Behind the Scenes
In our book, What’s Missing, we discussed how the story of the Israelites in Exodus is symbolic of the redemption that Yeshua, the true Passover Lamb, brings to all of us. The story of YHVH actively intervening on behalf of the Israelites to set them free from slavery to the Egyptians and leading them out of Egypt in a miraculous way is an account of real events. However, these events are a type or shadow of an even greater story of YHVH working on behalf of all humanity to free us from our spiritual enemies. A phrase or even a single word in Exodus paints a graphic picture of the ongoing battle between YHVH and His adversary. We must keep in mind that behind the scenes of our daily dramas, YHVH is carrying out His plan to establish His kingdom on earth while His adversary is trying to do the same. It is the greatest drama of all.
After the tenth and final plague, we find that the Israelites left Rameses, which means “born of Ra”. Who is Ra? Ra was the primary name for the sun god in Egypt. We get a clear picture that those who partake of the Passover Lamb are leaving the kingdom of darkness (ruled by the sun god) and going to Succoth (ruled by the one true God, YHVH). Succoth is derived from the Hebrew word sakah and carries several different meanings. Let us examine these meanings to see how our “behind the scenes” picture develops.
One of the meanings of sakah is “covering” as used in 1 Kings 8:7. Just as the cherubim provided a covering for the ark of the covenant, YHVH provides a covering for His sheep. In Ezekiel 28:13, we see the description of YHVH’s archenemy before his rebellion. He was covered (derived from sakah) in precious gems just as we are covered with Yeshua’s robes of righteousness. In 2 Kings 16:18, the word is used for the Shabbat canopy. YHVH stands beside us and is our protective covering (Ps. 121:5 NLT). Isaiah 1:8 uses the word sukka as a watchman’s hut. In 2 Samuel 11:11 the same word is used to denote a protective booth for soldiers. Leviticus 23:41-42 and Deuteronomy 16:13 require all Israelites to construct temporary shelters (sukkot) for themselves for a week each year to commemorate YHVH dwelling among them.
All those who have left the kingdom of darkness for YHVH’s kingdom of light are protected by YHVH Himself. However, all of us are also called to be soldiers in YHVH’s campaign to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. YHVH is fully capable of eradicating His enemies and establishing His kingdom by Himself. However, He purposely gave dominion of the earth to humans and expects each of us to participate in the great spiritual battle for the earth. We are not left to fight the battle alone for YHVH Himself is our leader and protector. It is imperative for us to get off the spiritual milk and onto meat (1 Cor 3:2) as soon as we are able so that we can fully participate in the role that YHVH has assigned for each of us.
The word selected in Exodus 12:41, 51 (tsaba) refers to the Israelites and those who joined them in the flight from Egypt as armies or hosts. In most other places the people are referred to as Israelites or the children of Israel (b’nei yisrael). In Exodus, 13:17-18, the picture becomes crystal clear. YHVH takes the Israelites on a detour because they are not yet ready to do battle with their Egyptian enemies. However, YHVH still has them leave Egypt “like an army ready for battle”. A short time later they would have the opportunity to do battle for the land promised to them. They were still not ready and thus the nation of Israel spent 40 years wandering in the desert. The battle must and will be fought at some point.
The children of Israel would have to fight their enemies in order to take over the land that YHVH promised them. The children of YHVH will have to fight our enemies to reclaim the earth for YHVH. In both cases it is YHVH who will go ahead of us and be our covering. What role are you called to play in this great drama?