Saturday, October 25, 2014

Homiletics Exodus 11:1-15:21

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Egypt, Red Sea    Who?  The Lord, Moses, Pharaoh, Israelites, Egyptian Army, Miriam

L to M: one more plague on Phar/Egypt, he drive you out; M: L says, about midnight I go thru Egypt, every firstborn son die from Phar to female slave, and cattle; loud wailing – worse than ever been/will be; you know L makes distinction betw Egypt & Israel;  L to M: Phar refuse listen you so my wonders multiplied; M&A performed wonders before Phar but L hardened Phar heart, not let Israelites go.
L to M&A in Egypt: this is 1st month of your year, tell community on 10th, each man take lamb; if household too small, they share 1 lamb w/neighbor, determine amt needed w/what each eat; choose year-old males w/o defect, sheep or goats; care until 14th, slaughter at twilight; take blood, put on sides and tops of doorframes.
Same night, eat meat roasted, w/bitter herbs and bread w/o yeast; do not eat meat raw or boiled, roast w/head, legs, organs; do not leave any till morning; eat in haste, it is Lord’s Passover; that night I pass through Egypt/strike down firstborn people/animals, bring judgment on gods of Egypt, I am Lord; when I see blood, I pass over; this day commemorate, celebrate, lasting ordinance.
For 7 days eat bread w/o yeast, 1st day remove yeast from houses, whoever eats yeast 1st-7th cut off; 1st, hold sacred assy, another on 7th, no work except prepare food; celebrate Festival Unleavened Bread, this day I brought your divisions out of Egypt; 1st month eat bread w/o yeast from evening of 14th until evening of 21st; 7 days no yeast in houses, anyone who eats yeast cut off from Israel; eat unleavened bread.
M summoned elders of Israel: go select and slaughter Passover lamb; take hyssop, dip into blood, put on top and sides of doorframe, none go out until morning; when Lord goes through land, he see blood and pass over doorway, not permit destroyer enter; obey as lasting ordinance; when enter land Lord gives, observe ceremony; when children ask what ceremony means, tell them it is Passover, people bowed and worshiped.
Israel did as commanded; midnight, Lord struck down firstborn of Egypt from Pharaoh to prisoner in dungeon and livestock; loud wailing, not a house without someone dead; Phar summoned M&A: leave, take flocks/herds, and also bless me; Egyptians urged people leave “otherwise we all die”; people took dough, did as instructed, asked Egyptians for gold/silver/clothing, Egyptians gave, so they plundered Egyptians.
Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth, about 600 men on foot besides women/children, many other people went, livestock, flocks, herds; they baked unleavened bread; Israelite people in Egypt 430 years, @ end of 430 years to the day, Lord’s divisions left; because Lord kept vigil that night, all Israelites  keep vigil to honor Lord.
L to M&A: regulations for Passover – no foreigner may eat, slave may eat after circumcised; temp resident/hired worker may not eat it; must be eaten inside house, do not break bones; whole community of Israel must celebrate; foreigner must have all males circumcised, then may take part, no uncircumcised male eat; same law applies to native-born and foreigner; Israelites did as commanded; that very day Lord brought Israel out by divisions.
L to M: first offspring of every womb among Israelites belongs to me, human or animal; M: commemorate day because Lord brought you out with mighty hand, today (in Aviv) you leaving; when Lord brings you into land flowing w/milk and honey, observe ceremony in this month; 7 days eat bread w/o yeast, 7th day festival; on that day, tell son “I do this because of what Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt”; observance like sign on hand/forehead this law to be on your lips; keep ordinance year after year.
After Lord brings you into land of Canaanites and gives to you, you give Lord first offspring every womb; when son asks “what this mean”, say “with mighty hand Lord brought us out of Egypt/land of slavery; when Phar refused let us go, Lord killed firstborn people/animals, this why I sacrifice to Lord every firstborn and redeem sons;  when Phar let people go, God not lead through Philistine country, led by desert road toward Red Sea; M took bones of Joseph; after leaving Sukkoth, camped at Etham; by day Lord went ahead in pillar of cloud and by night pillar of fire so they could travel day or night; neither pillar left place in front of people.
L to M: tell Israelites encamp near Pi Hahiroth by sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon; Phar think Israelites wandering in confusion; I harden Phar heart, he pursue, I gain glory through Phar/army, Egyptians know I Lord; when king told people fled, Phar/officials changed minds, had chariot ready, took 600 best chariots, all other chariots, officers over all.
Lord hardened heart of Phar, Egyptians pursued Israelites and overtook by sea near Pi Hahiroth; Israelites terrified, cried out to Lord; they to M: better for us to serve Egyptians than die in desert; M: stand firm and you see deliverance the Lord bring today; the Lord fight, you need only be still.
L to M: tell Israelites move on; raise staff over sea, divide water so Israelites go through on dry ground; I harden hearts of Egyptians, they go after, I gain glory; Egyptians know I am Lord; angel of God withdrew, went behind, pillar of cloud moved between armies; brought darkness to one side, light to other; M stretched out hand over sea, Lord divided, Israel went through wall of water on right and left.
Egyptians pursued, during last watch, Lord looked at Egyptian army, threw into confusion; jammed wheels of chariots, Egyptians: “get away from Israelites, the Lord is fighting for them”; L to M: stretch out hand over sea that water flow over Egyptians; M stretched, sea went back, covered entire army, not one survived; that day, Lord saved Israel; when Israel saw mighty hand, people feared/trust in him and M his servant.
M & Israelites sang to the Lord; Miriam the prophet, A’s sis took timbrel, women followed, Miriam sang to them.


