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(Slavery In Exodus)

Introduction

Unwanted addiction can be like slavery.
Unwanted addiction can be like slavery, We are going to have a discussion around the exodus story found in the bible an how it relates to addiction recovery and if there is some wisdom we can glean.

Big Idea

Big Idea
When things are going well for you, you remember how awful the past was, But, when times get tough we can have a cap-city to begin to romanticise the past, and the old slavery can once again seem appealing to you. What do we do when that happens?
When things are going well for you you remeber how awful the past was,
But when times are tough?  Then you can begin to romanticise the past and the old slavery can seem appealing to you.
A discussion around the Exodus Story and how unwanted addiction can be like slavery.

THE ISREALITES MISERY WHEN THEY WERE ENSLAVED

Exodus -
There enslavement
Exodus 1:6–14 NLT
6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. 8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.” 11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.
The Israelites never intended to go into slavery, Most people who get addicted never intended to get addicted. If anything they were looking to ease their burden as there was great famine in their land.
Exodus 1:6–11 NLT
6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. 8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.” 11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
We must keep them from growing too strong (Verse 10) addiction doesn't help us to grow, it can actually distract us
A discussion around the Exodus Story and how unwanted addiction can be like slavery.
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
Most people who get addicited never intended to get addicted
They appointed Brutal slave drivers , hoping to wear them down with crushing labour (Verse 11) (Brutal, Crushed, hoping to where them down)
11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly
The New International Version. (2011). (). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Without Mercy (verse 14)
Made their lives bitter, forcing - compelling, ruthless. (verse 14)
Discussion Questions
In what ways can addictions seem Like slavery?

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

Exodus 1:15–22 NLT
15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: 16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?” 19 “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”
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Exodus 1 NIV
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Exodus 1 NLT
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 In all, Jacob had seventy descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there. 6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. 8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.” 11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands. 15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: 16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?” 19 “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”
The cruelty of their slavery - Pharaoh is like a cruel god whom they are forced to serve and his power seems overwhelming
Solutions
Just when there is hope that they could get themselves out of the situation pharaoh keeps them down, kills off their hopes and dreams of freedom.
They are in sinking sand they Need help to pull them out. Thats addiction, our will power our resolve alone wont get us free or keep us free and the more you wiggle the faster you sink. With sinking sand you need someone to pull you out.
Exodus 2:23–25 NLT
23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
So God sends Moses to command Pharoh to let go of his people and what does pharoh do?

23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

Exodus 5:6–21 NLT
6 That same day Pharaoh sent this order to the Egyptian slave drivers and the Israelite foremen: 7 “Do not supply any more straw for making bricks. Make the people get it themselves! 8 But still require them to make the same number of bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’ 9 Load them down with more work. Make them sweat! That will teach them to listen to lies!” 10 So the slave drivers and foremen went out and told the people: “This is what Pharaoh says: I will not provide any more straw for you. 11 Go and get it yourselves. Find it wherever you can. But you must produce just as many bricks as before!” 12 So the people scattered throughout the land of Egypt in search of stubble to use as straw. 13 Meanwhile, the Egyptian slave drivers continued to push hard. “Meet your daily quota of bricks, just as you did when we provided you with straw!” they demanded. 14 Then they whipped the Israelite foremen they had put in charge of the work crews. “Why haven’t you met your quotas either yesterday or today?” they demanded. 15 So the Israelite foremen went to Pharaoh and pleaded with him. “Please don’t treat your servants like this,” they begged. 16 “We are given no straw, but the slave drivers still demand, ‘Make bricks!’ We are being beaten, but it isn’t our fault! Your own people are to blame!” 17 But Pharaoh shouted, “You’re just lazy! Lazy! That’s why you’re saying, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to the Lord.’ 18 Now get back to work! No straw will be given to you, but you must still produce the full quota of bricks.” 19 The Israelite foremen could see that they were in serious trouble when they were told, “You must not reduce the number of bricks you make each day.” 20 As they left Pharaoh’s court, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. 21 The foremen said to them, “May the Lord judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials. You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us!”
They are in sinkin
They get whipped and beaten and kicked while their down and it just spirals out of control? Things are BAD!
They are in sinkin

Gods amazing Deliverance

They See God do miracles the likes that no one has ever seen, (The plagues) God doing extraordinary things to set them free, no Gods can compare to theirs
Staff becomes a snake
The nile to blood

Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake

The Frogs
They see a physical pillar of fire go before them and block their enemies,
Locusts, Frogs and Flies
Boils
Hail, and Terrible weather.
They see their God part the Red see so that they can cross and then the whole Army drowned,
They see their God part the Red see so that they can cross and then the whole Army drowned,
And then God turns the egyptions sin on their heads when all of their firsborns die.
God recues his people from horrendous slavery and oppression and provides for all of their needs.  but.
God sends the plagues. They see amaizing things Pharaoh heart just gets harder and harder and he will not let Gods people go
Pharaoh heart just gets harder and harder and he will not let Gods people go
God causes the Egyptians to let them go and provide for all their needs on the way, the Israelites get to see God appear as a pillar of Fire and God Parts the red sea before their very eyes and they see the pharaohs army destroyed in front of them.
They See God do miracles the likes that no one has ever seen, God doing extraordinary things to set them free, no Gods can compare totheirs
They see a physical pillar of fire go before them and block their enemies,
They see their God part the Red see so that they can cross and then the whole Army drowned,
For some of you you've crossed the red sea out of slavery and egypt and you have no intention of going back to slavery, to bondage to pharaoh, your looking ahead to the promised land.
Times Get tough in the wilderness.
When things are going well for you you remeber how awful the past was, But when times are tough?  Then you can begin to romanticise the past and the old slavery can seem appealing to you.
But when times are tough?  Then you can begin to romanticise the past and the old slavery can seem appealing to you.
Despite all that they have seen, and the fact that God dwells in their midst in a giant pillar of smoke and fire and is providing bread from heaven, Look what they Israelites do.
Numbers 11:4–6 NLT
4 Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. 5 “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. 6 But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”
Numbers 11:406
Talk about a loss of perspective.
Exodus 16:3 NLT
3 “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
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Do you think when we hit tough times its possible to be like the Israelites? Forgetting just how bad things were. What should we do to be different from them.
How does Egypt lie to us?
How do we stop ourselves from falsely romanticising past slavery, (A greater affection)
They had stopped seeing with the eyes of faith and had lost sight of their goal and of God’s guiding presence. The recovery journey is much like Israel’s experience in the wilderness. As things get tough, it is easy to look back at our old life with longing. We need to keep our eyes on God and his promises for us. If we do, he will eventually lead us to a new and better life. We often fail to see our greatest blessings. God had supplied the people of Israel with miraculous provisions of food—manna from heaven. But in they revealed their discontent by complaining to God. They were blind to the fact that supplying millions of people with ample provisions in a desert was an awesome miracle. We may complain about our circumstances in life, especially as we seek recovery. We need to stop and examine all the wonderful blessings we have. Then we can continue in the recovery process with the positive attitude of
Prayer
Solutions
Remember the past but dont over-dwell on it.
Prayer
Look at what God is doing in your midst.
Look to the futur
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