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New Book-[The Economy of God]-Chapter18-Part5

THE EXPERIENCE OF THE RED SEA

AND THE JORDAN RIVER

Let us look further into the geography and history of the children of Israel. In Egypt, the people of Israel partook of the Passover, which dealt with their sins. They were saved when their sins were dealt with by the Passover Lamb, but the Egyptian force, Pharaoh and his army, still enslaved them. So they had to pass through the Red Sea. Under the waters of the Red Sea, the worldly forces were buried. The army of Pharaoh includes a host of people and all the worldly things. With some people, a pair of eyeglasses is a soldier of the Egyptian army, because for them it is a worldly item. With others, the matter of dress is not only a single soldier, but a division of soldiers in the Egyptian army! Many worldly items bind and control us under their tyranny. But when Israel passed the Red Sea, the whole world was dealt with. All of the Egyptian army was buried under the water of the Red Sea. The water of the Red Sea typifies the first aspect of the effectiveness of Christ’s death. All the worldly things are dealt with and buried in the death of Christ.

Later, after Israel left Egypt, they began wandering in the wilderness and daily enjoyed the manna, which was something heavenly of Christ. They could always testify to others how they enjoyed Christ, but at the same time they were wandering in the wilderness. One day, they passed through the Jordan River, and in the water of the Jordan twelve stones representing the old Israel were buried. Under the water of the Red Sea the Egyptian forces were buried, but under the water of the Jordan the self and the old man of the Israelites were buried. After this, they entered the third place, the land of Canaan, and enjoyed its all-inclusive riches.

When the people of Israel were in Egypt, they were in the outer court. When they came into the wilderness, they were in the holy place. Finally, when they entered into Canaan, they were in the Holiest of all. The Red Sea corresponds to the first veil, and the Jordan River to the second veil. It is very clear that these two waters typify the two aspects of the cross of Christ. The first aspect of the cross deals with all our worldly things, and the second aspect deals with the self in our soul. In other words, it is the cross that rends the two veils. We must pass through the two veils just as the Israelites had to pass through the two waters.

Now we must check ourselves and determine where we are. Are we in Egypt? in the wilderness? or in Canaan? In other words, are we in the outer court? in the holy place? or in the Holiest of all? Are we in the worldly atmosphere with everything under the sun? Those who are in the outer court do not have the light of the holy place—they only have the sun. All worldly things are under the sun. Are we such Christians who believe in the Lord Jesus, accept Him as Savior and believe that He died on the cross for our sins, and yet still have the worldly point of view and live in the worldly atmosphere? Or, are we in the holy place enjoying Christ day by day as our manna, our heavenly light, and our sweet savor of resurrection?

Or, are we deeper than this? In the Holiest of all we can experience Christ as the hidden one—not as Aaron in the outer court, but as Melchisedec in the heavenly Holiest of all. Here we may enjoy Christ as the hidden manna, as the hidden law, and as the hidden authority of resurrection in order to rule over all things. Everything here is hidden, because Christ is now experienced most deeply within. May the Lord be gracious to us that we may know where we are and where we need to go.

[Continued Tomorrow]