The only salvation known before Jesus Christ was the salvation of Jehovah: “Sing to Jehovah, all the earth! Display his salvation from day to day” (1 Chr. 16:23). What wonderful salvation was that of which the people sang daily? It was the salvation of Israel, his people: “Israel will be saved by Jehovah with an everlasting salvation” (Is. 45:17). Moses, in his song, said: “Jehovah is my strength and song. He has become my salvation. This is my God” (Ex. 15:2). Poor Moses. He sang the salvation and was not saved, because Jehovah did not allow him to enter the Promised Land, which is the figure of heaven. Therefore he was not saved by Jehovah (Deut. 34:1-5). How can we know that he was not saved by Jehovah? Because his body was Satan’s property. He remained in the hands of Satan for 1,600 years. In the New Testament we read that the archangel Michael wrested him from the hands of Satan (Jude 9). “Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dances. Miriam answered them, ‘Sing to Jehovah, for he has triumphed gloriously. The horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea’” (Ex. 15:20-21). Little did they know that they would not be saved. Jehovah condemned to death all those who left Egypt who were 20 years old and up because the people murmured (Num. 14:29-30). And all the people died in the desert, over one million people. Jehovah said this: “Therefore I swore in my wrath, ‘They won’t enter into my rest’” (Ps. 95:11). “With whom was he displeased forty years? Wasn’t it with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? To whom did he swear that they wouldn’t enter into his rest, but to those who were disobedient? We see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief” (Heb. 3:17-19). What is the problem that shrouds the salvation of Jehovah? The problem is that Jehovah first presented himself using magic. The first trick was to transform his staff into a serpent. The magicians of Pharaoh also performed this magic. Then the serpent of Jehovah, alias, the dragon of Jehovah (for in Hebrew it is written TAM, dragon, and not serpent), devoured the dragons of Pharaoh’s magicians. Later, with a touch of the staff of Jehovah, the waters of the rivers were turned into blood, and the fish died, but the magicians of Egypt also did this magic (Ex. 7:19-25).
Moses, when he was sent to Egypt, said this to Jehovah: They will not believe in me, neither will they hear my voice, because they will say: Jehovah did not speak to them. Then Jehovah told them: Throw the staff on the ground. And Moses did, and it became a serpent; and Moses ran from it. Then Jehovah said to Moses: Stretch out your hand and grab it by the tail, so that they may believe that Jehovah, god of your fathers, and god of Abraham, god of Isaac, and of Jacob appeared to you. He stretched out his hand and caught it by the tail, and it became a staff in his hand. And Jehovah said further: Now put your hand into your bosom. And when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was full of leprosy. And he said: Put your hand again into your bosom; afterwards he removed it from his bosom, and behold, it had become as his flesh (Ex. 4:1-7). This is outrageous! Jehovah did tricks so that the people would believe. Jehovah then said to him: If they do not believe in the first sign, they will believe in the last one (Ex. 4:8). The people got accustomed with seeing miracles and prodigies. In the desert they were hungry and called for a prodigy. It was so easy for Jehovah! He sent food, and when the food was in their mouths, he killed the strongest of them and hurt the chosen of Israel (Ps. 78:23-31). Later they called again, saying: Why did you bring us out of Egypt? For here in this desert there is no bread or water, and we are perishing. Then Jehovah sent fiery serpents that bit them, and many of the people died (Num. 21:4-9). If Jehovah, instead of doing tricks of magic, had given his life for his people, he certainly would not have killed them when they called for food. Jesus said this concerning God: “Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:9-11).
In the salvation of Jehovah he did magic tricks and signs, first, and the people then believed in the prodigies. Afterwards, in their need, the people complains, and Jehovah says: “Because all those men who have seen my glory, and my signs, which I worked in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not listened to my voice; surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers” (Num. 14:22-23). In Jehovah’s method, the people first see, and then they believe, for Jehovah greatly values signs and wonders. This is why we read in the universal epistle of Jude: “Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn’t believe” (Jude 5).
Jesus acted differently from Jehovah. Jesus declared: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Paul confirmed the sacrificial love of Christ, saying: “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. 1:4). And the one who gives his life for the love of someone does not accuse him at any mistake he does. Jesus declared: “Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope” (John 5:45). And Jesus also declares: “For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56).
Jehovah came to destroy. You may read Gen. 6:7. Deut. 28:48,51,61-63; 2 Kings 23:27, 24:2; Amos 9:8-10; Jer. 9:15-16.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira