Today we’re going to start in Exodus 14:15 ESV. The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.
Our theme for today is Stop Stalling and Go Forth!
In Exodus 14 the children of Israel have LEFT EGYPT… and they’re heading toward the REA SEA. Pharaoh realized that he just let go of the most valuable resource in EGYPT.
So, he commanded over 600 chariots to GO AFTER THEM.
The Egyptians finally caught up with them. The Israelites saw them and began to CRY OUT to GOD!
THEN IT HAPPENED…Moses why did you bring us out here to DIE!?…We could have still been SERVING the Egyptians…
Moses tells them not to be afraid and watch what God is about to do.
So, what do we learn from this story?
LESSON 1: Stop looking back…
v. 10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly.
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LESSON 2: Stop rehearsing the past and especially when it wasn’t good anyway…
v. 11-12 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
Here’s what Moses said in Exodus 14:13-14 ESV And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
WHAT WAS GOD’S RESPONSE?
Exodus 14:15-16 ESV The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.
His response is Lesson 3 YOU have a part in this TOO!
1. Everybody, STOP crying out to Me
2. Moses, LIFT up your staff stretch out your hands…
3. Everybody, GO forward…
THEN GOD did HIS part.
Now here’s the deal… we may not like God’s part. We want Him to handle the situation the way we would. Kill all the Egyptians right here, right now. But that NOT what God did.
He allowed them to chase after the Israelites. And we’re saying God, we did what you told us to do, SO why in the world is this happening? I know you told me to…
But you need to know that the Angel of the Lord had been with them all the time. He actually moved from in front of them to behind them…
After Moses lifted his hands, the seas open, the Israelites went through, the Egyptians pursued them, the Lord caused the Egyptians to panic, and messed up the wheels of their chariots.
Moses stretched out his hands AGAIN and the Lord closed the seas.
The Lord was WITH them all the time and HE IS WITH YOU.
So, quit crying, quit making excuses, quit saying what you can’t do and follow the instruction He has given you.
The Israelites had purpose to fulfill. In Genesis 12:2 God told Abraham that through him, He was going to make them a great nation, but they’re initial response was naw…we’ll just go back into slavery that’ll be easier.
Don’t let that be your response to God. Stop Stalling and Go Forth.
Go forth and advance the Kingdom of God… that’s the point of purpose. See you next time!
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