Stand Still

 

I.         Israel has been freed from the bondage of slavery by a series of miracles from God.

            A.        But even as they were moving out of the Egyptian lands, the Pharaoh changed his heart and came after his former slaves with an army.

            B.        The people of Israel found themselves trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. They cried out in alarm - Ex 14:10-12

            C.        Moses response was for the people to stand still and watch - Ex 14:13-14

II.        Therein is a problem many people have

            A.        When things are going really bad, we panic. We have to do something – anything.

            B.        Think about it, if the people chose the next move, they would have been lost!

                        1.         They would have tried to climb the mountains on either side

                        2.         Some might have decided to make a last stand against the Egyptians

                        3.         Most probably would have fell on their faces before the Egyptians asking to be taken back and forgiven.

            C.        I doubt anyone thought of God’s next move. He opened the Red Sea and the people simply walked away from the Egyptian army while God blocked them from following.

III.       Too often we approach religion the same way

            A.        We see our lost state and we understand we have to do something – anything.

            B.        Yet the ways men pick to remove the guilt of sin does not lead to salvation

                        1.         You just have to believe.

                        2.         You just have to accept Jesus as your personal savior

                        3.         You just have to pray the sinner’s prayer

            C.        These are answers of a quick-fix solution to a major problem

            D.        God sent Jesus to die on our behalf. The major work has been done.

                        1.         Just as the Israelites did not save themselves. God opened the path.

                        2.         God has opened the path to our salvation through the shed blood of His dear Son.

            E.        Yet God expects us to obey His directions

                        1.         The Israelites still had to walk across the sea.

                        2.         We must trust our God too. We need belief. We need to change our lives, repenting of our sins. We must be bold in confessing our Lord.

                        3.         And we must humbly wash away our sins in baptism, signifying in our deeds the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.