Three Days and Nothing Less
October 2, 2005
1. THE DISTANCE THAT IS NEEDED
A) The Symbolism of the Three Days
B) The Separation of the Three Days
2. THE RESISTANCE THAT IS NORMAL
A) The Refusals of Pharaoh
B) The Proposals of Pharaoh
3. THE PERSISTENCE THAT IS NECESSARY
A) Every Compromise Rejected
B) Every Claim Revered
1) A New York family bought a ranch out West where they intended to raise cattle. Friends visited and asked if the ranch had a name. "Well," said the would-be cattleman, "I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son liked the Flying-W, and the other wanted the Lazy-Y." The friends asked, "Well, what did you end up naming it." The rancher said, "Well, I compromised with them and we are calling it the Bar-J-Suzy-Q-Flying-W-Lazy-Y." "But where are all your cattle?" the friends asked. The rancher said, "None survived the branding."
2) When it comes to compromising, there are some areas in which compromise can never be an option. For example, the Bible says in Ephesians 4:27, "Neither give place to the devil." You give the devil an inch and he will take a mile. You let him in the door and he will take over the house.
3) The story is told about a certain hunter. Winter was coming on and he went out into the forest to shoot a bear out of which he planned to make a warm coat. By and by he saw a bear coming toward him and raised his gun and took aim. "Wait," said the bear, "why do you want to shoot me?" "Because I am cold," said the hunter. "But I am hungry," the bear replied, "so maybe we can reach an agreement." In the end, the bear waddled off with smile on his face. He had a full stomach and the hunter had his warm coat of fur, if you know what I mean.
4) When it comes to dealing with the devil there is no agreement to reach. Compromise is not an option. However, the devil is always trying to get us to make compromises. As we look at the story of Moses standing before Phar ...
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