The Challenge before Us
Exodus 8:25, 10:10, 10:24
A family vacationed to the Grand Canyon. The father asked his children to make a diary of their experience. One of the sons walked up to the edge of a cliff and spit. That night when this lad fell asleep, his father read his diary entry for the day. It said, "Today, I spit two miles!"
That was quite an accomplishment. Today I want to discuss with you a challenge that faces us and our church. Moses was called by God at the burning bush to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage.
You will remember that Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. In the providence of God he became one of the leaders of the land. He was in a position to invite his clan over into Egypt during the famine that lasted for seven years. They settled in the land. However, after the death of Joseph, a generation arose that did not know Joseph. Therefore they made slaves out of the Israelites. For 400 years they were slaves.
God called Moses and sent ten plagues to convince the Pharaoh to let His people go. Pharaoh hardened his heart. He wanted the plagues to end, but he did not want to submit to the Jewish God. He would call Moses in and ask him to entreat his God to remove the plague. Moses insisted that his people be freed so they could worship their God in the wilderness. This is where our message begins today.
1. GO, BUT STAY IN THE LAND.
This is found in 8:25, "And Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, "Go and sacrifice to your God in the land." V. 28 says "I will let you go but don't go far away."
-In John 17, in the high priestly prayer of Jesus, He spoke of the magnetism of the world. The Bible speaks of the world of nature, the world of people, and the world system that opposes God.
-John 17 makes four statements concerning our relationship with the world.
1. We are saved out of the world.
Every time a person is born again he is drawn by God out of the world system that is ...
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