Summary: For the Children of Israel Egypt was their place of bandage, held in captivity for hundreds of years they suffered a cruel and inhumane lifestyle. They began to worship idols and assume all characteristics of their captors. However, God heard their desp
“Why would anyone want to go back to Egypt -
When the Promise Land is yours!”
Pastor M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
OPENING:- Numbers play a very important role in the Bible. Not every number represents something but the numbers 1-12 have a very specific meaning to them. We are all aware that the number 7 represents perfection and is the most mentioned number in the Bible and is often called God’s number. Well the number 3 is the second most mentioned number in the Bible and it represents fullness. Fullness is being complete, completely filled, maximum, and entirely. Fullness is the 3 manifestations of God, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. The Bible says in Colossians 2:9 “For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” He is the father, the son, and the Holy Ghost - Fullness. We are made in His image and likeness; God is a triune spirit Father, Son, and Holy Ghost we are made a Triophony having body, soul and spirit hence created in the fullness of His image.
FULLNESS: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Past, Presence, Future, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence Body, Soul, Spirit, Death, Burial, Resurrection, Outer Court, Inner Court, Holy of Holies, Tabernacle, Temple, Pentecost, 30, 60, 100 fold, fruit, more fruit, much fruit Faith, Goodness, Mercy, Peter, James, John, there were 3 crosses on Calvary, 3 men died 3 different deaths, 1 died in sin, 1 died to sin, and the 1 died for sin. I’ve been tried, tempted, and tested, justification, salvation, and glorification – fullness.
BECAUSE OF FULLNESS
WATCH THIS:- There were 3 stages that Jesus had to go through in His life:-
1. The Wilderness – place of temptation
2. The Garden – place where flesh brought under subjection
3. The Cross – place where victory is won
WATCH THIS:- There are 3 stages that we have to go through.
1. Egypt – place of sin & bondage
2. The Wilderness – place of temptation where carnality must die
3. The Promise (Land) – place of victory
It is within the wilderness that we struggle wrestling with our emotions, our feelings, our desires, our lust, and with God. If we yield to our emotions, feelings, desires, and lust we go back to sin and bondage or Egypt, but if we yield to God then we come into the promise He has for us. 1st Corinthians 2:9 says “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. If I were to change that just a little bit I would add at the end for them that make it through the wilderness.
Why would anyone want to go back to Egypt -
when the Promise Land is yours?
TEXT:- Numbers 14: 1-4:- “And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt..”
INTRO: I want you to remember the time when things in your life where comfortable. You were comfortable with your daily routine, you were comfortable with the decisions that were made for you, you were comfortable with your parents paying all the bills, buying all your clothes, and taking care of everything in your life. You really didn’t have any issues in life, sure we all had to face decisions on what I was going to wear to school, am I going to have a date for the dance, and will that certain someone be at the skating rink this Friday night and I get the chance to do the couples only song with them.
Do you remember those carefree days?
So many times when we are faced with life’s trials and tribulations we think back on those days and oftentimes begin to grumble and complain about why we have to be going through what we are going through right now. I mean let’s face it I have been in this walk for some time now. I’ve given up some things, let go of some things, been through some things and by this time in my walk with God I should be past this thing by now. We begin to complain and grumble asking the preacher why am I going through what I am going through. We say things like I don’t think it’s fair that after all this time I am still struggling with this and facing that. We complain because we go to church every time the church door is open, we fast, pray, and read our Bibles, yet when we look around and we see someone else that doesn’t even go to church or believe in God at all seem to be prospering we begin to grumble and complain.