Baptized unto moses – what does it mean?

1) Today we want to dig into 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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a) A good beginning point is to consider the context.
b) In verse 6 Paul said he was providing “examples” for the Corinthians.
c) Paul spoke about the nation of Israel and how this nation had made many mistakes.
d) Many of the temptations selected by the Hebrews were also available to the Corinthians.
2) Israel engaged in idolatry (verse 7), and that was a temptation for the Corinthians.
3) Israel was sexually immoral (verse 8) and this too was a temptation for those at Corinth.
4) I want to read Rom. 2:17Rom. 2:17
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17 But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and gloriest in God,

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a) In Rom. 1 Paul said the Gentiles were under divine condemnation because of sin.
b) The Jews knew about God and they had a law from deity. Jews are described in Rom. 2.
c) Hebrews regarded the law from God (as well as other things) as an insurance policy.
5) God’s people felt secure – they felt like they could do whatever they wanted because they were the chosen.
a) Rom. 2:17Rom. 2:17
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17 But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and gloriest in God,

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b) What is said here is also part of the point in 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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c) Before the law was given, the Jews had been “baptized into Moses.”
d) We can break the thought down by first considering the word “baptized.”
6) Baptism means to “dip, plunge, submerge, overwhelm, cover.”
a) Dishes in a sink are often “baptized” (covered with water).
b) The word baptism was the perfect word to use.
c) This term tells us the Hebrews were fully associated with Moses.
7) Because of this “baptism” Israel felt pretty confident – cocky.
8) There are also other points worthy of attention.
a) When did Israel really find deliverance from Egyptian bondage? It was not while they were in Egypt.
b) Neither was it when the Egyptian army was chasing them.
c) They found deliverance after the sea experience; then they were finally free from captivity.
9) In this chapter Paul says the history of Israel has some parallels to Christianity.
a) When are people today freed from Egypt (slavery to sin)?
b) It is after we are baptized. Unlike the Jews, we are not baptized into Moses.
c) Now people are baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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10) The deliverance of Israel helps show that baptism is necessary for salvation.
MANY HAVE SEEN THE VALUE OF THIS VERSE, BUT THEY HAVE TRIED TO USE THE TEXT TO TEACH THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE.
a) For instance, some have tried to establish infant baptism from verse 2.
b) Since Paul said “all were baptized,” it is argued that “infants” were part of the “all.”
c) Paul is describing people who made a commitment to Moses.
d) He has in mind those who were old enough to make a decision to follow Moses.
2) A second error involving 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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is very clever.
a) Some have said this passage proves that God does not require baptism for people today.
b) It is said the Hebrews were joined to Moses BEFORE the experience in the red sea experience.
c) Because Moses was the leader of these people before the baptism, we have a parallel.
d) Jesus is “our leader” (savior) before baptism. Refuted in Ex. 14:10-15Ex. 14:10-15
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10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto Jehovah. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to bring us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we spake unto thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it were better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah, which he will work for you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 Jehovah will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

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3) Moses was not held in high esteem at this point. He was not regarded as a true deliverer.
4) If anything, Moses was being looked upon as a failure. He was bringing these people to death.
5) Ex. 14:31Ex. 14:31
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31 And Israel saw the great work which Jehovah did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared Jehovah: and they believed in Jehovah, and in his servant Moses.

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– READ It was after the experience in the sea the Hebrews believed in God and Moses.
6) Then they had faith in God and Moses.
7) The actual “joining” to Moses did not come until the baptism (the sea experience).
8) Such is also true today; a person is not joined to Christ until they are baptized.
a) When Moses and the Israelites were joined together, there was a very close association.
9) When we are baptized into Christ, a similar thing happens – a strong commitment.
10) Mt. 6:33Mt. 6:33
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33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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; Rom. 12:1-2Rom. 12:1-2
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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. Baptism into Christ means a commitment to Christ and His word.

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