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cripture abounds with references   God speaks of “salvation” (the second
              to the mighty deliverance God   reference to the word in Scripture). As
        Seffected for His people at the Red   William Kelly remarks, “Salvation is
        Sea. The events that unfolded not only   more than being kept safe. It is clearance
        delivered Israel and destroyed their enemies   from all our foes.”  No doubt Israel was at
        (Neh 9:9-11) but displayed the glory of   peace when they saw their enemies dead
        God. A beautiful summary is found in   on the shore (Exo 14:30) and sang for joy
        Psalm 106: “He saved them for his name’s   unto the Lord (15:1). Are we living in the
        sake, that he might make his mighty   good of this deliverance? Do we know
        power to be known. He rebuked the Red   the full value of the salvation that is ours
        sea also, and it was dried up …. Then   in Christ? Not only have our sins been
        believed they his words; they sang his   forgiven but our enemies are defeated foes
        praise” (vv8-9,12).  And yet, this Saviour   (Rom 6:6; Gal 1:4; Heb 2:14).
        God of mighty power has effected a far   Jordan
        greater deliverance and is manifested in
        an infinitely greater sense at Calvary, for   Though similar in many respects, the
        which every believer “sings His praise.”  crossings of the Red Sea and Jordan are as
                                              different as the Epistles to the Romans and
        Typical Teaching of the Red           Ephesians. The Red Sea typifies that which
        Sea Crossing                          Christ has brought us out of (Romans),
        Passover                              whereas  Jordan  speaks  of  that  which
                                              Christ has brought us into (Ephesians). As
          In order to fully appreciate the important   such, the Red Sea crossing highlights the
        typical teaching of the crossing of the   person of Moses (Christ as Mediator) and
        Red Sea, it is necessary to compare and   emphasises Israel “going into” and “in
        contrast closely related events, such as the   the midst” of the sea (the place of death).
        Passover, and apparently similar events,   In contrast, the focus of the crossing of
        such as the crossing of the Jordan.   Jordan is the ark (Christ in glory) and the
          Both the Passover and the Red Sea   priesthood (our Great High Priest). Again,
        are required to give a full picture of our   Israel is “passing over” and “coming up”
        deliverance in Christ. The Passover speaks   out of the river (signifying new life). Thus,
        of redemption by blood and deliverance   both pictures are required to typify the
        from the judgment of God. The Red Sea,   fulness of deliverance found in Christ.
        however, declares redemption by power   Not only have we died with Him (Red
        and deliverance from Egypt (the world),   Sea), but we are raised with Him to walk
        Pharaoh (Satan) and his hosts (the flesh).   in newness of life (Jordan). We should be
        It is only after these two events that
                                              ² William Kelly, The Salvation of God as Typified
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   in the Red Sea and the Jordan (Addison, IL: Bible
        the KJV.                              Truth Publishers, no date).

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