Getting Egypt out of Israel 9-13-2020

9-13-2020/FBCH Getting Egypt Out of Israel (2) (Exodus 14)
 
Review. Last week we paused and re-introduced the book of Exodus to you, as we are at the place where Israel is making a mass departure from Egypt. The exiting is happening. God is keeping His word and promises to Abraham. He told Abraham before he had any children that he would father a nation but that nation would be strangers in another land and would end up being afflicted there for 400 years, but then they would come out of there with great possessions, and God would judge their oppressors. (Gen. 15:13-14).
Though they did not have a Bible, at the time, God would speak to them through Moses and Aaron. Moses would communicate with God and share it with Aaron and the two of them would share it with the nation estimated to be about 2 million people. God would guide them in the way they should go with His Shekinah glory. The Angel of God would be in the pillar of cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night, just as He was in the fire of the bush that didn’t burn.
Today, He guides us and teaches us through His Book, the Bible, and guides us with His Holy Spirit as our Lord told us in John 14-16. And He has gifted men to be pastors and elders to teach His word to His people and help to guide them through life and given them to the Church.
All of this is important to remember, because our LORD has a plan for our lives that is both subjective and objective as I have shared many times. You must never forget this. Subjective is what we get. Freedom from our slavery to sin, freedom from the penalty for sin, and to be adopted by Him. freedom to enjoy His peace, joy, love, etc. To live and die with the guaranteed hope of Heaven.
But God has an Objective plan for rescuing us, just as He did for rescuing Israel. Look at Exodus 19:5-6. A kingdom of priests, a people set apart to God, to bring people to God and God to people. They would be a nation of mediators, a light for the world to see and to know God. This is what our Lord said in Matthew 5:13-16. Peter would never forget this. Listen to what He says in 1 Peter 2:9-12.
But for this to happen, People have to be re-trained. Someone has said, “It took just one night to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took forty years to get Egypt out of Israel.” They had to learn to trust and obey God. They had to learn to see life through God’s eyes. Their entire history since Jacob was shaped by Egypt. Just as your entire history has been shaped by the philosophies of this world.
Listen, being born again means to be forgiven and saved, and adopted by God, and having the forever indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, but being born again also means that we have to learn to live life all over again from a different perspective. It means learning to trust and obey God and learning to see all of life through His eyes. To do that, He has to get Egypt out of us.
The rest of Exodus, through Deuteronomy is all about God getting Egypt out of Israel. So lets dive in.
The Lord Plans (Ex. 13:17-14:4) Notice, He led them on a long journey
instead of a short one. Look at 13:17-18, then 14:1-4. They were just a week or two away from the Promised land. We leave here today and arrive there next Tuesday, and life is great. Right? Wrong! Between the city of Rameses and the Canaan Border were Egyptian military outposts, and as soon as you cross the Canaan border there were Philistine outposts. Two million people would not be seen as a busy tourist season but an invasion and these people who had been trained in brick making were not prepared for war. Not yet. So, the Lord led them on a longer route for their good. Instead of heading North East, they headed South East. He actually led them into a cul-de-sac, where it appeared that they were lost and sitting ducks.
Have you ever said to God, “This makes no sense, it would be better to do it this way?” Or, “Why are things not happening like I want them to, the way I prayed they would, and the way that makes sense to me?” It is often because of what God is trying to protect you from as well as what He wants to teach you.
The training we need.
To get Egypt out of us
To make us like Jesus
The training God gives. Let’s consider:
Romans 8:28-29. “And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” But also consider these familiar scriptures.
Everyone knows Proverbs 3:5-6 but listen to the rest of the context.
Proverbs 3:5-12, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
Moses reminded second generation Hebrews why they had spent 40
years camping out. Deut. 8:2-5, And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.
1500 years after Moses, the author of the book to the Hebrews said
this: (Hebrews 12:5-11) “ And you have forgotten the exhortation
which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
All of these passages have the word Chastening. To be chastised often implies to be scolded or beaten as a form a discipline. But the word means, To Train a Child. To Teach a Child. We teach children how to use the toilet, how to tie their shoes, how to obey their parents, how to feed themselves, how to walk, how to talk, and eventually how to cook, clean, drive a car, work, earn a living, drive a nail, change a light bulb, and know God, and well, you get it. Our goal is to help our children to become fully functioning, mature, and independent adults. We don’t train them to hurt them, but to help them. So, does God. James starts his letter with these words: (NLT), “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
Every military, police force, fire and rescue dept., will put their cadets through a rigorous training program to teach them how to be a soldier, sailor, policeman, firefighter, etc. They don’t do this to hurt the cadets but to enable them to do their jobs and to do their best, for their good and their team’s good, and others’.
Our Father, because He loves us is committed to us being like Jesus. Mature, faithful, children of Almighty God who will show the rest of the world what Faith in the one true God is really all about. Training is fairly simple. First you receive instructions and then you get an opportunity to apply your instructions. We call these tests, or trials. Again Deut. 8:2 says, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” He was developing Faith.
