This week Pastor Gene takes us to the beginning of the book of Exodus as we see the early life of Moses and the Israelites leaving Egypt.
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good morning welcome if you're new here among us my name is gene and i serve here at c3 church as your lead pastor and i have a question for you this morning have you ever been caught not listening to someone now your minds are probably going back to school right children do this in school you daydream stuff like that and then the teacher calls on you and you don't know what to say now this could start happening in church if i started calling on people i can see it not too well because the lights are awfully bright but i can see some of you and i know when you're sleeping because your head tilts back and sometimes people have actually made noise full-on snoring it's kind of funny wow no it's a real thing now i want to tell you a secret it's a passer secret you got to be careful with it sometimes this happens the other way around and most of you all don't know it you see i'll give you the background public speaking by itself can be kind of scary in the beginning you get nervous there's a lot of stuff to remember right now imagine handling the god of work the word of god see it's hard sometimes like moses you get tongue tied and you got to know how to roll with it so it's difficult especially when you're new in the very beginning it's tough and so if you've never had to speak publicly you might have had to memorize a phone number at one time and between the time in which you get the phone number and then you can get to like something to write on in the ancient times or your phone or tablet or something you try to remember it you keep it in the front of your mind so you're doing your three oh nine thing six seven five three one nine eight six seven five three one nine eight six seven five three and then someone comes up to you and talks to you and you lose it or if they know you're trying to memorize it because you're talking to yourself we do this as we get older they start throwing numbers at you 10 30 53 8 and messes you up so it's kind of the same thing you have something in the front of your mind you're trying to keep it there then someone comes up to you and starts talking to you now inevitably about 99.9 percent of the time they say this first i know you're about to preach but ten thirty five eight seventeen so they're going to give it to you right i know you're about to preach but so a little side thing i have a pastor friend they have a rule in their church we are not allowed to talk to him about any ministry stuff before the sermon i think it's a pretty good rule but we'll modify it if in your head yeah i agree glad someone agrees with me this morning if in your head you start thinking i know you're about to preach but just keep that in your head that's it just keep the whole thing in your head and save it for late we can book an appointment we can go in my office and then you can tell me what you think but here's the thing sometimes it's about something important and as you develop as a pastor you need to roll with it you need to listen because it may be important in the beginning don't do this to new pastors people don't speak because it throws them but it's usually about something like the coffee right so the coffee wasn't we ran out of caffeinated like why is that my problem we have like 100 other people who can deal with this but that's what happens the creamer it's not creamy enough the sugar it's not sugary enough like whatever and so what happens is the person turns into charlie brown's teacher i'm tuning out at this point eight six seven five three one nine eight six seven five three nine and so it's difficult but then what happens sometimes is this what do you think what are we gonna do about the coffee want but i forgot what they're talking about so i'm going to give you a pastoral trick like any good trick you don't want to abuse it you don't want to use it too much but here it is what do you think now you got to watch your facial controls there's a class in pastor school they teach you facial control 101 and so you can't go like that that's what's happening inside behind my face you have to go what do you think there's a good pastor face lets them know you're taking them very seriously some of you are going hey and you gotta wait give it a second these things take time it works but like a good magic trick you can't abuse it you gotta know when to use it but it works for a lot of things faster i'm trying to find some i'm sick of being single these things take time right so you can now you're not even remember anything i said in the rest of the sermon you'll be trying this out on the way home and you're going to find holes in it like this morning tracy she told me she found a new job that would have not been the appropriate time to say these things take time she would have been like like what i actually listened to her but i'm a little more experienced so for new people be careful with it don't wear it out try it out on the way home now it works well because it's generally true we know this good things take time good things come to those who wait i saw this at a deli counter because you know if you work at a deli what everyone's always in a rush we don't have delis here so what am i talking about uh whatever a place where you get food there's no good delis here it doesn't exist actually there's one across the street i won't plug them yet because anyway i'm still trying to figure it out but the sign said good food takes time it's true good things take time i'm going to see that this morning it's biblical exodus 7 8 finishing is better than starting patience is better than pride we'll see this today quick recap you can go online and watch the messages but heather