Connecting the Gospel to the Cross of the Red Sea

Connecting the Good News
to Crossing the Red Sea
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
May 14th, 2017
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Connecting the Gospel
To Crossing the Red Sea
Exodus 13:17-17:1

One of my favorite things about this story is that, at the beginning the Children of Israel started out as slaves but by the end of the story, they had pillaged the Egyptians, and the Egyptian army had been defeated and yet, not once, did a single Israelite, have to fight.  God did all of this for them.  He arranged it so that they could pillage the Egyptians by simply asking them for gifts, and the Egyptians gave them all sorts of gold.  He made it so they simply walked out of Egypt, they did not have to fight anyone to do it.  He even killed their enemy right before their very eyes, and all they had to do, was to walk to the other side of a sea on dry ground and do What God told them to do.  They didn’t have to fight one battle, and yet, they were freed from slavery, they pillaged the Egyptians and the Egyptian army was destroyed.

The question is, how many of your battles will He fight for you, if you simply be obedient to him?  We don’t have to make this harder than it is simply be still and know that He is God.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves let’s get back to our 3 questions that we are asking in this series of connecting the gospel to the entire Bible.

Why is the story of the Crossing of the Red Sea Important?

This story is important for several reasons.  The first reason we will talk about today is that through the events of this story, God establishes His power.  Now God has established His power before…  He gave Abraham a Child in old age, He sent a lamb to take Isaac’s place. He wrestled with Jacob, and His hand was all in Joseph’s story…but what makes this unique is that God was specifically showing His power, not to His children and those who believed IN Him…but instead He was showing his power to people who didn’t believe in Him.

If you are a believer, and you see God’s power and you tell someone else, it’s easy for them to look at you and say that you’re biased.  And that what you were seeing was not really God’s power, but instead it was simply coincidence.

But this particular miracle, was done in such a way that when the Egyptians saw what happened, they absolutely attributed what they saw to the Lord.  In vs 25 they said “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

God led them back to the Red Sea in order to perform a miracle. Specifically to prove to the rest of the world, that their gods were not gods, but that He was the one and Only God.  He put them between a rock and hard space on purpose.

The second reason this story is important to the History of Christianity, is that it establishes the Children of Israel, as God’s chosen people.  Again, God had already established this to His people, but this is one of the first times, that He establishes it to the world.

Where are We in the Story of the Crossing of the Red Sea?

We are the children of Israel, in this story.

The Children of Israel were freed from being slaves to the Egyptians and then went through the desert following God and until they got to the promise land.  During this time God showed them miracles and provided for their needs.  But they were a forgetful people.  They would forget this, be tempted and disobey.  Then God would rescue them and it would start all over again.

This is the exact same story of every Christian.  We start by being freed from the bondage of sin, and then we go through life following God waiting for that Glorious day when we go to heaven.  Along the way God shows us miracles and provides for our needs.  We then forget His power and are tempted and we disobey.  Then God rescues us and it starts all over again.  The Story of the children of Israel is a blueprint for our Christian life.  Plain and simple.

How does the Crossing of the Red Sea, Point to Jesus?

The story of the Children of Israel’s freedom, starts with a lamb being slaughtered.  The final plague that God sent on the Egyptians was the death of the first born.  And in order for the Israelites to escape this plague so that they could be free from the Egyptians, an innocent lamb had to be slaughtered and its blood had to be shed and placed on the door posts, so that when the angel of death came, and saw the blood on the door post, he would pass them by.

This if course is where we get the term Passover.  Because the Israelites were literally passed over by the angel of death.  And it was just after Passover, that an innocent lamb was slaughtered and His blood was shed, so that we may escape the bondage of sin.  And that lamb was the perfect lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

Without the sacrifice of a lamb, there was no escape from Egypt.
Without the sacrifice of a lamb, there was no heading to a promise land.

Without the sacrifice of Jesus, there is no escape from sin.
Without the sacrifice of Jesus there is no promised land.  

Our Application

Today we focused on the crossing of the red sea.  But the thing is that before God parted the waters, the children of Israel were put in a difficult spot and the only instruction they were given was

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still 

But the thing is, when they looked at the situation, here is what they saw… God deliberately led them into a tough spot and from their point of view the options were either be overtaken by their enemy and be killed or be treated even worse than they were before, or to drown in the red sea.  There was no way out and it was God who put them there.

Understandably, they became worried and impatient.  That is normal… But not so understandably they began to doubt God.  The thing is, when Jesus is at the center of their story, then all they had to do, was be obedient, and their enemy would be destroyed.

Perhaps today, you find yourself between a rock and hard place.  And no matter where you look, you don’t see a way out.  Perhaps you feel fear and worry creeping into your life.  Perhaps, you are even beginning to doubt God.  Maybe you feel as though He has forgotten you, maybe you  begin to think that didn’t follow him right, and that maybe it would have been better for you to not have followed him at all.

No matter what your situation is today, if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place remember this…

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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