The Disapointments Along the Way
It is the duty of every gospel preacher to point out the way to heaven. Not to just point out the way, but to point out the turns and bends and everything that will be met along the way. The king of preachers Jesus Christ through his life and in his three years of ministry was pointing out the way to heaven. It is our duty to share what the Christian will experience along the way so there are no surprises. The Christian before he becomes released from bondage is born into this bondage and grows into the bondage. It doesn’t seem to be all of a sudden apparent. Israel grew and they multiplied and they had task masters put over them and it increased and when Moses came it got harder. The way of the Christian is that there is an awakening to a sense of bondage. Have I awoken to the bondage in my life? Have I awoken to the things that are giving me a hard time or haven’t I got to that stage yet? If we have not yet perhaps we can ask the Lord to come to Pharaoh and then things will get worse for us. When we feel these lashes upon our shoulders we will desire to be free.
Coming Out of Egypt
There are a few points for us to consider in the coming out of Egypt. It was the Egyptians that pushed Israel out. Is that not true? Your and my sins that we suffer under, they are the catalyst to push us to the saviour. The law entered that the offence might abound. Where the offence abounds, grace does much more abound. This is part of the Christian experience that we are to experience the whips of Egypt. If we haven’t, may the Lord allow us to feel them. If we ask him he will show us what Egypt is all about.
The scripture also says that Israel was in bondage 430 years and on the self-same day, the Lord delivered them. God allows us to have this bondage to feel the whips of sin and those whips and pain of sin is the element that drives the Christian to Christ but mark this, God does not give you one more day in bondage that you don’t need. On the self-same day when 430 years was up, on that day he released Israel.
The Whips of Sin
If you are under the whips of sin and having a difficult time in your life because of your habits and you are reaping the consequences of what you have done in the flesh, it’s not unnecessary time because when it becomes unnecessary, that same day God will bring you out from that bondage. He pays his bills on the day. When was the Passover in the morning or in the evening? Could you say he paid the bill at the end of the day? The evening and the morning was the first day. As soon as the sun set, that evening, then comes release. Not one minute of extra bondage does God require of his people that is necessary to bring them to Christ.
The Law Enters
Moses comes into Egypt and things get harder but on the self-same day that the purpose has been accomplished it will cease. God doesn’t afflict his children willingly. We can rejoice at the mighty deliverer we have. The beginning of Christianity is suffering and then there is a glorious Passover experience where you get to see Jesus Christ as a friend as dying for your sins. As you apply that blood, you then can leave with haste. Unfortunately when we are under conviction many people do not leave with haste. When we are convicted about something they say, I will put it off for another day.
The Passover happened and they had to leave in haste. They couldn’t delay and say around tomorrow I will leave. I’ve had the Passover now and the Egyptians are mourning and they will probably mourn for some number of days, I can do it tomorrow. The bible says they had to have their loins girt, their shoes on, their staff in their hand and they had to leave and even if they were doughing their bread, they had to bring the dough, the doughing trough and they had to make it as they walked out.
When convictions strikes don’t delay. `Today if you hear my voice, harden not your heart’. Today if you get convicted, change your ways. Don’t stay in Egypt a day longer as God is bringing you that self-same day release. Why stay longer? If we find ourselves in unnecessary bondage, whose fault is it? It is our fault because we haven’t left on that self-same day that God desired us to leave. Millions of people left that night. What a joy. There is a joy of a Christian. There is this sense of freedom when you walk out from Egypt. When the sins that have so easily beset you, these things of the flesh, these problems that you have had, these habits, you seem to be able to break them and you can walk free and there is some real new fresh joy in that when there is something new it is fresh and great after 430 years of bondage, it was fresh to walk out of Egypt.
No More Slaves
There were no more slaves. We don’t have to care what other people think of us, we don’t have to dress for the world, we can be free from that. We can be free to be comfortable, we can eat healthily and have energy and all these things that God desires for us in our life and there are benefits. When a person has had a tragic diet and they come into God’s way of eating, there is a joy that you get when you obey what God has put before you, when you come away from these task masters. The Christian path so far has bondage which is important to bring us to the Passover and after experiencing Jesus Christ there are pleasures forever more. Is that correct? That is what the scriptures say.
Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.
