Red Sea and Me. Getting Israel out of Eygpt 9-6-2020

9-6-2020/FBCH                         Getting Egypt out of Israel
Ex. 13:14-14:31
Introduction – The Red Sea Crossing (by a 9 year old) (led by Moses)
Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school.
“Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelite people out of Egypt.”
“When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.”
“Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements.”
“They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved”.
“Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked.
“Well, no Mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”
A Lot of people don’t believe it. It is one of the greatest miracles recorded in the Bible and used in the Psalms as a source of inspiration for the Hebrew people. And we will get to it next week. Today, I want to re-introduce you to this book called Exodus. In fact, it is an introduction to Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
One of the reasons that we are studying the life and leadership of Moses is that his story, and the birth of the nation of Israel, mirrors our own personal story of faith and being rescued from slavery to live in freedom and harmony with our God. There is joy and peace in being forgiven and chosen as a child of God, adopted into His family, knowing we are headed to heaven. He leads us out of a life of bondage and into a relationship with Himself. Never forget that. He never forgives us and frees us to let us go off on our own. We are rescued from our slavery in order to be rescued to a relationship with Him. But it doesn’t take long to realize that our enemy who had held us captive to sin and stuff, is not happy that we are free, and tries to re-capture us and turn us from our new faith. (Cp. Matt. 6:13; Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Peter 5:7) And as we follow our Lord, we find that often we come to an impossible predicament, and we wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to remain where we were. These stories are mirrors of the stories of our own lives.
It was quite a night. All of Egypt was grieving the death that invaded absolutely every home and every barn. At the same time, the Hebrews were plundering their Egyptian neighbors and leaving Egypt. They were departing, exiting the place where they had lived and worked in bondage for over 400 years. That’s what the name Exodus means, a departing, a mass exiting. Most had probably never seen life outside of Egypt. It is the only home they have ever known. Many of you can trace your ancestry to another country and while you may have traveled some, the U.S.A. is the only home you have ever known.
Approximately 2 million strong and all their cattle. Our Story has 5 parts and many teaching points. We will look at part one today and the next 4 next week.
The LORD Plans (Exodus 12:37-41; 13:17-14:2). He plans our journey.
One of the major lessons in the story of Moses and the Exodus is that YAHWEH wants us to know that He is God and God alone. There is no other. He made us for Himself and wants us to love Him as He loves us. He has proposed a love relationship with us in what we call a Covenant. He made a Covenant with Noah, He made a Covenant with Abraham, He will make one with Moses and Israel in Ch.19, and He made one with us called the New Covenant. In a sense these covenants are like wedding vows. All of these are declarations of His love, and pledges of His faithfulness to us when we trust and obey Him or walk by our faith. The plagues on Egypt over the last 9 months were to show the Hebrews and Egyptians that He is the one true God who keeps His Covenant promises that He made with Abraham and for his descendants.

The Guidance He provides. You and I have been blessed beyond measure to
have the Bible. God breathed out His words to Moses and 40 other men so we would know Him, Know His will, Know His promises, and so we could be mature Christlike children of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17). We have the benefit of scholars and Godly teachers and pastors to explain it and show us how to apply it to our lives. WE are so blessed to have this book of God.
And we have the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God with us, and in us, to guide us and to bring the Bible’s words to our minds when we need it. For example, listen to the words of our LORD Jesus: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you,” (John 14:26). And,  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-14)
We must not forget that Israel did not have a Bible, nor synagogues, nor any formal religious services that we know of. They had only the oral traditions and stories that were passed down in the families. On top of that they had 400 years of Egyptian indoctrination in the Egyptian ways and beliefs. Jacob and Joseph may have begun as God fearing, faith walking believers, but 400 years of godless influence greatly affected the Hebrews. Just look at how 60 years have affected our country. Someone has said, “It took just one night to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel.”

