SERIES – How to Stay Strong When Things Go Wrong
Exodus 14:5-16 NIV
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”
6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.
7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.
9 The Egyptians–all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops–pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.
11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
Matthew 2:15 NIV – where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Hosea 11:1 NIV – When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
Luke 11:30 NIV – For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
Hebrews 11:29 NIV – By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NIV – 1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
Salvation is coming out of something and crossing into something.
Deuteronomy 6:23 NIV – But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers.
I. What God brings us out of
James 5:1-5 CEV – 1 You rich people should cry and weep! Terrible things are going to happen to you. 2 Your treasures have already rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your money has rusted, and the rust will be evidence against you, as it burns your body like fire. Yet you keep on storing up wealth in these last days. 4 You refused to pay the people who worked in your fields, and now their unpaid wages are shouting out against you. The Lord All-Powerful has surely heard the cries of the workers who harvested your crops. 5 While here on earth, you have thought only of filling your own stomachs and having a good time. But now you are like fat cattle on their way to be butchered.
1 Corinthians 7:21, 23 CEV – 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that bother you. But if you can win your freedom, you should. 23 God paid a great price for you. So don’t become slaves of anyone else.
Exodus 13:17-18 NIV – 17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
Exodus 16:2-3 NIV – 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Romans 6:17, 20-23 CEV – 17 You used to be slaves of sin. But I thank God that with all your heart you obeyed the teaching you received from me. 20 When you were slaves of sin, you didn’t have to please God. 21 But what good did you receive from the things you did? All you have to show for them is your shame, and they lead to death. 22 Now you have been set free from sin, and you are God’s slaves. This will make you holy and will lead you to eternal life. 23 Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord.
- God saves us from the penalty of sin – regeneration
- God is saving us from the power of sin – sanctification
- God will save us from the presence of sin – glorification
II. How God brings us out
We cross over by grace.
Exodus 14:21 NIV – Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,…
Leviticus 11:45 NIV – I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.
We are not saved by the quality of our faith but the object of our faith.
III. Who God uses to bring us out
Matthew 1:21 NIV – She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
John 5:24 NIV – I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
Isaiah 51:10 NIV – Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?