No doubt the Hebrews left Egypt not with a hanging head but with victory, a mighty deliverer and they leave. There is another reason why they were victorious. As we identify the way to heaven, some of you may say yes I have experienced that and you look back at it at your childhood and say yes I’ve been through that. Yet some may say I‘ve not experienced that, I’m still at this point in my life. We can all enjoy looking back at our childhood, when we were young and when we came out of Egypt and had that joy. It is good for us to look back but for those that are coming out of Egypt and just finding the joy who are still in bondage, we can look forward. We can identify this is where I am in the path. I can identify my life. There is another reason for joy.
The Spoiled the Egyptians
Exodus 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We [be] all dead [men].
12:34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.
12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them [such things as they required]. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
There is joy of leaving the task masters and all the slavery behind but there is also the joy of coming out with some wealth. There is joy of coming out with these riches. They didn’t come out like peasants. They didn’t come out with the mud of Egypt on their faces. They came out with the raiment, beautiful clothes like a king, they came out triumphantly. When we have experienced this bondage in Egypt there is something for us to bring out. What are we going to take out of Egypt? We will be spoiling Egypt. Everything that is good we will be taking.
Patience, Experience, Hope
Romans 5:3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
What is tribulation work? Patience. Isn’t patience a jewel? Isn’t it gold to have patience? This patience works experience What is the crown of the old? The grey hair. Why is it a crown? Isn’t a crown a jewel? Experience. Grey hair comes from stress, not just genetics. You can be very stressed and go grey but that grey is a jewel because patience works experience and what does experience work? Hope. When you know you have tasted that the Lord is gracious, you know the Lord and it comes by this experience that he is to live in me. I know whom I have believed.
When you ask somebody where you got your jewel of humility from nine times out of ten they will say I got it from slaving under my sins. I became humble because I am a slave and God has set me free. Not me, but God has set me free. It wasn’t my good working that got me a few days off, God set me free. Humility comes because we have sinned. It is a jewel from Egypt. Ask someone else, where did you get the jewel of conscience from? All the lashes across my back for what I have done.
What are you waiting for?
When you have done wrong, what are you waiting for? You have done wrong and then you say I’m waiting for the stripe to cross my back. The anticipation is worse than the stripe because you are waiting for it and this becomes a sharpened conscience that when you have done wrong, you are waiting for the Lord to smite you down but then you realise I am not in Egypt and the Lord forgives. You get this sharp conscience and you never want to sin and if you fall you rise back up as you don’t want to stay in the dirt anymore as you have lots of nice garments on and who wants to dirty their garments? No one does. Ask someone where they got the jewel of kindness from who is really kind. I got it from when I was a child and I was beaten and I was given a hard time and I never want anyone to suffer like that. No one was kind to me and I wanted people to be kind to me but therefore I will be kind to you. This is where they got the jewel from.
We find that the Christian experience when we are serving sin, there are some lessons to be learnt. We don’t come out from sin not knowing anything better than before we went in. We have learnt some things of what you shouldn’t be doing. This learning and experience of suffering teaches us to be obedient. We can praise the Lord that the Israelites didn’t just come out with the victory of the Passover but came out with experience. They came out knowing what was sin and how Jesus Christ is trying to get them out of that and they praise his name. These are two reasons that they had a spring in their step and they were moving on. The third reason was where they were going. Where were they going?
The Land Flowing With Milk and Honey
This heavenly Canaan we are travelling to, does it ever motivate you with happiness to think about heaven and to think about the coming of God? The apostle says comfort each other with these words of Jesus coming. This a comfort and a joy. These are three reasons why we can be happy;
- We have been released from a heavy bondage from serving the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life.
- We have come out with great experience of what not to do.
- We have come out with some jewels and now we are heading towards this beautiful land.
We walk with a spring in our step as we have put our tent on the top of the hill. We feel great on cloud nine. This is the experience of a Christian. There is a Christian joy that we will experience when we come out of Egypt. It was not wrong to experience this but there is some danger because they were walking along and they thought soon we will be in Canaan, very soon, in a few more days as it’s not far. But God says not so, you are not going to Canaan just yet. Have you ever seen a Christian that is really excited and then all of a sudden they lose it and you think what happened to them, weren’t they all happy and now they are sad? Even some people have been in the church many years and have really lost their joy when they see other young people with this joy of release from the bondage of this world and they say, just wait you will be like us one day, our joy has really worn off now.
