10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho.
11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
The history of God’s Old Covenant people can serve as a prophetic example of how the believers walk in the New Covenant.
1 Corinthians 10:1-6
1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3 and all ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.
Today we look at three places that a covenant believer can live in Christ.
Egypt: An experience of slavery in the enemy’s territory.
Desert: An experience of inward struggle in no-mans-land.
Canaan Land: An experience of Spirit-filled fruitfulness in the believers’ rightful inheritance.
Egypt is a place where God’s people are in slavery to the enemies of Satan and Sin against who they have no authority.
It is a place where God’s people are out of position and living in the enemy’s territory, the world.
The only way out of Egypt is the execution of God’s judgment on and victory over his enemies. That victory was executed through the 10th plague called the Death of the Firstborn or what came to be known as: Passover. It was the blood of a lamb that provided protection from the Lord’s judgment.
This led to an exodus out of enemy territory and the eventual crushing of enemy warriors.
The desert is a place of secondary living when unbelief keeps us from our inheritance.
The worst enemy in the desert is the flesh within the hearts of God’s people.
God’s people were full of unbelief, rebellion, bitterness, and immorality.
The Lord had got his people out of Egypt but now in the Desert he had to get Egypt out of his people.
The Desert, though not the inheritance, is a place where God supernaturally supplies (manna) and supernaturally guides (cloud and pillar of fire).
The Desert is a fruitless back-and-forth experience of being with God and then falling away.
Canaan land is the covenant promised inheritance of God’s people that is flowing with extraordinary fruitfulness.
Canaan land is filled with enemies who have no authority to stand against God’s people.
Canaan land can only be entered into through the Jordan River and by way of Passover.
The New Covenant:
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him.
15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves.
18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Jesus fulfilled and transitioned the Passover though his crucifixion and resurrection.
Execution and Application of Passover:
To get out of Egypt, slavery living, we need to receive the execution of God’s judgment upon our sins and enemies.
To get out of Desert into the Canaan experience we need to apply the full deliverance of Jesus through the cross that leads to life of Spirit-filled fruitfulness.
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
In covenant, in Christ, we by faith can receive: forgiveness, freedom, fruitfulness, and favored blessing.
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Colossians 2:15 (NIV)
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
PLACES OF PRAYER
16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
We are asking disciples to plant Places of Prayer in homes, schools, businesses, etc.
Two to five disciples consistently praying in a regular location in agreement with the prayer movement in the city.