Synopsis of sermon 9.18.09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Exodus 14:10-15: 10And 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. 11And 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? 12Is 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. 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. & Exodus 15:1: 1Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
All of us at one time or other has been into a time of crisis. There is no exemption of crisis. The bible says in Job 14:1: 1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. Though you and I experience crisis in our life, it is important to realize that God has given us the unique ability to manage it. There are times that God will allow us to go through situations just to see how we handle it. Will we panic or will we trust him? Will we give up or will we hold on? Will we pout or will we praise God?
The story of the children of Israel’s deliberation from Egypt is one of the most powerful stories ever told. It is a story that has been shared generation to generation. It literally indicates that it is the backdrop by which God will deliver his people going forth. Paul shares with the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 10:11: 11Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.- What God did though Israel is a framework or paradigm to show us that if God did this back then, he can do the same today.
The children of Israel are in bondage because according to Exodus 1:8, the Pharaoh did not know Joseph. Exodus 1:8: 8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. Joseph was who God used to interpret dreams and he eventually became Prime Minister of Egypt. He put together the plan that allowed them to survive the recession of their day. In fact the stock market of today was a result of Joseph’s distribution plan.
The first Pharaoh knew the children of Israel, but the second one did not know Joseph. Because the children Israel had grown in great number, this second Pharaoh felt threatened. He puts them into captivity and made them make bricks without straw. 400 years the children of Israel cry out for God’s help. They ask the Lord to send them a deliver. The children of Israel cried to God and thought he was not listening to them. Have you ever been to the point that you thought God wasn’t listening to your cry for help? Whatever you are going through, God knows all about it.
As they were moaning, God was moving on the backside of the dessert. He is raising up a boy called Moses. Moses tended sheep until God spoke to him in a bush on fire. God told Moses to go down and tell Pharaoh to let his people go. Moses asked who should he say sent him and God said tell Pharaoh that “I am, that I am” sent him. You have to know that God will not send you where his power can’t protect you. As a result of a series of plagues, Pharaoh let the children of Israel go. Everything was going well until they got to the Red Sea. It looks like they would not be able to overcome their newest crisis, because the Red Sea was in front of them and Pharaoh and his army was behind them because he changed his mind about allowing them to leave. Ever been there, where you got a crisis in front of you and you can’t go back from where you came from?
Whatever your crisis, God can handle it. Crisis is nothing more than a testing time. You have to trust God in this season like never before!
I. He might not deliver you today, because he is developing you for tomorrow.
1. Gods timing. God doesn’t t operate on our time. Why would God allow stuff to escalate in our life is a question we might ask? The answer is because it is about devotion. God is testing the substance of your relationship with him. God has to create a situation to see where you really are.
2. It is about your conviction. Your conviction is what you believe, but your character is how you behave. What you believe determines how you behave. You can’t act like everybody else. You have to trust God. God wants to know can you depend on him.
3. Your crisis is a set up for the glory of God. God wants you to know you can depend on him. He puts you in a place where you can’t use your resources to get out and the people you used to count, you can’t count on anymore. The children of Israel were in slavery, because Pharaoh didn’t know their history. Just because the enemy doesn’t know where you came from doesn’t mean that you have to forget where you came from. If Israel would have remembered their history that would have realized that this wasn’t the first time they had been in a crisis. Abraham was in a crisis, but the mountain, but God made away. Jacob was in a crisis and said he will not let the spirit of God go until he blessed him. You ought to thank God for things you went through in the past because it is a framework to reference of what God can do.
4. God said he isn’t letting you out of your crisis until you demonstrate some maturity. When we come out of this, our life is going to another dimension. He wants us to demonstrate some development.
II. Never let your crisis; cause you to surrender your Canaan.
1. Never lose sight of what you are going to by focusing what you are going through. Exodus 14:10-11: 10And 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. 11And 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?-They cried out God and complained to Moses. The enemy can cause you to distort your focus. How many people do you know wanted to go back where they came from when their crisis hit? You need to make up in your mind that going back is not an option. You got to forget those things which are behind you and press toward the mark of the high calling. That’s why your rear view mirror is smaller than your windshield. God wants you to focus what you are going through rather than what’s behind you. Sometimes he gives you a word at 3 o’clock in the morning to help you get through. Sometimes you have to choose which the greater crisis is. This is a chance for you to decide to focus on what used to be and what is about to be.