The Joy of the Christian
The Christian has joy and then something happens. This is the path to heaven. There is something that happens after your joy that you need to be aware of and if you are aware of it, you can prepare for it. If you are not aware of it, you will suffer an offence.
Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
14:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
Isn’t that the case with a Christian? When we are joyous to come out of Egypt all of all of a sudden there is a big sea in front of you. Canaan wasn’t as we see in this map. They could have gone from Egypt straight up the coast. They wouldn’t even have had to cross the Jordan and they are thinking, we are camped by the sea and it is a deep sea. They look at it and think we could swim but perhaps we could get cold or drown. They are not just in front of the sea but there are craggy mountains locking them in and there is the sea.
Exodus 14:10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because [there were] no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
14:12 [Is] not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For [it had been] better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
They have the sea and mountains before them. Who put the sea there? The Lord. It had nothing to do with what they had done. This was their obedience. The Lord spake to Moses and sent them there. In their obedience they came to this big sea. In their obedience they became locked in with these big rocky mountains. I thought we were going to rejoice forever after this. As a Christian there is a release from bondage after you have suffered under the consequences from sin and you have sought a saviour. He has released you and given you these experiences that you have taken out of Egypt and with joy you leave but on the Christian path there is a warning. There are no misgivings in God’s word as to the path of a Christian.
It is the duty of any person is to point out the way to heaven is to point out what is going to happen as we don’t want any surprises. God wants to give us an expected end. He lays out everything for us and if we close our eyes to it and march along we will find ourselves disappointed when God said there will be some problems.
1 Corinthians 4:11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
In Egypt you had a dwelling place, it was where you were born, your comfort zone and now you have no real place. You feel a little vulnerable. And you are hungry, thirsty and buffeted.
1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
4:13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the offscouring of all things unto this day.
4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn [you].
This is the warning, if you want to obey Jesus Christ as he requires and as your love for his Passover has really brought into your life, there is this obedience but it requires a cross. There is going to be a problem. Mark the problem doesn’t come from sinning, it’s coming because you have come out and obeyed God where he sent you and there is a big blue sea in front of you to be defamed and to be the filth of the earth. If you are not prepared for such a thing, what would it do for you? You have these hopes of going to Canaan, such high hopes. You find yourself out of the way in front of the sea locked in by mountains. What does this deferred hope do to people? Doesn’t the scripture say hope deferred make the heart sick? Has God deferred the hope? No. They just had a false hope. The purpose of this message is not to give you any false hopes about Christianity or to not give you any false hopes of following Jesus Christ and coming out of the world as you will meet the deep blue sea. They have joy and then because they have not known, they have this false hope.
Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness and how many came to him? Thousands. He was baptising and others of his disciples were also baptising. He rebuked not just the common people but the soldiers and Rome, the Pharisees and even for Herod there was a rebuke. Such a mighty word. Jesus declared him to be the greatest prophet that ever lived. Now he finds himself where? In prison. Has Jesus come to save him? No. Would this be a big deep blue sea for you? It was his faithfulness and obedience that bought him into that prison and in prison Jesus didn’t come. His disciples started questioning why doesn’t Jesus come and save you? Isn’t it the messiah you are speaking of? Because of their suggestion he thought well go ask him, are we meant to look for another person? Notice what Jesus says;
Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see:
11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
11:6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.
He is speaking of a joy, the people are walking, healed and coming out of Egypt but blessed is he that isn’t offended at the deep blue sea. Blessed is he that is not offended of me. Look at all these goods things but don’t be offended and so john the Baptist kept his faith.
The Parable of the Sower
The seed was being sown.
Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
This seed they receive with joy and the plant grows and they are happy but when the sun comes out and the persecution starts happening, they get offended. Offence really comes when you are not expecting it. If were to speak to someone that you knew would yell at you, when you got there you wouldn’t be surprised as that is what you were expecting but if you went to see your friend who has always been nice but when you got there they were yelling at you, that is the offence, I was not expecting that.
