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Back Against the Wall - Red Sea Crossing

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

June 2008
Summary: Moses was a great leader and yet took a great deal of abuse. For those who insist on believing salvation is the end to problems--itís the FRONT end! Link inc. to formatted text, audio & video, PowerPoint.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Back Against the Wall
Exodus 14:5-31

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/BackAgainstWall.html

Have you ever felt like your back was against a wall? Ever been between a rock and a hard place, with nowhere to turn? Or maybe youíve put in a lot of time going down a winding avenue of life only to find it is a dead end.

Moses was a great man, and a great leader. Heís a great model for all men and fathers today! At this point in the story he has led Godís people from slavery to freedom, and all 2-3 million of them are marching toward the Promised Land. Itís the Exodus from Egypt! ďOut of Africa!Ē Free at last for the first time in over 400 years. The NT confirms this is a picture of our salvation from sin, the wicked taskmaster that seeks to hold us in chains of bondage, bitterness, and burdens.

ďHe set me free, He broke the bonds of prison for me
Iím glory bound, my Jesus to see, and glory to God, He set me free!Ē

They are marching out, Ďhigh handedí, rejoicing in their new freedom when suddenly they encounter...
A shady picnic pavilion? No.
A golden city of riches and happiness? No. Thatís where the TV evangelist lives on the monies from the simple minded who believe thatís what the Christian life is all about.

No, they encounter a big brick wall...a problem.

The Problem
Have you discovered yet that being saved doesnít insulate nor isolate you from the problems of this sin cursed world? For those who insist on believing salvation is the end to problems I say, ok, but itís the front end! Struggles and difficulties continue, and oft times increase when you get saved, for now you have a new enemy coming after you! Pharaoh is a picture of Satan pursuing his losses.

The Christian life is not lived in straight lines. God deals us detours along the way, and they are for our benefit. A straight line from Egypt to Canaan would have been about 150 miles NE and would take less than 2 weeks to traverse. But God takes them SE...the long way around.

13:21 The glory cloud seems to be leading in the wrong direction, though. The same happens to all of us. We have a goal, a destination in our mind, some place we want to go, something we want to become or achieve. Sometimes we even know that God is in it and wants us to get there, but we just canít understand why itís taking so long. Can you relate?

Ill.óI went to Bible college for 2 reasons. To get a Christian education and to get a woman [not necessarily in that order]. Itís a Ďtarget richí environment, so after more than 2 years there and with no prospects Iím wondering whatís wrong with me! Meanwhile, a little girl in PA is happy after graduation to stay in her local town and work, look for Mr. Right, settle down and raise a family. How a beauty like that could remain unfettered for years is beyond me, and she was wondering, just like I was, why she couldnít find someone. She finally threw her hands up in the air and said, Lord, I give up, Iím gonna stop looking and youíll just have to make things happen if theyíre ever gonna. Donít you know thatís when God brought someone into her life that went far beyond all her dreams!

Godís delays are not denials. Donít be discouraged if God has you on a detour route...He knows what Heís doing! ďMy Lord knows the way thru the wilderness...all I have to do is follow!Ē

Another lesson: God knows what we
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