did a great job that basically going through 15 chapters of the bible and getting every detail completely right afterwards somebody came up to me and said she's going to take your job these things take time so i'm not going to do the full recap you can go watch it this is a lot of information we're going to be doing this again today about 15 chapters i don't know why we torture ourselves actually do because it's going to come full circle there's complete thought you got to look at larger sections of the bible to really get the point here and that's why we're doing this so there's a lot to fit in here i think i can get it done and get you out of here by about three or four o'clock don't worry carol lee's going to cook some popcorn just kidding about the popcorn so here we arrive at the end of genesis and we see seems like rapid succession jacob dies then joseph dies so there's a span of time there they're in egypt so they get embalmed that's kind of interesting i'm going to try not to digress on that for too long it says here in the notes keep going so i will we're going to get to exodus now the promise made to abraham is being fulfilled they're multiplying greatly but what is the problem the problem is that well pharaoh dies too and they forget what joseph did so now they're multiplying multiplying multiplying and they're worried what if we get into a war with someone and they side with them it's not going to be good they're going to get away or overrun us there are a lot of problems happening here solution we will enslave them so they do they make them make bricks you need straw apparently to make the bricks i've never made a brick before i don't know but it's going to be an issue as we'll see so they're enslaved and this is not good for them but if we go back we should know this maybe abraham should have told them i don't know they shouldn't be surprised because when we saw the initiation of the covenant to abraham in genesis chapter 15 remember the carcasses cut in half and god goes through and this is what it says genesis 15 12 as the sun was going down abram fell into a deep sleep and the terrifying darkness came down over him then the lord said to abram you can be sure that your your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years i will punish the nation that enslaves them and in the end they will come away with great wealth galatians 3 later in exodus chapter 12 it clarifies 430 years sometimes dates are generalized get over it all right so let's move on now it's worth mentioning very quickly that if you know the word really well you know there was a foreshadowing of this also it's not just what god tells abram at this point he's not quite abraham yet what happens in his deception so you see this kind of cycle going through the bible where they've got to go to egypt to get grain or there's a famine or there's something like that it actually continues into the new testament as well the collection for the corinthians so people have to go to egypt to get stuff there's a grain shortage later in jerusalem we'll see so there's this theme where people have to go to certain places to overcome the famine or get stuff we saw that in the joseph account right if you were paying attention so this happens earlier on than a lot of people realize it's the reason that abram goes to egypt and then he deceives the pharaoh dude she's my sister remember it was a half truth and if you notice they send them away with great wealth and so we have a little foreshadowing there that you might want to go back and read now we arrive at the moses account and i'm going to do something for you to save some time i'm going to spoil you this morning i'm going to give you a lot of the names it's quite interesting when you read this account they don't give us all the names right away they unveil them slowly and you have to go to boring genealogies i know to get some of the other names and the relationships people have with one another it's kind of funny so pharaoh he gets the idea of killing the babies and enter in two midwives pua and shipra weird names i'm probably not saying them right let's move on but anyway it says that they fear god and so they're not killing the male babies god rewards them for it and they have babies of their own but pharaoh goes what are you doing and they say well the hebrew women they're vigorous the babies come out real fast no labor i guess all right well he says solution what we're going to do now is all the male infants we're going to throw them in the nile river and kill them drown them nice guy so this is going on enters into the story a levite couple amram and jokobit spoiling you the names aren't right there just yet we find out that well it's a nephew and an ant that's the couple gross we'll move on we also so they go three months she's pregnant what are we gonna do they can't hide it any longer so they make a little basket and they cover it with pitch waterproof it and they put it in the nile and they float the baby down not to kill it but they want to save the baby this is going to be moses we'll find this out later they want to unveil the name i'm moving faster than that often overlooked part of the story is miriam that's moses sister doesn't give us the name there but it's very interesting she's critical in this story she kind of watches at a distance the basket's going down the river and she notices that pharaoh's daughter the princess some versions say and her servants they're bathing there and they notice the basket so they get it they take the baby out they hear crying they feel sorry for the baby but miriam his sister is watching quite clever she goes up to the princess kind of bold and says do you need a hebrew woman to nurse the child for you so sure so she goes and gets jochebed the baby's mother she nurses him and it actually says she