Jehovah declared by the mouth of Hosea: “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt” (Hos. 11:1). Some aspects of this Bible verse call our attention:
- At the time of the Exodus, in the beginning, Jehovah told Moses to say to Pharaoh: “Israel is my son, my firstborn” (Ex. 4:22). To Jehovah, a people is a man, or a woman, or a boy.
- Jehovah declares also that Israel, when he left Egypt, was a boy, and was loved.
- When he was delivered from Egypt, the people of Israel was leaving the womb where it was begotten, a perverted and idolatrous country at the time.
When Jesus was born, Herod, king of Judea, hearing that the Messiah, the king of Israel, had been born in Bethlehem of Judah, ordered the slaughter of all the Jewish children under two years of age (Matt. 2:16). But the angel of Jehovah appeared to Joseph in dreams and told him to run away to Egypt. Joseph and Mary, his wife, went to Egypt until the death of Herod (Matt. 2:19-20). When Joseph returned, the prophecy of Hosea was fulfilled: “I […] called my son out of Egypt.” This proves it well that Israel was a boy, for it was a figure of Jesus, who was a boy.
It is obvious that the people of Israel was a child, spiritually. From the physical and natural point of view, there were 3,500 men who could draw the sword for war, (Nm. 1:46), except old men, women, and children.
We ask: Is a child compelled to obey and keep a law that is difficult for an adult to keep? Is it right to punish a child with terrible curses when it transgresses this law? Le us read the answer given to those children:
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you shall listen to the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day; and the curse, if you shall not listen to the commandments of Jehovah your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known” (Deut. 11:26-28).
Let us go to the New Testament, where the idea of adults that are children is a fact.
John, the apostle, declares that, in order to be a child of God the Father, every man has to be born again. In the Old Testament, those born in the flesh and of the flesh were called children of Jehovah (Deut. 14:1; 32:18-20; Is. 1:2; 30:9). But in the New Testament those born of the flesh are not children, only those who believe in Jesus Christ are born again by a miracle of the Holy Spirit and of the water (John 3:5-6). The water is the word of Christ (Eph. 5:25-26).
Well, this Christian 20, 30, or 60 years old, born again by the gospel, is considered a spiritual child. Paul says: “Brothers, I couldn’t speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren’t yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready, for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren’t you fleshly, and don’t you walk in the ways of men?” (1 Cor. 3:1-3). The person converted to Christ ceases to be carnal only when he leaves the conflicts, factions, and jealousies.
Another kind of spiritual child is the Christian bound to the rudiments of the doctrine. We read in the letter to the Hebrews: “For although by this time you should be teachers, you again need to have someone teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God. You have come to need milk, and not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby” (Heb. 5:12,13).
There is yet another kind of child. They are those who go after winds of doctrine. Paul, again, teaches us, saying: “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error” (Eph. 4:13-14). Have you seen dazzled Christians who hear about a missionary or evangelist performing miracles and run to his meetings like children going to a circus show? Other Christians marvel at preachers that make exhibitions. Others go after those who promise riches in this world. That is all wind and all vanity. As Solomon the sage said: “Vanitas vanitatis, vanitas vanitatis, et omnia vanitas” (Eccl. 1:2). The Bible talks much about children of 40, 50 and even 60 years old who go about disputing the gifts of the Holy Ghost, which are nine (1 Cor. 12:8-11). I saw the following phrase on the plaque of a church: “Pastor Such and Such, the man of nine gifts.” Paul speaks about the gifts of chapter twelve of 1 Corinthians. In chapter thirteen, he speaks that charity is above all the gifts. In the end, he says: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11).
Let us get back to the story of Israel. When was Israel a child? When it left Egypt. They were all grown up in the flesh, but newborn in the spirit. The belly that birthed the firstborn of Jehovah was carnal, perverted and idolatrous. We will meet a few gods of Egypt in the temple of Moses:
THE APIS BULL – The most complete expression of deity under the form of a bull.
AMMON – Egyptian god of the Sun.
OSIRIS – Protector of the dead, husband of Isis
ISIS – Sister and wife of Osiris, mother of Horus, goddess of Medicine, of marriage, of culture, of wheat.
HORUS – A man with the head of a hawk. It came as a hawk or as man.
ANUBIS – It had body of man and head of a jackal.
THOTH – It had body of man and head of bird with a long and curved beak.
PTAH – Worshipped in the city of Memphis.
Jehovah executed judgment over these gods (Ex. 12:12).
Concerning moral behavior, Ezekiel registered the following: “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: and they played the prostitute in Egypt; they played the prostitute in their youth; there were their breasts pressed” (Ezek. 23:2-4). As Jehovah declared that he loved Israel when he was a boy, and Israel was begotten in Egypt, for he did not exist as a people before, this people was perverted when he was still a child.
As the works of Egypt were the same as those of Sodom, so John says in Revelations: “And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified” (Rev. 11:8). And Jehovah declared that Israel was a prevaricator from the womb (Is. 48:8). The corruption of this people was planned 400 years before, for Jehovah spoke to Abraham (Gen. 15:13-14). Now, Jehovah proclaims that he is the potter, affirming that Israel is the clay, which took form at the will of the potter (Jer. 18:1-6).
If a human father perverts his young children he is prosecuted by the government as a practicing pedophile, execrated by society, and is arrested as abnormal. Jehovah, who forbids sin, adultery, and prostitution, under death penalty, perverts boys and children in a malignant project. And is everyone praising and glorifying him? He declares that he perverts children, for he said to the priests: “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it” (Mal. 2:2-3).
Jesus came down to this world and established the Church, whose belly brings to light the saints, the pure, the faithful, the humble and merciful. Jesus declares that he is the Church, for he takes over the responsibility for it, who is his wife. The adversary fills the church with tares, but Jesus is going to separate the wheat from the tares (Matt. 13:36-43).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira