Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 2, 2018

Lakes

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.  During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.  He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.”  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.  The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.”  Exodus 14:21-28

“…and each person was judged according to what they had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”  Revelation 20:13-15

Pharaoh appears to represent the kind of person who will die a second time never to rise again.  He appears to repent, but keeps changing his mind and going back to his incorrigible insolent ways.  Historically, the lake of fire is the Dead Sea.  It used to spontaneously catch fire.  Death by fire is particularly peculiar in the Law of Moses.

“If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is depravity; they are to be put to death by fire, both he and they, so that there will not be depravity among you.”  Leviticus 20:14

Most biblical capitol punishment is by stoning, which seems to represent witnesses doing the killing.  Death by fire seems to represent that which is permanent.

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