The Egyptians Pursue (Ex. 14:3-9)
The Good News – Israel now has Freedom, Forgiveness, Family, and a Future, just like we do in Christ. But there is some really bad news.
The Bad News – An Enemy. The evil one wants to destroy you or re-
enslave you. (Matt. 6:13, John 17:15; Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Peter 5:7; 2 Cor. 2:11). He will tempt you, frighten you, and do all he can to turn you away from following Jesus. Pharaoh is a picture of Satan. This is the work force of Egypt. This is the Egyptian economy. The king been defeated by the God of slaves. But he remains Unbroken, Invictus, Unconquerable, perhaps even madder, or angrier. He would attempt to fight against Yahweh. But God would use him to honor or glorify Himself (vv. 4 and 18). This story has been around for generations.
A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist.
One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “GOD if you are real then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 min.” The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am GOD, I’m still waiting.”
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and hit him hard, knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently.
The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, “What in the world is wrong with you? Why did you do that?” The Marine calmly replied, “GOD was too busy today protecting American soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So, He sent me.”
Well, God had sent Moses. It appears that Israel was trapped in a cul-de-sac. Yet God had intentionally led them there for that appearance. Pharaoh saw it as stupidity and an opportunity to get them back. They had to get the Hebrews back.
Gathering a calvary of horsemen and chariots, Pharaoh takes up the pursuit and closes in on the Hebrews. The king had not yet learned that he could not fight God. Satan is relentless, and knows his time is short and is intent on fighting the Lord by fighting against His children, which you are. I remind you again, praying against the evil one and seeking the wisdom to recognize his tactics needs to be part of everyday praying.
By the way, (just as a side note), this is a preview of coming attractions. The book of the Revelation is marked by God’s judgements on the earth, and yet man, led by Satan, and his beast and false prophet think they can fight God by going after God’s people in Rev. 19, Zech. 12-14, Joel 3 and others depicting Armageddon. God will be Honored, Glorified, Exalted, and Revered among the Egyptians. In His impending Judgment, God would be also be extending grace to the Egyptians. God would finish what the He symbolized in the Rod of Moses – Serpent swallowing Pharaoh’s magicians’ rod – serpents. Egypt would be completely swallowed by YAHWEH!
The Hebrews Panic (Ex. 14:10-12) Someone looked in the rear-view
mirror and saw the pursuing Egyptians, and panic spread thru the camp.
Fear Not. Before we get critical of these people, let’s remember that they
had no Bible and have never been beyond the borders of Egypt. What they did have was 9 months of seeing YAHWEH devastate Egypt. Remember the first 3 they also experienced, and then they were protected from the next 6, and given the way of salvation to trust and obey against the 10th. They had their suitcases full of Egyptian money, jewels, and cloths. Immediately, they focused on their circumstances. But what the LORD wanted them to learn is to re-adjust their focus from their circumstances and focus on HIM.
(vv. 11-12) Immediately they began to blame Moses and wishing they were still slaves. Instead of blaming Moses, they needed to look at the pillar of cloud and fire, and their Exodus. Remember I told you, being born again means learning to live all life over again and from a different perspective. You have heard it said many times, that the Bible says 365 times, “Don’t be afraid.” (v. 13) It’s the most repeated command in the Bible. How can you not be afraid when imminent danger is at your doorstep? It can be difficult, but you can by:
Keep your eyes on the Lord and His promises (vv. 13-14).
Remember what He has done in the past. Your past, Bible past, your family’s past. 10 Plagues and you are well and wealthy and free.
Remember His Presence now. He is with you and always will be. He will never leave, never forsake, ever stop loving you. This is the promise of Jesus. “He who is with you will be with you forever” (John 14:16). Israel, look up, Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire, this is the presence of the Angel of God (v. 19).
Remember His Promises for your future. Debbie and I were talking on Friday about comforting someone whose child may be facing death. How do you do it? Well, in the process you must settle your focus on the promises for your future. A promised land of sorts. A place Jesus has prepared that we looked at in depth last year. YAHWEH promised Abraham. Joseph’s coffin was a memorial of that promise. He did not do all of this for us to forsake us.
Pray (v. 10) As they should have done, the Hebrews cried out to God. That’s what you do when you don’t know what to do. You must pour your heart to God as our Lord Jesus did from the Garden and from the cross. Psalm 62:8, “O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” 
Walk by Faith (v. 13-14). That means that you Obey God because you Trust God regardless of the circumstances or the consequences. That’s what He has been teaching Moses and the Hebrews this last year. That is what the LORD wants every one of His children to learn. Obey me because you trust me. Go forward! We are going to go straight through this sea. Do you trust me? Peter, walk out here on this water! Do you trust me? Throw your nets out the right side for a catch. Do you trust me? Stand up to that armed giant with your slingshot and a stone. Do you trust me? Go out against your enemies with the choir. Do you trust me? No matter what you are or might face, that is God’s question for you. Will you trust and obey me?
