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Living by Faith (Vol 48) - Moses' Faith #4: Separation - 2 Overcoming Fear

Sunday English Service - 28 JUL 19


Hebrews, chapter 11. Let me read to you from verse 24 to 27 today. Last week, we looked at 24 to 26. Today, we're going to look at 27 but I will read from 24 to 27. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

We've been teaching on living by faith from Hebrews chapter 11. And in Hebrews chapter 11, a major portion is given to the teaching about Moses’ faith. Abraham's faith is spoken of 8 to verse 19. A long passage. And there I told you that his life is segmented into four parts. And the author of the book of Hebrews teaches life of faith in four parts there, where he takes up Abraham. But now when he comes to Moses, it is segmented into five parts. Moses’ faith is taught here in five parts, starting from verse 23 to 29.

The first part is about Moses’ parents’ faith, where he got a lot of his faith from, the heritage he had, which is one of the reasons he had faith. That is verse 23. Then verse 24 is about identification. The second issue is identification. When he grew up and became old enough to exercise discernment and judgment, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God. So, there he identifies himself with Abraham and his children, instead of Pharaoh and his family where he grew up. He identifies himself. He considers it very important to identify himself as a child of Abraham, recipient of the blessing of Abraham, rather than to identify himself as part of the pharaoh’s household. Then, the third thing is what we began to look at last week, and that is about a separated life. The third thing we see in Moses’ faith is that he separates himself from Egypt. Comes out of Egypt, separates himself from Egypt. We talked about the issue of separation yesterday, and today we're going to further talk about separation just looking at verse 27. And then verse 28 is the fourth issue is salvation. There, we see that they observed the Passover, shedding of the blood, eating the meat of the lamb, got ready to leave Egypt. It’s all a picture of salvation. And verse 29 is about passing through the Red Sea. It speaks of the total and absolute deliverance from the power and from the bondage of Egypt. All right.

Now, today we continue on the subject of separation. Last week we dealt with separation. Separation is the thing that is much spoken of in Christian circles, especially in very spiritual churches, we talk a lot about separation. All my life, I grew up hearing about separation. But one of the problems was, I did not really understand what the issue was, what I should be separated from. I knew that I must be separated from the world, that I must be different from the world. But what does it mean to be separated from the world? What does it mean to be different from the world? That is where we oftentimes did not have the right idea.

I told you that in America, I've seen people buying 3,000 acres of land, and building a commune, a gated community like, where people buy lands and build houses inside that commune, and pretty much do farming and everything and try to stay inside, mostly, because they don't want any connection with the world and defile themselves with the world. They call this separation. They think that is what the Bible says when it says, “Come out from among them. Be separate.” In 2nd Corinthians Paul talks about it. Tells the believers to come out from among the world. Be separate means that you need to really, literally, physically get out of the world and go to an isolated, secluded place and live like that. There are those in other circles, understand it in a different way. They say, “You've got to become a monk or hermit, you got to go to some kind of a seminary or some kind of situation where you have your little room and you just stay there, you just pray and read and so on. That's how you become very spiritual, that's how you cut yourself off from the world.”

These are all very sincere, good people wanting to live a Christian life the way that they think that God wants them to live. But I think it's a terribly mistaken notion. God has not created us to be hermits. God has left us in the world and told us to be in the world, be the salt of the earth and be the light of the world. How can you be away? How can you put the salt on the shelf and expect the sambar to be tasty? You got to put it in the sambar, you got to put it in the food, then only the food can become tasty. So, seclusion from the world is not the idea of separation in the Bible is all about. Then on Protestants also, I've seen people understand separation in various ways.

Out of my experience, I'm telling you all this because I have been confused about this. In my younger days, this is what I understood. Like one man said to me, “From 1946, I've been wearing only white”. I said, “Why?” “Because we have to live a separated life from the world. Only white.” Some people say, “Well, I don't wear jewelry for so many years because you got to live a separated life.” Some people say, “Well, I don't wear any makeup because we need to live a separated life.” So, they have their own ideas. These are all, again, very good people wanting to live a life to please God and they all understand the Bible their own way. Somebody's helping them to understand in that way. If you just read the Bible, you will not come to that conclusion, you got to have some help in order to understand the Bible in that way.

