Yahweh has displayed His mighty works throughout the story of Exodus! However, when He reveals Himself in this way, it opens Him up to be assessed by those watching on. Pastor Ben will unpack the response of two different observers of the mighty works of Yahweh and what they can teach us today.
The Hebrew people have experienced one of the most stunning rescues of all time and they praised Yahweh for all He had done with all their might, with a song of salvation on their lips. But the story of Exodus takes us relatively quickly through 3 encounters that leave a very different sound on the lips of the people… the sound of grumbling. Pastor Joe unpacks the peril of a grumbling spirit and what God does to cure it in…
The people find themselves hemmed in between the might of Pharaoh’s army and the waters of the Red Sea. In this moment, panic breaks out amongst the people. But God will show them something that moves them from panic to praise. Pastor Ben will show us how He can do the same for us.
After 9 rounds of this duel, Moses and Pharaoh prepare to part ways for the final time… but Yahweh reveals that there would be one final mighty move of His hand against the hard heart of Pharaoh. This final plague, and the freedom it brings, will become the most significant event in the Old Testament. Pastor Joe looks at this mighty redemption, and what it means to be one of the redeemed people of God.
Yahweh and Pharaoh are standing toe-to-toe, locked in an epic duel… both laying claim to sovereignty over the Hebrew people. As Yahweh begins to chip away at Pharaoh’s hold on power, instead of realising he was out of his depth, Pharaoh hardens his heart over and over again. Pastor Ben unpacks the nature of his hard heart, and how Yahweh shows His power for the good of all who were watching.
In our lives we can move through the extremes of emotion relatively quickly… from the high heights to the lowest of lows… life is a roller coaster of emotion. As we continue to see the story of Exodus unfold, we will see how we often respond to the ups and downs of life and what we need to find some consistency amongst all the chaos.
We love stories of unlikely heroes. God’s people need a hero and we have seen how God raised up Moses to be such a saviour, but he is the most unlikely man to pull it off. A murderer, rejected by his people, and an exile in a foreign land. Even Moses doubts his credentials. But when God calls him, we see how our inadequacy means nothing to Him.
Pharaoh has set himself up in opposition to God. The people are suffering under his heavy yoke of slavery and barbaric genocide. In the midst of this terrible situation, one family will demonstrate their faith in God and it leads to the one who would be their saviour. Pastor Joe examines new categories for us to understand our faith in light of how the characters in this story engage with their world.
In this epic opening chapter, Exodus shows us the main players in a battle that will rage for most of the book. It begins with a weigh-in between two contestants: Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews. As the chapter unfolds, Pastor Joe will show us what it looks like when someone defies the living God.