Summary: As the final plague comes upon the Egyptians, Moses gave the Israelites some important instructions to follow in order to be protected from the plague. Salvation is a process that begins and ends with faith and obedience.
A. How good are you at following directions?
1. Are you a rule follower or a rule bender?
B. I heard about a guy who was puzzled with the odd messages left on his answering machine.
1. Day after day friends and family would leave a message and then say, “Beep.”
2. Finally, he decided to listen to his greeting and he discovered the explanation for what was going on - People were just following his directions.
3. His answering machine message said, “Hi, I'm not in right now, so please leave a beep after the message.”
C. Maybe you heard about the simple minded guy who decided to paint the inside of his house.
1. A friend stopped by to see how it was going and found the man lying on the floor in a pool of sweat, wearing two jackets.
2. The man asked his friend why he was wearing two jackets while trying to paint his house..
3. The painter said, “The directions on the can said: “For best results, put on two coats.”
4. Following directions isn’t always as easy as you think.
D. Today, we are going to learn about one of the greatest events in the history of the Jewish faith.
1. For 430 years the Israelites have lived as foreigners and slaves in Egypt.
2. They have been mistreated and oppressed by forced and obsessive labor.
3. Their leader, Moses, came to Pharaoh time and time again to ask for their freedom to go and worship God, but time and time again, the king refused to set them free.
4. Each time that Pharaoh refused, God sent a plague.
5. Nine different times God poured out consequences upon the Egyptians for their failure to release the Israelites.
E. Now, the tenth and final plague is about to take place.
1. This plague will be the worst plague of all.
2. The firstborn son of every Egyptian home will die, from the firstborn of the prisoners in the dungeon to the first born the royal palace, even livestock would be effected.
3. The Bible tells us that there was not one home in all of Egypt without someone dead.
4. Finally, after this tremendously costly event, Pharaoh would set the Israelites free.
F. The main point that I want us to learn from Exodus 11 and 12, is obedience.
1. God spoke, everyone heard, and some people obeyed.
2. Ultimately, we must learn to hear what God says, respect God’s commands, respond in obedience, and leave the results with God.
3. Let’s see how obedience – that all-essential ingredient – takes shape in Exodus 11 and 12.
I. The Story
A. The Bible says: 1 Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” (Ex. 11:1-2)
1. Doesn’t this strike you as strange?
2. The Hebrew slaves were to ask for silver and gold from their Egyptian neighbors. Why?
3. Well, the Israelites didn’t realize it yet, but God was getting them ready for a long trip.