True Freedom is only found in Christ.
10:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual dring. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
Many of the things that happened in the Old Testament illustrate spiritual truths. When the Israelites were escaping Egypt they were stopped at the Red Sea, with no way through. So God created a way by parting the sea so they could pass through as on dry land. This symbolized salvation, passing from death to life. The rite of baptism illustrates this truth in the church.
Egypt is sometimes used in Scripture as a type or symbol for the sin nature. In fact, the Hebrew word (Strong’s # 4714, 4693) means stronghold or fortress; 2Corinthians 10 says the purpose of spiritual warfare is to cast down strongholds in our lives, of sin and wrong thinking which tries to control us.
The Hebrew people were slaves to Egypt, which was a hard taskmaster. Life and death was at the whim of their overlords, and they had no legal rights. The same holds true with the sin nature, often called the flesh. Jesus himself commented how weak our flesh was toward the things of God. Scripture says the heart, or natural man, is deceptively wicked; who can comprehend or truly control it? Without the new spirit we receive with salvation, it is difficult to obey God’s commandments through the power of the flesh. Even with the Spirit it can often be difficult, until we learn how to go to God for strength.
The Hebrews were led by a cloud pillar during the day, and a pillar of fire by night. This represents the leading of the Holy Spirit. They followed in faith, trusting that God knew where He was leading them. When we receive Christ, we should also likewise learn to follow the Spirit. The cloud, therefore, represents the Holy Spirit.
God first led the Hebrews to the Red Sea. He parted the sea and they passed through. The Egyptians followed behind to try to recapture the slaves. God released the sea and it flooded over the Egyptians. This symbolizes the washing away of sin, as does water baptism in the church. Just as Israel fled from Egypt, so we are called to repent and turn away from our sin.
Believers should seek water baptism after choosing Christ to fulfill all righteousness. This is a declaration of our decision to follow Him, and leave sin behind.
True freedom is only found in Christ.