Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Israel: The Faith’s Triumph

Temple Baptist Church - 5-6-2020
Hebrews 11:29; Exodus 14;8-14


A.  God did some wonderful things for Israel.

1.  God sent His deliverer, Moses.

2.  God plagued Egypt until Pharaoh let Israel go.

3.  God spoiled the Egyptians, making Israel immensely rich.

4.  God instituted the Passover, the fourteenth day of a New Year: Nissan.

5.  God brought Israel out with a High Hand.

6.  God promised to both take them and take them in!

B.  Israel is excited because Canaan is eleven days away.  A land flowing with milk and honey!  Home!

C.  Now God does the incomprehensible!  God led Israel by a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night.  There was no mistaking God’s deliverance or God’s direction.

Exodus 13:21-22  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  (22)  He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodus 14:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.

D.  Though Moses did not understand nor did the Nation of Israel, they followed Him!

1.  God knew that Israel was not ready to defeat the Canaanites.

Exodus 13:17  And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

2.  God knew that Pharaoh would never leave Israel alone. 

Exodus 14:5  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

3.  God had told Moses that he would serve Him upon Mt. Sinai.  There Moses would be given the Moral Law, Ceremonial Law, Civil Law, along with the pattern of the Tabernacle and Priesthood.

Exodus 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

4.  God knew that this generation of Israelites would reject God’s promise of delivering Canaan into their hand and would have to die in the wilderness.

Numbers 14:2, 4  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 they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Deuteronomy 1:35  Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,

E.  One man put the story this way:

1. Egyptians were pursuing. (Verses 8-9)

2. Israelites were petrified and pouting. (Verses 10-12)

3. Moses was patient and peaceful. (verses 13-14)

1.  The Lord’s Direction.  (Verses 1-2)

a.  The Way was unexpected.  By “The Way of the Sea,” which is probably the route that Jacob took when traveling to Egypt was app. 220 miles and would have taken from 7-11 days to travel. 

b.  The Place was impossible.  God led Israel to the south along the west bank of the Gulf of Suez to a place between two mountains.  There, they face the Gulf of Suez, an impassible route as there were not enough ships in Egypt to carry them and all that they had over.

c.  The Possibility was incomprehensible.  15 miles wide and 1850 meters (6070 feet) deep

2.  The Lord’s Desire.  (Verses 3-8)

a.  God knew that Pharaoh had to be destroyed or they would never give up and let Israel go.

b.  God knew that He had to fight for Israel because they could not stand against Pharaoh’s army.

3.  Israel’s Dilemma.  (Verses 9-12)

a.  Israel’s Fearfulness.  (Verse 10)

b.  Israel’s Faithlessness.  (Verses 11-12)

4.  Moses’ Demand.  (Verses 13-14)

a.  Fear Ye Not.

b.  Stand Still.

c.  See The Salvation of The LORD.

5.  The Lord’s Deliverance.  (Verses 15-22)

a.  The Direction Given.  (Verse 15)

b.  The Divided Waters.  (Verse 16)  God told Moses to do this. 

c.  The Dry Ground Appeared.

6.  The Lord’s Defense.  (Verses 19-20)

a.  God’s Presence.  Moved from before to behind.

b.  Man’s Perception.  Darkness to Egyptians and Light to the Israelites.

7.  The Lord’s Demonstration.  (Verses 23-31)

a.  The Egyptians Drawn.  (Verse 23)

b.  The Egyptians Defeated.  (Verses 24-25) 

b.  The Egyptians Drowned.  (Verses 26-28)

8.  Israel’s Delight.  (Verses 30-31)

a.  The Israelites Beheld.  (Verse 30)

b.  The Israelites Believed.  (Verse 31)

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