April 22, 2021 |

Real to God

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God frees the Children of Israel from Egypt by means of Plagues and Signs: in which a staff becomes a serpent, and water becomes blood, and land becomes lice.

These miracles prove the fixed world to be more changeable than it would seem to be.

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God frees the Children of Israel, largely, on account of the Covenant. God remembered His Covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob: and He sends Moses to free Israel.

And so while God changes the nature of the world, the Covenant lasts.

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Slavery requires a captivity with no way of exit. So slavery is only as real as the bonds that hold it in place.

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The bonds that are the world of Egypt prove to be fictions: God changes that world at His whim.

But the Truth of God's Covenant remains constant.

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So, in this light, God does not so much free the Children of Israel.

He simply reveals that slavery was never really there in the first place.

For slavery is a fiction with God.

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