gets paid to do it kind of interesting some time goes by she gives the baby back the baby moses is raised in pharaoh's household she names it moses this is the pharaoh's daughter the princess because she lifted him out of the water so these names have a meaning sometimes goes by now i'll let you know how we find out some of this stuff in a minute i'm going to jump around moses is now 40 years old and he's observing some of his own people the egyptians are being really mean to them and so what does he do well what else would you do just kill them so he decides to kill this egyptian and bury him in the sand he thinks he's in the clear he looks around it says kills him buries him he thinks he's good until the next day what happens he sees two of his own people arguing he tries to intercede what are you doing stop they turn to him and say what are you going to do kill us like you did that egyptian he's in trouble he's worried about pharaoh coming after him so he takes off sure enough pharaoh is coming after him so he was right to leave very interesting point if you're paying attention or if you're at bible study he goes to midian and there's definitely a connection here if you go back to the joseph story he was sold to ishmaelite or midianite slave traders interesting we'll move on so here you have another well scene there's another scene at a well where a bride and the groom are going to meet one of the future bride and groom are going to meet at a well but this one's different it says there's a priest of midian there who has seven daughters but the local shepherds are giving them a hard time so moses intercedes here if you're seeing a theme chases them away waters their flock it should sound familiar they go back to their dad they tell them what happened rule or jethro has two names i'm skipping around here and he says go get him he can come be with us they do some time goes by and we see that he marries one of his daughters sephora not sephora sephora however you want to pronounce it he has a son gershom it's because he's a stranger in a strange land if we continue we get to the burning bush account now we know he's 80 years old here and we've got to go all the way to the new testament to get all the details here we go all the way to acts now it's interesting stephen gives a sermon now some people are like oh you know it's too complicated you went over too much stuff gene it was like 15 chapters and i can't remember all of it well stephen goes through like the old testament so i don't want to hear it that's biblical preaching that's what he's doing here in the midst of it we get details that aren't always in the old testament acts 7 23. one day when moses was 40 years old he decided to visit his relatives the people of israel so dot dot there's all that stuff that happens there where he gets mad and pharaoh's chasing him around then when moses heard about that he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of midian there his two sons were born 40 years later in the desert near mount sinai an angel appeared to moses in the flame of a burning bush so he's about 80 years old here and that's how we know it so the burning bush account a lot of important details i'm going to pass through this pretty quickly and give you a lot of the important stuff here it's interesting to note that this happens on mount horeb or mount sinai very important as we keep going through the rest of the story he's shepherding the flock and he notices a bush it's on fire but it's not burning up it's not turning to ashes that's weird so he goes and approaches it the lord notices it he says something that should be familiar moses moses kind of like abraham abraham responds the same way here i am take off your sandals this is holy ground so he does and he covers his face pre-figuring what he's going to do with the veil we'll see later in the transfiguration he covers his face now making this kind of short important detail god says he's heard the cries of his people he remembers the covenant that he made with them and now he's going to use moses to redeem them that's the short version of this now here's the thing moses immediately starts complaining moses is going to complain a lot right so we're just going to kind of go over it because maybe for some of you like that's kind of annoying moses is complaining an awful lot but he says who am i to do this they're not going to believe me who should i tell them sent me and this is very important because god says i am tell them that i am senshu i am who i am very important as we get through the rest of the story the gospel for example of john the seven i am's i'm the good shepherd i'm the dorm the way the truth the life and the vine so jesus is referencing this that's what he's saying he's using the name of god to speak of himself he says i am they want to kill him over it they know what it means i am before abraham was i am is what he's saying they want to stone him very important that's what's being referenced here well god continues and he says and here's the main thing here tell pharaoh to let my people go so that here's the important thing a lot of people miss they can worship me they're not just leaving to leave they're not going for the sake of just going they're going so that they can worship the lord very important detail people forget it's a three-day journey nice little note there just like isaac and abraham when they went to worship if you remember well god tells them what will happen and he kind of tells them what happened in the foreshadowing he says they're going to send you away i'm going to make them let you go they're going to want to get rid of you and they're going to give you great wealth when you leave moses says what if they don't believe me another complaint all right so he's like come on moses let's go so he says all right