After God sent Moses to deliver them, even the ninth plague had not moved Pharaoh. After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh finally released them but after they had left, he changed his mind. “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” “He took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt,” intending to kill or enslave them again. As this army approached, Israel cried out in fear, God opened the Red Sea and after Israel had passed, closed it again. “So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians.” (Ex. 14:5-30).
When we read this account, we feel great awe and reverence. What an amazing deliverance! Yet when God sent Jesus into the world to deliver us from the bondage of sin, not only were the forces Jesus contended with greater than that of Egypt, but the power used was also far greater. Jesus came, “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2:14-15). After Jesus died, was buried, and raised from the dead, He returned to heaven and: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Eph 4:8).