The Path to Heaven
Are we expecting on the path to heaven a straight run to Canaan after coming out of Egypt? Is that what we are expecting as a Christian that things will go really well for us? That we will have our tabernacle pitched on the mountain top forever? We can have that. It says even Jesus was not discouraged. We are counselled that there is no excuse for discouragement but when we get discouraged it is because we are offended and we didn’t know the way to heaven and unfortunately the gospel today is taught you will go straight to heaven. This is a forbidden path because if they didn’t go through the sea, the truth of the matter is they wouldn’t have made it to Canaan. They would have met the philistines and they weren’t ready for war. The Egyptians could have overtaken them if there was no sea.
This false hope sends people instead of through the sea, it sends them into the wilderness and they die. We have had that experience where people have come into our midst and have really enjoyed the message and they said praise the Lord we’ve never heard this before, this is so exciting, I’m so thrilled and I’m so joyed.
Where are they today? They got offended. Poor souls. They got offended as they didn’t realise the struggles that would happen along the Christian path. Blessed is he that is not offended. There is a blessing not to be offended and to expect it and when it comes, that’s what we expected. In fact when you have a path and you need a sign post and waymarks to make sure you are on the right track. If there was no offence I would worry as I would think this is too smooth. I have often worried when things get a little too smooth sometimes but the Lord can rustle things up. The waymark of a true Christian will suffer under bondage truly.
The Mixed Multitude
The mixed multitude, were they slaves in Egypt? They weren’t slaves and they came out and they were the problem and there are people that don’t really know the seriousness of sin and still want to be a Christian. They haven’t really had the whips of their transgressions and they want to come with Israel. Those that haven’t really felt the seriousness of sin are a hindrance to the rest of Gods people because when Gods people realise what sin is really all about, they don’t’ want to go back to Egypt really. This mixed multitude is those who haven’t been converted properly. They have a form of Godliness but they haven’t felt the first beginnings of conversion which is conviction. This rejoicing of coming out, they didn’t rejoice as much as the Israelites did. Neither can a Christian who hasn’t really suffered under sin really be happy. What does the bible say, he that sins most loves most. He that sins most? Does that mean I should be the biggest sinner? Well we are. We are the biggest sinner and we need to realise it. We don’t need to go into deeper sin we just have to realise it. We are already at the bottom. We just need to realise we are at the bottom.
You need to have the first steps. You need to pass the first waymarks and if you haven’t passed them you need to go back. There is only one door, you can’t jump the fence. He that jumps the fence is a thief and a robber. You have to go through the door. You have to start right at the beginning of the path and travel through the convictions of the slavery and through the joys to the red sea and expect the red sea.
How were the disciples feeling at the Passover and the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ? Wow, everyone was acknowledging that he was the king of Israel and they were waving their palm branches and they were really excited and really thrilled of Jesus coming into Jerusalem. Jesus gives no misgivings to his follows and today there are to be no misgivings of the path to heaven and he says it clearly to them.
Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
When was this written? A long time ago. He is bringing them back to the path described. It is written that there was a red sea and they camped before it. Isn’t that the metaphor of the Christian life? Expect the red sea brothers and sisters. Expect persecution when you live Godly in Christ Jesus because the bible says it. We should not even be surprised at all. In fact it says be exceeding glad for these things happened to the prophets and now it’s happened to you. Praise the Lord, you are on the path, be happy about it but unfortunately we seem to think what is happening because of our false hope and we become offended and the person who is offended starts to murmur. The red sea is in front of them which was a problem. Probably what was more fearful than the red sea was that Egypt was behind them. This time Pharaoh had hopped off his throne.
Egypt is Chasing You
When you come out of Egypt, be assured that Satan will try and get you. When you were in Egypt he doesn’t need to get up and try and get you because your task masters are keeping you in bondage. Your own flesh is doing the job for him. You are already bound. The lusts of the flesh, eyes and pride of life are doing the job of bondage. So it is with those that serve the world, Satan doesn’t really bother them too much. There is certain of amount of joy in Egypt because they still get fed some tasty food and all these things and now when they came out, black eyed, fiery eyed Pharaoh is going post haste after them. This time it is not just the scourge of Egypt that they see, but it is the hoofs of the horses and the rattling of the chariots and spears and the valiant men and all the host of hell come out to a Christian.
