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Thanks to all of you who have let us know how much you are enjoying using these lessons with your families. This is the next series of sermons Jon completed several months ago.

 

Exodus 11:1-3“Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold. The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt , both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.”

 

A.     History testifies to the great wealth and power of greatest empire of the world at that time, and to its Pharaoh’s, who were supreme in all the earth, yet for all their earthly riches, strength, and preeminence, Pharaoh and his empire could not withstand the mighty Hand of the King of kings. In fact, total destruction was at hand for the one who said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?”

 

Just reading what Pharaoh said to Moses, makes us cringe, yet though we may not verbalize our rebellion quite like Pharaoh did, when we sin, our actions manifest our defiance against God’s law as if we had said the same thing.

 

And children when you disobey your parents, you are in fact defying them, as if you were saying to them, ‘Who are you that I should obey you?’ All disobedience defies God’s authority as our rebellion attempts to overthrow His jurisdiction over us. Rebellion means “an open and avowed renunciation of the authority of the government to which one owes allegiance; open resistance to lawful authority; attempt to overthrow government”, and since God rules over all, rebellion is always aimed at overthrowing His government. 

 

There are no unbelievers in hell. Even the heathen nations feared God after hearing of His destruction of the greatest empire on earth.

 

1.      Isaiah 3:9 “The expression on their faces bears witness against them, and they display their sin like Sodom ; they do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought disaster upon themselves.”

2.      Joshua 2:9-11 “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of he Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

3.      Joshua 5:1 “Now it came about when all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the sons of Israel until they had crossed, that their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the sons of Israel.”

4.      Psalm 67:7 “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”

 

B.     But lest the Israelites think themselves worthy of this unmerited act of mercy, God puts them in their place by showing them that their deliverance was the result of the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

 

Now let us go back to the covenant that God made with Abraham to see, once again, that it was God that initiated the covenant and He alone that sovereignly fulfilled it. For not only is man unworthy of God’s mercy, he is totally incapable of keeping covenant, that is why the covenant relied totally on God.

 

Even the riches that the Israelites would take from the Egyptians came from God’s merciful Hand.

 

1.      Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.’”

2.      Genesis 15:1-21 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great.’ Abram said, ‘O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.’ Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.’ And He took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, ‘I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.’ He said ‘O Lord GOD, how may I know that I will possess it?’ So He said to him, ‘Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.’ Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds. The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. Now when the sun was gong down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred year. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.’ It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.’”

3.      Exodus 2:23-25 “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel , and God took notice of them.”

4.      Deuteronomy 7:7-11 “The LORD did not set His love on you nor chose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face. Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statues and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them.”

5.      1 Timothy 6:17 “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”

 

C.     What a contrast we see here between Moses and Pharaoh! Moses, who represented Christ, was the most humble man on earth, while Pharaoh, who represented, Satan, was the most prideful.

 

Arrogant pride against the Almighty is a fearful thing! The most powerful King on earth would visit the earthly king of Egypt that night and show him just why He would be obeyed. 

 

Let us examine our own lives to make certain that there are no areas in which we think, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?” because God humbles those who walk in pride and spurn His counsel.

 

Naturally, we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are not that flagrantly wicked, or for that matter, anyone we know. On the contrary, it is not only those who are openly rebellious that shall be destroyed, but the naïve and fool alike.

 

1.      Numbers 12:3 “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.”

2.      Exodus 5:2 “But Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”

3.      Philippians 2:8 “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

a.       Moses represented Christ, who although God, humbled himself to the point of death.

b.      2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”

4.      James 4:6 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

5.      Isaiah 66:1,2 “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the LORD. ‘But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My Word.’”

6.      Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.”

7.      Daniel 4:28-37 “All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king. Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon . The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason, returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among he inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’ at that time my reason returned to me. And my majesty and splendor were restored to me for he glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing greatness was added to me. Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”

a.       While the word was in his mouth sovereignty was removed from him. God is able to humble those who walk in pride. Are you prideful? Examine your heart today as you see how He humbled these great monarchs. Until we recognize that God is the most high, we are in grave danger of being brought very low.

8.      Proverbs 1:1-9 “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion-a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.”

9.      Proverbs 1:20-33 “Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the opening of the gates in the city she speaks her words,

‘How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of he Lord, they would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them’ but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.”  

10.  Proverbs 12:1 “…he who hates reproof is stupid.”

11.  Proverbs 15:32 “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul…”

12.  Proverbs 15:10 “Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof will die.”

13.  Psalm 50:17 “You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.”

14.  Proverbs 8:36 “…all who hate me love death.”

a.       Pharaoh hated, loathed, and despised God’s instruction and cast His words behind his back. So let us examine our own hearts by asking these questions: Do we fear the Lord? Do we love instruction? Do we thirst after wisdom? Are we increasing in knowledge?  Are we heirs with Abraham? If, so, then let us stand before God not as Pharaoh but as Moses!

15.  Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

 

D.     Scripture is true. God’s Word, God’s will and God’s plans will stand!

 

Throughout my life, men have told me that they cannot trust the Bible because there are so many contradictions in His Word. Yet there is not one Word of scripture that is false. That does not mean that we will understand everything but that God will give us what we need for the moment. So when I see something that appears to me to be a contradiction, I know that God will reveal His truth to me in time.

 

Continually throughout Ken Ham’s life, his father told him that the Word of God was true and the final authority for all seemingly contradictions. He did not have the tools we have today to refute the lies of evolution, but taught Ken that he must trust in God’s Word. This served as Ken’s impetus for standing firm against the lies of evolution and steadfast for the authority and sufficiency of scripture. 

 

In all situations, regardless of the circumstances, we must reaffirm this truth to our children.

 

Men held the pen, but the Words are God’s.

 

1.      2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”

2.      Deuteronomy 18:18-22 “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”

3.      Exodus 24:3,4 “Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the word of the LORD…Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD.”

4.      Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the LORD: ‘My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor form the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,’ says the LORD, ‘from now and forever.’”

5.      Jeremiah 1:9 “Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

6.      Zechariah 7:12 “They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.”

7.      2 Peter 1:20,21 “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

8.      Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

9.      Psalm 19:7-9 “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.”

10.  Hebrews 6:18 “…it is impossible for God to lie…”

11.  John 17:17 “…Your word is truth.”

12.  Revelation 21:5 “…these words are faithful and true.”

13.  1 Thessalonians 2:13 “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard form us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”

14.  Isaiah 14:27 “For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched out hand, who can turn it back?”

15.  1 Samuel 15:29 “And also the glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

16.  Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever.”

