Summary: FOOLPROOF GAMEPLAN FOR STIRRING UP GOD’S ANGER
FOOLPROOF GAMEPLAN FOR STIRRING UP GOD’S ANGER
A. (:1-3) GOD PERSEVERES IN HIS LOVE FOR US DESPITE OUR PATTERN OF REPEATED FAILURES
1. Praise the Lord / Give Thanks
for His Goodness
for His Lovingkindness
for His mighty deeds
2. Practice Righteousness / keep justice
B. (:4-5) WE LONG TO ENJOY GOD’S BLESSING AND PROSPERITY ALONG WITH GOD’S PEOPLE
Exactly what is it that we would most like to experience?
"the prosperity of Thy chosen ones"
"the gladness of Thy nation"
"glory with Thine inheritance"
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There are many different ways to fail in our walk with the Lord;
Satan has his will for our life which involves multiple ways of us turning away from God;
Modern sins with ancient roots;
There are some guaranteed ways to stir up God’s anger against us:
I. (:6-12) MEMORY LOSS
FORSAKING GOD’S GOODNESS
A. Fundamental Problem = Sin
"We have sinned like our fathers"
"We have committed iniquity"
"We have behaved wickedly"
B. Memory Loss at the Red Sea
1. Trouble ahead of them: trapped by the Red Sea
2. Trouble behind them: pursued by the angry Egyptians
3. Main Trouble = in their own minds
"did not understand Thy wonders"
"did not remember Thine abundant kindnesses"
Root problem cropped up again: they "rebelled" by the sea -- motivated by Fear;
Caused them to doubt the love and faithfulness of God
C. Miraculous Deliverance
"for the sake of His name"
"That He might make His power known"
D. Temporary Faith and Praise
"Then they believed His words" -- Faith is the key ingredient to combat all these
"they sang His praise"
Transition: "they quickly forgot His works" (:13a)
II. (:13-15) IMPATIENT INDULGENCE
FORSAKING GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL CARE
unhappy with the menu and with the scheduled meal times
Problem of Contentment and of Faith
"They did not wait for His counsel"
"But craved intensely in the wilderness" -- all types of fleshly lusts
"and tempted God in the desert" -- failure to fear the Lord; presumptuous demands
"sent a wasting disease among them"
III. (:16-18) ENVIOUS OF GOD’S APPOINTED LEADERS
FORSAKING GOD’S AUTHORITY
A. Foolhardy Rebellion: Envious of God’s Appointed Leaders
1. "Moses in the camp" -- Rebels had delusions of Grandeur
2. "Aaron, the holy one of the Lord" -- Rebels had no fear of God
B. Severe Discipline
1. Against the instigators of the rebellion."earth opened up and swallowed up Dathan ... and Abiram"
2. Against the followers of the rebellion
"a fire blazed up ... and consumed the wicked"
IV. (:19-23) MATERIALISTIC IDOLATRY
FORSAKING GOD’S GLORY
A. How Low Can You Go?
From worshiping the majestic God of the universe to worshiping a golden calf
"the image of an ox that eats grass"
Idolatry = giving the preeminence to something other than God
B. How Forgetful Can You Get?
"forgot God their Savior"
"Who had done great things in Egypt "
"Wonders in the land of Ham"
"And awesome things by the Red Sea"
C. How Close to Extinction Can You Be?
"Therefore He said that He would destroy them "
D. How Important is Godly Intercession?