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Faith Through Opposition

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Scott Bessenecker

on 16 July 2016

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Transcript of Faith Through Opposition

Review
Ch. 1 People who stepped out in faith – She-roes

Ch. 2 Long process of transformation

Ch. 3 Burning bush: who God is and who Moses

Ch. 4 Embracing destiny

Does God Care?
Imagine wondering your whole life if God really sees your trouble

Conquest and exile at hands of Babylonians and Assyrians

400 years between Malachi and John the Baptist

We all yearn to know God sees our hardship
Appealing to Pharaoh
God told us to tell you ... caution when using this with other believers

God chooses to use our voices and actions with those who don't know God. We need to be listening on behalf of others

Moses and Aaron are shrewd in their appeal and part of a face-saving culture

Power is on loan from God, confronting the powers can bring out the delusion
When the tough get going things get tougher
Exodus: Faith Through Opposition
Exodus 4:29-31

Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Exodus 5:1-21

Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”
Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”

But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”

Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”
Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’ Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
Difficulties are almost always unexpected or underestimated

Advances in Civil War and in Civil Rights brought on greater opposition
Dreams and Holy Imagination
Dreams, imagination and desires can align with God's heart. Test them w/Scripture and others.

My dreams

People with service gifts have service dreams
People with apostolic gifts have apostolic dreams

Dream through the lens of your gifts and passions

Be careful about highly individualistic dreams
You can't accomplish your dream alone

You will make mistakes

The people you are working with will make mistakes
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