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and that "affinity" was his ruin. It is interesting to note that chatan, "to join in affinity",
is translated "to be a son-in-law", "to make marriages", "father-in-law", and
"mother-in-law", showing the closeness of the union between Jehoshaphat and Ahab.
Returning to Israel and the mixed multitude we see the failure to put into practice the
truth contained in the type of the unleavened bread.
The Corinthians, we have seen, were "called saints", and Christ had been made to
them "sanctification" as well as "redemption". They were "unleavened" in Christ, but
they had failed to realize their position.
II Cor. 7: 1, summing up the argument of II Cor. 6: 14-18 where the unequal yoke
and unholy fellowship is seen in all its ugliness, says:--
"Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, PERFECTING
holiness in the fear of God."
Holiness we can neither make nor merit, but when the grace of God separates us, by
the blood of Christ (as of a lamb without blemish and without spot) from sin and death
with its bondage and its bitterness that are worse than those of Egypt, then "our
reasonable service" must include this heart and life separation, the absence of which
worked such disaster in the spiritual experience of Israel, of Solomon, of Jehoshaphat and
of the Corinthians. This is "perfecting holiness".
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch
not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall
be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (II Cor. 6: 17).
The Self-same Day (Exod. 12:).
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As one reads the book of Exodus, especially that part which deals with Pharaoh's
opposition, the interplay of human fear and cupidity, of Divine forbearance and
judgment, the long period of Israel's bondage, or the policy of the new king that knew not
Joseph, all seem to move so naturally, cause and effect is so obvious, that the sovereign
will and purpose of God is not apparent on the surface. Yet through all the years of
Israel's changing fortunes, whether the inhuman hatred of Joseph's brethren, the famine
that forced Jacob into Egypt, the dreams of Pharaoh, or the change of dynasty, God's
great purpose was unfolding, and neither the premature advent of Moses, nor the
obstinacy of Pharaoh altered the prearranged plan by so much as one day:--
"Now the sojourning of the children of Israel (who dwelt in Egypt) was four
hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty
years, EVEN THE SELFSAME DAY it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord
went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord"
(Exod. 12: 40-42).