FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/25/2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/25/2012
THE BLESSINGS OF A REDEEMED PEOPLE, Lesson 7a
The crack of the taskmaster’s whip told the whole story. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. They had been slaves for 400 years and it looked as though they were going to stay that way forever. Tens of thousands of their forefathers had been born, lived and had died slaves in Egypt. Then, one day, a man named Moses shows up; a man who had been born into one of the poor slave families of Egypt. A slave that had even been adopted into Pharaoh’s house, but one who was still the offspring of slaves. One of their own! He came to them telling them stories of meeting the God of their Fathers. Moses claimed to have met God on one of the mountains of Sinai. His stories were of God’s love for them and of God’s great plans to deliver them from their present bondage.
At the first, it had been exciting for the people of Israel to think that they would be set free, but Pharaoh had not been amused. He had increased their work and had ordered the taskmasters to be more cruel than usual. Most of Israel had come to believe that Moses was just an old fool who was trying to get the people killed. They even shared their feeling with Moses, (Ex. 5:20-21). Moses, in turn, takes their complaint before the Lord. In response, God issues the people of Israel a splendid promise. As you read the Lord’s response to His people, you will find there are seven “I will” statements made by the Lord. These are things He intends to do on their behalf. As these promises are considered, it becomes clear that they must have gendered hope in the hearts of the people of God. They were being told all about “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.
I would like for us to look at those promises ourselves today. While we are not Israel, the promises made to them have application to those who are saved by grace today. So, while God gives me liberty I would like for us to look on the thought, “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.
The blessings that those who are saved enjoy can be seen in the “I wills” of God. If you are redeemed, these blessings should serve to encourage your heart and should challenge you to a closer walk with the Lord. If you are not saved, I pray they will help you see what you are missing by not coming to Jesus for salvation. Notice with me “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.
v. 6 THE “I WILL” OF UNCONDITIONAL SALVATION
Saved From The Burden Of Slavery – Israel’s cruel slavery in the land of Egypt, (Ex. 5:6-19). God knew all about it and promised deliverance from their burdens. Sin brings with it plenty of baggage. Sin brings with it guilt, conviction of heart, separation from God, it brings entrapment and slavery, ultimately sin brings with it an eternity in Hell. Jesus promised to intervene in the lives of all those who came to Him by faith. He promised that He would set them free from the entanglements of sin and make them a new creature ( 2 Cor. 5:17)! Everything that was against us is now forever taken away and we are free from it ( Col. 2:13-14)! There is no Hell, there is no judgment, and there is no condemnation for those who have come to Jesus by faith! There is only freedom and glory and communion with the Lord God! Sin is gone ( Psalm 103:12; Isa. 38:17; 43:25; Jer. 50:20; Micah 7:19; 1 John 1:7)! Everything changes when you come to Him! This would correspond to the Penalty of Sin being broken!
Saved From The Bondage Of Slavery – Their salvation produced more than mere freedom from their heavy burdens. Their burdens could have been taken away or they could have remained there as slaves in Egypt. God not only changed their situation, He also changed their identification! He broke the bonds that held them and let them go! This is what He also does for every sinner who trusts Him by faith for the soul’s salvation. He doesn’t just take away the past and the guilt, but He breaks the chains of sin asunder and recreates the sinner in His image, a saint of God! Salvation sets the saved one free, (John 8:36; Rom. 6:6-18)! This is what Jesus said that He came to do anyway, Luke 4:18! We are set free because the King’s Son took my place! This would remind us that the Power of Sin has been broken as well!
Saved From The Barrier Of Slavery – God’s promise to them is that they will be redeemed (bought back) out of their slavery by the mighty power of God. For Israel, this redemption would take the form of the Passover Lamb, (Ex. 12). That blood marked them as a redeemed people and saved them from the power of the plague that broke the backbone of Egypt and Pharaoh: the death of the first-born. Symbolically, they were purchased back to God by the blood of the lamb and by the power of God. So it is for every person who will be saved in our day. There is but one method available for the saving of your soul! The remedy that sinners need is still be blood of the Lamb, (1 Pet. 1:18-19)! Of course, this Lamb was none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who died on the cross that we might have life! If you are saved, or if you ever will be, it will come to pass through the blood of Jesus and the power of God, (Eph. 1:9). By the way, nowhere is God’s power more clearly visible than in the transforming of the sinner into a saint
Have you experienced the glory of salvation through the blood of Jesus?
“ The Lily Of The Valley” By Charles W, Fry (1881)
I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay ;He tells me every care on Him to roll.
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne; In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r; I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r. Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore, Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.
He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith and do His blessed will; A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear, From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill. Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.
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