There is No Forgiveness in Egypt
People say Egypt was better when we were in than now we are out. They are more fearful. They were sore afraid as the scripture declares. So it is that he that departs from iniquity makes himself a prey and the evil is chasing the dove but the dove is stuck with a problem. These combinations of the past, your past sins will come back at you. They have been forgiven but somehow people keep reminding you of them. People keep bringing up your past sins and say a few years ago you did this. What do you expect, I was in Egypt, of course I did that, and you didn’t? Somehow people think that when you are in Egypt you are still meant to be really good but no we are defiled and the slaves and filth of the earth. When we come out the earth still thinks we are the filth of the earth but in fact we are the gold of heaven and they treat you as filth and they will bring out everything you have done in the past. Then you might even confess it again to them and then six months later they will bring it up again as there is no forgiveness with Egypt.
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The dragon is wrath. Pharaoh is very angry now. There is a certain fear of sins once you are a Christian than even before when you came out. Yes you acknowledge the slavery but you never saw the spears and the sword, you only saw the whip. The church of Christ has the gates of hell against it but the promise is, the gates of hell will not prevail against his church but it looks like it is.
These poor Israelites and us Christians. When we see all the past, we might even see the task master that was whipping us and now he is coming back. Apostle Paul says when I want to do good I find a law in my members. It is with me and evil is present with me when I want to do good. Isn’t that true as a Christian? As a Christian don’t think that Egypt is all of a sudden gone and you can rejoice. Expect Egypt to follow you and expect the big red sea to be there. These are sins. The Egyptians coming at the people is a representation of your past. The sea is a representation of the future and both these things harass a Christian. The danger you will get into if you keep preaching the word of God and everything you have done in the past is there as well. Do you feel a little hedged in? Some they have had this. Can you look back at your childhood and say yes I had that, or I’m having this? Or can we say I’ve not had that yet? I’ve not really seen the hideousness of my sins chasing me yet. Praise the Lord it is not yet but expect it as it’s going to happen. There are no misgivings in the path to heaven. It is our duty to present this to you. If we do not fulfil this duty and you miss the road, your blood will be on us. We must say what will happen as you are a Christian. You will suffer fear for the future and you will suffer fear from the past.
The Red Sea in Front of You
It is not just the Egyptians behind you but is also the sea in front of you.
Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.
10:22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
You need to know how long it is to Canaan. It is not a few days. Be prepared, it is an enduring run and in an enduring run there are lots of obstacles and difficulties along the way, difficulties such as the red sea. It is the Egyptians behind you. Does your brother know what you did when you were in Egypt? He is going to go to the kings and say yes this person did this and that when they were young or maybe not when they were young but say this person is a decrepit person. He has lied and done this and that and the other. Not just brother to brother but mother to daughter and mother to son. All the past is coming back.
Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that loveth father and mother more than me is not worthy me. Take up your cross and follow me because if your family don’t want to come out of Egypt they will chase you but don’t love them. They are hard words. Don’t love them more than Jesus. We love our enemies. Jesus loved us while we were enemies. When we were friends of the world he loved us. We love our enemies but we don’t go and live with our enemies. We can love them but when your past sins are all known by your family it is the devilish thing when pharaoh hops off his throne he brings all your past chasing post haste after you. It is more fearful than when you were in Egypt. Then you think if I go back to Egypt then I will back to the whip. I would rather the whip than the sword or spear so people do turn back unfortunately. They say I will go back. In this narrative the people don’t go back but they murmur.
Do You Murmur?
How do you know if you murmur? You might not pop up and have a whinge to people about things, but how do you know? This is when they murmured. They were firstly afraid of the future and the past or either one, and they said unto Moses because there were no graves in Egypt thou hast taken us away to die in the wilderness. Isn’t that speculation? That is conjecture because there were no graves that is why they were out there. Was that true? This is how they were thinking because of this and that and they were trying to work out motive. This is part of murmuring when you try to work out the motive of someone else. You are afraid and you try to work out why they are doing this. This is a sign of murmuring when you look at people and try and examine their motive and you will always get it wrong. They lost hope and thought they would die, I can’t make it. Have you ever said it’s too hard to be a Christian? I won’t make it to heaven, everyone else will but I’m too weak, I’m a worm, I can’t make it. If God can set the universe set in place, can he give strength to a worm? Absolutely. Why do we think we can’t make it?
