Let us speak about the first sign as we begin this message today.
We turn to Chapter 7 and we find where Moses obeyed God and cast his
upon the floor as the first sign to Egypt of God's deliverance.
7:7-12 And Moses
[was] fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old,
they spake unto Pharaoh. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron,
saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a
for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it]
Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron
in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron
down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the
of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their
they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's
rod swallowed up their rods.
Imagine two old men, one aged eighty and the other aged eighty three,
before Pharaoh and commanding him to let Israel free from Egyptian
God told Moses to throw his rod
down before Pharaoh when Pharaoh should
seek proof of this miraculous God.
God gave these instructions to
Moses a while before this as we read
in Exodus 4:1-5
We find that when Moses did
throw down the rod, and it became a serpent,
that Pharaoh called his magicians and they repeated the same wonder.
The first mention of the
serpent in the Bible was the serpent that Satan
possessed when he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The rod of Moses that became a serpent speaks of Jesus Christ.
Through the lies of the serpent, Eve was deceived and made to think
eating the forbidden fruit would improve upon herself.
So the serpent speaks of the inception of sin into the world.
Jesus also said:
Recall that Jesus made this statement.
3:14-15 And as Moses lifted
up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted
up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal
12:32-33 And I, if
I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me. This he
signifying what death he should die.
Moses was told to lift up the brazen serpent on a pole when vipers had
bitten and poisoned the people in the wilderness due to disobedience.
Since the serpent represents the sin that came into the world through
lies of the serpent, Jesus is represented as becoming a serpent on the
pole when He hung on the cross because we read that He became sin.
By having the people look on the serpent, they were healed of their
They had to look at what was killing them, on a pole, and be healed.
Jesus became what was killing us, when He hung on the cross.
Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made
him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
of God in him.
And when He took our sins, He gave us His righteousness.
He knew no sin, neither had he committed any sin.
But He took our sins and became the embodiment of sin.
That is the reason He cried, "My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me."
The Holy Spirit of God departed from Him due to the rank sin into which
Now, Moses' rod thrown down on the floor represents Christ who became
for our salvation.
Hence, we also read in 2 Cor. that we became the righteousness of God
And Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing.
Our sin had to be removed from us, and He took it upon Himself.
But what happened next was unique!
Its not a problem for the world to produce a sinful person.
Pharaoh's magicians produced an entire roomful of serpents.
All the sins that you commit or have problems with, were taken into
Christ on the cross and crucified with Him!
Pharaoh's serpents could not accomplish this feat.
Moses' rod that became a serpent chased the other serpents and
them all up.
And then Moses reached down and took the serpent by the tail and picked
it back up again.
It then turned back into a rod.
The message is clear!
Any person can become sinful.
Rods falling on the ground represent people that are turned into
of the devil in the way they live in sin.
Man was created by God to be an expression of himself, and look what
has done to himself.
Man is the expression of the serpent!
The things that people do to one another.
Even some so-called Christians are more expressive of the serpent than
they are of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ!
But when Christ became the embodiment of sin He was on the cross, and
became sin so that He might swallow up all other sins and do away with
them in his death on the cross!
God told Moses that this was the first sign to give to Pharaoh.
That is the reason that people need to go to the cross.
Even after we are saved, we need to cast our cares upon Him, for He
When we slip and fall and make a mistake, the death of Christ as the
of Christ down to our levels so that He could take those sins and
them in Himself.
Go to the work of the cross and claim your deliverance from sin if you
ever slip and make a mistake.
And the Lord said that if they will not believe these two signs, then
water from the Nile on the ground and the Nile will become blood.
It speaks of defeating the devil and sin.
Afterwards, God told him to produce a second sign.
Place his hand in his bosom and remove it again.
Moses did so and the hand became leprous.
And Moses placed his hand in his bosom again and removed it.
It was once again clean.
This is victory over the flesh.
The life of the Egyptians was
represented by the Nile River.
