Persevering Faith Ex. 13:17-18; 14:9-18, 31 March 28, 2010
Most Christian find it easier to express their faith after several years of encounters with the Lord. Trust can be learned and at times a young Christian will demonstrate more faith than an older one. Whether the demonstration comes from a new or older person of faith we all like to see Persevering Faith and the older Christian normally needs to help the younger.
1. Persevering Faith Through The . . Direction Of The Lord. 13:17-18
A. The Direction Of The Lord May Not Be The . . Shortest Way. 13:17
17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt."
B. The Direction Of The Lord May Not Be The . . Simplest Way. 13:18
18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the
children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. NKJV
Certainly events of God’s will and purpose do not always take the shortest route. God’s wisdom about His people and the details of getting them from point one to point two may be different than we would choose. What may not seem logical to us immediately may eventually make sense as we see the why in His decisions. God’s knowledge of His people and the route to the Red Sea caused Him to know not to take the shortest route. God knew the maturity of the Israelites could not withstand the route going by the Philistines. Not only did the route He choose not represent the shortest way; it was not the simplest way.
2. Persevering Faith Through The . . Deliverance Of The Lord. 14:9-14
A. The Deliverance Of The Lord May Not Be Without . . Fearful Circumstances. 14:9-10
9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his
army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the
Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to
the Lord .
B. The Deliverance Of The Lord May Not Be Without . . Flak From The People. 14:11-12
11 Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone that we may serve the
Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die
in the wilderness."
C. The Deliverance Of The Lord May Include A . . Fight Led By The Lord. 14:13-14
13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord , which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."
Some people think God’s ways are easy and never present any troubles. You will never read where God promised that His children will always have peace, prosperity and pleasantries. We may face some fearful experiences and God’s people may give a lot of flak as they second guess the Lord and His ways. The Lord’s graciousness put up with the children of Israel and all of their complaining and lack of trust. He finally told Moses to move forward toward the Red Sea, then stand still and watch as He opened the Red Sea. He fought for them and gave a tremendous victory.
3. Persevering Faith Through The . . Defiance Of Pharaoh. 14:15-18
A. The Defiance Of Pharaoh And The . . Commands Of The Lord. 14:15-16a
15 And the Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.”
B. The Defiance Of Pharaoh And The . . Children Of The Israel. 14:16b
“And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
C. The Defiance Of Pharaoh And The . . Celebration Of The Lord. 14:17-18
17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will
gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord , when I have gained honor for Myself over
Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen." NKJV
As we read this passage of scripture we want to ask Pharaoh what will it take for him to wise up and stop opposing the Lord. In the face of Pharaoh’s defiance God commanded His children to go forward. The children of the Lord moved forward and actually walked on dry ground. One preacher said , “the first soldiers of Pharaoh actually choked to death on the dust.” God enjoyed the results of His activity against Pharaoh. I think He had Himself a little party, and said, “I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh.”
4. Persevering Faith Through The . . Display Of God’s Power. 14:31
A. The Display Of God’s Power Produced A . . Reverence For The Lord. 14:31a
31a Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord , and believed the Lord . . .”
B. The Display Of God’s Power Produced A . . Respect For Moses. 14:31b
31b “. . . and His servant Moses.”
This display of power by the Lord caused His people to have a reverential fear, and an awesome appreciation of all He did for them. They also acknowledged Moses as God’s man. We could easily say, “well it is about time they did this.” Do we ever deserve someone suggestion the same for us? All of us might learn from this story to demonstrate a Persevering Faith. Amen? Amen!