17.  James 1:17 “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.”

18.  Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”

19.  2 Chronicles 20:6 “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.”

20.  1 Chronicles 29:11,12 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”

 

E.      J. I. Packer in Knowing God emphasizes this point of God’s immutability. “Where is the sense of distance and difference, then, between believers in Bible time and ourselves? It is excluded. On what grounds? On the ground that God does not change. Fellowship with Him, trust in His Word, living by faith, ‘standing on the promises of God’, are essentially the same realities for us today as they were for Old and New Testament believers. This thought brings comfort as we enter into the perplexities of each day: amid all the changes and uncertainties of life in a nuclear age, God and His Christ remain the same-almighty to save.”

 

F.      Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold. The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.Every laborer is worth his labor, thus God would force the Egyptians to make restitution for their theft. There are scriptural reasons for servitude but the Israelites enslavement was not according to God’s prescription. For Jacob and his family had settled in peace and were given assurance from the prior Pharaoh that the land was theirs.

 

1.      Genesis 45:16-18 “Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh’s house that Joseph’s brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Say to your brothers, ‘do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan , and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’”

2.      Genesis 47:1-6 “Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, ‘My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and al that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen. He took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, ‘What is your occupation?’ So they said to Pharaoh, ‘Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.’ They said to Pharaoh, ‘We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan . Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen .’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen ; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock.”

3.      Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.”

4.      1 Timothy 5:18 “For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,’ and ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages.’”

 

G.     Now God is going to show Egypt or in a very real sense, the world, what life is like without His presence through His people.

 

The world is blessed because of God’s children. Indeed, history bears witness of this truth, in all areas of life, in all nations. The emergence of all civilizations was due to Christianity. Civilization means “ The act of civilizing, or the state of being civilized; the state of being refined in manners, from the grossness of savage life, and improved in arts and learning.” To be civil means “Reduced to order, rule and government; implying some refinement of manners; not savage or wild. Civilized; courteous; complaisant; gentle and obliging; affable; kind.”

 

Christendom has been responsible for strong families, civil governments, liberty, writing, printing, literacy, scientific discoveries, inventions, exploration, agriculture, architecture, hospitals, medicines…all that is good comes from God.

 

Otto Scott wrote (Chalcedon Report) “ We live in peculiar times. Times when the heirs of Christendom are not taught that Christianity created our civilization, nor what that meant and means. They are guided into an admiration of science, without being taught that the emergence of the scientific method is precisely what distinguished the Christian civilization from all others...

 

Christendom was noted for its innovations and advances long before the sixteenth-century…Hospitals are a Christian invention; they did not exist before Christianity…Because the Christians believed that the universe is ordered, they created tools by which to measure Time and Space. Clock, navigational aids, measures, optical advances, watermills and windmills, advances in boat building, in architecture…were all contributions of Christianity.

 

More than one modern historian goes to extraordinary lengths to glide past the contributions of Christianity to hold aloft the innovations of Asia, especially China . Hugh Thomas, in his History of the World excessively praised by the critics, incessantly praises Asiatic peoples for their innovations, and describes Western inventions as ‘belated.’ Not once does he refer to the odious tyrannies of Asia , the boundless executions, the frozen and static nature of virtually all Asian cultures before the advent of Christian missionaries and merchants.

 

Much the same practice is followed in our government schools: students are reminded, again and again that the Chinese discovered printing and gunpowder. Little is said of what they did with printing which remained static until a Christian craftsman…developed, after experimentation, moveable type. Nor did gunpowder provide the Chinese with anything more than the material for firecrackers until the West developed it into uses in both war and peace…Hardly ever are students told that scientific research in the properties of metals…and that agricultural advances in Europe were pursued more energetically and carried father than in any other region on earth.

 

Schools do not teach that before the European nations could send their ships, merchants and missionaries around the world, to explore the oceans and map the islands and continents, Christianity had a thousand years of development…The fact is that no neutral observer can deny that it was Christianity which broke the narrow bounds of separate civilizations and forced the entire globe and all its peoples into the advances and inventions, the discoveries and wisdom of the accumulated Christian centuries….

 

Scientific historians are aware, but seldom dwell, upon the deeply Christian nature of the earthly scientific societies and associations. And even today that the great majority of scientists are Christian remains a secret from the general public and students in our universities.

 

John Winthrop accurately revealed this truth in his quote cited in The Christian History of the American Revolution by Verna Hall (page 19) Diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, and the hungry will be fed, and the naked clothed. Diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, and the stranger will be sheltered, the prisoner visited, and the sick ministered unto. Diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, and the Temperance will rest upon a surer basis than any mere private pledge or public statute. Diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, and the peace of the world will be secured by more substantial safeguards than either the mutual fear, or the reciprocal interests, of princes or of people. Diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, and the day will be hastened, as it can be hastened in no other way, when every yoke shall be loosened, and every bond broken, and when there shall be no more leading into captivity…”

 

Even today, the most prosperous, moral, advanced nations in the world are Protestant. Taken from Kevin Swanson’s Second Mayflower, Transparency International identified that of the most moral, prosperous nations in the world, 13 are Protestant, 2 are influenced by Protestants, and 1 is half Catholic and half Protestant.    

 

1.      Genesis 22:18 “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

2.      Genesis 26:4 “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.”

3.      Acts 3:25 “And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all the people on earth will be blessed.”

4.      Malachi 3:12 “And all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

5.      James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

 

H.     How will the nations be blessed? Through family continuity, where fathers direct their children to keep the way of the Lord, for God always works through covenants with the family.

 

1.      Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him.”

2.      Psalm 78:1-8 “Give ear, O my people to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old: which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generations to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that He hath done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.”

3.      Genesis 12:2,3 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

4.      Genesis 22:18 “And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

 

I.        I used to think that there were the Ten Commandments and then the rest of the Old Testament, but that is not true. For God says that on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. There are not 610 individual laws but 10 laws and 600 applications. 

 

1.      Matthew 22:26-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all Thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as Thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

 

J.       Each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold. The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. When we realize just how much the Egyptians loathed the Hebrews, coupled with the destruction God brought upon their land, person, and beast, we can truly stand in awe of God’s Sovereignty in giving His people favor with the Egyptians.

 

It is truly miraculous that the Egyptians gave the Israelites their most precious belongings. What an awesome testament of God’s Sovereign control over everything and of His vast love for His children.

