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The Divine Initiative

February 10, 2019 Speaker: Stu Sherard

Topic: Sunday Morning Passage: Exodus 14:15–14:31

Main point: The Divine Initiative - God using improbable means to accomplish mighty salvation for his people.

 

Introduction

      

A. The exodus of God's people from Egypt becomes the paradigm in the rest of Scripture for God's saving work.

 

 

I. The Glory God Pursues (14:15–18)

 

A. Saint Augustine:  "God commands what he wills and gives what he commands."

 

  

II. The Division God Creates (14:19 & 20)

 

A. God repeatedly uses the imagery of light and darkness to describe the implications for the people he saves (Eph. 5:6-8; 1 Jn. 12:5-7).

 

 

III. The Mediator God Honors (14:21–29)

  

A. Moses delivering Israel, is a picture of how God delights to save sinners by means of the greater than Moses, his Son, the Lord Jesus.

 

  

IV. The Salvation God Provides (14:30 & 31)

 

A. Verse 30: "Thus the LORD saved Israel that day."

 

B. Verse 31:  "The people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses."  

 

 

Conclusion:

 

 

Questions to consider: Are you ever tempted to take any credit for your salvation or for your growth in Christian maturity?  God makes a clear separation between those who accept his rule and those who reject his rule.  Are you trying to live in both camps, as belonging to God's people and yet living like an Egyptian?  Hearing and seeing the salvation of the Lord in this passage, what is your response to the greater than Moses, the Lord Jesus Christ? 

Next week’s text: 2 Corinthians 5:20