you're going to do these things that are going to prove to them because first he's got to go to the israelites the elders of the hebrews and so he says okay see that staff in your hand throw it on the ground he does it when it does it turns into a snake moses jumps back well then god tells him something interesting he says grab the snake by the tail now moses is a shepherd he's been in the woods a lot so he knows like that's probably not a good idea snake's going to bite you but he does it it's interesting turns back into a staff and he says they'll believe you when you do that if they don't put your hand in your cloak take it out turns leprous all white put it back in heals the hand if they don't believe that take some of the water from the nile and throw it on the ground and it'll turn to blood then they'll believe you okay now moses goes on to the next series of complaints i'm not a good speaker i get tongue-tied god's got to be like really and god responds that way he says i make people see hear speak what's the problem moses interesting here if you're reading the literal word it says that he has uncircumcised lips it's interesting because it'll make another account make a little bit more sense uncircumcised lift so circumcision is the removal of the foreskin so it could mean his lips are sealed they're stuck also there's a story about circumcision maybe his lips aren't worthy we talk about having a circumcised heart right so it could mean both things it's difficult but anyway very interesting he protests again god basically says fine fine we'll get aaron to speak he can be your prophet he's going to speak for you now note if you're taking notes this was not god's first choice aaron will cause problems but anyway fine we'll get aaron to help you out here moses complaining but then he goes to jethro's father-in-law gets permission they both agree the people chasing you well they're probably dead by now so go ahead you'll be safe go back now here's where we get some names of other people and we got to kind of jump forward we get the jethro thing here gershom we know is one of his kids because he goes and leaves he takes his family with him but it's very interesting his other son is there so sometimes one son is mentioned sometimes two but if you're looking carefully the other son's name is laser and if you've been paying attention that is the name of abraham's most trusted servant different guy clearly laser it's also probably the person that got the bride for isaac the name means deliver and sure enough eliezer delivered the bride for isaac if that was him most likely kind of cool so god again reassures moses they go through this sequence again and again and again but in this particular one god says something very interesting when we're looking at the rest of the story he says you're going to tell pharaoh let my son go my son israel let my son go my son israel but pharaoh won't so i'm gonna take his son we'll see that in a minute it has great great meaning now here deep within the text we talked about this exodus derives its name from a greek word not hebrew that's interesting we saw the bible of the early church was the greek old testament they're all speaking greek the new testament's written in greek they're quoting it in greek why would they be writing a different version they're not there's a greek version here and there's some interesting language that matches extremely well with the new testament and so i'm going to say a greek word but i've been getting a little nervous lately because my greek teacher watches online and we have this debate all the time i'm saying i just need to know how to read it don't laugh it i just need to know how to read it and then speak american to everybody that's it i don't need but anyway apparently she wants me to speak it better so it's kind of like i'm gonna read a little greek here protocols she's watching i almost brought my phone up here so i'd get a text so we'd see so first born it's really important it's what the sa the sacrifice the worthy sacrifice of abel was called same word it's used here my firstborn son and it's used to describe jesus as well colossians chapter one firstborn very important word very deep scripture so now we gotta kind of move along there's a circumcision story it's very hard to understand and explain they're traveling with the family there's a point at which we just don't really know god wants to kill moses all of a sudden difficult then his wife sephora she intercedes and circumcises they don't say which son probably gershom the older son and then god relents he doesn't kill moses she says you're a bright groom of blood to moses you can speculate a bit but probably moses should have known that he should have circumcised the children it could be that moving on the lord he tells aaron go see your brother moses moses fills him in and they arrive in egypt they do the proofs right throwing the snake down and stuff they believe them they're all excited and happy about it then they visit pharaoh pharaoh does not take the news so well he's like who is this god of yours whatever and what he does is he makes the slaves work harder now i'm not going to give you straw you're going to have to scrounge for that on your own and i want twice the amount of bricks made the foreman he gets beat they don't like it anymore and they turn on moses and aaron they're like forget it i don't want to listen to you any longer okay they blame moses now in between the plagues we'll get to in a minute that a lot of you kind of know about we have chapter six which is really important there's a genealogy in there and that's where i got a lot of this information from we see that moses complains even though god reaffirms the covenant again so this kind of thing happens over and over again in cycles god reaffirming the covenant