So, somebody has told them that this is the separated life. Some people talked about haircut, how long your hair should be, how long your dress should be, sleeves should be and all of these things. Great sermons were preached on what color your clothes should be, how long your hair should be, and what kind of clothing you can wear and not wear and so on, in the pretense of talking about separated life. All with good intentions, but I think we've gone terribly wrong. I think the devil is a big deceiver. He wants to divert us and derail us literally from the real issue and from really living for God, and focus on these unwanted and unnecessary things that don't really matter. Like one fellow said, “Why are you not wearing white?” I said, from Monday to Saturday I’m wearing white only. In our country, white is good because it's so hot. Who wants to wear anything other than cotton and white? I like white except on Sundays.” He said, “Why you're wearing on Sundays like this? You should wear on Sundays only white is important.” I said that's why I'm wearing this because you think Sunday is only it's important.

It's a big battle. People really believe what they believe and they think this is what the Bible teaches. But this is not what the Bible is teaching. What is separation? What is the issue about separation? Issue about separation is this, not a physical separation from the world, it is a moral separation. When it comes to life and living, the way you think, the outlook that you have about life and various issues of life. And we talked about three main issues under which I think you can categorize all issues of life. There are more issues, but you can bring them all under the three. I talked about honor, I talked about pleasures, and I talked about wealth. These three issues are broad issues that you can contain every other issue that human being faces. If you are right on these three things, if you think rightly about honor, if you have the right attitude about pleasures, and what pleasure is, what pleasures are legitimate pleasures, what are illegitimate pleasures, and you have the right idea and you go about it, and when you have the right idea about wealth, and what is the purpose of wealth, and where wealth comes from, and how to handle it, and how to use it and so on, when you have the right ideas about it, I think that is what is very important.

Bible doesn't say honor is something that you always have to give up. Bible doesn't teach like that. God gave honor to Moses; God took him to the palace. God made him a part of the pharaoh’s family. God gave him the authority and the honor and the position that he had for a reason to protect him, and to raise him up in that place in a safe way. God gave him that. God gave Joseph great honor in that country. All his life he enjoyed that honor. He never gave it up. He lived in that honor. Because he was chosen by God to live in that way and make a way for his people to come and settle there and to establish themselves there for a period of time. So, there is nothing wrong with honor. God gives honor. God gave honor to Daniel and Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego and all these people. God raises people, puts people in positions of honor. God gives honor so that His will can be done in those nations. God can be glorified through the honor that a representative of God receives.

When do we give up honor? When we realize that position of honor is standing in the way of achieving God's purposes. See, Moses was in a position like that. He's got to deliver the people of Israel, he cannot keep the honor of being Pharaoh's daughter’s son, as well as be the deliverer to fight against Pharaoh. Because he's got to be in the same house. In that house, he can only support Pharaoh and his schemes, not the people of Israel. So, he's got to give it up because he's got to do what God has called him to do. So, please understand that honor is God given but that same honor when it becomes a hindrance to achieving God's purposes, that is the honor that we give up, in order to achieve God's purposes.

Same way with pleasures. There are legitimate pleasures, illegitimate pleasures. God gave us not just the tongue to lap up food and throw it in our stomach, He gave us the ability to taste. He gave the taste buds. He gave us eyes not just to see but to enjoy what we see, the various colors and so on. So, these are things that we truly enjoy. It’s God-given enjoyment. Calvin and Luther and all these people say that anybody that says that all pleasure is wrong, that Christian should not have any pleasure, is the greatest enemy of mankind. Now, how much more strongly can you say that? Because they are denying the legitimate pleasures that God has intended for man, made for man. God has made the world in order to give delight to man, enjoyment to man, and God has made man in order to receive enjoyment from the creation. He made all the mountains and all the beautiful things that you see, to delight us. And He has put within us the ability to enjoy that. The two fit together. God has made us like that. If anybody denies that and preaches against that they're preaching against God's intentions. They make themselves wiser than God.

