Leaving Egypt – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Leaving Egypt

Acts 7:23; Hebrews 11:24

Intro: Moses had an interesting upbringing. We don’t know exactly how old he was, but his mother raised him until he was weaned. Then he was nourished by Pharaoh’s daughter. He lived in the palace presumably for 40 years, was learned in the all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in words and deeds. But one day, something happened. We don’t know what it was exactly. The Bible only says, “it came into his heart.” I have thought about that statement a lot. What was the “it” that came into his heart?

Could it have been…

A. A Realization of the Injustice of Pharaoh

No doubt Moses saw and heard about the hard bondage. Exodus 1:10-14

No doubt Moses heard about the mass slaughtering of the children. Exodus 1:22

B. A Recognition of the Infirmities of his People

Moses saw the abuse and affliction firsthand – Exodus 2:11

Maybe he had heard about it but hadn’t seen it, or didn’t want to see it.

C. A Remembrance of the Instruction of his Parents

I have to conclude that something that was said or done in his early years came back to him.

  • Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

There was something different about Moses’ parents.

Notice in Hebrews 11:23

  • The Protection of his Parents – was hid three months of his parents

We need more parents that will hide their children from the dangers of Egypt.

  • The Perception of his Parents – they saw he was a proper child

By the way – proper children deserve proper parents.

Are you raising your children to be godly parents?

Are you raising your children to be leaders in the church?

Are you raising your son to be someone that God can call into ministry?

Are you raising your daughter to be a preacher’s wife?

Do you see the potential of your children?

  • Not athletic potential.
  • Not academic potential.
  • Not financial potential.
  • Not political potential.
  • But spiritual potential.
  • The Principles of his Parents – they were not afraid of the king’s commandments

They had the fear of God – not the fear of the king.

They stood on principles.

They were moved to follow God’s commandments – not the king’s commandments.

  • The Preparation of his Parents – Notice Acts 7:25

Had he been told that he would be the deliverer? Who told him?

Had his mother ingrained into his subconscious that God had big plans for him?

LEAVING EGYPT will be obvious by…

I. Who you Defend – Acts 7:24 seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him…

II. Who you Disown – Hebrews 11:24 refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter

III. What you Decide – Hebrews 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God

IV. What you Discontinue – Hebrews 11:25b than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season