Summary: God is big enough to handle the impossible events that we may face in our life! When Moses and the Israelites were facing a dead end; God moved the water to make way for His people!
TEXT: Exodus 14
TITLE: God is Bigger Than…IMPOSSIBLE!
SERIES: God is Bigger Than…
TOPIC: God’s Power and Might
OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, October 19, 2008
PROP.: God is big enough to handle the impossible events that we may face in our life! When Moses and the Israelites were facing a dead end; God moved the water to make way for His people!
INTRODUCTION: Today we are going to re-visit a familiar story. A story that has even grasped the attention of Hollywood movie makers. The story is found in Exodus chapter 14. It’s the account of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. It’s really important that all of chapter 14 is read…and since even IIIIII get tired of listening to the sound of my own voice, I’ve asked some people to come forward and help read.
Please follow along as together our scripture is read…
HEATHER MOHR (Exodus 14:1-10)
SHANE MOORE (Exodus 14:11 - 20)
JIM PRINTY (Exodus 14:21-31)
I believe the reason there is so much interest in the story that we have just read is because it’s a story of the impossible! And this story of the impossible is made possible because God is a God who SPECIALIZES in the impossible!
I need to quickly give you some BACKGROUND…REALLY QUICKLY, I need to tell you where the Israelites and Moses were when this story takes place.
--Here we see where the traditional Mt. Sinai was. Only there is no evidence to suggest that 2 - 3 million people ever lived here.
--No evidence of a water supply.
--No remains of dwellings.
--Not enough room at the base of this traditional mountain for 2 - 3 million people to
--No caves found
ILLUSTRATION: when I was youth minister and we would take youth trips…when we would arrive home and the kids would hop out of the van, you would see evidence that they had been in the van! You’d see wrappers left behind, clothing…bibles…there was evidence that people inhabited the van! And that was only 15 people in a van!
Now if 15 people can leave proof in a van that we were here…you would think that 2 - 3 million people would leave evidence that they were living in the land for two years. But no such evidence has been discovered at the traditional Mt. Sinai.
However, there has been some new evidence that has come to light at the NEW site.
AT THE NEW SITE:
--evidence of a large water supply (including the rock that Moses struck and water poured forth).
This is a picture of the rock that is believed to be the rock that moses struck and water came forth.
This rock is 60 feet tall.
You can see that it sticks up quite noticeably out of the ground
You can also see that there would be plenty of places for the water to gather into ponds so that people could come drink.
Look at this: The rock is worn smooth. Because of water erosion. In a desert area that only receives 2 inches of rainfall in a years time, this rock is worn smooth with water!
--plenty of room to camp!
--altar (the altar that Aaron built as Moses was on top of the mountain getting the 10 commandments? placed the golden calf upon.)
This looks like a just a bunch of fenced off rocks…until you look at it closer.