“So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword…” Jeremiah 42:17
Although Jeremiah’s message was to the Israelites that didn’t go into Babylonian captivity, there is a spiritual application to “all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt”. If we compare Exodus 22:21 with Hebrews 11:13, we find that “Egypt” represents the world, so if we determine within ourselves, i.e. set our faces, to sojourn / live in the world, we “shall die by the sword”. “Egypt” is almost without exception used in a bad light and has a negative or bad connotation in the Bible.
“After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 18:3, 4
In Exodus chapter one, we find another key to understanding “Egypt”; Israel finds themselves being “afflicted” and in “hard bondage” with “taskmasters” over them in “Egypt”. They had “burdens” and were made to “serve” with “rigor”, and the Egyptians “made their lives bitter”. Since Egypt is a type of the world, I realize that I was afflicted and in bondage to sin before I was saved, just like the children of Israel in Egypt. The way out of these burdens for you and I is by the blood of the lamb (Jesus – John 1:29), just as Israel was delivered by the Passover lamb. Proverbs 3:5b tells us to “lean not unto thine own understanding” and Ezekiel tells us what happened when Israel “leaned” on Egypt.
“And all the inhabitants of Egypt… have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.” Eze. 29:6, 7
But Israel continually wanted to go back to Egypt; just like our old sin nature wants to pull us back and causes us not to follow God to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:2). The reason for this perhaps, is because “Egypt” has the appearance like unto “the garden of the Lord” (Genesis 13:10). In other words “Egypt” looks like paradise! Each day we too are lured by the attraction of the world in a variety of ways and are faced with the same choices that Moses was.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt…” Hebrews 11:24-27a
The word “Gypsy” is derived from “Egyptian” and represents a nomadic people; typically devious, some prostitutes, and swindlers who are pagan and often connected with the occult; that try to “gyp” you. It is interesting to note that the word “Egypt” does not appear in any of the books written to the church because it (the church) has been delivered from Egypt / world! Friend, has the blood of the lamb delivered you from “Egypt”? It only took one day for God to get Israel out of Egypt why don’t you leave “Egypt” today “by faith”? In order to live in the Promised Land, you have to leave “Egypt”!
“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help…” Isaiah 31:1