I Have Heard Their Cries
Exodus 1:11-17, 22; 3:7-10; 4:29-31
Israelites had come to Egypt for survival, but stayed for convenience.
Over time, God’s people were enslaved, brutalized, and murdered.
Satan enslaves each of us, ultimately wanting to destroy us.
The plot line of scripture is God leading us from slavery to freedom.
Worship is a natural response to God’s compassion and power.
Exodus 5:6-23; 6:6-10
When we choose freedom, Satan redoubles his efforts to keep us.
His goal is to discourage us and woo us back into “easy slavery.”
Too often, we think choosing God should bring a life of ease.
When it doesn’t, we may blame God or choose ease over freedom.
Building Faith out of Failure
Aside: attacking false gods
ten plagues - river god, frogs, flies, cattle, natural phenomena
the plagues demonstrate God’s power over them.
over generations of slavery, many may have learned to trust Egyptian gods
God often has to crush idols in our lives, so we learn to trust only Him!
intellect, financial security, foods
On ten separate occasions, Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go.
It seemed like God’s miraculous plagues failed to accomplish His purpose.
But God’s ultimate purpose was to build trust with His people.
Each plague was an opportunity to see His power and believe His promise.
Each plague gave them hope and a greater yearning to be free.
God was beginning to rebuild a people to follow Him home.
How do we see setbacks in our lives?
Do we see them as another opportunity for God to show his power?
Do our challenges give us a stronger yearning to be free?
A greater desire for heaven?
What areas do you need freedom in?
What idols is God breaking down in your life?
Trusting the Blood
Rules for Living Free
That I May Dwell Among Them
Moving with God
Standing on the Edge of the Promised Land