Bible Study Outlines

Volume 4, Lesson 7
by C.I. Scofield

The Chosen People Redeemed, Part I

Israel in Egypt (Exodus 1)

The chosen people were in Egypt partly as the result of the envy of Joseph's brethren, and partly because of famine in the land. It seemed to be an advantage to travel to Egypt. The spiritual parallel is the constant turning of the Church to the world for money, influence, and methods.

  1. The permissive and the directive will of God

    God's best is in His own directive will for us. Often, He permits His people to do things in other ways, only to find out through sufferings that His will was best. Other examples of God's permissive will include His assent to the sending of spies (Deuteronomy 1:21; Numbers 13:1-3) and the choice of Saul as king (1Samuel 8:7-9).

  2. Egypt, a picture of the world, was no place for the people of God
  3. Humanity is in bondage
    1. To sin
      • Romans 6:16 -- "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield"
      • John 8:34 -- "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin"
    2. To habit
    3. To self
      • Romans 7:14 -- "Sold under sin." Here, sin stands for the old nature.
    4. To Satan
  4. Deliverance from bondage is a divine work
    1. In type
    2. In fulfillment
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