Life on the Edge Ex.13:17 Ch.14
Intro: We left off seeing Children Israel released journey Backpackers & Pilgrims
7 campsites 1 yr. Journey 7 lessons
1st STOP SUCCOTH = TENT TOWN - ( Dont get comfortable )
this isnt home !!!!!
TONIGHT 2ND STOP Etham - v. 17-20
Couple of things to note here
A)1ST Wilderness Not Oregon - ( Burney) We are talking Desert
2nd God didnt take them in the way that was the Quickest & the Straightest why ? -
- See the Philistines & freak out ( Change their minds ) Go back
- The time would come for them to encounter the enemy but that time was just Yet
- God at times places a Hedge He knows what You can Handle
1Cor. 10:13 He will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able
ENCOURAGING : test comes great !!!! God will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able
God is not going to allow you to be Blown away in something
"The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you."
So the Lord didnt take them the quickest way or the easiest route but led them by the edge of the wilderness
Edge of the Wilderness or the Edge of Desert ( Edge of Disaster )
Hot / Dry in the day Cold at night Not pretty
Why ? - It is in the Wilderness times that we are reminded of How much we need God !!!
- Reminded of our own weaknesses reminded that w/out Him I can do nothing
- Maybe you are in the Desert tonight Spiritually You feel Dry & Cold towards the Lord - ( Hot & Fatigued )
- Perhaps the Lord has led you into that Place to Show You how much you need Him
- Brought you to that place of Life Support I cant go another step w/out You Lord
V.20 says they camped in a place called ETHAM = I am W/ you !!!!
- Even in the Dry times even when we are on the edge of the Wilderness God says I am still here !!!
- V. 21- We see how THE LORD MANIFESTS HIMSELF TO THEM IN A UNIQUE WAY !!!!
21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
Now this Pillar of Cloud by Day & Fire by night is a neat Picture of the H.S. in our Lives : Consider 5 ways
#1 The Cloud was not given to Israel until after they were delivered from Egypt
The Passover lamb was first Slain which resulted in Deliverance & Salvation & then the Cloud came !!!!
So too Salvation occurs we place our Faith in the Lamb Slain then we are INDWELT w/ the H.S.
- Disciples John 20 : after Cross & Resurrection. He breathed on them
. Receive ye the H.S.
#2 The Cloud was given to guide Israel v.21 given to lead the way
Romans 8:14 Those who are Led by the Spirit are Sons of God
So too Jesus said in Jn. 16:13 The H.S. would guide us into all truth
HS. Has that GUIDING MINISTRY in our Lives
1) He guides us by bringing light to the Word & to situations the way this Pillar of fire lit up the night
He guides by Moving us & Prompting us / Led - Not out in front but over top - ( Moved they moved)
- How the Spirit guides us at times ( He is moving / working / we move
- Peter at the gate Beautiful passes a guy passed maybe 30 times this day the spirit moves Peter responds
. A man is changed forever !!!!
#3THE CLOUD WAS A COVERING Shade from the heat 120 deg.
Psa. 105:39 He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.
- Same way we are told the H.S. covers us from the Heat - Eph. Told that the H.S. Seals us against the Fires of Judgement !!!
#4 God Spoke to them through the Cloud Psa.99:7
He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
God speaks to us through the Spirit Words of wisdom / Knowledge Prophecy
- Rev. letters to the Churches
#5 The Cloud never left them in the Wilderness / v.22 & Neh.9:19
He shall abide w/ you forever
As we study through this book keep in mind how this cloud pictures the work of the H.S. in our lives !!!!
- Jesus said of the H.S. in John 14:16
So God was w/ them leading them on the edge of the Desert Next stop ( Ch.14 )
14:1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.
Noted they are Boxed in !!!!!!! TRAPPED
1) Can't you just see the leaders of Israel coming to Moses.....
"Lose your Thomas Bros. Map IN Egypt?" Whats wrong w/ You!!
But there was a reason that God did this v.3,4
3 "For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, 'They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.'