 

Even now, God gives His children favor with the world. But lest we become arrogant to think that the world shows us favor because of anything good in us, remember that it is because of God’s faithfulness to the covenant He made with Abraham.

 

Praise God, that covenant is still a part of God’s Word for us today. The esteem others have for us is because God is for us and with us.

 

1.      Genesis 46:34 “…for every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians.”

2.      Genesis 12:3 “ I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse…”

3.      Genesis 15:13,14 “God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.”

4.      Exodus 3:21 “I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.”

5.      Exodus 11:3 “The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.”

6.      Psalm 106:46 “He also made them objects of compassion in the presence of all their captors.”

7.      Genesis 39:1-3 “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.”

8.      Daniel 1:9 “Now God has caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.”

9.      Acts 5:13 “…the people esteemed them highly.”

10.  Proverbs 8:18 “riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.”

11.  Proverbs 13:22 “…And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”

12.  Haggai 2:5-8 “As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt , My spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear! For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations’ and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts.”

13.  Ecclesiastes 5:19 “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God.”

 

K.    The man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt , both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people. As Moses foreshadowed Christ, the esteem that Moses received from the Egyptians pointed to the esteem that the world would show Christ.

 

1.      Exodus 11:3 “…Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt , both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.”

2.      Deuteronomy 34:10-12 “Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, for all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, and for all the mighty power and for all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.”

3.      Isaiah 53:3-12 “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs he Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of god, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to him own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open Hi mouth. But oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for he transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet he was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong, His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, my Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors.” 

4.      Ephesians 1:18-23 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. There are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

5.      Philippians 2:9,10 “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

L.      This favor that God gave Moses and His children is indicative of the dominion mandate in which all the earth is subject to Man. As God’s representative, we are to take dominion of all things for His glory. 

 

1.      Psalm 8:4-9 “What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth?” 

2.      Hebrews 2:6-8 “What is man, that you remember him? Or the sons of man, that you are concerned about him? You have made him a little while lower than the angels, you have crowned him with glory and honor, and have appointed him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”

3.      Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

4.      Isaiah 45:20-25 “Gather yourselves and come; draw near together, you fugitives of the nations; they have no knowledge; who carry about their wooden idol and pray to a god who cannot save. Declare and set forth your case; indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me. Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. They will say of Me, ‘Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him will be put to shame. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory.”

a.       As these lessons continue to draw out the power of God over all, we should be comforted in knowing that we serve such a powerful, almighty god. It is thrilling to me to see how God is working providentially in my own life, but even more thrilling to look forward to seeing how God is going to work providentially through my children’s lives. 

 

M.   God has commanded us to take dominion of the earth through our families. We see it through the homeschoolers across the nation. Isn’t it exciting to know that we are not just an individual family but a part of a great body!

 

Even though our country is being overrun by tyranny as we see leaders working fast and furiously to place us in slavery, we must remember that God has given us, as His representatives, the responsibility to go forward and take dominion of this land for His glory.

 

Children, we are building a foundation for you to go forward through multigenerational covenantal families!

 

Exodus 11:4,5“Moses said, ‘Thus says the LORD, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on this throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well.” 

 

A.     All man, woman, and beast are under God’s judgment and judged according to His Word. For sin brings death so that those who continue in their unbelief in rebellion to God pursue their own death.

 

1.      Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

2.      Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

3.      Proverbs 15:32 “He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.”

4.      Proverbs 8:36 “But he who sins against me injures himself: all those who hate me love death.”

5.      Proverbs 1:29-33 “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD. They would not accept my counsel, they spurned all my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

 

B.     God is now avenging the death of the Israelites’ babies whom the Egyptian’s drowned some eighty years ago. The blood of the innocent cries out from the ground to be avenged. Consequently, God avenges the blood of His people. 

 

1.      Exodus 1:22 “The Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, ‘Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile , and every daughter you are to keep alive.”

2.      Acts 7:19 “He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our forefathers by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.”

3.      Genesis 4:9,10 “Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’ He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.”

4.      Revelation 6:10 “And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

5.      Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O nations, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance on His adversaries, and will atone for His land and His people.”

6.      2 Kings 9:7,8 “You shall strike the house of Ahab your master, that  I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male person both bond and free in Israel .”

a.       Do you think this is just for the Old Testament people? God is the same today as He was yesterday. He will avenge the death of the aborted babies as He did for the Israelites’ babies. How we have slaughtered them any way we can get them out-pulling them out, dismembering them, sucking them out. It is hard to listen to but this is what goes on daily, minute by minute in this land of the free. We are not without blame for we have allowed this atrocity to continue. God will avenge the blood of the millions of children whom we have destroyed.

 

C.     All the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on this throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well After God’s acts of devastation, like the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, people question why such destruction occurs. In light of human depravity, a better question would be why doesn’t God completely obliterate the entire human race since we all deserve death.

 

So from the richest to the poorest, to the most revered to the least revered, none are exempt from the Lord’s judgment, except those who are under the protective covering of the blood of the Lamb. For the Israelites deserved God’s wrath just as much as the Egyptians, yet God saved them from destruction because of His covenant with Abraham. 

 

God protected the Israelites from the darkness, the hail, and the death of the firstborn. Through all this devastation they walked away unscathed, yet all they wanted to do was to go back to Egypt . And if we consider just how pernicious this people were following their departure from Egypt , we will realize that it is not of the will but of God’s mercy.

 

Oh how thankful we should be for God’s mercy towards our own wickedness, for it is not because of any good in us but all due to God’s gracious mercy towards those whom God chose to save from utter destruction.

 

1.      Joshua 24:14,15 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt , and serve the LORD.”

2.      Exodus 16:3 “The sons of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

 

a.       After God brings them out from bondage and sets them on high they still grumble because it is not enough. Isn’t that incredible?

b.      How do we respond to God’s redemption from bondage? Do we grumble when we should be giving praise? 

 

3.      Exodus 17:3 “But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, ‘Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt , to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?’”

4.      Leviticus 17:7 “They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations.”

5.      Ezekiel 20:6-9 “On that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands. I said to them, ‘Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt ; I am the LORD your God.’ But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt . Then I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt . But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt .”

6.      Romans 9:15 “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

7.      Romans 11:22 “Behold then the kindness and severity of God’; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.”

8.      1 Corinthians 4:7 “For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”

9.      Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

10.  John 3:27 “John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.”

11.   Romans 12:3 “For by grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

12.  1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

13.  1 Corinthians 1:26-31 “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak thing of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that he may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD.”

