February 7, 2021
Sermon notes February 7, 2020
This morning we will continue through Exodus and continue to see more and more about God. At this point in your reading, the Israelites have been freed from Egypt. This is a crowd of 600,000 men plus their families. This is a big undertaking. To help put this in perspective, consider Atlanta has a population of 488,800 people. The Israelites had to leave in a hurry after the 10th plague and they would not have time to pack planned provisions. When they were given the message to leave after the last plague it was an immediate order to get out right then. One of the things we see in our reading is how God is our provider. In Exodus 13:17-18, the Lord takes the people not by the road but via the wilderness. In the wilderness there were no convenience stores or mega-marts to stock up supplies.
Surviving in this wilderness was a monumental – you might even say, impossible – task. Can you imagine coordinating the water supply for 600,000 men plus families? God provides (Exodus 15:22-25)! You might also say feeding hundreds of thousands of people in a wilderness in a time of no refrigeration would be impossible but not with God! Exodus 16:1-5 shows God provides the food. God provides what you need. Trust Him (Exodus 15:19-20). Greed in our necessities is a lack of faith. Trust the Lord God our Provider in what you need.
Exodus 17:14-15 reveals God is to be remembered and God is our banner. In the battle occurring in this passage, Moses holds his staff overhead towards God for the victory according to God’s command. This demonstrates God would be the authority of their victory. Why? Because God is the standard. God’s way is the way of salvation. Look to God to know truth. Look to God to know wisdom. Look to God for victory.
Exodus 20:4-6 shows God is a jealous God. God wants your loves so much and God will not share your love. God created you. God gave His Son for you. Jesus died on the cross and paid it all for you. Will you give Him your all? That’s the faith God demands.
God is the God of justice. He observes and judges evil and righteousness, and God rules accordingly. God does not allow evil to go unpunished. Look further now to Exodus 22:22-27. Here God is hearing the cries of victims and fights their cause. I love what God says of Himself at the end. I am gracious (or compassionate or merciful in some translations). This is God sharing love for unworthy people. He extends grace to you today.
God will be your provider. God needs to be your banner and your standard. God is your judge. If you will surrender yourself to His will by faith, trust in Him, admit your sins, and repent; you can have salvation by God’s grace.