So, all pleasures are not wrong. But there are pleasures that are wrong, that are ungodly. That is what you need to give up. And then wealth also same way. All wealth is not wrong. Remember, the Lord your God who has given you the wealth, as you have it today, Deuteronomy 8:18 says, Who gives you the power to get wealth, he says. God who gives you the power to get wealth. What do you say about that? God is the one giving the power to get wealth. Why? Well, God has purposes. In there, it says the power to get wealth is there because God wants to keep His covenant. It's one of the covenant promises, therefore He makes people wealthy. What a way to put it. Then Proverbs 10:22 says, It’s the blessing of the Lord that makes rich and He adds no sorrow to it. So, all wealth is not wrong but any wealth that comes in the way of achieving God's purposes and stands in the way and hinders you from achieving God's will, that wealth must be given up. If it stands in the way of achieving God's purposes. That's how the Bible says.

So, we looked at all these things. But in separation, these are the issues. That's why we looked at these three issues. And Moses faces these three issues fair and square, and really overcomes them. And you can say it like this - Moses faced the issues of worldly temptations that were enticing him, drawing him, and overcame them in order to achieve God's purposes and plans for his life. So, in separation, we first saw Moses overcoming temptations. Today, we're going to see how in separation we also have to overcome another issue, that is fear, intimidation of the world, when you try to separate yourself from the world. It’s a real issue, that is what 27 is all about. Verse 27 says, by faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king.

So, when you try to get away from the world and be different from the world, the world will hate you. The world will consider you like an enemy. Have you ever been to a worldly party because you belong in that community or something like that, you belong in the office or something, they have a big party, and everybody's drinking and having fun and doing things like that and somebody tells you, “Why don't you drink”? And you say, “No, no, I don't drink.” And then they press you and ask you why you don't drink and you say, “I don't believe in drinking. I don't believe that's right.” And you know what will happen? Immediately, they’ll say, “Oh, you think you're holier than us.” See, immediately they turn against you. I don't know for what reason. “You think you are much more holier than us. You think you're so good, you think you jump out of heaven.” And they will hate you for it. And they will talk about you and despise you and kind of put you over to the side and ignore you and think that you are irrelevant in this world, that you are of no use, and so on because you are different.

If you don't do the things, if you don't involve in the corrupt practices and in all those things that they do, they think, “Why are you giving us the problem?” The issue is, it's not that we don't do it, us not doing it makes them look bad. That’s the problem. When you don't do it, it sheds a light on them and what they are. They feel like, “You're not doing it. What will people think about us? Why are you not doing it? Everybody does it. So, you must do it.” That's the issue. That's the way the world hates and intimidates and tries to create a situation where you are pressurized to come and cooperate and fall in line.

Especially, this is very true when you're in college as a student, and so on, the peer pressure they call it. They can do it very subtly. You can feel totally out of place, you can feel disrespected, unwanted, like nobody wants you and you can feel like so bad. Just because you're different and you would not involve in certain things that they do; you can feel so out of place. Sometimes you begin to feel pity for yourselves, that being a Christian is a lot of trouble. And then you begin to try to conform to them a little bit because what to do? “What to do? They're giving me to drink, I'll just have to drink a little bit because...” Like one fellow said, “Once in a while when I go to these places just to satisfy them, I’ll have to do it. Just to cooperate with them, I'll do it.”

And this is how the world gets into the believer. The believer does not want to identify with the people of God. He wants to identify with the world. Because it's very convenient to identify with the world, then the pressure of the world is eased. You are let off and you are let go. This is the situation we face. And this is all about it. Moses not only faced temptations of being endowed with honor of being the Pharaoh's daughter’s son, not only did he face the temptation of the pleasures that are available of sin in the palace, nobody would have objected that for him. And he had all the wealth he could have enjoyed and done all the wrong things with it and nobody would have objected to it. They would have all been glad that Moses just stayed there and lived a riotous life and just enjoyed and did what everybody did. But Moses overcame that temptation and lived for God, overcame that temptation, leaving there he separated himself, was known as a different kind of person.

