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Types of Christ in the Old Covenant: Moses Pt 2

The Bondage of The Israelites

LET MY PEOPLE GO!

 Ex 2:23-25 Now it happened in the process of time that the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant and looked upon the children of Israel, and acknowledged them. (NKJV)

Why did God leave it so long before He delivered the people of Israel. Let’s face it, He could have snapped His fingers and it would all be over in a nano second.

 Instead, they were in bondage and slavery for 400 yrs! before God moved and released them into freedom.

 There are times in our lives when we ask God to set us free, answer our prayers and respond to the cries of our hearts, only to be met with silence.

 Why is this, what is God doing, can’t He see that I need help now!

 Let’s look at 3 ways that God answers our prayer:

1) Admit Your Need In Prayer

 The Israelites had to wait 400 yrs because they weren’t willing to admit their need of God’s help. They held on and on until their bondage became too much to bear and then they cried to God.

 But as soon as God heard their cry, He knew they were ready to receive His help and He sent Moses to be their deliverer and saviour.

 Many of us Christians have a go it alone mentality when it comes to our problems. We want to be our own saviour and deliverer. It’s only when we are hanging on by the skin of our teeth do we call on Jesus for His help.

 The Lord is committed to  meeting all our needs because He wants to be intimately involved in our lives. He wants to answer our prayers whether they be big or small!

 2) Let Go And Let God

 The Israelites were not only not willing for God to help them, they also were not willing to let God fight their battles for them.

 Many of us have difficulty leaving our problems with God for Him to fight our battles for us.

 Why so? We want to hold onto them so we can worry and stress over them. We don’t want to let go of them!

 Worry, self effort and self strength are the fruit of dead works. Worry says, “I am playing a part in resolving my issues.”

 Jesus exposed worry as a root of dead works when He said, “Which of you by ‘worrying’ can add one cubit to his stature?” (Mt 6:27 NKJV)

Worry also prevents God from working in our lives.

We work God rests.  We rest God works.

So , let’s stop worrying and instead yield our prayers up to Jesus and stand back and allow Him to work on our behalf.

  Phil 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

 3) The timing of God: God has a plan for our lives. He works this out in His perfect timing. Our part is to respond to His timing.

 Ecc 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. (NKJV)

 How do we respond to His timing. It’s by giving our lives over to God (Rom12:1), thus when difficulties, problems or set backs occur, we are to give them over to Him and rest and wait for Him to resolve them.

 King David had this to say in Ps 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord ! (NKJV)

 In this psalm, David was surrounded by his enemies, but he had learned the art of waiting for God to deliver him. God is never to early and He is never to late!

 Jesus waited for 4 days after Lazarus had died before He raised him from the dead. He could have done it much sooner but was waiting for God’s  perfect timing so that when Lazarus was raised His Father would get the glory. (Jn 11:4)

 Are you caught up in circumstances you cannot resolve Jesus says to you today, “Give those things to me. Let me deal with them in my time. Your part is to wait and rest and then you will see what I will do. If I can release 3 million Israelites from the grip of a dictator called Pharaoh, I can release you too!”

Meditation Point: The answer to our prayers lies not in worrying and striving, but in resting and waiting for God to move on our behalf.

 

 

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