Summary: Enjoy the salvation God provides.
HE’S GOT YOU COVERED
Th: Movin’ On Up!
Pr: Enjoy the salvation that God provides.
I. FRESH START
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Receive the fresh start God wants you to have.
• Receive the protection Jesus offers as the sacrificial lamb.
• Enjoy the salvation that God provides through Jesus.
RMBC 16 March 08 AM
When we come to the context of our passage today, let us start off by saying…
1. Salvation is needed!
Back in the book of Genesis, the family of Jacob came to Egypt because of a famine, and then stayed.
For a while they enjoyed favor because Jacob’s son, Joseph, was the number one man behind the pharaoh in the Egyptian government.
But after Joseph’s death and generations came to pass one, a new Pharaoh took over who did not know Joseph and who didn’t like the Hebrew people.
So, he made them slaves.
It was his way to stop the children of Israel from being a political force, but keep them as an economic force.
God heard the cries of His people and moved, in His own time, to relieve them of their bondage.
Onto the scene comes Moses, for…
2. Moses is God’s messenger of judgment and deliverance.
Moses, as an infant, was saved from pharaoh’s death sentence by his own daughter and was raised in Pharaoh’s court.
But when he was 40, he ran from Egypt when he killed an Egyptian overseer for punishing and beating some of his own Hebrew brothers.
Then, at the age of 80, God calls Moses to return and rescue the people.
Last week in our study, God used nine plagues to wrestle Israel from the grip of pharaoh.
They were natural disasters that took on an increasingly personal and deadly form: the Nile turning to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, boils, livestock death, hail, locusts, and then darkness.
The plagues also got more discriminatory - at first everyone suffered, then God spared the children of Israel living in Goshen.
The subject of judgment is one that is so misunderstood.
It was less than seven years ago, that we as a nation wrestled with that on 9/11.
ILL Judgment (S)
On September 13, 2001 in an interview with the press the daughter of Billy Graham, Ann Graham Lotz, was asked by the Early Show’s Jane Clayson to offer some comfort to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack. During this interview Jane Clayson asked: “I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?”
Anne Graham Lotz replied saying: “I say God is also angry when he sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace. And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.”
(From transcript of Early Morning Show - CBC interview)
Whether we realize it or not, God has blessed the United States.
And whether pharaoh realized it or not, God had blessed Egypt.
Because Egypt had at one time blessed the people of Israel, had welcomed them and allowed them to flourish.
Egypt has become a world power because God has given it to them.
But in time, it has changed.
Now the blessing will turn into judgment, and we find out that…
3. Pharaoh is one stiff-necked rebel.
God had sent Moses to pharaoh with the demand, “Let my people go.”
Pharaoh with great arrogance replied, “Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice to let the children of Israel go?”
Instead of obedience, pharaoh hardened his heart and refused.
God now forced the issue and a series of nine plagues had devastated Egypt.
It will take one more horrific plague, the death of the firstborn, to convince pharaoh.
And the text changes its language.
It is not a plague, but a stroke, more disastrous than other nine.
God is going to strike the firstborn, for this is the only thing that will loosen the pharaoh’s evil grip.
The text begins with a promise of a…