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In the story of the Exodus from Egypt when God began to make His promise of redemption to the people He in effect made a fourfold covenant with them.

1 I will bring you out

2 I will rescue you from bondage

3 I will redeem you

4 I will take you as My people

1 I will bring you out

To be brought out is to be set apart from or sanctified. In the New Testament the idea of coming out from among the unrighteous in ones heart and becoming separate unto God is spoken of in 2Cor. Chapter 6:14-18. (14) do not be bound together with unbelievers for what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (15) Or what harmony Christ with Belial or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (16) Or what agreement has the Temple of God with Idols? For we are the Temple of the Living God; just as He said, "I will dwell among them and walk among them and I will be their God and they shall; be my people. (17) Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. And touch not that which is unclean; and I will welcome you.(18) and become a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty. NASB

Do not be bound together bound or yoked hetrozugeo (Str. 2086) unequal yoking or associate.

But what does He mean by association for do we not rub shoulders and work with unbelievers daily and are we not to be the salt and light of the witness of the covenant to them? The next definitions Paul uses define the yokings. 1Fellowship metoche (Str 3352) participation or intercourse. Which usually connotes intimates relations of marital status, but can connote intimate friendship or brotherhood. 2 Communion koinonia (Str 2842) from the verb koinoneo which speaks of partaking. Partnership participation communication benefaction communion social intercourse or as in the element of the sacraments which are actually ingested or koinonia(ed) partaking or accepting the input of or voice of to heart. 3 Concord sumphonenesis (Str 4857) agreement accord or as the word literally applies unity. The idea here is the united voice of agreement at all levels of heart and soul. 4 Agreement sugkatathesis (Str 4783) deposition of sentiment in company or accordance with.

So no intimate relationships, true friendships or brotherhood; not hearing and taking to heart the advise or speech beyond the surface talking. Most certainly no true sharing of the heart with such; no unity of heart and soul to stand together beyond the necessary mutual defense of the job. No alliances. No like sentiment of thoughts or ideologies or personal philosophies either can be between truly set apart believer and unwashed unregenerate sinners. This speaks of the sharp dividing line of the saint and the sinner.

2 I will rescue you from bondage

To be rescued from bondage is also spoken of In the New Testament. We are set free or rescued from the Law of sin and death; by the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:2 The idea of this rescuing is spelled out for us in Romans It begins with the idea that the Law or Torah or the Commandments (decalogue) show us that certain action and attitudes are considered sin to God. Rom 7:7. In this Torah once heard the hearer who might once have had the "life of innocence" before God is instantly condemned for having heard it can never be argued for ignorance again. Rom 7:9 But thought this Torah be good and Holy and righteous and the commandment (decalogue) be the high ideal (Rom 7:12) it is a spiritual thing and we are unfortunately fleshly 7:14 and as thus considered as sold unto bondage to sin. This is the idea of owned by and compelled unto obedience by anything the master says on pain of death or severe chastisement. This then is the inner compulsion of the heart or the appetite of the human nature of mankind. Science calls it preservation of the species. Humanism calls it preservation of the "inner self" Psychiatrics calls it "meeting personal need" But God calls it Idolatry for you have become your idol and the war wages between two buttoxes; yours and Gods for on the throne of heart there can be only one.

The we have a problem I need to meet my need and comfort my appetite for it drive me with a insane passion, yet Torah tells me that to do so will get me in trouble with the Almighty. What to do? What to do? Paul bemoans his predicament by crying out Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body of this death?! Rom 7:24 The answer comes in 7:25 Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord! So then on the one hand I myself am serving the Law of God (Torah) with my mind (will) but on the other with my flesh I serve the Law of sin. (self inclinations)

In 8:2 Paul gives the perfect harmony of deliverance from the cycle of sinfulness The Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets free from the Law of sin and death. Which simply means to walk in the Spirit will cause one to not fulfill the desires of the flesh. Gal 5:16

3 I will redeem you

To be redeemed is also spoken of in the New Testament. Redemption is to be bought back from in the classical sense of the word so then we are bought back from something with something of cost for a reason. One area of redemption is from eminent domain. Col 1:13-14 says that we have been delivered or redeemed from the domain of darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of the Beloved son of God in whom we have redemption. We additionally have redemption according to Eph 1:7-8a from transgression. In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of trespasses (transgressions), according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. Peter sums this all up in 1Pet.:17-19 And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

4 I will take you as My people

To be taken as Gods people is also spoken of in the New Testament but on several levels. First there is the idea of God's people or chosen ones as was Israel in her day and as she shall be again in Messiah. 1Pet 2:9But you are a chosen race (generation) a royal priesthood a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness in His marvelous light. Hebrews expounds on this statement linking Old and New Testaments together. Heb 8:10 Quoting Jer 31:33 possibly from Septuagint. For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will put my Laws into their minds, and I will write them upon their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be My people. This new covenant is mediated by Jesus Himself who is High priest of it. Heb 9:11-15 (reader may read) ) The there is the better idea of Sonship. Rom 8:15-17 For we have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out "Abba, Father!" The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and is children then heirs also, heirs of God, and fellows heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may be glorified with Him.

This entire series of scriptural themes is set into one rather lengthy reading called the Megillah and is represented by the four cups. The cup of sanctification wherein we are set apart in blood. The cup of remembrance where in we recall the power of God which delivers us from bondage in blood. The cup of redemption which also set the time of the Lord's supper by which we celebrate the blood shed and death died by our savior till He come again and drink that cup with us anew in his kingdom. Finally the cup of praise or glorification where in we give thanks for the promise of the Covenant of old renewed in blood and kept alive in the Holy Spirit.

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