Thoughts on Exodus

Here are some mental links:

Passover — ‘ready to travel’ — just the sandals on your feet — ‘strangers in the world’ — eat all of the lamb or burn it don’t pack it for later — yeastless dough — Pharisees are yeast

God sometimes leads the indirect but better route (13:17) — Paul’s journeys — salvation not mechanization

Crossing the Read Sea is like:

a) moving to a new stage of life
b) starting at a new school/job
c) doing something you’ve never done before
d) asking God for something you believe he wants you to ask, but not getting it
e) being pushed to drastic situations by uncontrollable circumstances
f) diving
g) any other example you can come up with

Dead Sea (not Red Sea, but geographically close)

As you face the waters...

At the Red Sea… [insert trouble here]

As [Pharoah] approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were [the Egyptians] marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were [no graves in Egypt] that you brought us to [the desert to die]? What have you done to us by bringing us out of [Egypt]? Didn’t we say to you in [Egypt], ‘Leave us alone; let us [serve the Egyptians]’? It would have been better for us to [serve the Egyptians] than to [die in the desert]!”

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The [Egyptians] you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” — Exodus 14:10-14

When you begin to panic, do not be afraid. This comes up a lot in the Bible. My conclusion (from reading this and personal experience) is that we are ‘afraid’ a lot; most often we’re not scared-afraid so much as worried/bitter/discontent-afraid.

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