Summary: The Exodus
Title: A Liberating Walk
Series: The Walk Series; #5
Introduction: We live in an extremely free country. Some writers have considered this country the greatest country of all history because of the incredible freedoms we enjoy. No one is a slave in our country. All men and women are free to make their own choices. Personal liberty is one of the hallmarks of this country’s foundation. I declare to you today that it is all an illusion. People may seem free, but they are really in bondage. They are in bondage to sin. As you read newspapers and magazines, you’ll discover many of the forms that these bondages take. People are in bondage to gambling, pornography, drugs, alcohol, pride, greed, selfishness, hate, lust, wickedness, and the list goes on and on. Bondage, in essence, is anything that has control over you. As we continue considering some of the great walks of the Bible, we are going to consider a walk that led a nation out of bondage. Today, I want us to consider the Exodus.
I. The people were in bondage.
The children of Israel were a people in bondage. We recently looked at Joseph and how he welcomed his family to come to Egypt to survive the famine. It was a blessing that kept Israel’s family alive. Even Pharaoh was pleased with Joseph bringing his father and brothers to Egypt. Times changed though.
A. How did it happen?
We read about this change in Exodus 1:6-11
Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them. 8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country." 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
The children of Israel had been a free people. They had never known the bondage of slavery. Yet so quickly and easily they allowed themselves to be enslaved. One day they’re tending their flocks and crops, the next day they’re making bricks to build cities for the new king. Somewhere deep inside it must have agonized them to remember that they had once been free, but now were nothing more than slaves. What hurt them even more were there children.
B. Everyone born automatically became a slave.
The Bible records that God actually blessed the children of Israel in captivity and children were constantly being born. So many children that Pharaoh actually became alarmed at the fact. For the Israelite parents it was tough though because their children knew nothing but slavery. They had never known freedom. They accepted slavery has simply being their lot in life. Each baby that was born was born into bondage. It was bondage without hope.