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Jun 1988 - Editorial

God's dealings with Israel and through the Jewish nation lie central to the Old Covenant. The Patriarchs lived 215 years in Canaan and the people of Israel were 215 years in Egypt, part of which they served in bondage. Abram, their father, went down into Egypt first (Gen. 12:10) and thus began the sojourning to be followed by his children. The bondage of Egypt was physical and mental compared with the bondage of sin, which embraces the spirit, soul and body of man. The nature and purpose of the deliverance from Egypt is the subject of our main contributor. Moses had a clear vision of the objective of the great exodus, when with the children of Israel he sang, "All the inhabitants of Canaan are melted away... till Thy people pass over, 0 LORD ... Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of Thine inheritance, the place 0 LORD which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in" (Ex. 15:15-17).

Deliverance began with the Passover, which foreshadows the death of the Lord Jesus. In the same way as Israel was to remember the Passover as a means of deliverance, so the disciple of the Lord Jesus is to remember Him as Deliverer, in the breaking of bread each Lord's Day. Israel never accomplished the mission placed before them by Moses and failed to possess the land. The repercussions have travelled down the centuries to the present day, resulting in conflict between possessor and possessed. The Palestine issue is reviewed by our contributor in Focus.