Monday, January 6, 2014

S.S.S. Study He is all I need part 5

Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 5

Exodus 12:30-37 Leaving Egypt
The Egyptians were so afraid of Israel and their God that they did everything they could to get them to leave when the time came, even lending them priceless gifts.
God has not merely brought out Israel, but He has blessed them with material goods as well.

Exodus 14:5-31 The Crossing
God has a plan to show all the Egyptians who He is, that plan takes Israel into what seems to be a trap, but when all hope seems lost, that is when God does something amazing!

After hundreds of years of silence from God a virgin conceives
After the besieged people start eating donkeys heads for lack of food, their enemies are scared off by God.
After Lazarus is dead for four days Jesus raises him up.
After men spent years blind, crippled, and diseased, Jesus showed up.
After thousands of years of no hope, no truth, and no redemption for the Gentiles, God sends His Son.
After being a murderer and a persecutor God chooses Saul to be a great man for His service.

The same is still true today, when you have a problem so great that it seems it will overtake you, often that is when God chooses to do something mighty for His glory in you. Don't forget that if you are a Christian He has already done something amazing for His glory in you!

After three days in the tomb Jesus rose up. Luke 23:52-24:40 Sometimes God does something amazing for us and we refuse to see it, we are thankful to chance, coincidence, fate, etc but we must realize this is Gods handiwork and only He deserves glory.

Memory verse: Exodus 18:11    "Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them."
Exodus 15:22-26 the water dilemma
Up till now God has shown His power against His enemies, and shown His guidance to His children, but up till this point Israel has mostly just been witnesses of Gods wrath on others, now they become witnesses of Gods ability not only to protect, and guide, but also to provide.

Exodus 16:1-8 the food dilemma
Again God provides
Moses tells the people that their murmurings were against God not Moses because God was their provider and had chosen Moses to lead them, Moses simple explanation Exodus 16:7-8.
The apostles found themselves in a dilemma of food as well in Matthew 14:14-21

Exodus 17:1-6 Yet again Israel thirsts
Again Israel was faced with a real and present need (water is important), but once again they fail to have faith and they blame the man of God, (always when a Christian begins to rebel against God they will begin to despise those people who stand for God in their lives.)

The fact that Israel so quickly thirsted after water again should bring to mind a few things we learn in the New Testament,
Jesus is the only living water. John 4:10-14, John 14:6
Jesus is also called the bread of life. John 6:32-35, 47-48
We ought to thirst for righteousness. Matthew 5:6

All of these events and more lead up to God giving His law to the children of Israel. God could have given them the law at any time but He waited till He had done many things to prove Himself to His people, He sent the plagues, He destroyed the army of Egypt, He split the Red Sea, He provided quail and manna in the dessert, He cleansed bitter water, He provided a river of water out of a rock, He saved them from the attack of Amalek, He did so many things for a people who seemingly complained constantly, rebelled against Moses constantly, and had no faith constantly He is a loving God.

This should remind us just how long suffering our God is toward His people, and what of us? How many of us complain not about a lack of food, or water, but about Gods blessings, how often are we ungrateful to God?

One final thought is this, the theme of this study is "He is all I need" because from the beginning of Exodus where Israel falls into bondage, to the raising up of Moses, to the plagues, to the Red Sea crossing, to the dessert wilderness, Israel could never do anything of their own will or power to help themselves, God always provided for them. Not Moses, not Pharaoh, not their religious and political leaders, but God showed Israel just as I hope that He has shown you, that

Romans 8:31    "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Psalm 118:6    "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?"

Hebrews 13:5-6    "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6    So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

1st John 4:4    "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Matthew 28:18-20    "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20    Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

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