Notes on the Exodus (102)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

Sin in Particular   (Chapter 10 Verses 10-20)

Pharaoh will not bow, he refuses to humble himself before and to God’s demand (v3). That is his sin in particular. Moses names it. And do remember he is talking to the head of state, the king. To speak of sin in generally is not sufficient. What does the word mean and what does it mean to the people or person you are speaking to? It’s transgression of the law, but who’s law? The law of the land? No, it’s transgression of the law of God (1John 3:4). What are the sins of the nation? What are the sins of the church? Or the individual whom we are dealing with as Moses here (v3). Pharaoh’s stubborn pride is the predominant issue here. You recall how the apostle Peter preached at Pentecost to the Jews. How he laid the blame for the death of Christ directly to their charge? He didn’t just speak of sin in general terms, but, “ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23). And the result was, “now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart…men and brethren, what shall we do” (Acts 2:37)? But surely this is the manner of preaching that is needed in our land today, both in and out of the church. The church for long enough has sat lightly to the word of God and her privileges. The preaching is benign, inoffensive, worship has been turned into evangelical entertainment. She has sinned away Ministers and now wonders as to why they can no longer find Pastors. There needs to be through the pulpit and return of a God-consciousness, that’s been lost in the church. The people of God need to be awakened out of their slumber. She needs to be prepared for what is coming in the days ahead, for suffering, to bear the reproach of men for the sake of Christ and the gospel (Luke 6:22). No only to endure, not just to conquer, but to rejoice in the midst of it. This is normal New Testament Christianity (Philippians 1:29).

You say well not many Christians suffer today, in the United Kingdom at least? Why? Is it because of compromise in their lives, the cowardice of lips? Trace the word suffering through the New Testament. We have these handsome church and chapel buildings, with all the comforts and the finery money can buy. The technology is amazing, the services are recorded in audio and video format. If you can’t get to a particular service, no worry the service will be live streamed. You can pick it up on the internet. For all this are we better Christians, are we disciples, followers of Christ? Does our Christianity cost us anything at all? Do we take up the cross daily (Luke 9:23)? Quite some time ago now, but I heard of a Baptist Minister, he didn’t have such a building, no finery, no technology, no live streaming. If you wanted to hear the word of God you had to actually go, and at some cost. His church was firebombed six times in one week. He sent around the offering plate every service, faithfully. But it always came back empty. None of the church members had employment, therefore, no money to offer. And just because they belong to and follow Jesus. That church is in the town where Jesus was born, Bethlehem.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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