There is judgment on the world and them with the world.
Their source of life was to be made death.
If they do not accept the former two signs of change and deliverance,
all that is left is death to the people.
After we are set free from Egypt and its king, Pharaoh, representing
Devil, we must see this second revelation of how we, ourselves, are
They cannot be recovered.
And the truth must get into our souls that we have been changed by the
salvation of Christ.
So many only know that God took us away from the devil when He saved us.
Yet these same people do not realize that God washed them and made them
Salvation removes all of your sins and makes you an entirely new person.
Your hands commit what is in your hearts.
And when Moses put his hand in his cloak, and pulled it out again, it
Leprosy always represents sin.
This portrayed the sin within mankind’s heart that causes him
actions of sins.
Sin produces sins.
People continue to do some filthy deeds after salvation because they do
not realize that God changed their lives and that they do not have to
doing the things they used to do as sinners.
We seem to learn that well after we realize that God defeated
over our lives on the cross when we were first saved.
But it takes longer to realize that WE, OURSELVES, are cleansed, too.
Paul realized that the Romans were Christians who felt that they had to
sin every now and then.
If you think you have to sin, then you are probably going to find a way
We have no problem with understanding that Jesus broke the
on the cross.
But we do have to learn after we are saved that sin shall not have
over us either.
6:6-7 Knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed
6:12 Let not sin therefore
reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
6:14 For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
He told them, in Romans
5:20-21, that where sin did abound, grace did
much more abound.
We read verse 2 and holler, “Hold on a minute!!
Put on the brakes!!! Stop right there, Paul! What
do you mean
we are dead to sin!? What do you mean we do not have to live in sin and
do not have to commit sins?”
And then in 6:1 he puts forth the hypothetical question,
“Does that mean
we should sin so that grace may abound?”
The only people who would hear how that grace abound more whenever
is sin abounding, and then conclude that they must sin so that grace
abound, are people who simply do not conceive the thought of getting to
a place in God where we conquer sin and are above it, and cease from
These people only look at their own abilities, and conclude that it is
impossible to stop sinning.
And if all we had was our own abilities to look to that we might
sin, then they would be correct.
But Romans 6 teaches us that we have more than our own abilities.
And Paul throws a zinger out to the Romans before he explains why it is
5:20-6:2 Moreover the
law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded,
did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death,
might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus
our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin,
grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to
live any longer therein?
He probably would reply,
“I am glad you asked that!”
Do you realize what Paul said?
Now, this only applies to those Baptized into Jesus’ death.
I don’t care what the Right Reverend Doctor Celcius thinks,
with all his
I am smart enough to know that I might be stupid.
That may sound humourous, but I mean that just because I am a
does not mean I know everything that God wants me to know.
I read where Paul stated in plain language that we do not have to live
in sin any longer.
Did he mean it or not?
If I am still sinning upon occasion, then there is something I have not
I might be doing all that I know to do.
But that does not mean there is nothing left for me to learn.
I may be doing all that I know to do, but what if I do not know
Something that I do not know will be my key to stop sinning.
Paul states that it is a fact that we are dead to sin.
That is the problem with so many Christians.
And to anyone who cannot see that as being true, let me repeat what
said next. – you must not know some things.
If you, yourself, calculate a mathematical equation using mathematics,
and can thereby achieve the answer, and see how you arrived at that
conclusion, then you have a sense of surety about your answer.
But if you were merely told the answer, not having worked it out using
mathematics for yourself, you would only be able to take
And perhaps, you might doubt it.
Our children took math and learned what was termed the
They have only heard the statement saying we are “dead to
sin,” and that
“sin shall not have dominion over us.”
But they have never taken the time nor have put forth the effort to
what Paul said in Romans 6 and calculate it out in their own minds.
The facts are that we were baptized into Jesus’ death when we
They were called “times tables” in our day.
We need to take time to get the facts into our heads.
The soul that sins must die, the Bible teaches.
