Calling, Salvation, and Deliverance

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt…I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. -Hosea 11:1, 4

“I called my son out of Egypt.” The Lord doth not leave His chosen people for ever in the bondage of sin; when the day of their jubilee dawns, they go forth without price or reward, with a high hand and an outstretched arm…They are His, and He will call them by His effectual grace, and separate them to Himself. Their calling is something more than the common and universal gospel invitation: it is a persuasive, convincing, conquering call. They only know it whom the Lord has set apart for Himself: “Whom He did predestinate them He also called.”…It was not only an entreating call, but an enabling call. “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me,” says the Saviour; and He speaks to purpose, because He helps them to come-nay, He brings them Himself, carrying them, like lost sheep, “upon His shoulders rejoicing.” There is no violence done to the will, but it is set free, and then, being acted upon by a graciously enlightened understanding, it yields to the call, and follows Jesus. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Israel would never have come out of Pharaoh’s country, if the Lord had not fetched them; but none can say that He drove them out -nay, rather, “as for His people, He led them forth like sheep.” Every step of their exodus from bondage under the divine call was the result of divine leading and influence. Even thus spiritually a peculiar but delightful stress is put upon the chosen of God, and, therefore, they come out of the Egypt of sin. The grace to eat the paschal lamb, to strike the blood upon the lintel, and to gird up the loins, and leave the land of leeks, and garlic, and onions, is given only to the heirs of the promised possession.- C.H. Spurgeon