Summary: By Faith Moses crossed the Red Sea (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
• Hebrews chapter 11 verse 29.
• Exodus chapter 14.
• Question: Have you ever found yourself in a predicament?
• Answer: I think for everyone in this room the answer is yes! Who hasn’t!
We have a lot of word pictures in the English language to describe being in a predicament.
• We hear phrases such as “you sure have painted yourself into a corner,”
• Or; “up against the wall” “in a pickle.” "in a pinch," or "in a jam," or "in a tight squeeze."
• Similar terms are "up a tree," "in a corner," "hard-pressed,"
• The best expression that fits our passage has to be “between a rock and a hard place,”
• Whatever the expression,
• We all have a pretty good idea what’s going on;
• Someone is facing trouble that cannot be easily escaped.
• Predicaments are uncomfortable, nerve-racking, & often threaten to drive us into despair.
In our verse this morning from Hebrews chapter 11:
• Moses and the Israelites are in one big quandary;
• They are caught between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s pursuing army.
• In every sense they are caught “between a rock and a hard place,”
• Humanly speaking they are in an impossible situation;
• But that is humanly speaking – leaving God out of the equation.
• They experts said it was physically impossible;
• For a human being to run a mile in four minutes.
• Our bone structure was all wrong,
• The wind resistance was too great,
• Our lung power was inadequate.
• There appeared to be a 101 reasons why it could not be done!
• Then one day (May 6th 1954) a 25yr old Englishman called Roger Bannister;
• Proved that the doctors, the trainers, and the athletes themselves were all wrong.
• And to the unbelief of everybody Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.
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• And remarkably in the year after that happened;
• Question: Do you know how many other athletes also broke the four-minute mile?
• Answer: 300 hundred other runners (I find that staggering – 300).
• Ill: And in the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.
• Roger Bannister helped make the impossible possible;
• In a far greater way God would show his people that with him nothing is impossible!
(1). God’s plan (vs 1-2):
“Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 "Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon”.
• George Bernard Shaw once visited the British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein in his studio;
• The visiting author noticed a huge block of stone standing in one corner;
• And asked what it was for.
• The sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein replied “I don’t know yet. I’m still making plans.”
• Shaw was astounded.
• “You mean you plan your work. Why, I change my mind several times a day!”
• Epstien replied: “That’s all very well with a four-ounce manuscript,
• But not with a four-ton block of stone.”
Verse 1 makes it very clear that God had a plan for his people:
• In fact verse 18 of the previous chapter (13) tells us that;
• “God led the people…to the Red Sea”.
• Another part of that plan was revealed in verse 1 to Moses:
• God ordered a change in the direction the Hebrew people were travelling.
• Humanly speaking that change would have seemed at best seemed strange;
• And at worst, risky and dangerous even madness!
• From their new location the Hebrew people did not enjoy the view:
• Whichever way they looked the outlook was bleak!
• If they looked north they would have seen several massive stone Egyptian fortresses,
• If they looked south all they could see was the barren Egyptian desert called Mizraim.
• If they looked east all they could see was the deep Red Sea.
• If they looked west all they could see was the approaching Egyptian army.
• In other words, God led His people into a geographic cul-de-sac,
• Military speaking it was the most vulnerable spot possible that they could have come to.
• It would like you and me being chased by a gang of robbers.
• And a good friend saying; “come this way” only to lead us into a dead end alley!
• Remember the Hebrew people’s predicament wasn’t an accident;
• Their predicament was not down to a wrong turn or a miscalculation.
• ill: It wasn’t that Moses was a typical man who refused to ask for directions!