(Transcribed from actual tape) October 21, 1984 - AM
CRUELTY: ANCIENT AND MODERN
This morning we begin a study of the life of Moses. Scheduled are 29 ser-
mons, Sunday morning, Sunday evening on Moses. Who knows, we may have 59
sermons on Moses. This is our schedule as we study truly one of the great
personalities in all the Bible. As we begin, let's pray together.
"Father, we bow our heads and our hearts before Thee, asking that You will
quiet us in Thy present and still us before Thy word. Lord, we come here,
some in desperation, seeking, looking, questing answers. And, Lord, I pray
that You will speak and let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy
holy and divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received
and understood and incorporated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer
inthe strong, holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen."
The book of Exodus takes up wliere the book of Genesis leaves off. You may
be aware that there's approximately a 300-year period of silence between
Genesis and Exodus. The last of Genesis is about Joseph. Joseph, one of
twelve sons of Jacob. We know he ended up his life as prime minister of the
most powerful nation in the world at that time, which was the nation Egypt.
Joseph, as a boy, hated by his older brothers because he was the pride of
his father Jacob. Finally he was sold as a slave. His father was told he
was killed by an animal. And through a series of God-led events, this
slave Hebrew boy Joseph became prime minister of Egypt.
And then as fate would have it through a famine that covered the known
world, Joseph prepared the Egyptians for those years of drought. But
Caanan - his father and his father's family - were not spared and were
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