Summary: We will look at how God brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt through HIS sanctification through which they were saved from the Angel of Death. We will also see the manner by which God led the nation to the Red Sea. God seeks to lead us today if we

Saved, Sanctified, and Led by God

Saved and Sanctified by blood at God’s Command

Led in Safety by God

DBF Sunday Sermon, 10/13/02, Exodus 13

I have often said that I had no personal desire to come to Dillingham but for God’s call.

I had no ideas about whether Dillingham was a good place or a bad place to be. I did not know the people, culture, economics, or politics of the communities, villages, and region.

All I know is that in April and May of 1997, God kept placing me in places that Dillingham was being brought up in.

I remember vividly telling people that asked if I was interested in coming to Dillingham “Absolutely not…I don’t even know where Dillingham is”.

But once I understood that it was God leading me here, then a peace came over me and Gloria in pursuing God’s plan for us.

My dearest brother and friend, Harley Shields went to be with the Lord last weekend. I have been looking through his book again this week and I am still amazed at the faithfulness of Harley and of his beautiful bride Martha.

The many challenges they faced in their sanctification process and the amazing way they sought only the leadership of God in their lives through many situations that we today might feel unachievable. Yet, by complete faith in God and HIS ability they persevered in the walk that Christ laid before them with Harley’s graduation and homecoming last week.

Our hearts go out to Martha, Lou Ann and Lance, and the rest of the immediate family and Churches that have been touched by the messages delivered and the life of Harley Dixon Shield.

If this is the completion of the sanctification process, most of us should gladly proclaim…bring it on.

This is what Christ is doing on a daily bases “Bringing it on.” Christ is working to make you resemble HIM more and more, day by day. Praise the Lord.

HE is the beginning, guide, and ending of our lives once we accept HIM and HE is able to accomplish all good things with those who submit themselves to HIS good and perfect will.

We will walk with Israel this week as they head towards the Red Sea. God will call them to set aside the firstborn of the nation to be consecrated to God, redeemed by their fathers. God will also call them to consecrate the firstborn of the flocks as an offering and give them directions for doing so. Let us begin our walk with Israel this week.

Saved and Sanctified by blood at God’s Command

Exodus 13

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. 3And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 4This day came ye out in the month Abib. 5And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. 6Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. 7Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. 8And thou shalt show thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. 9And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. 10Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

11And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, 12That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD’S. 13And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem. 14And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: 15And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. 16And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.

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