This is my one hundred and fifty-second monthly teaching letter and continues my thirteenth year of publication. Since lesson #137, I have been presenting a series entitled The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. I had given a general overview before starting the seven stages of this story, which are as follows: (1) the courtship, (2) the marriage, (3) the honeymoon, (4) the estrangement, (5) the divorce, (6) the reconciliation, and (7) the remarriage. It is a fact that the most neglected story of the Bible is the marriage of Yahweh to His chosen people, the twelve tribes of Israel (not to be confused with the proselytized Kenite-Edomite-Canaanite-jews of today falsely claiming to be Israelites). Once haven taken Yahweh as our Husband, things went well for a while, but as time proceeded, we started to break our marriage vows with Him, thus becoming unfaithful to Him. Therefore, He had only one alternative, and that was to give us a bill of divorce. Although He provided a way for us to return to His favor, it is not an easy one, and has taken quite some time to transpire!
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD, Part 16
“THE MARRIAGE” continued:
ISRAEL’S TRACK OF THE EXODUS FROM RAMESES TO WHERE THE WEDDING WAS TO TAKE PLACE, MT. SINAI:
Sometimes there are particular subjects so important they bear repeating. At the end of the last lesson I had quoted from A Commentary by Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, volume 1 of 6, p. 324, where it shed some light on the route of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt thusly:
“Exodus 14:1-4, God Instructs The Israelites As To Their Journey: 2. Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp – The Israelites had now completed their three days’ journey, and at Etham the decisive step would have to be taken whether they would celebrate their intended feast and return, or march onwards by the head of the Red Sea into the desert, with a view to a final departure. They were already on the borders of the desert, and a short march would have placed them beyond the reach of pursuit, as the chariots of Egypt could have made little progress over dry and yielding sand. But at Etham, instead of pursuing their journey eastward with the sea on their right, they were suddenly commanded to diverge to the south, keeping the gulf on their left; a route which not only detained them lingering on the confines of Egypt, but, in adopting it, they actually turned their backs on the land of which they had set out to obtain possession. A movement so unexpected, and of which the ultimate design was carefully concealed, could not but excite the astonishment of all, even of Moses himself, although, from his implicit faith in the wisdom and power of his heavenly Guide, he obeyed. The object was to entice Pharaoh to pursue, in order that the moral effect, which the judgments on Egypt had produced in releasing God’s people from bondage, might be still further extended over the nations by the awful events transacted at the Red Sea.”