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Behind a Frowning Providence

Exodus: The Dawn of Deliverance  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  43:07
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Sunday Worship Feb 26, 2023

Behind a Frowning Providence Exodus 1:1-14 God Moves in a Mysterious Way God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up His bright designs And works His sov’reign will. God Moves in a Mysterious Way Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break In blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face. Genesis Connection • Exodus begins with “And” • Quotation of Genesis 46:8 • Joseph in Egypt – Review 1. Abraham – Isaac – Jacob 2. Jacob had 12 sons and 1 daughter through 4 different women. 3. 10 of those sons (through 3 women) hated the other two (Joseph/Benjamin, sons of Rachel). 4. 10 of those sons sold Joseph into slavery. Joseph is an exceptional person whom the Lord blesses at every. 5. Joseph rises to national, Egyptian prominence, reunites with his family, and moves them to Egypt. Genesis Outworking • God blesses with remarkable abundance: 1. Moses uses 7 different descriptions of their staggering numerical growth. Literally, “And the sons of Israel were fruitful, and they swarmed, and they enlarged, and they multiplied in much muchness, and they filled the land.” 2. Allusion to Genesis 1:22 and 1:28 3. Fulfillment of Genesis 12:1-2; 15:5; 22:17; and 26:14 • But God has other prophecies: 1. Genesis 15:13-15 2. Hyksos invaders and a new Pharaoh God’s People Suffer • Pharaoh – The Anti-God • Pharaoh’s Fears: 1. That Israel will soon outnumber the Egyptians 2. That Israel will fight against the Egyptians and either leave or overpower Egypt • Pharaoh’s Enslavement: 1. Piled references for bitter enslavement: taskmasters, ruthless, bitter, oppressed 2. Archaeology has uncovered multiple wall-reliefs showing slavery; recently mass graves for adolescent slaves have appeared. God’s People Abound • The slavery merely forges national identity and solidarity. • Despite the harshness, Israelite people marry and multiply. • Perspectives: 1. God’s redemption is wider than you can possibly fathom. 2. God intends to use your trials for the redemption of others. 3. God is nobody’s debtor – “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just” (Genesis 18:25).
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