14.  Ephesians 2:8,9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

15.  Romans 9:16 “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”

16.  Ephesians 1:3-12 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”

 

D.     God had mercy on them because of the covenant He had made with Abraham. Yet as Abraham represented Christ we know from scripture that the covenant was made with Christ before the foundation of the world. So again, the distinction God makes between his own children and the world is because of the covenant. And just as He separated Noah from those God destroyed through the flood, Abram from Ur , Isaac from Ishmael, Jacob from Esau, Jacob’s descendants from the Egyptians in the land of Goshen , and now Israel from Egypt , He separates us from the world. 

 

1.      Exodus 2:23-25 “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God hear their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel , and God took notice of them.”

2.      Exodus 6:6-8 “Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel , ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God’ and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD.’”

3.      Deuteronomy 32:7-9 “Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most high gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel . For the LORD’S portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.”

4.      Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

5.      John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

6.      Ephesians 1:3-14 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the king intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

7.      Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.”

8.      Revelation 17:8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.”

 

E.      God always keeps His Word.

 

1.      Exodus 4:23 “And I say unto thee, ‘Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.”

2.      Exodus 12:29 “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.”

3.      Psalm 105:36 “Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood.”

 

Exodus 11:6-8“Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel . All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, ‘Go out, you and all the people who follow you,’ and after that I will go out.’ And He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.’”

 

A.     In Moses and Pharaoh by Gary North pages 132,133, he says “God announced that there was a radical covenantal difference between the Hebrews and the Egyptians. This difference was about to be manifested in a sharp break historically: the Exodus. So great was this difference, that no dog would lick its lips (literal translation: sharpen its tongue) at the Hebrews upon their departure from Egypt ….The Egyptians now respected them and their leader, Moses. ‘And the LORD gave the people favour in the land of Egypt , in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt , in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.” (Ex.11:3). The meaning was clear: the Hebrews would leave victorious, having seen their enemies so thoroughly defeated, that not one of them would raise a cry against them…The Egyptians believed in the continuity of being, and Moses had vanquished the representative of Egypt ’s gods, who himself was believed to be divine. Were not the Hebrews linked to that victorious God, through Moses?

 

Consider the Exodus from the point of view of a citizen of Egypt or one of the Canaanitic nations. A slave population had successfully challenged the dominant political order of its day. Egypt ’s wealth and power…were recognized throughout the ancient world. Yet Egypt could not bring these Hebrews into submission. The ancient world viewed a military defeat as a defeat for the gods of the vanquished city-state. What a defeat for the gods of Egypt ! A slave population had risen up, under the very noses of the Egyptians, and had smashed the political order. So complete was this victory, that the invading Hyksos (Amalekites) swept over Egypt without encountering military resistance. God had been so victorious over Egypt that His people did not even bother to remain in the land as conquerors. So contemptuous of Egypt were the Hebrews that they marched out, leaving the spoils of war to the Amalekites, who were being replaced in Canaan by the Hebrews. Here was a God so great, that He did not even bother to subdue the land of Egypt . And now, the Canaanites knew, these people were coming for them. Is it any wonder that they trembled for a generation (Joshua 2:9-11)?

 

B.     None would defy God by working against His children’s departure, not even the Egyptians’ dogs. Like a dog after a thief in the night, can you imagine how the dogs would naturally have barked against those who came to plunder their masters abode? The Egyptians certainly must have had their dogs for protection from danger, yet not one dog barked. So just as God kept the lions’ mouths shut, so, too, he kept the dogs here.

 

1.      Daniel 6:21,22 “Then Daniel spoke to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”

 

C.     This horrific judgment and the great distinction that God makes between the world and His people, signifies the great chasm that exists between the two-here on earth and through eternity-the great chasm that exists between heaven and hell.

 

1.      Genesis 12:2 “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”

2.      Deuteronomy 7:13 “And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.”

3.      Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

4.      Galatians 3:14 “That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

5.      Luke 16:19-31 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house-for I have five brothers-in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.” 

6.      Revelation 21:1-4 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I hear a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear form their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

7.      Revelation 20:14,15 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

 

D.     Just as God had given Adam and Eve the dominion mandate to subdue and rule, so He separated the Israelites from the world for them to subdue and rule. He had them take what was rightfully His, and through Him, what was rightfully theirs, and yet time and time again, God’s people failed to realize the Almighty’s power on their behalf to take dominion over the world. So God sent the Prophets to remind them of the miracles that He had wrought on their behalf.

 

Let each of these verses serve as a lesson to us that we should take dominion of the earth for God’s glory. First it begins in our families, and then in our churches, in our communities, and in our nation.

 

1.      Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over everything thing that moves on the earth.”

2.      Joshua 1:7-9 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

3.      Joshua chapters 23-24:28 “Now it came about after many days, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years, that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, ‘I am old, advanced in years. And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your God is He who has been fighting for you. See, I have apportioned to you these nations which remain as an inheritance for your tribes, with all the nations which I have cut off, from the Jordan even to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun. The LORD your God, He will thrust them out from before you and drive them from before you; and you will possess their land, just as the LORD your God promised you. Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you will not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them. But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. For the LORD has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day. One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you. So take diligent heed to ourselves to love the LORD your God. For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them so that you associate with them and they with you, now with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you. Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. It shall come about that just as all the good words which the LORD your God spoke to you have come upon you, so the LORD will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you. When you transgress the covenant of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, and go serve other gods and bow down to them, then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you.’ Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and their judges and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the river, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River, and led him through all the land of Canaan , and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac. To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau, and to Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it; but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt . Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt by what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out. I brought your fathers out of Egypt , and you came to the sea; and Egypt pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea . But when they cried out to the LORD, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt . And you lived in the wilderness for a long time. Then I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan , and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab , arose and fought against Israel , and he sent and summoned Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. But I was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his hand. You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho ; and the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Girgashite, and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Thus I gave them in to your hand. Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but not by your sword or your bow. I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt , and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’ The people answered and said, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. The LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.’ Then Joshua said to the people, ‘You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.’ The people said to Joshua, ‘No, but we will serve the LORD. ‘Joshua said to the people, ‘You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the LORD, to serve Him.’’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses.’ Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.’ The people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.’ So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. Joshua said to all the people, ‘Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his inheritance.’

4.      1 Samuel 8:8 “Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day-in that they have forsaken Me and serve other gods-so they are doing to you also.”