To Guide Israel, God gave them four things.
First, was a symbol of His presence with them. Moses’ walk with God began with a burning bush. The Angel of the Lord or the Lord Jesus was present in that fire and spoke with Moses. Look at 13:21-22 and cp. 14:19. God was visibly present to led them. Several times in Exodus and Numbers, God will speak to Moses and to the people from the Cloud and Fire. The Cloud and Fire were expressions of the Shekinah Glory of God; The presence of God with them. God would be present with His people. The Shekinah Glory Cloud and Fire would lead them in the way they were to go. It also would provide protection for them. Psalm 105:37-39 says, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes. 38 Egypt was glad when they departed, For the fear of them had fallen upon them. 39 He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.” The cloud would protect them from the intense desert heat from the sun in the day, and the fire would protect them from the freezing temperatures at night. The temperatures can go from below freezing at night to over 120 degrees in the daytime.
Secondly, God gave Israel a leader, a shepherd, named Moses. Moses would commune with God and he and Aaron would relay God’s Word to the people. To teach and guide His people God has given them Shepherds. By the way, I know that many, many churches call a pastor who will perform all the religious stuff and minister to you. And while ministry is part of his job, his primary responsibility is to teach you and lead you to trust, obey and imitate Jesus. This is not about encouraging social or political activism, this sus about becoming like Jesus and adopting His goals, His dreams, His vision, His purposes, and continuing His life. He lives is us to minister grace to the world. Never, ever forget that. Listen carefully to Paul, Ephesians 4:11-15, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.” Peter made it very plain that while distributing money and food to the needy is very important, it is a job for the church , the pastor’s job is to teach and to pray for the church. Acts 6:2-4 says, “Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
As long as the shepherd is leading according to the Bible, the church’s responsibility is to follow his or their leading. Between here and the end of Numbers, Israel would get into trouble when they tried to move by majority opinion. The majority can be wrong! Your responsibility is to make sure the Bible says, or by principle implies what the Shepherd says, and then follow him. If there would have been a congregational vote, Israel would not have gone the way that the Lord through Moses and the Shekinah Glory led them. Trust Your Shepherd! Too many churches falter, and fail, and fracture because people want to go by their own opinions and feelings and wants, rather than the way God is leading through their shepherds and His word. We have the Holy Spirit and we have the Bible and we have men who have been trained and have given their lives to the study and teaching of God’s word. Read Numbers 12 sometime. Miriam and Aaron are scathed by God from the cloud because they spoke against Moses. Miriam got leprosy.
Thirdly, He gave them His Words and Will. He spoke to Moses and Moses and Aaron would speak them to the people. Moses then would write them down and give to them and to us, 5 or the first 6 books of the Bible. The Bible tells us not only our history and our future but what is God’s will and the best way to live our lives. They were privileged to the first written words of God while they were traveling.
Fourth, they had a Memorial of their faith in the Promises of God. (13:19).
They took Joseph’s coffin. I am not sure if it had been written down somewhere, or the Lord revealed it directly to Moses, but Moses knew of Joseph’s desire. In Gen. 50:24-26 it says, “And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Joseph believed it 400 years ago, and God kept His word. Joseph knew the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 15. That coffin was a constant reminder to the Hebrews that God is to be trusted and obeyed. Just as every communion service, every Christmas, every Easter, and every sign of the cross is a memorial to the faithfulness of God.
The Training we need. As I shared with you earlier, someone said, “It took
just one night to get Israel out of Egypt but 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel.” God had plans for Israel. Look over at Ch. 19:5-6.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” The intent was that Israel would be like a summer light attracting the bugs of the world to God. God would bless them so much that they would become the envy of the world. People would want to know their secret and their God. They would have God’s words and wisdom and will.
But to do this they would have to learn to live life all over again from a different perspective as the people who trust in YAHWEH. They had to stop thinking like Egyptians and rest fully on the LORD and obey Him. For this to happen they would have to be trained to think and react in faith as the Children of God. The rest of Exodus – Deuteronomy is all about that. For example, Immediately, as they departed from Egypt, two things happened.
One, 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.
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, prayed they would, and 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.
Second, (14:3-4). The Egyptian landscape had been ruined, the nation had experienced a national disaster in the loss incurred by every family, and their economy would completely collapse with the loss of their slave labor force. They had to get the Hebrews back. The king had not yet learned that he could not fight God. 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 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!
Major Life lesson here. God has a twofold plan for your life and the lives of all of His children. The plan is to get us out of Egypt and bondage to sin and self and Satan and then to get Egypt out of us and train us to be like Him. Sadly, a lesson many never learn. We have to stop thinking like Egyptian slaves and start thinking like Children of God. Being Born again means learning to live life all over again from a different perspective.
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. 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 firstfruits 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.”
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.
One more.
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 implies to be scolded or beaten as a form a discipline. That is true sometimes, but not necessarily in these contexts. The word means to be trained 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, earn a living, drive a nail, change a light bulb and well, you get it. Our goal is to help our children be fully functioning, mature, and independent of parents, adults. We don’t train them to hurt them. Neither does God. James begins his short 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 to their best.
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.”
Everything we are about to encounter in the life of Moses is about that. This is a major principle of the whole Bible, that you must grasp and know in your heart concerning what we will encounter in the lives of the Hebrews and what you will encounter in your own lives. God is at work in your life to get you out of Egypt and then to get all of Egypt out of you, and mold you into the image of Jesus to be a His light and a priest in a dark world.
Next Week we will pick up with the Red Sea. The Lord Plans, The
Egyptians Pursue, The Hebrews Panic, The Lord Protects, The People Praise.
This is a time for a recommitment. A self-examination. Am I following the leading of the Holy Spirit, and His Bible. Am I following the Shepherd God has given me. Am I trusting God in my trying times knowing He wants to get all of Egypt out of me as He gets me out of Egypt? IS my life one that is attracting people to the light of life in Jesus? Maybe we should re-commit ourselves to that.
The Egyptians Pursue (Ex. 14:3-9)
The Good News – Freedom, Forgiveness, Family, a Promised Land
The Bad News – An Enemy
The Hebrews Panic (Ex. 14:10-12)
Keep your eyes on the Lord and His promises
Walk by Faith
The LORD Protects (Ex. 14:13-30)
The People Praise (Ex. 14:31)
Be in Awe
Give God praise