First Baptist Church

     309 E. NORTH ST. SIDNEY OHIO 45365

937-492-4909

Sunday School @9:15am

Sunday Worship Service @10:30am

Wednesday Evening Service & Prayer Meeting @ 6:15pm

* nursery Provided on Sundays *

 

 

 

      First Baptist Church

     309 E. NORTH ST. SIDNEY OHIO 45365

937-492-4909

Sunday School @9:15am

Sunday Worship Service @10:30am

Wednesday Evening Service & Prayer Meeting @ 6:15pm

* nursery Provided on Sundays *

 

Scripture: Exodus 1:1-11 [p 40] June 2, 2024

Sermon: “The Wonderful Works of God in Promise” Pastor John Young

Between the death of Joseph and the birth of Moses a period of 64 years elapsed. During this period of time, many changes took place. One of them being: the relationship between the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Jews.

Perhaps you too have wondered how the descendants of Joseph, whose divinely imparted wisdom saved the Egyptian empire from annihilation, should in such a short time be reduced to slaves. The answer, it seems, lies in the word ‘new’ in verse 8. Luke writes in Acts 7:18 these words, “Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.” Often, readers assume that this ‘new’ king was a son or relative of the previous one, but such was not the case. Egypt was known for their changes of dynasties. Matter-of-fact: it had thirty changes in all. History tells us that about this time the ‘Hyksos’ [Hick-soos] invaders took over in Egypt. Josephus, the historian, confirms this, for he says that at this time the crown came into another family. Understand, these ‘invaders’ were not foreigners; they were Egyptians, but of a different ‘clan,’ so to speak. They were ‘ignorant of, or indifferent to’ Joseph’s wisdom and works. Clearly, verse eight says they, “knew not Joseph.”

Occupying, as the Jewish slaves did, a strategic position on the frontiers of the land, their rapidly increasing numbers became a menace to the ruling power. Accordingly, in verses 10-14, fearful lest they should join forces with another invader, the tyrant king devised ferocious laws that were meant to leave them powerless.

In our study of this passage of scripture, I want to consider three points this morning: The Calling of Israel; the Condition of Israel; and, the Contemplation of God. First:

I. The Calling of Israel—verses 1-7.

A. Before us in this first chapter of Exodus are the names of the twelve children of “ISRAEL.”

1. Of course, verse one reminds us that Israel is both the name of a man and the nation. Looking back in time we see that Jacob’s name was changed—Genesis 32:28 [p 25].

2. If we look further back, we see that Jacob & Isaac were descendants of Abraham. This is significant:

a. In Genesis 13:14-15 [p 9] – (turn there please), God gave to Abram the promise of a land, and of a seed to possess it.

b. But we must observe: at the time that that promise was made, Abram was alone; he had no heir—Genesis 15:2 [p 9].

c. And yet, the promise is plain — “Thy seed” ([p 9] 13:15).

d. Thus, Israel was chosen in, and blessed through, Abram according to the promise and purpose of God BEFORE they came into actual existence!

e. The same is true for the church, or body of Christ, the great congregation of the redeemed!

B. Israel is a type (or picture) of the Church of Jesus Christ.

1. In both cases, the focus is not, first, on the seed, but in the person of Abraham and Christ.

a. As confirmed with Paul’s words to the Ephesians in (1:4) – [p 756], Christ, like Abraham, was “chosen” by God! Our inclusion only occurs if we lose our individual identity and become re-born!

b. Then, and only then, our calling is “IN CHRIST.”

II. The Condition of Israel—1:13 & 2:23.

A. Although chosen of God and destined for sovereignty in the earth, our view of them in this passage reveals them as helpless slaves (What a picture of many of God’s people today)!

1. In fact, they were serving under hard taskmasters who were headed up by one mighty potentate!

B. The typology (or spiritual picture) of this is wonderful! Let me explain:

1. In the Bible, Egypt represents the world—Revelation 11:8 (“spiritually”).

2. Pharaoh represents the prince of this world, Satan—John 12:31.

3. Israel wasn’t born in Egypt; they traveled there by their own choice—Genesis 45:17-20!

a. Initially, they were free…but you can’t live IN Egypt without eventually coming into bondage!

b. Satan is a skilled chain forger: sin has placed him as the stern guard of a guilt enfettered world.

c. His great experience enables him to suit his chain to his victim; to bind one with the soft and silken leash of passion, and another with the iron chain of drunkenness!

4. The first thing we have to learn is that we cannot deliver ourselves!

a. “We might as soon try to tear the sun from his high seat, beat back Niagara with a feather, or bind the lightning with a straw!”

b. Sin is a terrible taskmaster!

c. Israel was in bondage!

III. The Contemplation of God (What was His purpose or intent?)—3:7-8!

A. Listen! According to 2:24-25, One eye beheld them toiling amid the Egyptian brick-kilns; One ear heard their groaning; One heart knew their sorrows!

1. The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob remembered His covenant! (To the church, that covenant is: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” [Hebrews 13:5]; it’s “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [I John 1:9]; it’s “he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,” [Romans 8:29].

a. To the ears long accustomed to the lash of the whip and the clank of the chain, how welcomed must have been those promise tidings!

b. God was about to intervene on their behalf, as He does in ours!

1) According to 3:8, He was going to do three things:

a) Deliver them!

b) Bring them out!

c) Bring them in!

2) What a comfort! What a joy!

Conclusion: He does not come to pacify. He comes to deliver! But first, there must be an acknowledgement of bondage. God has called us through Jesus Christ! (Thank God for that!). But we must make a choice! If we choose Egypt (which is enticing)—it will leave a mark on us. If we stay long—it will enslave us! However, if “in our distress we cry unto the Lord,” He will hear our cry and intervene on our behalf. This is God’s promise to us!

Let’s pray