Summary: A sermon which takes a look at why the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt.
I. Delivered From Slavery 12:40-41
After 430 years in Egypt, God sent Moses to demand their freedom. When Pharaoh wouldn’t listen to what God had to say, the Lord sent plagues upon them.....
The plague of blood, the frogs, lice, flies, the plague on the cattle, boils and blains, hail, locust, darkness........and with each one of these Pharaoh only hardened his heart, and refused to obey the Lord......
The devil will fight tooth, and nail to keep people in bondage.
Yet the final plague would break Pharaoh’s grip, and the people would be granted freedom.
It took the blood ! Exodus 12
Not just any sacrifice would do........had to be a male lamb of the first year, and could have no blemishes......had to be perfect.
The lamb was killed before the entire congregation, and the blood was placed on the two side posts of the door, and on the upper post. Those who had the blood applied were spared, and safe !
It was through the blood........and is still today by the blood that we are delivered !
Zig Ziglar wrote about the famous escape artist, Harry Houdini. Houdini boasted that he could escape from any jail cell in the country. Frequently, he demonstrated his ability to just that, but once something went wrong. When the heavy door clanged shut, Houdini pulled out a piece of thin metal that had been concealed in his belt and started to pick the lock. For thirty minutes, he worked on the lock, but couldn’t get it open. An hour passed, he was bathed in sweat, but he still couldn’t pick the lock. Two hours went by, and he finally collapsed in frustration against the door he could not open. But, when he fell against the door, it swung open. It had never been locked! In his mind it was locked, and that’s all it took to keep him “locked” in and frustrated. The bondage and imprisonment resulting from sin, isn’t quite like Houdini’s jail cell, but it is very much like the imprisonment of the mind. Jesus knew that there is something about the truth that is freeing. His concern was specifically freedom from sin, and truth about himself. Jesus frees people from sin.
The Christian Declaration of Independence
I am free from failure for "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Phil.4:13
I am free from want for "my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" Phil:4:19
I am free from fear for "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2Tim1:7
I am free from doubt for "God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Rom. 12:3
I am free from weakness, "the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Ps.27:1
I am free from the power of Satan "because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1Jn.4:4
I am free from defeat "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." 2Cor.2:14
I am free from ignorance, "for Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God." 1Cor.1:30
I am free from sin "for the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin." 1Jn.1:7
I am free from worry "for I am to cast my cares upon Him." 1Pet.5:7
I am free from bondage "for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2Cor.3:17
I am free from condemnation, "for there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:1I am free from condemnation, "for there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:1
II. Delivered To Serve 7:16
*Note that this same purpose is stated 5 other times.
8:1,20 9:1,13, 10:3
Now that deliverance had been achieved.......what were the people to do ? Do their own thing........go their own way ?
No.......the deliverance was just the beginning of God’s plan.
They were delivered from slavery, and delivered to serve !
In Egypt, the children of Israel were servants of Pharaoh.......they could only be servants of the Lord outside of Egypt.......they had to be delivered from bondage before they could properly, and effectively serve the Lord.
If you are saved, God has saved you.......delivered you.......set you free........so that you might serve !
From Chuck Swindoll’s book......."Improving Your Serve"
"To make the value of obedience just a practical as possible, let’s play ’Let’s Pretend.’ Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I’m the owner and I’m interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to travel abroad and stay there until a new branch office gets established. I make all the arrangements to take my family and move to Europe for six to eight months. And I leave you in charge of the busy stateside organization. I tell you that I will write you regularly and give you directions and instructions. I leave and you stay.