moses complaining about it over and over and over again also exodus can kind of get long here because not only are all the things that are going to happen reaffirmed things that happen are reaffirmed again so he tells kind of the basics of the story there and then they move along so we'll move along now we get to my favorite part here we have what i like to call a magic battle it's kind of cool and it's interesting to note when they go before pharaoh they're going to start doing these different things and again this is going to be the cycle let my people go so that they can worship me and then pharaoh's heart is hardened but first it's aaron who presents the staff does a snake thing it's not moses kind of interesting here we have magicians pharaoh has magicians in his court and they're doing tricks they replicate that trick but aaron's snake eats theirs does that remind you of joseph's visions a little bit kind of interesting it's theirs here's another interesting thing the magicians have names very few people know where to find them they're actually not they're not in the old testament at all so it's an example as i said before where the new testament provides us with the best commentary on the old testament they're in an interesting place they're kind of said in passing by paul to timothy now a lot of you know the verses before it you may have even quoted them it's about false teachers in second timothy all right there's going to come a time when there's going to be false teachers but paul is saying it's nothing new continues about the false teachers second timothy 3 8 these teachers oppose the truth just as jonas and jombers opposed moses they have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith but they won't get away with this for long someday everyone will recognize what fools they are just as with jonas and john brez those are the names of the court magicians here we're going to get to a part of the presentation that's not my favorite heather and i have been having debates about charts she's more of a schoolteacher and so she sees the value and visual presentation and i like it too so i'm going to appease her now and we're going to use a chart with the blanks right so marriage advice really quick you can be right or you can be happy so i'm going to be happy aren't the charts wonderful and these are kind of fun but i don't want you to be distracted by the dying bowl with his tongue hanging out or boil hands it's kind of gross but i don't know whatever this is one of the more entertaining ones that i could find so i'm going to go through this pretty quickly because this is pretty long this account just know that there are cycles let my people go so they can worship me that's the stated reason don't ever forget that but pharaoh's heart is hard so it begins with the nile turning to blood aaron does it with the staff strikes the water it's in the presence of pharaoh and the magicians the nile turns to blood note this is a reversal they threw the babies into the nile to kill them really you want to put blood in the water here you go here's blood in the water note all the water even the pots and jars all turns to blood there's no good water anywhere and so they're digging for water they can't find it seven days goes by pharaoh does not relent okay raise the staff again aaron and we're gonna have a plague of frogs this kind of sounds funny and even the text is a little bit funny because they're jumping everywhere jumping everywhere they're jumping into the bed they're jumping into the kitchen into the pots and stuff like that but you gotta think about it especially here in southwest florida you don't get used to the frogs when i moved here i asked the bug guy like what can we do about these lizards can you kill them and i didn't understand the ecosystem and all these important things you're not allowed to kill the lizards they take care of the mosquitoes anyway i don't care they're gross but i got used to them the frogs they're disgusting right they're a gross man like especially at nighttime they come out and they jump on you you ever get a frog jump on your foot or something like that that's disgusting so now imagine like everything is covered with everything everything right so it's really bad and pharaoh's heart is still hardened and now we're going to enter a cycle i'm just doing this quickly where pharaoh is going to begin asking moses to pray for him make this go away moses prays it goes away pharaoh's heart is hardened again as soon as it goes away well why well we see that up to a certain point the magicians are replicating it so you might be thinking no big deal you're just a couple of magicians also if we jump ahead a little bit we get some good reasoning i just grabbed this scripture because i felt it described it really well exodus 10 1. then the lord said to moses return to pharaoh this is in the middle cycle here and make war towards the end make your demands again i have made him and his officials stubborn so i can display my miraculous signs among them i've also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how i made a mockery of the egyptians and about the signs i displayed among them so that you will know that i am the lord it is also that god gets the glory period end of story or maybe pharaoh was in denial we'll get into a little bit more bible study we get some more good new testament commentary on romans chapter nine but we will be running out of time so back to the magic battle we saw the frogs then aaron strikes the ground we have the plague of the gnats and the lice gross here's where jonathan jombers give up they can't replicate certain things at the gnats or lice exodus 818 pharaoh's magicians tried to do the same thing with their secret parts but this time they failed and the gnats covered everyone people and animals alike this