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

The Passover and the death of the firstborn
The Lord makes distinctions between those who are His and those who aren’t.
God will be glorified, even in tragic circumstances.
God’s people receive specific instruction on how to do His will.
Following God’s instructions saves us.
The Lord wants His people to commemorate and celebrate their deliverance from bondage.
The Lord uses leaders among His people to pass on His instructions.
We are to teach our children about God from our experiences.
Receiving instruction from God should lead us to worship Him.
God keeps His promises and always does what He says He will.
The Lord brings Israel out of Egypt and Pharaoh pursues
The Lord keeps vigil over His people.
God’s instructions are for our good and His glory.
The Lord brought His people out of bondage with a mighty hand.
We are to tell our children about what the Lord has done.
The Lord strategically places His people so His wonders may be seen and He may be glorified.
God’s people must stand firm to see His deliverance; the Lord will fight, we need only to be still.
The Egyptian army is destroyed at the Red Sea and the Israelites celebrate with song
God hardens hearts so He will be glorified and non-believers will know He is Lord.
God stands between His people and their enemy.
When His people see the Lord’s salvation, they trust in Him.
Salvation leads to praise.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Post-Passover, Israel crosses the Red Sea and Egypt drowns.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK Our sovereign God orchestrates all circumstances for the good of His people and His own glory.



How have you observed the Lord make distinctions between His people and those who aren’t His?
In what way have you seen God glorified in tragic circumstances?
What specific instruction have you received on how to do God’s will?
How might following God’s instructions save us?
In what way do you commemorate and celebrate your deliverance from bondage?
How has the Lord used leaders among His people to pass on His instructions to you?
What have you taught your children (physical or spiritual) about God from your experiences?
When has receiving instruction from God led you to worship Him?
How has God kept His promises to you?
How has the Lord kept vigil over you?
In what way have you observed God’s instructions to be for your good and His glory?
When did the Lord bring His people out of bondage with a mighty hand?
Where has the Lord strategically placed you so His wonders may be seen and He may be glorified?
How has standing firm enabled you to see God’s deliverance?
When have you been still and seen the Lord fight for you?
In what way have you seen God glorified in such a way that non-believers come to know He is Lord?
When has God stood between you and your enemy, and what were the results?
How have you trusted in God after seeing His salvation?
How has your salvation lead to praise?


*You may have noticed that I used the NIV to do this week’s homiletics.  Using the KJV has been difficult

at times, so I’m returning to the NIV for my personal study.  You will still see some postings of homiletics

using the KJV, but future postings will be done in the NIV.

*I also want to mention that I am truly embarrassed that I didn’t make chapter 15 its own division!  And

I didn’t give the chapter near enough attention.

*I went to a Homiletics seminar through BSF recently and learned something interesting that the

Assistant Teaching Leader does.  She writes her “Divisions” one of two ways: if she’s studying the OT,

God is the subject of the Division.  If it’s a NT passage, Jesus is the subject of the Division.  I may try to

incorporate that in my own homiletics.

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