Sunday, June 10, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/ 10/2012
OVERCOMING THE STRANGE PULL OF EGYPT, Lesson 1b
WE SEE ISRAEL DESIRING EGYPT
Even though they had experienced such a great deliverance from their bondage in Egypt, the people of Israel continued to experience a strange pull back to that land of slavery, bondage and death. I see the same thing in our lives as believers. Even though we have been set free, there is still a continuous pull back to the world and its attractions. Notice a few areas where this was true for Israel and where it is also true for us.
They Desired The Safety Of Egypt - Ex. 14:10-11 - In Egypt, they were slaves, but if they did their jobs, they were safe and they knew what to expect. Pharaoh may have been their enemy, but at least he wasn't trying to kill them! Now, he is in hot pursuit of Israel and he intends to put them to death! It is a shock to a new believer when the first spiritual battle takes place. Satan, the old master, does everything in his power to defeat those who are committed to serving Jesus, the new Master. Sometimes, these spiritual battles and the battles with the lusts and desires of the flesh overwhelm the believer and he or she desires to return to Egypt.
They Desired The Supplies Of Egypt - Ex. 16:2-3; Ex. 17:3; Num. 20:4 - In Egypt, the Israelites could depend on having plenty of food and water at their disposal. When they left to follow God, they were required to live their lives by faith. Trusting Him to give them what they needed moment by moment. The world's way to get ahead is to lie, steal and cheat your way to what you want and need. God's way is to wait on Him to give you what He wants you to have, (Matt. 6:33). This does not appeal to many of His saints. Israel's problems were impatience and ingratitude! They wanted to return to Egypt, where at least they could count on their meals. Many of God's children also succumb to the pull of the world when they feel unable to trust the Lord by faith for all their needs. But, you can trust Him, (Psa. 37:25; Phil. 4:19).
They Desired The Spirits Of Egypt - (Ex. 32:1-8 - The people of Israel tried to make them some new gods to worship. Their new gods were merely the gods of Egypt. They desired the things they worshiped when they were slaves. The same thing can happen to the redeemed people of God. When we look back at the things which occupied our minds in the world, we can begin to desire those things again. Maybe we worshiped money, power, sex, attention, possessions, etc. The gods of the world can be a strong rope to pull us back into the world's grip.
They Desired The Stability Of Egypt - Num. 21:4-5 - The Israelites complained about the "way". They thought it was too tough and too difficult. They longed for the life they lived in Egypt, where each day was as predictable as the day before had been. It may have been a life of drudgery and slavery, but at least they knew what to expect when the sun came up. The life of faith is different! The redeemed of the Lord never know where the path of life will lead them. Some days, He leads us through the green pastures and beside the still waters of His blessings. Other days He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. But, always He leads us! That is important! That is what makes the way bearable. When we lose sight of the Shepherd, we will grow weary of the way and long for the predictability of the world and its way of life. That is why we must ever look at the face of the Shepherd as we journey, (Heb. 12:2).
They Despised Their Savior From Egypt - Deut. 1:27 - These carnal people even had the audacity to speak out against the God Who had delivered them from bondage! They falsely accused Him of hating them when, in fact, everything He did was for their benefit! You may think that you would never say anything like that, but we say it without opening our mouths. When we refuse to worship the Lord as He has commanded, then we are despising Him. When we neglect Him and His house, we are guilty of despising the Lord. When we live carnally and worldly, we are openly despising the Lord Who redeemed us from sin and our actions say, "I would rather have the world that the Father!" It is a tragedy when the people of God live as though they hate the One Who bought them from bondage!
“Tell Me The Story Of Jesus” By Fanny J. Crosby (1880)
Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels in chorus, Sang as they welcomed His birth, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.”
Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard.
Fasting alone in the desert, Tell of the days that are past, How for our sins He was tempted, Yet was triumphant at last. Tell of the years of His labor, Tell of the sorrow He bore; He was despised and afflicted,
Homeless, rejected and poor.
Tell of the cross where they nailed Him, Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him, Tell how He liveth again.
Love in that story so tender, Clearer than ever I see; Stay, let me weep while you whisper, “Love paid the ransom for me.”
GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!!