is the finger of god the magicians exclaimed to pharaoh but pharaoh's heart remained hard he wouldn't listen to them just as the lord had predicted so god tells them again let my people go so that they can worship me and here we see a shift now the lord starts doing things we don't need the staff anymore any of that stuff so i see flies flies covering everything and this is serious too i can't remember what it's called heather probably knows you can ask her later back in the day they'd have flies everywhere in the medieval times and people would go nuts because the flies on them they'd like just go totally crazy during that time actually it's said that many scribal errors in some old text including biblical texts were made because of this it would be so distracting so imagine them absolutely everywhere gross but here's what's interesting not going to send them on the people of goshen remember that's where the hebrews or israelites settled in goshen they're not going to get hit with the flies you are so now the cycle continues i'm going to overview pretty quickly we have the plague with the livestock again not in goshen there's something very interesting moses begins to operate now he picks up some dust but if you've got a pretty good version it's going to make a note that it's kiln soot furnace he throws it up in the air when people get hit with the boils this is like vengeance for making the slaves make the bricks turns that around so it continues lightning bolts we see the locusts finally darkness they can't even see one another except the people where the where the hebrews live they can see one another now you get something very very important god's warning about the killing of the firstborn so remember you detained or kept my sons you killed my son i'm going to kill yours and so there's a pretty lengthy account what happens with this whole exodus passover account it gets long because god says all the details and then moses reiterates it so it gets a little bit complicated i'm going to shorten it for you we only have so much time on sunday morning it was really a joke about the three o'clock thing so to make it short for you this is the initiation so what god is going to do is kill all the first-born sons first-born animals too and he killed them but he's going to provide protection beyond just being in goshen for the israelites he's going to initiate a festival a very important one that they will celebrate every year to remember this that's the point of it and it's going to provide protection for them they are to kill one-year-old male lamb dare to cook it a certain way bitters herbs and spices they're roasted they're going to eat it all of it before morning also you're going to get all the leaven out of your house the yeast all of it out of your house also when you eat it you're going to eat it with your sandals on and with your staff in hand everything this is getting weird why well because it speaks of the speed in which they're going to have to get out of there so for example you know lucille's like i want to bake some bread i said well we got somewhere to go hurry up well don't put the yeast in it right because that's going to take time to wait for it to rise just cook it let's go let's get out of here speed put your shoes on get ready and then we'll eat quick get out of here this is the idea that's going on now very important you're not going to eat the blood we know about this from earlier on don't eat the blood of the animal instead you're going to use that you're going to take a hyssop branch and you're going to paint basically your door frame of the houses that have this blood that are covered by the blood of the lamb the death angel of the lord or the lord will pass over those houses and those first-born children will not die he's going to say later you'll have to redeem them but they won't die okay then the exodus occurs but understanding this is critical to understanding christianity to understanding the gospel to understanding who jesus really is and what he did for us it's very very important he died to cover us in his blood to redeem us from our slavery to sin and so that god will pass over us in final judgment if we are covered in christ's blood now there's some more new testament commentary people don't pick up on which clarifies some things and hopefully by learning this story this will make a little more sense to you like jonathan gembras so here in context we have the church in corinth and they're experiencing all kinds of difficulties before we point fingers so are we they're going through all these different things finally there's this instance where a man is sleeping with his stepmother it's weird i've told you why it can happen you can ask me again at bible study but what happens is they're not doing anything about it it's going on and paul steps in to say ah kick him out of the church this is really bad he's not doing anything about it you're not doing anything about it but the point is you're prideful you're boasting about this shouldn't you know that as we would say today one bad apple spoils the whole bunch setting yourself up for failure so he says this first corinthians 5 6 you're boasting about this is terrible don't you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough get rid of the old yeast by removing this wicked person from among you it could puff you up but now when you have the passover account in your head it should make more sense then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast which is what you really are christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us so let us celebrate the festival not with the old bread of wickedness and evil but with the new bread of sincerity and truth jesus is our bread of life he is the passover lamb just as pharaoh's firstborn son died now god to redeem us