Now, we see Moses, living in that Egypt, in that situation, and not fearing the wrath of the king, not fearing the pressures that came upon him, but continued to live for God and fulfilled God's purposes in his life. Now, this was not easy. Let me just read just a few passages from the Old Testament so you can see what actually happened. God meets with Moses and tells him to go to Pharaoh, and tell him to let the people go. “Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.” That's what God tells him to go and tell Pharaoh. And Moses actually goes in chapter 5 of Exodus in verse 1. Moses goes and tells Pharaoh. Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” 

Just imagine just going and saying that? You must consider the situation. Now, Moses is now 80 years old. He has not been in the palace for a long time. Remember, when he was 40 years old, or so, he got out of the palace because of a situation there. One time, two people are fighting. One was an Egyptian, another was a Jew. So, he went and supported the Jew and killed the Egyptian. And the next time he saw two Jews fighting, his brethren, and he tried to solve their problem and compromise and he went and talked to them. And one fellow turned against him and said, “Hey, you're the one that killed that Egyptian that day. Now, what are you trying to do to me?” So, he now came to understand that the fact that he had murdered has come out, and that they're going to get him. So, he flees from the palace. In fear, he goes, and goes and stays in the Midianite wilderness, and marries a girl there, and has children and so on. For 40 years, he keeps away from Egypt.

Now, he's 80 years old, but the call of God is still upon him. God has chosen him. So, the call doesn't leave him. And God appears to him in that wilderness as he was taking care of the sheep, and speaks to him and says, “I've called you to be a deliverer. Go to Pharaoh and tell him that he must let My people go so that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.” So, he goes and tells. Now, that must have itself been very difficult. Because 40 years, he's been out of touch. Now, he's got to go to Pharaoh and talk. Now, he's lost all power, all honor, all respect is gone. He’s more like a criminal fleeing the system. He’s disappeared, been absconding for many years. And now he's got to go and stand before Pharaoh and tell Pharaoh, “Let My people go.” And that's a very sensitive issue. They’re slaves there and he doesn't want to let them go. There is a lot of animosity against the Jews. And now, he's got to go and talk about them and for them. There's no army to support him. There is no one in Egyptian court to support him, to give him any respect, to invite him and consider his request favorably. And he's got to go and stand before the number one king in the world, the superpower king, and speak such things.

What happened? He went and said that, and Pharaoh turned to him and said, “Who is the Lord?” Verse 2. “That I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” I think for anybody; this will be enough to turn him off. He says, “Who is this Lord you're talking about? I don't know Him.” He says, “I don't know your God. Don't tell me your God told me to tell you this. Why should I obey His voice? I do not know the Lord. I will not.” I mean, this is the ultimate insult. Here God appears to him, speaks to him and tells him to go do this and he goes and stands before Pharaoh, Pharaoh treats him like dirt. He says, “I don't know your God, man. Who are you talking about? You say the name of Pharaoh, everybody knows. Your God, nobody knows. I don't know. I cannot let the people go.” What a disappointment it must have been.

And on top of that, Pharaoh's very angry now because now they're trying to go. So, he tells his people to increase workload for them because he thinks, “Well, they got a lot of free time, it looks like. They want to go and worship some God in the wilderness. So, tighten the work. We've been giving grass to make bricks for them. So, stop the grass, let them go get their own grass.” So, the people are now turning against Moses. His own people. Israelites are turning against Moses. In verse 21, you see them coming to Aaron and Moses and telling them this. They say, “Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.” So, people are even turning against them, they say, “Why don't you mind your business, man? We told you we are all right. We're ready to work as slaves here. Don't come and disturb us. Because of you, we got more work now. We got to go get our own grass and make bricks.” Workload has increased. They don’t like that.

Do you know that faith goes through testing? When you try to achieve something by faith, faith is tested. And when faith is tested, sometimes it is tested in this way that you don't get any positive responses to your move, that nobody supports you, or nobody stands with you, nobody thinks that you're right. Nobody to stand with Moses. He's all alone by faith. Plus, his own people, the people of Israel, for whom he is a deliverer, for whom God has called him, they themselves object to him being their leader. They say, “Why don't you go mind your own business? Why are you coming and meddling with us and causing us problem?”

