The Israelites knew of God, but after 200+ years in Egypt they didn't really know God, because they didn't really need God. Life was good. They had space, freedom, health, happiness, everything seemed to be perfect, a blessing from God? But then, things changed, as they always do. The once friendly Egyptians became skeptical of Israel's intentions toward them and eventually Egypt forced Israel into 200+ years of slavery. Every Israelite knew the stories of God, but no one had heard from Him...
Part 1 - Where Do I Start?
Think about a time when you were desperate need and you called for help...
Who did you call?
How did you call?
When did you call?
Did you get the response you wanted?
God may be SILENT but He is never ABSENT
When we're in desperate need the situation often plays out like this:
When the help we want and the help we get are different we usually interpret that as no help at all. 😡
So we say, you don't care about me! Why do you hate me?! How come you never...? Why do you always...?
When it comes to God though, consider this 👇🏽
God may appear SILENT because He's waiting for you to SURRENDER
Exodus 1:1-5 ESV
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5 All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Exodus 1:6-7 ESV
6 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation.
7 But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.
Exodus 1:8-14 ESV
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
9 And he said to his people, "Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.
10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land."
11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.
13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves
14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
Look at the words used in the passage above 👆
Heavy burdens, oppressed, ruthlessly, slaves, hard service
This was not light and easy servitude, the Egyptians hated the Israelites and treated them like animals not people
Exodus 1:23-25 ESV
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.
24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
God heard their heart, their pain, they struggle, even though they weren't seeking help from Him
God won't force you to follow Him. It's why Matthew 7:7 reads, Ask, Seek, Knock and God will respond...
When you're in the DARKNESS your only hope is the LIGHT
John 8:12 ESV
I am the Light of the world. Whoever follow me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
The Israelites were God's people but they didn't know how to follow Him - through their journey out of slavery they learned who God was and that they could trust Him.
Through Jesus, every person has been adopted into God's family but most don't know how to follow Him. How do you follow a God you don't know?
We're gonna find out over the next 6 weeks.
Next Sunday: Out of Darkness part 2
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