2. Anytime God is going to take you to something, your used to be won’t let you go easy. We are not going to let what used to be stop the about to be. Your used to be says come on back. Your about to be says let him go. Your used to be represents your pain, your about to be represents your promise, your used to be represents your demise and drama and your about to be represents your drive and determination and your destiny. God’s got great plans for your life. What you are about to be represents your determination. The bible says the people turned on Moses in verse 13. Exodus 14:12-13: 12Is 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. 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. – If you want to know who your real friends are, get in a crisis. Moses goes on his face and asks God what he should do. God tells him to tell them to stay still. God’s word for them is today, I want you to stand still and see how God will bring you out. Egypt used to be part of the children of Israel’s crisis, but God promises that this will be their last day they would have to deal with this. God told them that he will fight for them and all they had to do was hold their peace. There is Red Sea in front of them and an angry Pharaoh is behind, yet God tells them not to do anything. You would think he would at least want us to get in the “ready position”. The truth is, God’s got you in position to see something that you have never seen before.
3. What happened is the question? In verse 30, God says use what you have. Exodus 14:30: 30Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. – Moses had a rod in his hand when God called him. He was a Shepherd previously and had the rod from that. It was a symbol of protection and correction. One of those experiences when he was going back and forth with God was when God turned the rod into a serpent that ate up the serpents of the king. Again God says use what you have. What you have is enough in the hands of God. It represents correction and the word (staff or rod). The Red Sea represents the crisis. God says stretch out the word over your crises. If he does that, God says he will bring the super down into the natural. He is going to open up a way like it has never been before. Moses stretches out his rod and the Red Sea opens up.
4. The real miracle is not the opening of the Red Sea. The miracle is the dry ground after the sea had split. If water has been there for years and the water is removed, then mud should be an issue. It should be so muddy that we should not be able to cross without getting stuck. God dries it up so you don’t get stuck. God will deliver us in a way that we won’t get stuck getting out of it. God waited until the last Israelites got out of the sea and the last Egyptian got into the sea before he let the water fall back into place. This caused Pharaoh and his army to drown in the Red Sea.
III. The question of crises is what do we do with our used to be?
1. They are still calling us and paging us trying to get us to go back to our used to be. God will deal with it, because you can’t. The closing of the water represents a burial. God lets you see your “used to be” buried in the sea. In biblical history, whenever a Pharaoh would become angry, they would send someone out and dispatch a group to come back and report what happened. Even when Joshua went in to spy on the land, he sent spies to go and come back report. This was unusual for Pharaoh to go after the children of Israel, but it was necessary for God’s plan. Pharaoh didn’t know who he was messing with the wrong people. If some of my used to be is buried, it doesn’t help. We need all of our used to be to be buried.
2. Now they are on the other side. They saw Pharaoh and his army drowned in the red sea. Guess where they are now, they are on the other side. Whenever God liberates you, we are obligated to celebrate him. They have survived something trusting God. Just like now they say the recession is over and you survived it. We are obligated to praise God.
3. Now there is an obligation. Moses began to sing and he was specific about what he sang. He was specific about that he saw. There ought to be specifics in our testimony. It should more than the cookie cutting testimonies we always here. Cookie cutting are testimonies where you borrowed the sound bites of another cliché using testimony. Tell us what specifically God did for you, so we will know if he did it for you, we know he can do it for us. Moses song is really a response to what he saw. He saw God come true on his word. God said he is going to bring you to a land flowing with milk and honey. Just because you are in a crisis, don’t mean God’s word is not true. When you make it, you have an obligation to audibly praise God. Some people wonder if it really takes all of that when they see someone’s praise get over the top in church. Some people actually are intimidated by seeing this. Praise people shouldn’t be the ones that scare us. It should be the quiet people. You will be emotional when Maze comes to town or when you go to a ball game, but when it comes to praising God, you try not to be emotional. You come to church and try to be the frozen chosen. Ex- Bishop explains that his mom used to explain to them before they would leave and go somewhere, “Wherever you show out, I am going to show out!” So if they misbehaved in the bank, mom would whip them right there in the bank. In like manner, wherever God shows out, that’s where we are going to have to show out. Don’t wait until you get to church, or bible study! You have an obligation to show out right then and there!