Have you ever experienced the test of faith? Has your faith ever been tested? You go through experience of being rejected by our own people, by everybody. Everybody thinks you're wrong. Everybody thinks that you're not even called to do this. Everybody thinks that you've gone crazy. But you know that by faith you're doing this. That is a testing time. Faith will be tested many times. But faith is like this, it's like gold. Faith is like gold. When it is put through the fire and tested, all the impurities in that gold will be burnt away. The pure gold will remain. When you go through the testing of your faith, 2nd Peter talks about it, about the testing of our faith. When you go through the testing of your faith, when your faith is tested, I tell you, my friend, don't be afraid because nothing is going to happen to your faith because your faith is like gold. Faith will not be gone. You cannot destroy gold by setting it on fire. Gold will only remove and separate the impurities and render the gold as fine gold with no impurities. And I tell you, when you go through the test of faith and come out, the time that you go through the test of faith, you feel like you're all alone, nobody believes you, and nobody wants you, and nobody trusts you and so on respects you. But I'll tell you, when you come out, you'll be like pure gold. Your faith will be like pure gold. And your faith will be recognized and you will take victory.

These are things I'm excited to talk about because you got to experience it to know it. You got to go through this experience. Next time when your faith is tested, remember, you're going to be glorious once the test is over. People are going to see the result of your faith. Nobody will believe you but when it's done, they'll see that it's real faith, that it works. There is real power in what you believe. So, Moses’ faith is going through the test. Ordinary man would have just quit right there when Moses was insulted. When Pharaoh insulted him saying, “I don't know your God. Who is He to tell me to let your people go? I will not.” He must have been turned off and gone home and said, “My God, what an insult. He doesn't even recognize our God. Why should I even bother? Why can't God go just introduce Himself first to him. Make Himself known so that when I go and talk, the man will listen. The man does not even know God.”

Moses would not give up. He goes the second time. It's found in 7th chapter of Exodus, the second time. Second time he goes, announcing a judgment that was to come. Verse 16 to 18. God tells him, “You shall say to him,” say to Pharaoh, “The Lord God of Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness”; but indeed, until now you would not hear!” Until now you haven't given ear to this. Thus says the Lord: “By this you shall know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that are in the river shall die, the river shall stink, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink the water of the river.”’” He pronounces his judgment and says, “I’m going to strike the River Nile,” which they considered very divine. He says, “I’m going to strike that river and that river is going to turn blood and it's going to stink all over the place. I’m going to strike every pool of water, every puddle of water, every little tank of water that is there and everything is going to turn into blood. And it's going to stink up the whole place.” Very boldly, he announces.

Again, he was an insignificant Hebrew, belonging to a company of slaves, with no powerful union or anything to support him and he's going against the powerful monarch of Egypt, the most powerful in those days. Humanly speaking, the pharaoh can just call his officers and order Moses to be executed. He would have been taken and be killed in just a moment. But the Bible says, “He feared not the wrath of king.” He was unafraid. When you want to do God's will, you got to be unafraid. When you want to accomplish something for God, got to be unafraid. When you live in this world, when you live for God, if you're going to be intimidated by the world and pressurized by the world, and made to feel like you're powerless, and everybody pressurizes you to behave like them and be like them, when you're having to give in to that, that is not true faith, my friend.

True faith goes through all of that, and stands boldly and says, “I will not fear. You can do whatever you want with me.” Faith is fearless. When true faith is there, it drives out fear. We can't go through every judgment. 10 times God judged them. After the ninth time, let’s go straight to the ninth time. Ninth time there was darkness upon the face of the earth, except where the people of Israel lived in Goshen. All over Egypt, there was darkness so that you have to literally use your hand and feel and go. Nothing can be seen. And Pharaoh was sick and tired of this. Again, he hardens his heart. He just doesn't want to let them go. Nine times this happened. Terrible things have happened. Calls Moses and tells him, “Get away from me!” Verse 10:28. “Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!” He says, “Get away from me and be careful never to come before my face again.” That's what it means. Take heed to yourself means, “Be careful never to come before me, never appear before me again. If you ever do, I will kill you.”

And Moses said, “You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.” But he did not leave it at that. In 11th chapter from verse 4 onwards, he continues and tells what is going to happen now. The 10th time, the big thing that is going to happen now. Boldly, before the king, no fear of any kind, challenging the king, standing as an equal with the king, talking to the king. Fear is gone because God is before him all the time. Like the Psalmist said, “I've kept the Lord before my face all the time.” He's not looking at Pharaoh and his power all the time and thinking about how great Pharaoh is. He's thinking about how great God is and how good He is. How He's a great promise keeper. So, he's unafraid.