The LORD Protects (Ex. 14:15-30). North of the Suez channel the Lord
opened the sea and with a strong east wind, dried the land enough for the people to walk through it. At the same time the Angel of God moved the cloud to the rear to stand between the Egyptians and the Hebrews while the Hebrews made their escape. (read vv. 15-30). God swallowed Pharaoh’s Army. Egypt would know beyond any doubt that YAHWEH is the one and only God. Isaiah 45:5-7, I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, 6 so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.
Some think it began to rain, others that the wall of water began to leak, because the chariots began to get stuck in the mud, or wheels came off. Now the Egyptians (v. 25) were getting scared but it was too late. The waters came over them and they drowned. Not a soldier remained. The Result?
The People Praise (Ex. 14:31)
Be in Awe (v. 31). God’s Power, God’s Grace, God’s Love, God’s Presence,
God’s protection should result in an overwhelming sense of Awe, or the Fear of the Lord. Are you overwhelmed with Awe for our God? Seriously are you? We are! This summer when God gave us our grand-daughter back we were dumb-struck with the overwhelming sense of God’s grace. Every sunrise and every sunset, every view of the night sky, or knowledge of the complexity and precision of the universe should produce jaw-dropping awe in us. Every page of this book should cause a sense of awe for God.
The story is told of a young man who was sitting on a park bench reading his Bible. Suddenly he began to shout. “Praise the Lord! What a miracle!” An older, very distinguished man walking by, stopped, and asked what the young man was so excited about. The young man replied, “I was just reading how God parted the Red Sea and the whole nation of Israel walked across on dry ground.” The older man sneered, “Don’t you know? That wasn’t a real sea at all. It was just a few inches of water.” He then turned in irritation and walked away, leaving the young man confused and discouraged. But in a few minutes the young man began to shout again. The unbeliever returned and asked, “What are you shouting about now?” “Well, sir, I just read how God drowned the whole Egyptian army in just a few inches of water!”
Give God Praise (ch. 15) The people believed God and His servant Moses,
at least, for now. And they broke out in song to praise God. That’s what God’s grace should cause us to do. One of the reasons we gather as a body of believers, and one of the things that Satan hates, is our joining of our voices to praise God in song and praise. Church services are not funeral services, they are the celebration services for people who were dead but now have new life because of Jesus. We are no longer slaves to sin and Satan, we are free and children of Almighty God. We have been adopted. Borrowing from Solomon, there is a time and purpose for everything. A time to be solemn and a time to celebrate.
Let’s look back, how has the Lord brought you through a time when you thought there was no way out? Are you in awe of His grace for you? Thank Him now. Are you facing your own Red Sea right now? Let’s pray and focus on the past, His presence with us, and His promises for us. Let’s commit to walking by faith not by sight.
Let’s you and I, pray together while we sing or after. Let’s pray now!
 
 
Friday was the 19th anniversary of the 9-11-2001 attack on America. I hope you paused and prayed for the families of those lost loved ones including the firemen, police and rescue people who lost their lives and many who have developed cancer from the fumes and dust from that day. Do you remember where you were when you heard of the attack? The world has not been the same since then.
On a brighter note, Today is Grandparents Day! Since August of 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparents Day. Yeah! I wouldn’t expect a flood of cards and gifts, but I would encourage you to pause and thank God for the privileged position of being a grandparent.
Did you know that 3/4 of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis, while 13% are the primary caregiver? In addition:
75% are connected to the internet and or social media
72% think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.
68% think being a grandparent brings them closer to their adult children
70% see their kids at least once a week, while 66% travel with their grand-kids
90% enjoy talking about their grand-kids to just about everyone
Yes, it is true, we don’t have to discipline our grandchildren, we love them, we give them a lot of sugar, and send them home, well sometimes. Sometimes they stay and we feel special, and they think we are special. And you are! So, take a few moments this weekend, and pray for your grandchildren. If you can, read them a book, or tell them stories from your life. Tell them about the time…. (you fill that in). Tell them how you came to faith in Jesus, and the time when God answered your prayer so specifically. Tell them why you believe. Tell them how the Bible is real and is relevant to all of life. love and guidance, wisdom and knowledge. They pass on traditions and family stories, leaving behind a legacy to cherish.
Take a moment and look at Deut. 4:9-10, Psalm 71:17-18; Psalm 78:1-9. Enjoy your privileged position and wonderful calling from God to be a grandparent.
  Grandparents are an important part of kids’ lives, and they are an important part of ours. HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY!
One more thing. How many History buffs do we have here? What is the significance of September 13th-14th? The Battle of Fort McHenry. Francis Scott Key was trying to secure the release of a friend from the British. I think He was successful but he was detained on board of a British ship, until after the battle, so as to not give the Americans any information about the British plans to attack Fort McHenry. The Battle of this evening gave way to the writing of a poem tomorrow the 14th. Then, in 1916, though already being used, it was declared by Woodrow Wilson in an executive order to be our National Anthem and was officially declared to be our National Anthem by congress and Herbert Hoover in 1931.