of God in our lives, just as the rod of God was full of power.
Similarly when Moses put his hand into his bosom it became leprous like snow, signifying our old nature filled with nothing good but having corruption and decay, but when he put his hand into his bosom again as God instructed him, it was restored like normal flesh is supposed to be signifying a good and healthy nature. Finally when the ordinary water of the river signifying a lifeless nature was put on to dry land it would become blood signifying a lively nature. Since blood is life [Deuteronomy 12:23].
All these three signs thus became a way to conceal a message that when the old is done away with, it will reveal the new. The new would contain power, it would be free from captivity (of sin), it would bring good health and demonstrate the life (or liveliness) of God. The old nature of man would be exchanged for the nature of God, just like the rod of Moses became the rod of God.
[2 Corinthians 5:17 – AMP]“Therefore if any person is [in-grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come!”
I pray that you may start experiencing the new if you haven’t started already. God has promised us a good life (not just in heaven but on earth too) and unless we are partaking of God’s ‘Zoe’ life we aren’t tasting the Lord as His Word says ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good!’ [Psalms 34:8]