Exodus

Leave Me Alone! - Exodus 14:12

“Leave us alone.”   Ex.14:12  Most people think they   want to be “left alone.”   That is the way the Hebrews felt when they were slaves in Egypt.   People can get used to anything.   Even believers like things pretty much as they are. We want to be comfortable.   We don’t want to be bothered.   Well, the job of a good preacher is to refuse to “leave people alone.”   “Woe unto them,” said Amos “who ar...

Impasse - Exodus 14:2

After leaving Goshen Israel was instructed to camp by the sea.   They were not happy campers.   They complained, they murmured, they grumbled.   While they were saved by grace (that was God’s part) they were not very graceful in that grace.   They told Moses that he should have “left them alone.”   Were they not better off as slaves in Egypt?   I think that if there was ever an example of not being saved “by” faith but rather “through” fai...

Cry Baby - Exodus 14:15

 "And the LORD said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward" Ex. 14:15 Don’t be a cry baby. Not often does God scold us for praying. But He does warn us about vain repetition which should be avoided at all cost (Matt. 6:7). It is a failure of faith that fails to go forward when God has given us marching orders. A friend summed up a victorious Christian life this way, when asked why he carried his Bible to the church meeting...

Exodus

In the Book of Exodus we have, as the general and characteristic subject, the deliverance and redemption of the people of God, and their establishment as a people before Him, whether under the law, or under the government of God in longsuffering—of a God who, having so brought them to Himself, provided for His unfaithful people; not indeed entrance into His own presence, but a way of approaching Him, at least at a distance, although they had failed. But the veil was unrent: God did not com...

Exodus 10:1-11:10

Chapter 9 closed with the fact that both Pharaoh and his servants hardened their hearts. Chapter 10 opens with a statement by the Lord to Moses that He had hardened their hearts, and thus shut them up to their doom. It furnished also the occasion for the Lord to display Himself as the God of judgment in such fashion that it would be remembered in the generations to come. Even to our day this witness stands, and it will yet be remembered until the day of grace is succeeded by the epoch o...

Exodus 12:1-36

When Pharaoh heard Moses speak the words, commencing with "Thus saith the Lord" as recorded in Exodus 11 he was listening to the voice of God for the last time, though doubtless he did not know it. The preliminary judgments had run their course. The time for talking was over. Decisive action was now to start. Chapter 12 begins with the Lord speaking to Moses, but all, that He now has to say concerns the people, whom He had chosen as His own. There was now to take place an event ...

Exodus 12:37-14:20

The latter part of Exodus 12, and the whole of Exodus 13, are occupied with two things. First, certain historical details concerning the actual departure of the people from Egypt. Second, the record of certain instructions, conveyed to them from God by Moses. Verses 37-39, show us how greatly God had multiplied the people under the afflictions of Egypt. They went out about 600,000 men, whereas when Jacob went down there the number mentioned in Genesis 46: 27 is 70. They went out...

Exodus 14:20-15:27

Not only did the Angel of God in the cloud plant Himself between Israel and their foes, but He so ordered it that, while to the Egyptians the cloud presented itself as an impenetrable fog of darkness, to Israel it was a powerful light. Verses 21 and 22 tell us of the dividing of the sea by a strong east wind, so that there was a dry passage across, and there was a wall of water on their right hand and on their left. Now consider the situation. Behind the very last of the host wa...

Exodus 16:1-17:16

Though a pleasant and refreshing spot, Elim was not the permanent resting place to which Israel had been called. So it had to be left behind just one month after they had come out of Egypt, since it was on the fourteenth day of the first month that the passover lamb was slain. Immediately they entered the wilderness of Sin the murmurings of the people broke out afresh. Not water but food was now the urgent necessity. By this time doubtless all that they could have brought out of...

Exodus 18:1-20:11

The eighteenth chapter is somewhat parenthetical in its nature, inasmuch as it recounts an episode in which Moses' father-in-law played a considerable part. To get the more direct dealings of God with the people we have to read straight on from the end of Exodus 17 to the beginning of Exodus 19. Jethro must have known the full story of Israel's sufferings in Egypt for Moses had dwelt with him for forty years. Now he had heard the wonderful story of their deliverance, and he came...
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