GOD’S INTERVENTION INTO OUR LIVES

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

September 20, 2015

Bible Text: EXODUS 4-12 |

Kenwood Fellowship Church
September 20, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor

Message: “GOD’S INTERVENTION INTO OUR LIVES”
Text: Exodus 4-12
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Background
In Exodus we see the king of Egypt, Pharaoh as a broken man, his oldest son has just died, there is misery throughout Egypt as the first born male of every family had died. Pharaoh had been given a choice by God to obey Him and let the Children of Israel leave, but he would not, and now he has seen the consequences of his decision. He calls for Moses and Aaron to come to him, he tells them to get out of Egypt and take all their people and their possessions and leave, and just before they go He finally acknowledges the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and asked for Moses to bless him. [we will see next week this submission to God is short lived].

So what led up to this change of heart of Pharaoh from no will not let your people go to get out and take everything with you.

When Moses and Aaron went back to Egypt from the desert land of Midian, they rallied the Jewish leaders around them, explained all that God had commanded them to do and showed the signs of God’s power to them so that they would believe Moses and Aaron and rally behind them. When Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh to tell him to let the Jewish people [the children of Israel] go, Pharaoh refused. Not only did he refuse but he tried the break the bond between Moses/Aaron and the Jewish people by making their work much harder-but it did not work.

Now Moses uses the power that God had given him to try to convince Pharaoh to let the Jewish people go, but he refused. As a result of his refusal to obey God and let the Jewish People go, God was about to inflict upon all of Egypt a series of plagues to help Pharaoh change his position. Each of the plagues that would come was directed against one of the gods that the Egyptians believed in. By directing His power against these individual gods, the true God-the Lord Jehovah-would wear down each pillar of the beliefs of the Egyptians until finally He attacked and overcome the god, RA, who was believed to be the most powerful god of all.
The 10 Plagues
The first plague, turning the Nile to blood, was a judgment against Apis, the god of the Nile, Isis, goddess of the Nile, and Khnum, guardian of the Nile. Pharaoh was told, “By this you will know that I am the LORD” (Exodus 7:17).

The second plague, bringing frogs from the Nile, was a judgment against Heqet, the frog-headed goddess of birth. Frogs were thought to be sacred and not to be killed (Exodus 8:13–14).

The third plague, gnats, was a judgment on Set, the god of the desert. Unlike the previous plagues, the magicians were unable to duplicate this one and declared to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19).

The fourth plague, flies, was a judgment on Uatchit, the fly god. (Exodus 8:21–24).

The fifth plague, the death of livestock, was a judgment on the goddess Hathor and the god Apis, who were both depicted as cattle. (Exodus 9:7)

The sixth plague, boils, was a judgment against several gods over health and disease (Sekhmet, Sunu, and Isis).

The seventh plague, hail, attacked Nut, the sky goddess; Osiris, the crop fertility god; and Set, the storm god

The eighth plague, locusts, again focused on Nut, Osiris, and Set. The later crops, wheat and rye, which had survived the hail, were now devoured by the swarms of locusts. There would be no harvest in Egypt that year.

The ninth plague, darkness, was aimed at the sun god, Re, who was symbolized by Pharaoh himself. For three days, the land of Egypt was smothered with an unearthly darkness, but the homes of the Israelites had light.

The tenth and last plague, the death of the firstborn males, was a judgment on Isis, the protector of children. In this plague, God was teaching the Israelites a deep spiritual lesson that pointed to Christ. Unlike the other plagues, which the Israelites survived by virtue of their identity as God’s people, this plague required an act of faith by them. This grievous event caused Pharaoh to finally release the Israelites.
Memory Verses: Isaiah 40:10-11 (NLT)
10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES AND SCRIPTURE TO REVIEW

1 Chronicles 5:20
And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.
Psalm 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 22:4-5
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 32:10
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Psalm 37:3-6
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 91
91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 118:6-9
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me, It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
Isaiah 26:3-4
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

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