The allegory was taught in the bible to connect the natural to the spiritual. We lose hope and then we start to speculate motive. Then you start blaming the visible leader, the person who you can see. You start saying well you did this and brought us out and you start to make yourself justified by saying we told you not to do this. You start putting blame on someone else as they brought you out and you said leave us in Egypt. Is murmuring really a mental issue more than verbal? It is a real mental issue that you would blame the person you can see and you would justify what you have said in the past and said if you listened to me perhaps you would have been a better leader. These are some of the waymarks if you are going down the path of murmuring. Examine yourself and ask, Lord show me, try my reigns and test my heart.
There is a difference between a cry and a murmur. There is a difference to acknowledge yourself as a weak worm and to ask God for strength and acknowledge yourself as a weak worm thinking God can’t help you. When we realise that the Egyptians are behind, we can acknowledge we are so weak at this point but God can help us. These items that come out from murmuring, what is the root of those things?
Hebrews 3:5 And Moses verily [was] faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Is it possible to hold to that happiness when you came out of Egypt? It is. What is needed to hold onto this hope and joy?
Hebrews 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.
They didn’t know the sign posts. They hadn’t listened to God and understood how to get to Canaan. Are you listening today of how to get to Canaan? Because if you are listening, there will be no murmuring but if you err in your heart you haven’t listened and you haven’t applied it. As Jesus said, the pipers have piped and they haven’t danced and the murmurers have mourned and not lamented because they didn’t listen to what was going on. The Word of God should move us into an action. It should move us into an knowledge of how to get to heaven. The people erred as they didn’t know the way of the Lord and today you know part of the way.
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
They could not enter in because of unbelief. This is why we lose this rejoicing of hope because we don’t’ believe. Because we don’t believe, we start to manipulate our mind around things to try and rationalise how do I work this out in my head? Well Moses, I can speculate this is why you have brought us out and if you listen to me…. This is the problem. This is unbelief when you do this.
I propound to you a few things. What brought them into this situation? Was it not the cloud that brought them there? This is so precious because the cloud that brings you there delivers you also. Wasn’t it the cloud that saved them from Egypt? The cloud went between Israel and Egypt and for Egypt it was darkness and for Israel it was light. God does not bring us into a strait where his arm cannot save us. He doesn’t bring us into a position where he will fall over himself as our God is a living God. We have a problem and that problem came about because of the cloud and it will be solved by the same thing. If you obey the word of the Lord, it will be your salvation. It will be the salvation of your past sins. It will block them up and they can’t see them anymore. Who is it he that condemns? It is God that justifies.
Isaiah 50:8 [He is] near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who [is] mine adversary? let him come near to me.
God is with me, he is near that justifieth me therefore I won’t be afraid. Come Egyptians come, you will be blocked by the cloud. Keep coming through the sea even and you will die because God is my hope and I glory in him. I am a worm, I am a sinner. That is fine, but Jesus came to save sinners. I am weaker than you and it is easy for God to heal the weak and so it is better with me than with you.
We Have a Problem
What brought them out? The cloud. Who brought them out? Moses brought them out. This man. Our Moses is Jesus Christ who brings us out. Jesus Christ the Word of God in creation says divide the waters and let land appear. That is the Word of God and Moses our Christ and Lord, stands there and he raises his staff, the cross of Christ over the sea and says let land appear and what happens? Land appears. It is the Word of the Lord. It is by the Word that he could still the Sea of Galilee. It is by his Word that he can create and destroy. He can destroy Egypt and create land in the middle of the ocean for you to stand upon.
