Three Steps to Hell
Let your imagination loose for a moment and try to capture this devastating scene. The world's most powerful army is now silent. The vultures are feasting on the mountains of decaying bodies.
Look closely and you will see the great Pharaoh of Egypt himself. Still clutching in the grips of death to the reigns of a Chariot that was destroyed by the massive walls of water that came crashing down.
Here lies one of the greatest Kings of Egypt. His body is dead and decaying. You may ask the question why did this happen? Why does the King of Egypt now lie lifeless and decaying amongst the most powerful group of soldiers that ever lived?
There are three steps that took him from the vast resources of Egypt to the judgment at the Red Sea.
I've got news for you - these same three steps will determine your destiny on judgment day. John Phillips in his sermon "Pharaoh versus God" says those who set themselves to fight against God cannot win. They find themselves overtaken at last either by God's grace or by His wrath.
I. THE WORD OF GOD WAS RECEIVED
He received the truth. He should have been receptive and responsive and resolute but I want you to notice two things Pharaoh did when Moses spoke God's word.
A. HE REJECTED THE MINISTER OF GOD
Pharaoh took his first step toward hell when he rejected the minister of God. Ten times Moses had stood in the court of Pharaohs palace and said, "Thus saith the Lord of Host, let my people go." Ten times Pharaoh said no.
Now I have no doubt that Pharaoh could have given you a number of reasons for rejecting the preacher. The life of Moses until this point was hardly an impressive record. It was filled with failure and frustration.
1. HE WAS A FAILER IN HIS MISSION
He was proclaimed to be a King and a ruler. But do you know what he ended up as? A shepherd, tending to his father in law's sheep. He was to be a hero b ...
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