5.      Jeremiah 2:5-37 “Thus says the LORD, ‘What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked after emptiness and became empty? They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD who brought us up out of the land of Egypt , who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought and of deep darkness, through a land that no one crossed and where no man dwelt?’ I brought you into the fruitful land to eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and defiled My land, and My inheritance you made an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and walked after things that did not profit. Therefore I will yet contend with you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and with your sons’ sons I will contend. For cross to the coastlands of Kittim and see, and send to Kedar and observe closely and see if there has been such a thing as this! Has a nation changed gods when they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be appalled, o heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,’ declares the LORD. ‘For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Is Israel a salve? Or is he a homeborn servant? Why has he become a prey? The young lions have roared at him, they have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant. Also the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have shaved the crown of your head. Have you not done this to yourself by your forsaking the LORD your God when He led you in the way? But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt , to drink the waters of the Nile ? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates ? Your own wickedness will correct you, and your apostasies will reprove you; know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God, and the dread of Me is not in you,’ declares the Lord GOD of hosts. For long ago I broke your yoke and tore off your bonds; but you said, ‘I will not serve!’ For on every high hill and under every green tree you have lain down as a harlot. Yet I planted you a choice vine, a completely faithful seed. How then have you turned yourself before Me into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine? Although you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your iniquity is before Me, ‘ declares the Lord GOD. How can you say, I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals’? Look at your way in the valley! Know what you have done! You are a swift young camel entangling her ways, a wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, that sniffs the wind in her passion. In the time of her heart who can turn her away? All who seek her will not become weary; in her month they will find her. Keep your feet from being unshod and your throat from thirst; but you said, ‘It is hopeless! No! For I have loved strangers, and after them I will walk.’ As the thief is shamed when he is discovered, so the house of Israel is shamed; they, their kings, their princes and their priests and their prophets, who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they will say, ‘Arise and save us.’ But where are your gods which you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah. Why do you contend with me? You have all transgressed against Me,’ declares the LORD. ‘In vain I have struck your sons; they accepted no chastening. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a destroying lion. O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel , or a land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, ‘We are free to roam; we will no longer come to You? Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number. How well you prepare your way to seek love! Therefore ever the wicked women you have taught your ways. Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor; you did not find the breaking in, but in spite of all these things, yet you said, ‘I am innocent; surely His anger is turned away from me.’ Behold I will enter into judgment with you because you said, ‘I have not sinned.’ Why do you go around so much changing your way? Also, you will be put to shame by Egypt as you were put to shame by Assyria . From this place also you will go out with your hand on your head; for the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust, and you will not prosper with them.” 

6.      Hosea 13:4-6 “Yet I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt ; and you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior besides Me. I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of drought. As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me.”

7.      Acts 7 “The high priest said, ‘Are these things so?’ And he said, ‘Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran , and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’ Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran . From there, after his father died, ‘God had him move to this country in which you are now living. But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no children He promised that He would give it to him as a possession, and to His descendants after him. But God spoke to this effect, that his descendants would be aliens in a foreign land, and the they would be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. And whatever nation to which they will be in bondage I Myself will judge,’ said God,’ and after that they will come out and serve Me in this place.’ And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt . Yet God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt , and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household. Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan , and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt , he sent our fathers there the first time. On the second visit Joseph made himself known to this brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh. Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt , until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph. It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive. It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son. Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel . And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand. On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became an alien in the land of Midian , where he became the father of two sons. After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai , in the flame of a burning thorn bush. When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of Your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the LORD said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt . This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel , ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you. Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us; for this Moses who led us out of the land of Egypt-we do not know that happened to him.’ At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O House of Israel? You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon . Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen. And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David. David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet; what kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord, ‘or what place is there for My repose? Was it not My hand which made all these things?’ You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your father did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.’ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my Spirit!’ Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them!’ Having said this, he fell asleep.”

8.      2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work.”

 

E.     In Moses and Pharaoh by Gary North on page 133 he says, “The division between Egypt and Israel was assured. The Hebrews could not be tricked back into submission. Egyptians would not be able to subdue them, as vanquished populations sometimes do, by intermarrying nor would the Hebrews absorb Egyptians religion and culture by intermarrying, nor would the Hebrews absorb Egyptian religion and culture by intermarrying. The religious and linguistic separation would be maintained permanently, since God was taking them out of Egypt and was preparing to displace the Canaanites. The Canaanites knew what was in store for them. (Joshua 2:9-11). Israel took no prisoner (Josh.6:21). Israel, if the people remained faithful their God, would annihilate the Canaanites.

 

F.      Just as God brought His people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, so, too, God brought us out of the world. And just as He separated His people from the world in Exodus, so, too, God separated homeschoolers from the world. This distinction that God makes between those who are His and those of the world is most evident.

 

And I am sure that like us, you have people stop you all the time to tell you how much they appreciate your family, especially your children. What makes the difference? The covenant. Praise God, He has called us out to return to His mandate to disciple our children so that we would be that blessing to the world. 

 

This distinction is most evident at our conference where fathers, mothers, and children walk in harmony with one another. The children don’t look like the world or act like the world but are set apart by a divine loveliness that only God’s Spirit imparts.

 

Over and over, speakers, vendors, and attendees attest to the vast difference between our attendees and that of other conferences which they attribute to the presence of God’s Spirit.

 

Candy and I want you to understand where we are going and we want you to be a part of it and encourage your families with these teachings. 

 

1.      Galatians 3:29 “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

2.      Galatians 3:9 “So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”

 

G.     Yet where is America ’s homeschooling community today? Back to Egypt homeschoolers go as they march off to learning centers. And those who run those centers lure those whom God has called out of the world right back into the world. Some of them think that they are doing God’s work but they are doing the work of the flesh and not of His Spirit. Consider carefully that the Israelites walked out of Egypt/world and headed for the promised land, yet they desired to be back in Egypt -the world. In other words, they kept the world’s idols. Have you kept the world’s idols?

 

Let us heed the lesson that God has set before us. For this generation of Israelites were cursed for their failure to completely separate with the world. They kept many of the world’s idols, continually desiring to go back. Consequently they wandered in the wilderness for forty years without every reaching the Promised Land. 

 

They failed to take dominion of the world for God’s glory. Let us go forth in the power of His might to transform our culture instead of being transformed by it.