We were buried with Him in baptism.
Paul said that this act of faith causes us to rise with Christ from the
The key is realizing that we did it “with Him.”
We were crucified with Him.
And it is a fact that he that is dead is freed from sin.
And Romans 6:11 uses the term “reckon”, indicating
to us that we can work
this out much like using mathematical facts, so that we will arrive at
a solid conclusion and be convinced of it.
And if we were crucified with Christ, then we can say that we died.
So we are therefore freed from sin.
And when you see this conclusion after working it out for yourselves,
will agree with Paul’s next words:
Nobody can tell us differently once we have calculated it out and
it using the facts for ourselves!
Facts are facts!
in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he
unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
6:12 Let not sin
therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the
“LET” is word that sheds a whole new light on the
When you realize that you are powerful, and greater than the obstacle
has always resisted you successfully, then you will not allow it to
you any more.
You realize that you actually ALLOWED sin to conquer you, now that you
know that you are free from sin.
You did not realize it when sin whipped you, but since you worked this
out for yourself and calculated it, or reckoned it, you are now sure of
something you perhaps questioned before, even thought it was told to
But now you know it is a matter of merely LETTING sin run your life,
you know you are freed from it.
You might find it hard to imagine how you could conquer sin when it
you, after having been defeated by it in days gone by since your
You’re above that obstacle.
You know its actually a matter of ALLOWING it rule or not.
What is it threatening you for?
What does it think it is?
You get boldness when you realize these things.
This is rather humourous, and
its an awful thing to think that I did
this, but it brings out a point to help you understand how our minds
You see, he was more powerful than I was due to his size the very first
time I beat him up.
Years ago in elementary school a boy named Luigi and I got into a fight.
He was twice my size in weight, although I was a little older than him.
I chased him after he made some bad remarks to me, and he ran.
He ran frantically.
I caught him and had him down on the ground crying.
We had another confrontation at the schoolyard a week or so later.
Something happened since the first time we fought.
Luigi realized that he was bigger than me.
He realized that he was about twice my weight.
So when I took after him again, he threw me down on the ground and sat
on top of me.
The school kids gathered around in a big crowed and the teacher broke
The only victory that I had was breaking his extra-large chocolate bar
that he brought to school with him.
That is the way it is with sin.
But he did not realize that when we fought.
He was defeated before I even grabbed him.
That is the reason that I defeated him.
But when he thought about it and realized who he was, the next time
I attacked him, he took control and defeated me.
I could not move out from beneath him once he sat upon me!
You can be bound with the ways of the world after God delivers you out
from the world.
We think it will defeat us before it ever attacks us with its
so we yield and are whipped.
We are defeated in our minds.
But if we can be told who we are and what position we hold, and realize
who we are, when we deal with sin the next time it comes, we will find
that we will conquer it in Jesus’ name!
So after we realize the first sign, we need to realize the second.
Jesus not only grabbed Satan and sin, and defeated them, but he took
flesh and did away with the sinful person we once were, and made us
new in His sight.
And he cannot grab us either.
The devil’s claws are off you now, but yet you fall for his
that he hollers out to you.
After you are saved the devil can only lie to you.
He is bound, but he is not gagged.
He could only lie to Eve in the Garden.
He could not grab her and throw her into slavery since she was above
and had power against him.
God told Adam and Eve both to have dominion.
She was his helpmeet in subduing the world and dominating all living
And the third sign was pouring the water from the Nile River out and
means of life for the Egyptians became death.
But he can deceive us by lying to us.
He can only holler at you.
So you need to be aware of what the truth is so that when you are
with a lie, you will immediately recognize it.
The world needs to lose its appeal to you, that it holds so many of you
We need to see victory over Satan, Self and the World.
The world’s source of so-called life and living it up is
nothing more than
dead man’s blood.
Once you take the cup of blessing of Christ’s blood, and are
you have a land of milk and honey to be concerned about rather than an
old slavery pit called Egypt.