Summary: Give me liberty or give me death! I will be free no strings attached.
TEXT Ex 10:9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.
INTRO: Freedom is the most valuable expression of language that there is. It is an element that is fundamental in thought yet, overwhelming in experience; it is the one thing that mankind will dream for, live for, fight for, and die for. How is it that man is so motivated for such a thing? Could it be that he was created free from the beginning and that there would always be a desire somewhere in his being to be what he was once again?
There has always been those who would give away our freedom not being concerned about the awful price that had to be paid to attain it.
In our early days as a nation there were those who wanted to give up the thoughts of freedom and just sink back into slavery despite those who had already lost their lives in the pursuit of it. There were still alive and that’s all they cared about. Listen to the words of one of our great champions:
One great Patriot said “Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!
It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Now as we hear these words of this great patriot, let me go back in time to a place where we see freedom beginning in Action, I go back in time to Egypt, where God’s people had become complacent with their bondage, but a God who wanted them to be free.
To achieve something of greatness there has to be a fire fueling the desire; A hope to be beyond where we are and a drive to achieve this very thing. An honest opinion of one’s self, I don’t know everything but I am willing to try and apply myself to attain the goal and status I know is possible for me to reach.
I. DREAMS AND DESIRES ARE FUELED BY NEED!!!!
A. People don’t seek freedom from their captivity when their freedom doesn’t challenge them.
1. As long as they are comfortable in their cage they are usually happy and rarely think about their captivity.
a. Many people think themselves very acceptable to change, but I find that is only true as long as they like the way that change went.
Illustration: I was told of a man who had a bear in captivity. The bear could walk 12 steps forward and then 12 steps back, that s all he could do. One day the owner of the bear felt sorry and said I will release the bear into the wild so he can finish out his life free. He took the bear upon a high mountain and there he released his friend. The bear walked out of the cage and then went 12 steps forward and then 12 steps back, he continued the same process as if he was in the cage. He was bound in his mind and so he couldn’t be free in his body. The bear had to be put to sleep because of the bondage of his mind.
There is no freedom when one is comfortable in their cage.
B. People don’t seek Freedom when captivity doesn’t hurt them.
1. Exodus chapter 4 is another example of Zipporah not wanting to accept change for the righteousness.
Moses had left Egypt and in his mind he thought I will never return to my people. So instead of instilling the blood covenant into his sons that was also a sign of freedom, he let his wife have her way and they didn’t circumcise their sons. One day he met God in the burning bush, a fire was ignited in his soul, he forgot that he hadn’t put his family under the same covenant, so his sons weren’t covered with flag of freedom under the covenant with God. Zipporah was a Midianite and she saw no reason for this bloody covenant, she no doubt opposed the idea radically; Moses never gave a thought that one day God would call him again, so he let it go never dreaming that his unwilling to stand for his God covenant would come back to haunt him.