 

1.      Deuteronomy 7:1-6 “When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. But you shall do to them; you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

 

a.       It is God who makes the distinction between His people and the world, for the covenant divides. We cannot have unity with the world. We grew up thinking that people were basically good, but that is not scriptural for God says that all men are wicked, that the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel, and that He does not even listen to the prayer of the wicked for they are an abomination to Him.

b.      Yet look in this next verse at how the people refuse to grasp God’s victory over evil but prefer their bondage in depraved Egypt .

 

2.      Exodus 14:11,12 “Then they said to Moses, ‘Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt ? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt , saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

3.      Exodus 16:3 “The sons of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the posts of meal, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’”

 

a.       Are we any different? Our bellies are satisfied and social security will take care of us in our old age, so why not give 55% of all that we earn to the State. “Just leave us alone that we may serve the State.” In order for National Health Care to succeed, taxpayers will be required to pay far more in taxes-turning 55% into complete enslavement. Christians say that they want someone who can beat this current President. I want someone who is true to God’s Word!

 

3.      Deuteronomy chapters 1-chapter 4:11 “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeeroth and Dizahab. It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-bamea. In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel , according to all that the LORD has commanded him to give to them, after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan , who lived in Ashtaroth and Edrei. Across the Jordan in the land of Moab , Moses undertook to expound this law, saying, ‘The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to al their neighbors in the Arahab, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon , as far as the great river, the river Euphrates . See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.’ I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I am not able to bear the burden of you alone. The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of he4aven in number. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you! How can I alone bear the load and burden of you and your strife? Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ You answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have said to do is good.’ So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and appointed them heads over you, leaders of thousands and of hundreds, of fifties and of tens, and officers for your tribes. Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and judge righteously between a man and his fellow country man, or the alien who is with him. You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’ I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do. Then we set out from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the LORD our God had commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-bamea. I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites which the LORD our God is about to give us. See, the LORD your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up and the cities which we shall enter.’ The things pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man for each tribe. They turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the valley of Eshcol and spied it out. Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, ‘It is a good land which the LORD our God is about to give us.’ Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; and you grumbled in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, ‘The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there.’ Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. The LORD your god who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’ But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God, who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go. Then the LORD heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his sons I will give the land on which he has set foot, because he has followed the LORD fully.’ The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall posses it. But as for you, turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea .’ Then you said to me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD; we will indeed go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.’ And every man of you girded on his weapons of war, and regarded it as easy to go up into the hill country. And the LORD said to me, ‘Say to them, ‘Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; otherwise you will be defeated before your enemies.’ So I spoke to you, but you would not listen. Instead you rebelled against the command of the LORD, and acted presumptuously and went up into the hill country. The Amorites who live in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah. Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you. So you remained in Kadesh many days, the days that you spent there.” Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as the LORD spoke to me, and circled Mount Seir for many days. And the LORD spoke to me, saying, ‘You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north, and command the people, saying, ‘You will pass through the territory of your brothers the sons of Esau who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful; do not provoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a footstep because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. You shall buy food from them with money so that you may eat, and you shall also purchase water form them with money so that you may drink. For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing. So we passed beyond our brothers the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the Arabah road, away from Elath and form Ezion-geber. And we turned and passed through by the way of the wilderness of Moab . Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab , nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession.’ (The Emim lived there formerly, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim. Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim. The Horites formerly lived in Seir, but the sons of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel did to the land of their possession which the Lord gave to them.) Now arise and cross over the brook Zered ourselves.’ So we crossed over the brook Zered. Now the time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them. Moreover the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from within the camp until they all perished. So it came about when all the men of war had finally perished from among the people, that the LORD spoke to me, saying, ‘today you shall cross over Ar, the border of Moab . When you come opposite the sons of Ammon, do not harass them nor provoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot as a possession.’ (It is also regarded as the land of the Rephaim, for Rephaim formerly lived in it, but the Ammornites call them Zamzummin, a people as great, numerous, and tall as the Anakim, but the LORD destroyed them before them. And they dispossessed them and settled in their place, just as He did for the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them; they dispossessed them and settled in their place even to this day. And the Avvim, who lived in villages as Gaza , the Caphtorim who came form Caphtor, destroyed them and lived in their place.) Arise, set out, and pass through the valley of Arnon . Look! I have given Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land into our hand; begin to take possession and contend with him in battle. This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, will tremble and be in anguish because of you.’ So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, ‘Let me pass through your land, I will travel only on the highway; I will not turn aside to the right or to the left. You will sell me food for money so that I may eat, and give me water for money so that I may drink, only let me pass through on foot, just as the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me, until I cross over the Jordan in to the land which the LORD our God is giving to us. ‘But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass through his land; for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him in to you hand, as he is today. The LORD said to me, ‘See I have begun to deliver Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to occupy, that you may possess his land.’ Then Sihon with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz. The LORD our God delivered him over to us, and we defeated him with his sons and all his people. So we captured all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed the men, women and children of every city. We left no survivor. We took only the animals as our booty and spoil of the cities which we had captured. From Aroer which is on the edge of the valley of Arnon and from the city which is in the valley, even to Gilead , there was no city that was too high for us; the LORD our God delivered all over to us. Only you did not go near to the land of the sons of Ammon, all along the river Jabbok and the cities of the hill country, and wherever the LORD our God had commanded us. Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan , with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Edrei. But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’ So the LORD our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan , with all his people into our hand, and we smote them until no survivor was left. We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan . All these were cities fortified with high walls gates and bars, besides a great many unwalled towns. We utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children of every city. But all the animals and the spoil of the cities we took as our booty. Thus we took the land at thtat time from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon (Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir): all the cities of the plateau and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. (For only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. Behold, his bedstead was an iron bedstead; it is in Rabbah of the sons of Ammon. It s length was nine cubits and its width four cubits by ordinary cubit.)  So we took possession of this land at that time. From Aroer, which is by the valley of Arnon , and half the hill country of Gilead and its cities I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites. The rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og , I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the reigon of Argob (concerning all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim . Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called it, that is, Bashan after his own name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.) To Machir I gave Gilead . To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even as far as the valley of Arnon, the middle of the valley as a border as far as the river Jabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon; the Arabah also, with the Jordan as a border, from Chinnereth even as far as the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, at the foot of the slope of Pisgah on the east. Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The YOU’RE YOUR god has given you this land to possess it; all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel. But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you, until the LORD gives rest to your fellow countrymen as to you, and they also possess that land which the LORD your God will give them beyond the Jordan. Then you may return every man to his possession which I have given you.’ I commended Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so the LORD shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. Do not fear them, for the LORD your God is the one fighting for you.’ I also pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, ‘O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? Let me, I pray, cross over the see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan , that good hill country and Lebanon .’ But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; and the LORD said to me, ‘Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan . But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him for he shall go across at the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.’ So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor. Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the LORD your God has destroyed them from among you. But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you. See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nations is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today? Only give heed to yourself and you’re your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the tings which your eyes have seen and they do not depart form your heart all the days of your life; but make them know to your sons and your grandsons. Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.”

