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Sermons on Exodus
It doesn't happen the way we want. But God does have a plan and a process to bring us closer to Himself, and more free from the bad masters whom enslave us. God takes the Israelite people into the wilderness for 40 years before they reach the Promised Land. What does this tell us about ourselves today?
God is pleased to dwell with mankind. But as good news as that is, He must also erect several barriers between Himself and our lives so to protect us from being consumed by His glory. Most of us struggle with the aspects of worship and the specificity of the tabernacle. This sermon seeks to explain all of these things in an attainable fashion. And even if we could completely understand the text in Exodus 40, the question still remains...So What!???
Moses' father-in-law Jethro shows up for a visit with his family in tow. Moses hasn't seen his family for quite a while. This interchange is interesting in what it teaches us about our calling and our priorities as leaders.
This sermon was delivered at Eastminster Presbyterian in Indialantic, Florida. It has been cut for the radio at 22 minutes
Most people see the plagues of Egypt as an example of God bringing judgment upon a people group oppressing another people group...His very own people. But if God were bringing judgment, couldn't He have done a quicker and better job of it? Why the show? Why the stages? Why the opportunities for Pharaoh to relent? Let's take a closer look at this text...
God asks Moses to be a part of a story that requires obedience on his part. Moses didn't ask for this responsibility, and he wasn't looking for a new job. He tried to tell God he wasn't able or qualified and that he didn't want to do it. Moses obeys God with hesitance, and when he does... everything gets worse in his life. Why? Why can't things work when we obey God? How do we deal with the inevitable frustrations that we experience as we obey God?
The journey begins with the persecution of a nomadic Hebrew people, and the birth of a fine baby boy later named Moses. What is God beginning to do? Where is God in the first 2 chapters of Exodus? Where is God when we are experiencing our own crisis of faith? We have the benefit of history and time to understand God in a way Moses could not. Let's look at some 10,000 foot principles as we begin our character study of the life of Moses.
The Law is given under a cloud of power and mystique. What does it mean for us today? Is the Old Testament Law antiquated and meaningless, or central to our faith? What is the purpose and how are we to keep it?
Moses strikes a rock, and the water flows. The grumbling nation of Israel are rescued again. But is this just a story about wise leadership 1,000's of years ago, or is this about you and I? Maybe this story is even about Jesus Christ?
The Crossing of the Red Sea is more than a childhood story. It's more than a miraculous story of God's provision. The implications run much deeper for anyone who claims to be saved. This story is a paradigm of salvation itself, complete with a mediator, and a Way from death to life. Are we saved? Have we changed? And are we small enough?