Summary: God brings disasters on the Pharaoh of Egypt. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Command.
(2). The Conflict.
(c). The Compassion
Some warnings are humorous:
• (1)Manufactures are now growing increasingly wary of being sued,
• When their products are misused,
• So they are attaching warning labels to hundreds of items.
• For example, a child’s Superman outfit bears this warning:
• “Parents, please exercise caution—FOR PLAY ONLY.
• Mask and cape are not protective; cape does not enable user to fly.”
• (2). Kathy’s children’s cough medicine contains this warning:
• “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication”
• (3). Boots hairdryer:
• “Do not use while sleeping!”
• (4). Marks & Spenser’s bread pudding:
• “Product will be hot after heating!”
• (5). Our Christmas lights from B&Q contained this helpful information:
• “For indoor and outdoor use only”
• (6). Sainsbury’s peanuts;
• “Warning product contains nuts!”
• Some warnings are much more serious:
• April 15, 1912 (2:20 a.m.) The Titanic sinks.
• Yet on the 11th April,
• She received six warnings from ships stopped in or passing through heavy ice.
• 5 more warnings came to the Titanic the next day - April 12th.
• 3 more warnings on April 13th.
• And 7 more warnings on the 14th the day before the Titanic hit the iceberg!
• All of these warnings would have been written down as they were intercepted,
• Logged in the radio book, and passed on to the officers on the bridge.
• There was no way that the Captain (Edward John Smith);
• Along with the officers would have been unaware of the huge field of ice,
• That now lay directly in front of them.
• Incredibly the Titanic itself;
• Actually relayed these warnings back to the shore.
• Yet the captain of the Titanic thought his ship was unsinkable,
• And continued his pace of 60 feet every 1.5 seconds.
• Captain Smith ignored warning after warning after warning from his crew & other ships.
• Whether it was pride, stupidity,
• Or faith in his ’unsinkable’ ship that stopped him listening to the warnings,
• We do not know - it was probably a combination of all three.
• But as a result April 15, 1912 (2:20 a.m.) The Titanic sinks!
• Thousands of years before Captain Edward John Smith.
• There was another stubborn and foolish man.
• He believed that his kingdom, his empire, his reign was unsinkable.
• His name is believed to be Ramesses II by many Bible scholars;
• Although no-one can be exactly sure.
• Whoever he was, please note that he refused to heed the warnings!
• He rejected and snubbed he instruction given to him.
(1). The command.
• I want you to note that seven times in these chapters (5-10),
• God says to Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”
i.e. Chapter 5 verse 1:
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
i.e. Chapter 7 verse 16:
“Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened”.