Summary: What should we do when our day goes from bad to worse? We should run to God. In this sermon, we see what Moses does when things don't go the way he would hope.
A. Have you ever had a truly bad day?
1. Have you ever had a day that went from bad to worse?
2. Imagine this guy, parachuting into a beautiful lagoon populated by alligators!
3. How about this guy, being rescued by helicopter, only to be eaten by a shark! (probably a doctored picture)
4. Or how about this guy escaping one cesspool only to end up in another.
B. If you have ever had a bad day gone worse like these guys, then you will be able to identify with Moses.
1. Moses had accepted the call of God, was released by his father-in-law, and began his journey back to Egypt.
2. On the way Moses met up with Aaron whom God had sent out to meet his brother.
a. It is always encouraging to note how God works from both ends to make His plans come into being.
3. When Moses and Aaron arrived in Egypt, they summoned a meeting of the elders where they revealed all the words that God had given and showed them the signs of God’s power.
4. The people believed and threw their support behind Moses.
a. Perhaps those Hebrew elders thought it was going to be a quick-and-easy “slam-dunk.”
b. They imagined Moses marching into Pharaoh’s court, amazing Pharaoh with his miraculous signs, and then the gates of liberation would swing open and they would be on their merry way.
C. But it wasn’t going to be that easy.
1. If they had stopped to think about it, they should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.
2. Moses certainly knew it wouldn’t be that easy, for God had clearly told him that there would be major difficulties with Pharaoh.
3. But you know how it is, most of us block out the part of the plan we don’t like, and we focus on the part of the plan we like.
a. We skip over the part that says we are going to get in the car and drive 1000 miles, and all we focus on is the part that says: “We are going to Disney World.”
4. God had told Moses that Pharaoh would not let them go until a mighty hand compelled him by striking the Egyptians by the wonders He would perform, then, and only then, Pharaoh would let them go.
5. So now with the easy part being over and it was time to confront Pharaoh with the message of God.
6. Moses’ bad day began when he gained an audience with the King!
I. The Story
A. The opening scene of today’s part of the story is decidedly dramatic as two eighty year old men stand before the most powerful man on earth.
1. Although it may be hard for us to imagine, let’s try to sense the power and presence of Pharaoh.
a. He was considered a “god” in his land – so he was literally, worshiped.
b. Colossal structures and sculptures bearing his name towered into the blue, Egyptian skies.
c. What Pharaoh said was law, and there was no court of appeals.
d. He held a person’s life and death in the casual snap of his fingers.
2. But as awesome as was the presence of Pharaoh, we must keep in mind that Moses and Aaron had just been in the presence of someone even greater – Yahweh the King of the Universe.