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Free at Last (7 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
This is week number two of our Red Sea Rules project. Just in case you weren't here last week, The Red Sea Rules is a book that takes the story of the Israelites, stuck between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, and it pulls out some things we can learn about how to find God in situations like that. So we're encouraging everyone to think of a friend or family member who's in some kind of crisis, and hand them one of these books, and then invite them to church next week, when we'll be talking about the crossing of the Red Sea. So we actually sold out of the books last week, but we re-stocked the supply, so we're ready for you-just go to the table in the lobby. And I want to just stop and pray that God will do good things through this.
Some people would say that the event we're going to look at today is the most important event in the whole Hebrew Bible-the whole Old Testament. That's kind of a big deal! And this is actually the event that the book of Exodus is named for. ''Exodus'' is a Latin word that means exit, or departure. So after more than 400 years of the Israelite people being slaves to the Egyptians, and more recently, after multiple unsuccessful attempts by Moses to convince Pharaoh to let the people go, it's finally about to happen.
So we're going to be in Exodus chapters 11 and 12 today. And I want to read through and get the highlights of this story-starting in Exodus 11, verse 1-here we go…
1 Now the Lord had said to Moses, ''I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Go to verse 4: 4 So Moses said, ''This is what the Lord says: 'About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son o ...
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