Did Israel get wet? They walked on dry ground. It wasn’t muddy or soggy, it was dry. None of the waters of affliction destroyed them although they had to have faith to march through. We Christians have such little faith when difficulties arise and we tremble because of our past sins and what is going to happen tomorrow. What is going to happen in the future to be scourged in the synagogues and to be put out of the church and all these things. It does make us fearful as we are humans. Our redeemer is here. Our Moses is here with the staff who can command the sea to be parted. The people didn’t trust Moses. Do you know why? Because they never saw him pleading for them. Moses went off into the hill and he pled before the Lord out of the sight of the people. He went into Mount Sinai and the sanctuary and in his tent and pleads but the people didn’t see him. Because they didn’t see him agonising they thought, what is Moses doing? He is doing nothing. They couldn’t hear the cries of Moses for the people so they didn’t trust him. Can you see Jesus? Can you hear Jesus pleading your cause in heaven? Absolutely. Believe and you shall be saved. Can you see Jesus in heaven pleading your cause against the adversary? The adversary of souls is there day and night and Jesus our advocate is standing before the bar of adjudicator and is pleading our cause and says these are my people. My blood, I have brought them out of Egypt and they will not be destroyed. He brings our case before the judge and he has paid the penalty in full. He brings his people off safe and sound from the court of heaven.
And The Water Parts
Jesus has a design in bringing us to the sea. There are two designs and these designs are twofold. I would that we not be ignorant of the fact that the children of Israel were baptised unto Moses through what? The sea. There was a purpose of going through the sea for baptism. God thought I, want to baptise these people and I’m going to bring them through the sea. God has a purpose for our trials. It is to baptise us with the baptism that Jesus was baptised with. As he said to the disciples who wanted to sit on the right and left in the kingdom of heaven, are you able to drink of the cup that I will drink of? Are you able to be baptised of the baptism that I will be baptised with? These brethren were already physically baptised. It is speaking of something different and they said yes we are able. He said, well, you will be baptised with the baptism that I was baptised with. Although he didn’t respond to their question, he knew it was going to be a trial. So it is the purpose of Jesus in bringing us to the sea to meet our enemies behind us and to bring us to this difficultly is to plunge us into death of self.
To plunge us into a total abandonment of anything. The bible says it was a wall of water on either side and to just say okay I will walk knowing that gravity says it’s going to fall in on me. Who doubts gravity? We seem to think it’s definitely going to fall down. That release okay Lord I will walk through the sea even if you plunge me into it and cover me over in it and I die, so be it. That is baptism. Just release yourself and say yes Lord I have all these past sins and problems. I don’t want to change too much as I will be scourged and defamed and I will be the filth of the planet. I don’t really want that but if it be your will, not my will but thine be done and you go through. This is going through the water.
This is why God gives us the trials. Not for us to murmur and to have conjecture of why there are not graves in Egypt. That is terrible conjecture. It was for baptism he brought them through. Always remember that God has a good reason for trials. Never think of the bad and never doubt the visible leader and never doubt he who is pleading for us behind closed doors.
Bruising Satan’s Head
For them to pass through the sea was for their enemies to be destroyed. We have been baptised and in the method of baptism we are destroying those things that pursue us. There was a prophecy in Genesis that there shall be enmity between the serpent and the woman and her seed and his seed and it shall bruise the woman’s heel but she will bruise Satan’s head. When did Satan’s head get crushed? At the crucifixion. When was Jesus baptised with the baptism he referred to with the disciples? Gethsemane and the cross. Satan’s head was being crushed also at Gethsemane. This is the baptism of Christ which he alludes to at his death being his sufferings and pain and it was there that Satan was destroyed and fell from heaven like lightening. Daniel was in the lion’s den. Who put him there? Who made this law? These sneaky fellows. They were in the parliament together probably debating and what have you and they came out to make this law. Through obedience Daniel found himself in the sea, in this den of lions. But what killed his enemies? The same den that he had to go into killed his enemies. So it is with the red sea.
Us as Christians Today
What does God want to do with us as a people as true Israelites who would give their hearts to God in every aspect?
Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.
Who is he speaking to? To the Christians in Rome. Satan would be bruised under the Christians feet also. That pharaoh would drown in the red sea that we will pass through. That is why God sends us there, to destroy our enemies. When we are suffering and when we are going through abject despair of surroundings and we surrender ourselves to God and march on, our enemies will be destroyed. They can’t touch you.
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The present – Egyptians. Nor things to come – the red sea. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. They had murmurings all along the way but you will mark that every problem had a solution. God never forsook his people. When there were the fiery serpents, there was a solution every time. There is a belief that will act. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Believe that he can strengthen you. Believe that all things work together for good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
The Israelites were called according for Gods purpose and all these things worked for good to those that loved him, not murmured against him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and ye shall be saved.