Saturday, June 09, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/ 9/2012
OVERCOMING THE STRANGE PULL OF EGYPT, Lesson 1a
One of the most important sciences of study when it comes to the Bible is the field of study known as "hermeneutics". The word refers to "the science of biblical interpretation". Within hermeneutics, there are many principles that can be applied to a text to determine the proper meaning. One of those principles is the "principle of first mention". This principle states that how a subject is used when it is first mentioned in the Bible determines its usage throughout the Bible.
In our text, one of the subjects mentioned is “the land of Egypt“. If we apply the principle of first mention to the land of Egypt, we have to go back to Gen. 12:10-20. In those verses, Abraham walks out of the will of God to go to Egypt and experiences some very negative consequences as a result. Therefore, the first time Egypt is mentioned in the Bible, it is mentioned within a negative context. This sets the tone for how Egypt is to be viewed throughout the Bible.
In fact, the land of Egypt is a type of the world. This is true because it holds the people of God in bondage, it leads to death and it is ruled over by an evil tyrant. With this in mind, it is fascinating to see the strange pull Egypt had over the lives of the saints of the Bible. For instance, Abraham went down to Egypt during a time of famine, (Gen. 12:10-20). His grandson Jacob did the very same thing, (Gen. 42:1-3). When Hagar wanted a bride for Ishmael, she took him a bride from Egypt, (Gen. 21:21). And, even after they had been delivered from terrible bondage in that land, the children of Israel longed to return to Egypt.
Before we look down at such people as Abraham and Jacob, maybe we should admit to the fact that we too experience a strange pull from our Egypt (the world). In truth, many of the Lord's people spend a significant amount of their lives either looking back to Egypt, or actually living there full time. Today, I want to use the experiences of Israel with Egypt and talk to you for a while about “Overcoming The Strange Pull Of Egypt“. You and I do not have to live defeated, cold, carnal spiritual lives. We can, by the grace of God, walk in victory and power. The thoughts I want to share with you in this first lesson will tell us how this is possible.
WE SEE ISRAEL DOMINATED BY EGYPT
The Pain Of Their Domination - Ex. 1:10-22; Ex. 11:1-14 - As the Bible relates, the pain and suffering endured by the Israelites, was almost unimaginable. Of course, this pictures vividly the bondage endured by those who are captives of this world system, (Eph. 2:1-3). Being out of the will of God should never be viewed as a pleasure trip. It is a time of severe bondage, darkness and enslavement.
The Progression Of Their Domination - Ex. 5:5-19 - After time, the bondage felt by Israel grew worse instead of better. This is always the way with those trapped in the world. Their attractions grow stronger over time, and their addictions grow stronger over time. They find themselves more deeply rooted in the world than ever. This is why it is harder for older folks to make a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Time and sin sears the conscience and hardens the heart!
Does this remind you of where you were before Jesus found you and saved your soul? It should, because He delivered us from the most terrible bondage imaginable, the bondage of sin! We should praise the Lord for the day He set us free from the bondage of sin!
The Product Of Their Domination - Ex. 2:1-10 - In the midst of the slavery, a redeemer was born in their midst… Moses. They took little notice of him at the time, but one day, he would rise up to deliver them from their bondage. It was into this sin cursed world of darkness that God sent His darling Son, Jesus Christ, to be born, to live and to die for humanity. Few recognized or received Him when He made His appearance, (John 1:11), but what He accomplished while He was here broke the shackles of sin for everyone who will trust Him by faith, (Luke 4:18.)
WE SEE ISRAEL DELIVERED FROM EGYPT
They Were Delivered By The Plan Of God - Ex. 3-4 - God's plan to deliver Israel was older that Moses. In fact, a few of the details of that plan had been leaked to Abraham hundreds of years earlier, (Gen. 15:13-14). In the council halls of Heaven, God had determined how and when He would deliver Israel. When Moses came along, God put His plan into action. It was a plan that demanded faith and obedience, but it was a plan that was destined to work. The plan of salvation that delivered you and me from the bondage of sin was not thought up as an after thought when Jesus died on the cross. It was not a plan B. Since before the foundation of the world, there has been but one plan to save the lost sinners of the world. It was a plan conceived in Heaven, (Rev. 13:8). Details of this plan were leaked here and there over time, but it was finally and fully completed on a hill called Calvary when Jesus Christ gave His life and shed His blood to redeem lost sinners. It is a plan that demands faith and obedience, (Eph. 2:8-9, Acts 16:31); and it is a plan that will work for all who receive it as their own.
They Were Delivered By The Power Of God - Ex. 5-13 - . God unleashed His wrath against Egypt and delivered His people in a tremendous display of power. He redeemed them by the exercise of His great ability. Salvation does not come about by human reasoning, human goodness, or human deeds. Salvation is solely the work of Almighty God. He formulated the plan. He supplied the blood. He calls the sinner. He saves the sinner. He keeps the sinner. He does it all without our aid or intervention, but He does demand faith and obedience on our part.
They Were Delivered In The Praises Of God - Ex. 14:8 -. These people left Egypt behind praising the Lord that they had been delivered. They were redeemed and they were excited. Remember what it was like when it first dawned on you that you were saved? Remember the excitement and praise that filled your heart for the Lord? Remember how you longed for His house, His Word, His singing and His worship? Can you remember what it felt like to be redeemed? Does it still feel as real tonight?
“How Firm A Foundation” By Rippon Hymns (1787) and Funks Music (1832)
1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?
2. "Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
3. "The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never, forsake!"
GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!!