 

H.     Only Joshua and Caleb understood God’s covenant and their duty to take dominion of the land. They understood that God separated them to give them life and victory over the world.

 

How many of us understand that our separation is for us to have victory over the world by taking dominion for His glory? Part of our problem today is that we have forgotten the God of Israel -His power and His might.

 

God separated them from the hail, from the darkness, and now from death. He brings them out on dry ground and continued to provide for them in the desert, yet all they do is continually complain. Let us be careful to be grateful, for God has separated us to give us life and victory over the world.

 

1.      John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

2.      John 16:23 “…Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”

3.      Numbers 14 “Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, ‘Would that we had died in the land of Egypt ! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt ?’ So they said to one another, ‘Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt .’  Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel . Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel , saying, ‘The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us in the this land and give it to us-a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.’ But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel . The LORD said to Moses, ‘How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? I will smite them with pestilence and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier then they.’ But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while our cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You slay this people as one man, then the nations who have heard of Your fame will say, ‘Because the LORD could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness. But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.’ Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.’  So the LORD said, ‘I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring in to the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys’; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea .’  The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. Surely you shall not come in o the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey-I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness. According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. I, the LORD, have spoken, surely this I will do to al this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and they will die.’ As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the LORD. But Joshua the son of NUN and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who sent to spy out he land. When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel , the people mourned greatly. In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, ‘Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised.’ But Moses said, ‘Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed? Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the LORD is not among you. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you.’ But they went up heedlessly to the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses left the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.” 

a.       Caleb and Joshua had faith that God would overcome the giants of the land. They had eyes to see what God had done. The other men could not see because they did not have eyes to see.

1.      Jeremiah 5:21 “ Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see; who have ears but do not hear.”

2.      Ezekiel 12:2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to heart but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”

b.      As a new Christian I thought that I certainly would have entered the land of Canaan after seeing all God had done for me. Yet in spite of God working miraculously in my life, I fail Him in so many ways by my lack of faith in Him. The reality is that I would have been one of them that died in the wilderness. Again, let me reiterate that God’s special favor towards Israel was not because they were the greatest in number or because of their lovability, but because of God’s covenant with Abraham. God chose him, covenanted with him, and told him what He was going to do for him and his descendants. We deceive ourselves in thinking that we are more than what we are, for it is God who keeps us. 

c.       When we go back to Abraham we see that this land is a terribly vile and wicked land. Today, we are in a land such as Canaan . Yet like Caleb and Joshua, we should not fear the people for God is with us. Instead we should rebuke and push back the darkness with the Sword of the Spirit, by addressing wickedness with God’s Word.  

4.      Deuteronomy 33:26-29 “There is none like the God of Jershurun, who rides the heavens to your help, and through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you and said, ‘Destroy!’ So Israel dwells in security, the fountain of Jacob secluded, in a land of grain and new wine; his heavens also drop down dew. Blessed are you, O Israel: who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, who is the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you. And you will tread upon their high places.”

 

a.       For God is the one who stays the hand of the wicked and turns the hearts of kings like channels of water. He is the one who saves and the one who shields us from the enemy.

 

1. Psalm 5:12 “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

 

I.        Yet for all the Prophets warning, even if someone comes up from the dead to warn unregenerate man, he will not listen, yea he cannot because the children of wrath are utterly incapable of genuine repentance until God regenerates their hearts.  The difference between the saved and the unsaved is right here. When chastised, the saved bow their knee in humble repentance, while the unsaved stiffen their necks and tell God to depart. 

 

1.      Luke 16:20-31 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his ginger in water and cool off my tongue, for I ma in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides al this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over form there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them form the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

J.       And He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Moses was the meekest man on earth yet he went out in hot anger. Here he had grown up in Pharaoh’s house. He had been a part of the community, yet the direction these two men pursued were diametrically in opposition to one another. Moses was following God while Pharaoh wanted to become god and thus refused to submit to God’s commands.

 

It is a grievous thing for people to sit under the teachings of the Word and continually oppose it in their hearts. I am grieved, frustrated, and sometimes angered by fathers who refuse to lead their families. In spite of continual admonitions, they continue to sin against God and thus bring a curse upon their families.

 

I have invited some of these fathers to the conference to listen to life transforming messages from the greatest speakers in the country, yet they refuse because they think they already know it all. Their negligence in leading their families testifies to their rebellion against God, and sadly, their families pay the price. 

 

Those who attend the conference are a community. We are a community because we are part of His Body, striving to do His will.

 

1.      Ezekiel 3:4-14 “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel , nor to many people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.’ Moreover, He said to me, ‘Son of man, take into your heart all my words which I will speak to you and listen closely. Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’” Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me,’ Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His place.’ And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me.”

2.      Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

 

K.    Matthew Henry says, “Moses did all these wonders, as they are here related, before Pharaoh (he himself was an eye-witness of them), and yet he could not prevail, which was a certain sign that God himself had, in a way of righteous judgment, hardened his heart. Thus the Jews rejection of the gospel of Christ was so gross an absurdity that it might easily be inferred from it that God had given them the spirit of slumber.”

 

1.      John 12:37-40 “But though he had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: ‘LORD, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?’” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, ‘He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”

2.       Romans10:16-Romans 11 “However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘LORD, who has believed our report?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; ‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’ But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, ‘I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, by a nation without understanding will I anger you.’ And Isaiah is very bold and says, ‘I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.’ But as for Israel He says, ‘All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.’ I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel ? ‘Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have torn down your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.’ But what is the divine response to him? ‘I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But it is by grace, it is not longer on the basis of works. Otherwise grace is no longer grace. When then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written, ‘God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day.’ And David says, ‘Let their table become a snare and a trap, and a stumbling block and a retribution to them. Let their eyes be darkened to see not, and bend their backs forever.’ I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealous my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. But is some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, ‘Branched were broken off so that I might be grated in.’ Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not want you, brethren to be uninformed of this mystery-so that you will not be wise in your own estimation –that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, ‘The deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’ From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for you sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that  because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For form Him and through HIm and to HIm are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” 

 

Exodus 11:9,10“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that MY wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt . Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.

