GOD, PART 1 | Wk 1: The God Who is Silent | Pastor Lori Green | 09.15.2019
Week 1 of the Element3 Church series “God, Part 1“
Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3
To know who someone really IS, we only need to watch what they DO.
One of the best ways to explore who God is, is to look at the things He does.
ALL of the parts of the Bible are intended to communicate to all of humanity, the realities of redemption.
Exodus paints the picture for us of who God was and has always been, which is what allows us to trust Him today.
It is all ONE story. It’s all YOUR story.
Hebrews = Israelites
‘Hebrews’ refers to the language they speak.
‘Israelites’ refers to the land they are from.
If there’s no EXODUS, there’s no JESUS (because there’s no more Jewish people).
Exodus 1:8-14 (NLT; emphasis added)
8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.”
11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.
The God Who is Silent.
The God who ACTS.
Exodus 3:7-10 (NLT):
7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
God is not afraid to enter into our suffering.
We don’t have to hide our pain, from each other OR from God.
God knows what that’s like.
Are you ready to explore the bigger picture?