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Trapped

TRAPPED Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord… For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” —Exodus 14:13-14 The children of Israel had left the bondage in Egypt, their miserable life of slavery, and were determined now to serve the Lord. But the very first place that God leads them is into a trap. There is no way out of this valley but to turn around. They can’t cross over the…

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The Passover

THE PASSOVER Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. —Exodus 12:13 God has been so patient with the Egyptians. They had afflicted His people for at least eighty years. But He didn’t just wipe them out. He gave them preliminary notices that the day of judgment was arriving. He gave them the opportunity to change and to escape His judgment. In proclaiming His…

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Who Is the Lord?

WHO IS THE LORD? Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” —Exodus 5:1-2 Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh with the demands of the Lord to let their people go. But he answered, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him? I do not know the…

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God Knows

GOD KNOWS I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them… —Exodus 3:7-8 God’s people had been treated cruelly by the Egyptians for years. They could see no escape from their bondage. They cried unto God, but feared that He wasn’t listening. *WHEN GOING THROUGH TRIALS, WE OFTEN FEEL ALONE. WE THINK NOBODY SEES OR UNDERSTANDS. BUT GOD KNOWS. The Israelites didn’t know that God was already at work, that He had a plan….

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Seeking God for Direction

SEEKING GOD FOR DIRECTION Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!… do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again.” —Genesis 46:2-4 For years, Jacob had thought his son Joseph was dead. Now his eldest sons give Jacob the startling news that Joseph is alive and wants him to come to Egypt. And so they begin their journey. But when they reach Beersheba, fear suddenly grips…

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Guilt

GUILT And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.” —Genesis 42: 22 Twenty years have passed since Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave, but his cries are still buried in the recesses of their minds. Guilt! How it lingers in our memories, only to surface again and remind us of our deeds. The brothers had successfully hidden their guilt from their dad, but it wasn’t gone. Getting rid of guilt is almost an impossible task….

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Overcoming Temptation

OVERCOMING TEMPTATION She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled … —Genesis 39:12 We each face daily temptations—temptations to lie, cheat, and steal. Joseph faced powerful temptation, yet he resisted. What were the keys to his success? First, Joseph knew that someone trusted him implicitly. He did not want to violate the trust Potiphar had placed in him. Secondly, Joseph knew he was different from the rest of the world. Because God had called him as a chosen race, Joseph said the obvious: “How can I…?” Thirdly, Joseph…

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Sweetening a soured relationship

SWEETENING A SOUR RELATIONSHIP [Jacob] crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him… and kissed him, and they wept. —Genesis 33:3-4 For twenty years, these brothers had been estranged. But Esau’s hatred changed suddenly. Though he intended to meet Jacob with a sword, he ended up embracing him. Close relationships can sometimes sour. Perhaps you have been estranged from a loved one. *WHEN LOVE HAS GROWN COLD, CAN IT BE RESTORED? THE SCRIPTURES SAY YES. The first thing that Jacob…

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No Complaints

NO COMPLAINTS Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. —Genesis 24:61 Rebekah made a commitment of faith when she got on that camel and agreed to a 400-mile journey. She had to depend completely upon Isaac’s servant, and take his word for the wealth and glory of the kingdom awaiting her. Riding a camel is a real experience. The camel does not move smoothly. If you don’t relax and move with him, he will bump you to death. The Christian life isn’t easy, either. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning…

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