 

A. When we think of all that Pharaoh has gone through, we find it incredible that he refuses to listen and see. That is because our eyes have been opened so that we see God’s marvelous works everywhere-in a leaf, in the sunrise and sunset, in our fingers working back and forth…It is not just a matter of supernatural powers operating from time to time, it is a realization that everything and every event is a result of God’s supernatural and miraculous power. We can look out across our land and our earth, and the heavens and see God. After nine plagues, Pharaoh still does not see God because his eyes are blind, his ears are deaf, and his heart is hard.

 

1.      Isaiah 6:10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.”

a.       Let us lay hold of the prayer that God open our eyes that we may see and our ears that we may hear and our hearts that we may understand that we be not like Pharaoh.

 

2.      Matthew 13:10-16 “And the disciples came and said to Him, ‘Why do You speak to them in parables?’ Jesus answered them, ‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’ But blessed your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desire to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.’”

3.      Romans 9:22-26 “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only but also from among Gentiles.”

a.       God endured with much patience these vessels of wrath, but when the time had come, to the day, God went into the land of Egypt and destroyed His enemies. It was not by the Israelites power, but by His Hand. How long will we go forward in disobedience thinking that God will not judge our land? We imperfectly endure with patience our children, but God endures perfectly so when the time is right He either chastises those who are His children or destroys those who are His enemies.

b.      Praise God that He has called not only the Jews but the Gentiles as well, and that He called us! Are you sons of the living God? Examine your heart!

c.       It is amazing to me that out of five siblings, God pulled me out of the world and gave me a heart to strive after righteousness and a heart for my children’s hearts and my children’s children. It just amazes me, for I grew up a very ungodly man. I sought out things that were pleasing to Jon Summers. I sought out wickedness, and ultimately my own death. But praise be to God, He brought me into life and godliness.

d.      We need to pray that God does not give us a spirit of slumber but instead opens our eyes that we may see and opens our ears that we may hear and opens our hearts that we may grasp the knowledge of the living God, the Lord of lords, the King of kings. What God did in bringing His people out of bondage is not different for us today. The question is if He has taken your heart of stone and made it a heart of flesh. That is the question.

 

4.      Psalm 135 “Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O servants of the LORD, you who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God! Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession. For I know that the LORD is great and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; who makes lightnings for the rain, who brings forth the wind from His treasuries. He smote the firstborn of Egypt , both of man and beast. He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants. He smote many nations and slew mighty kings, Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan; and He gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to Israel His people. Your name, O LORD, is everlasting, your remembrance, O LORD, throughout all generations. For the LORD will judge His people and will have compassion on His servants. The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, yes, everyone who trusts in them. O house of Israel , bless the LORD; O house of Aaron, bless the LORD; O house of Levi, bless the LORD’ you who revere the LORD, bless the LORD. Blessed be the LORD form Zion , who dwells in Jerusalem . Praise the LORD!”

 

B.     Do you see that our God is not a small god but raises up nations and tears down nations? Do you understand that those nations are families? The house of Israel is a family. Where is your house? Are you a house of Israel or a house of Og of Bashan? Where do you stand?

 

This past week I went to a meeting with two men who I highly revere. Both of them have raised millions of dollars for campaigns and have been very active in politics, one of them a statesman for many years. The three of us agree upon the fact that our current President has done everything he could to destroy the blessings and heritage of this country, the consequences of which will impact generations. Yet do we choose the lesser of two evils?

 

These men don’t think that the opponent will bring our country back into submission to God’s law but they believe that he will serve as a tourniquet to help slow the blood flow which is presently gushing. I certainly understand their viewpoint, but for Candy and I, it is not an option to replace one false idol with another-a Muslim for a Mormon.

 

What I understand is that this current President is God’s judgment on our country. For it is God who raises up nations and tears them down. As Christians we must work hard to destroy the false gods and the evil within our land and take dominion of our land for God’s glory. 

 

So when God commands us to repent, He expects a 180-degree movement away from sin. I do not think that compromising for four more years is the righteousness of God. The fluctuations we see in our White House between Democrats or Republicans makes little difference except that one party takes us a little faster down the descent to destruction. I certainly don’t see any significant change back towards a righteous form of government.

 

The change will come when we truly repent and fathers take seriously their duty to disciple their sons and daughters in the way of the Lord. When we tear down the idols of convenience to teach our own children as God commanded, then we will see revival in this land.

 

What if Moses had thought that inching their way out of Egypt would serve them just as fine. They could get the women out first, then push for the children, then a few animals, a few more, and then the men could follow sometime thereafter? This seems ridiculous to us now, but isn’t that we do? We do what seems convenient for us instead of amputating the sin or departing from it completely. Man is good at compromising. Yet Matthew Henry says that duty is ours, the event is in God’s Hand.

 

I am fearful like everyone else for we are in a world of hurt, but is our faith in the man who sits in the White House or in God who controls the hearts of kings like channels of water, who raises up and tears down? 

 

When men are in pain they look to God. Apparently we are not in enough pain. Until then, we must not compromise but boldly stand for righteousness, within our homes, our church, our community, our workplace, and then our nation. It is not the President that is the problem but families, for they are the foundation of society and the means for transforming nations.

 

Let us get serious about studying God’s Word, studying books on our Essential Book list, and studying the messages of our great speakers. Let us stay home instead of running hither and thither like chickens with our heads cut off, and instead, fulfill God’s mandate to disciple our families.

 

1.      Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

2.      Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

3.      Isaiah 40:12-31 “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of he earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has informed Him? With who did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop form a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust. Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, a goldsmith plates it with gold, and a silversmith fashions chains of silver. He who is too impoverished for such an offering selects a tree that does not rot He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman to prepare an idol that will not totter. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He is it who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal? ‘says the Holy One. Life up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Why do you says, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those how wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

4.      Daniel 4:35 “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have you done?’”

5.      Jeremiah 10:10 “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath.”

6.      Psalm 136 “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth forever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth forever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth forever. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth forever To Him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: the sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth forever: the moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth forever. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth forever: and brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth forever: with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth forever. To him which divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth forever: and made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth forever: but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea : for His mercy endureth forever. To Him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth forever. To him which smote great kings; for his mercy endureth forever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth forever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: and Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth forever: and gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth forever: Even an heritage unto Israel his servant : for his mercy endureth forever. Who remember us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth forever: and hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth forever. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth forever.”