1 Corinthians 10:2 Index
"And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;"
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" . . . all baptized . . . "

  • The experience of the children of Israel was figurative of baptism. With the cloud above them and the sea on both sides, the Israelites were enveloped by water when they passed through the sea, and in this sense were baptized. Their experience may be thought of as representing cleansing from their past allegiance to sin in the darkness of Egyptian bondage, and a pledge of loyalty to God through His appointed representative Moses. (6BC 740)

" . . . unto Moses . . . "

  • They were guided by the cloud to the shore of the Red Sea, and then, as Moses commanded them to go forward, God opened the way for them, and they passed over safely to the other side. By this experience they were dedicated to Moses as their leader (Exodus 14:13-16; Exodus 14:21; Exodus 14:22). They recognized his authority and bound themselves to obey his instructions. As their "visible leader," Moses passed on to the people God's laws and requirements. Therefore it might be said that by being baptized "unto Moses" they were pledged to obey God and serve Him. During their long servitude in Egypt the Israelites had to some extent lost sight of the true God and His worship; many were unacquainted with Him, and it was the stated purpose of Jehovah to deliver them from bondage that they might serve Him (Exodus 3:13; Exodus 3:14; Exodus 3:15; Exodus 3:18; Exodus 5:1; Exodus 6:6; Exodus 6:7; Exodus 7:16; Exodus 8:1; Exodus 8:20; Exodus 9:1; Exodus 9:13). God appointed Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and to instruct them concerning His laws and plans for them (Exodus 3:10). The evidence of God's acceptance of Moses as His representative was witnessed by the Israelites in their passage through the Red Sea. (6BC 740)