Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people Ex. 1:15-22 cf. Ezek. 20:1-8; 23:1-3a –Fear/respect = relative term: - to revelation: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rm. 1:20) - to other people: respect for creation “expose” Acts 7:19
“The BBC said the report's most chilling findings came from London's African community, with allegations of witchcraft rituals being practiced in African churches. People who are desperate will seek out witchcraft experts to cast spells for them," the study said, according to the BBC. Members of the workshops state that for a spell to be powerful it required a sacrifice involving a male child unblemished by circumcision. They allege the boy children are being trafficked into the UK for this purpose," the BBC quoted the study as saying.”—CNN, Report: Child sacrifice ring feared, 6/16/2005 (Thursday)
Some things don’t change Embrace culture? Nothing can prevent God’s will from being accomplished: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” God rewards those who fear Him
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people 2:11-15 - Stubborn, selfish, oppressive, inhumane, Godless - Irreconcilable, cf. Acts 7:19-28 “Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your own brethren.” (1 Co. 6:7)
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people 2:11-15 - Stubborn, selfish, oppressive, inhumane, Godless - Irreconcilable, cf. Acts 7:19-28 - Rebellious, “Who made you a prince over us?”
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people 2:11-15 - Stubborn, selfish, oppressive, inhumane, Godless - Irreconcilable, cf. Acts 7:19-28 - Rebellious, “Who made you a prince over us?” - Rejecting God’s means and His plan, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, ‘He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness.’” (1 Co. 3:18)
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people 2:11-15 - Stubborn, selfish, oppressive, inhumane, Godless - Irreconcilable, cf. Acts 7:19-28 - Rebellious, “Who made you a prince over us?” - Rejecting God’s means and His plan - Seeking sal. on their own terms
God’s Message (3:7-8, 16-22) - I have heard their cry - I am aware of their sufferings - Concerned about their oppression, affliction - I will exercise my power (miracles) - Take them out of oppressive bitterness - Deliver them from the power of the Egyptians - Favor granted in sight of Egyptians - Plunder silver, gold, and clothing - Bring them into milk and honey - 3 days journey to worship God - King wont let you go except under compulsion
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people “Believe” is a relative term: - Sometimes it means to believe what God wants you to believe. - Sometimes it means to believe what you want to believe.
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people Excited to go worship their God? “How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You.” (Psa. 84:1-4)
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people Excited to go worship their God? “For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides you, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” (Isa. 64:4)
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people Any admission of the grace and mercy of God? –cf. Dn. 9:1-5 “when they heard that they Lord was concerned about [them]” (4:31) - Deliverance - Gold, silver, clothing, esteem - A land prepared “They will pay heed to you.” (3:18) Blinded to “under compulsion” (3:19) They believed what they wanted to.
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people 5:4-9, 15-21 - Things can always be worse - Consider before committing - Salvation requires endurance (Lk. 9:23) - Hope of sal. requires faith in God’s: - Power - Messenger - Message - Compassion - Blessings - Ability to persevere (1 Co. 10:13)
Captive Hebrews—an ungodly people Ex. 14:1-4, 10-12 - Not listening to God - Claiming unaccountability - Ungrateful and misunderstanding - Failed to trust God Ex. 14: 13-14, 30-31: Converted Sinners
–Idolaters –Contentious –Irreconcilable –Disrespectful –Prideful –Looking for salvation on their terms –Selfish –Untrusting –Wimps –Without a love of God
Conclusions: God offers salvation to bad people: –“For He said, ‘Surely they are My people, sons who will not deal falsely. So He became their Savior.’” (Isa. 63:8) –“But God demonstrates His own love toward us. In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rm. 5:8) A feeling of deep gratitude is the only way to respond: “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rm. 2:4; cf. 2 Pe. 1:9-11)