gives us his first born son if we go back to the exodus account we see another passover which people don't often connect to the most obvious one so indeed there's a great exodus it cannot be stated enough probably 600 000 males many say about two and a half million people total are leaving the land pharaoh doesn't want to deal with them anymore he's like get out of here this is enough in fact people give them all their goods and stuff like that so they go away wealthy like abraham did if you remember well they're taken care of for a while they're going to wander a bit god makes the path confusing so they don't change their mind and go back but when they see pharaoh coming after him because what does he do changes his mind again they start panicking they get really worried moses says the lord will fight for us and so most of us know the story moses raises his hand or staff parts the sea and they pass over the dry ground then pharaoh and the arrogant egyptians hot pursuit closes them in baptizes them so to speak in death significant as you killed my sons in the water in the nile now you will die not the nile but the red sea interesting many also don't pick up on jesus's exodus from the world so depending on what account you're reading luke or mark in mark this is where peter's gonna get rebuked jesus talks about his suffering for the first time in chapter eight and peter's like no no no let's get behind me satan what does it profit someone to gain the whole world but lose their life or soul if we continue reading luke in particular says this both into chapter 9 about eight days later jesus took peter john and james up on a mountain to pray as he was praying the appearance of his face was transformed and his clothes became dazzling white hold on to that as we continue later on in the rest of the story suddenly two men significant moses and elijah appeared and began talking with jesus they were glorious to see and they were speaking about his exodus from this world which was about to be fulfilled in jerusalem jesus death on the cross leads to our future exodus as well during the crucifixion just as darkness fell over the land before the death of the firstborn sons the ninth plague darkness before they die so too darkness fell over the land when god's firstborn son died if you read the account you have to read all four gospels to get it all i'll put it together for you john notes that they took he's dying on the cross at hyssop branch and dipped it in the blood of the grape and sour wine and offered it to him then darkness falls over the land luke 23 44 by this time it was about noon and darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock that is the ninth hour the light from the sun was gone and suddenly the curtain in the sanctuary of the temple was torn down the middle then jesus shouted father i entrust my spirit into your hands and with those words he breathes his last when the roman officer overseeing the execution saw what happened he worshipped he praised god and said surely this man was innocent mark's account adds surely this was the son of god it's a roman soldier who worships we are covered in jesus blood now and have an expectation of an exodus from this world and the grave as they passed over on dry ground across the sea by way of jesus we pass over the ground in the grave we are safe from final judgment exodus is a foreshadowing of what is to come when jesus comes back because he's coming again he or moses that is was a foreshadowing of what was to come in christ and what still is to come in christ we get to revelation and we see that much of exodus is a foreshadowing we see plagues then jesus comes back we see punishment on those who persecuted god's children then we see this revelation 19 11. then i saw heaven open and a white horse was standing there its rider was named faithful and true for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war his eyes were like flames of fire and on his head were many crowns a name was written on him that no one understood except himself he wore a robe dipped in blood and his title was the word of god he sorts it all out not us moses exodus 14 when they're freaking out about being pursued he assures them but moses told people don't be afraid just stand still and watch the lord rescue you today the egyptians you see today will never be seen again the lord himself will fight for you just stay come we too have assurance that the lord will fight for us so we must stay come did you know the patient patience is a fruit of the spirit galatians 5 22 but the holy spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self-control there is no law against these things we need to be patient because these things take time sometimes 430 years in the instant gratification of jonathan gembras or the false teachers of this world there's deception but god tells us to be patient because he too is patient peter we see there's terrible suffering we think things are crazy now but we're not being burned alive they were and they're wondering why isn't he coming back now peter says this but you must not forget this one thing dear friends a day is like a thousand years to the lord and a thousand years is like a day the lord isn't really being slow about his promises some people think no he is being patient for your sake he does not want any everyone to be destroyed or anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent but the day of the lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief then the heavens will pass away with the terrible noise and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment god is patient with us and so we must be patient regardless of the circumstance or a bad we think things are in this crazy world we must stay reassured that jesus is coming back and that the lord will fight for us amen amen