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Summary: God brings disasters on the Pharaoh of Egypt. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). The Command.

(2). The Conflict.

(c). The Compassion

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

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!”

Ill:

• 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!

TRANSITION:

• 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”.


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