4 "Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
The Israelites might have been thinking Dont they know that by now wasnt that the point of all those plagues in Egypt
Yes that was true But the Egyptians still had one point of Pride left that was their MIGHT ARMY greatest in the world at that time
- Many Chariots which was High Tech in those days!! Very sophisticated
- So the Lord says that I am going to lead you into this boxed in situation to show My Power in Your Lives
- Talked on Sunday how the Lord does that w/ us - Lives be glorified
Our lives a Platform for His Power to be Manifested
So that the World knows that He is the Lord !!!
His Grace & Strength in Your Life ( Hospital calls )
Chris Warner such good spirits
- So often it is in the Difficulties that the World sees He is the Lord
5 Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, "Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?"
6 So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.
7 Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. ( KJV High Hand HIGH FIVES REJOICING)
- So the Egyptians start re thinking let go of our Free Labor
Israel realizes they are boxed in Lifted eyes saw Enemy
How quickly their mood Changed from High fives to great Fear!
Lifted their eyes but not high enough !!!
- Why ?
They saw the Enemy they saw their circumstances but they didnt see the Lord
This week Neh. Ch.2 v. 1 I had not been sad in the Kings Presence before - ( Neh. Was a man of Prayer before day started saw the Lord
- His Countenance was Changed !!!!
Much Like David - ( Psalms cries out See Gods ) Psalm
Am I going to see God in my Circumstances or will I only see my Circumstances
For David & Nehemiah Devotional times were so important
- That is an everyday Decision that we have to make
Gain a Proper perspective
- We noted as another reason the Lord leads us into Boxed in Situations See things from His Perspective !!!!
- Israel said we are trapped / Moses said No they are trapped
Weve had it !!! No theyve had it !!!!!
The names of the places that TRAPPED the Lord's people help us to see that things are NOT always as they seem
A) Pi-ha-hiroth means: "Place of liberty"
B)Rather than being TRAPPED, the Israelites actually had come to
the place of liberty... And so do we
1) How Free we become Trusting in the Lord !!!
C) Freedom from fear and unbelief as we see the salvation of the Lord
D)Freedom from self as we learn that our circumstance becomes the place where God is glorified in and through us
Migdol means "tower, or fortress"
The very thing that TRAPS us becomes our source of SAFETY for
there the Lord delivers us from our adversary
B) So The Lord wanted to Show His Power / Change their Perspective
4things the Lord says to do : Boxed in ? Trapped ?
1ST V.13 Do not be afraid Fear is the greatest enemy of your Faith
2 Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Fear has a way of Crippling us / put us into a frenzy get so worked up that we are just going in circles
Lot of motion & commotion / purely dictated by our emotions
- We need to put away fear & replace it w/ FAITH by focusing on the Promises of God !!!!
So the 2nd thing Moses says is Stand Still- Stop !!!!! Freeze
Stop all of the Activity & take inventory / Size up the situation factoring God into the equation
Be Still & Know that I am God !!!!!! - Joshua at Jericho
3rd Interesting Stand still is also translated here Be Quiet Stop talking Murmuring & Complaining
Get off the Phone / E-mail (guys - AMEN) Quit talking to everyone else & LOOK TO ME !!!! Get off the Little Pity parties
4TH Move FORWARD V.15 - Take that step of Faith & You will see the SALVATION OF YOUR GOD !!!
Learn from this there is a time to Pray & there is a time to Proceed / there is a time to Cry out & there is a time to move !!!
Again our Staff Meeting : Neh. Prayed God gave Him a Vision / A plan but there came a time to move forward
- Note this in v. 15 The Lord says to Moses why are you crying out to me -
- How often we wait around for God to move us - The Lord says it is time to Move FORWARD !!!!
Angel of God is Christophony note it was going before them but now it is behind them to cover their back side
Went behind them to shield them from the Enemy !!!!
Cloud was darkness to Egypt & Light to Israel
Same thing could be said of this Book - Lamp unto our feet & a Light unto our Path
1) But to those in the World it is Darkness - Those who are not Spiritually minded foolishness NATURAL MIND