Verse 4. Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.” Every firstborn shall die, from the king to the ordinary citizen of Egypt. Even the animals, the firstborn will die. “Then there shall be a great cry.” He's announcing that this is going to happen in the king’s household itself.

I remember when I was studying in college, they told us there is a record of all the pharaohs that ruled Egypt and when you look at that record, about the time this thing happened, that Pharaoh’s son, who must have died in this incidence, is not there, someone comes and rules in his place. Someone else comes and rules. History records it. History records that after this Pharaoh someone else comes and rules, not his son, because they say he must have been killed in this incidence. And God says, “There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” And all these your servants shall come down to me. 

Now, listen to this. He says, “Your officers will come to me,” he says. Moses is telling Pharaoh, “Hey, look, you said, ‘Don't ever come and appear before me. If you ever show up before me again, I'll kill you.’ I'm telling you,” he said, “your officers will come and search me out and find me.” And they will bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, and all the people who follow you!’ After that, I'll go out.” Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger. He told him, “Before it's all over, your officers will come with folded hands, beg me to leave the place, then I will leave. This is what is going to happen.” And he went out to a great anger.

After all this happened, the Passover took place, they observed the Passover, and the death of the firstborn happened throughout the land, so shaken up. And Moses gathers the people and they leave. They leave Egypt and go. But Pharaoh again hardens his heart. He’s a hard-hearted man. He hardens his heart because this time it's got other motives also because before leaving there, God told Moses to tell all the people to go collect all the gold and silver from the Egyptians. Now you may say, “Well, this is daylight robbery. This is God looting Egypt. How can God ever do this?” But consider the number of years that these people have been slaves there, never paid wages, given half-stomach full food, and treated like dirt for all those years. God keeps good accounts. All the arrears with interest was collected in one day. One day. God said, “You go and ask the people of Egypt to give all their gold and silver.” The Bible says they went and gave all their gold and silver and took it off their necks and ears and faces of their servants and gave it. They gave everything that they had. And God said to the people of Israel, “Put it on your children, your daughters and your sons, and get out of here,” He said.

God feels so much for them. They've lost their honor. They've lost their respect. They've worked so many years without proper salary. They have been treated like dirt, trampled upon, beaten, work was extracted from them. And God says, “Take that jewelry and put it on your daughters.” See how much God is interested in you and I. The Israeli girls must have had nothing on them. Everything is gone. They’re poor. Everything is lost. God says, “Put it on your daughters and your children.” I love to read passages like that. It shows the heart of God. “And leave,” He says. They loaded up. They can’t wear everything. So, they had sacks and sacks of gold and silver. They had so much gold. And as they were leaving, Pharaoh began to think about all the gold and silver that's going with them. So, he says, “Oh my god, there goes all the gold of Egypt. Everything. Everything that our people had, these fellows are taking and walking away. All the wealth of Egypt is going away.” So, he said, “Get all the chariots, let's run and catch them.” And they began to pursue them.

And the Bible says that they had 600 great chariots and then other chariots. He took all of them. Not just 1 or 2, 600 great chariots and other chariots and all the horses and the soldiers, thousands of them and chased them. And the people were looking and they saw the sea in the front and Pharaoh is chasing behind. What a scene it must have been? People were afraid. See, people didn't have faith. Moses had faith. Thank God, he had faith. And look at Moses talking, look at his faith talking. I'm reading all this to show you that he did not fear the wrath of the king. How angry the king must have been when he pursued with 600 chariots and horses and soldiers. But Moses, leading a group of people that are just shepherds, they’re no warriors, they’re not army, they’re ordinary people, women and children are there. But Moses was totally unafraid.

And he looks at the people and says this in chapter 14 verse 10 and 11. Look at what the people are saying. When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” How would you like to be a pastor to these people? He's working for them. He wants to deliver them, take them to the promised land, to the land of milk and honey, he's working so hard. He's risking his life, risking everything. He has given up so much already - being called the son of Pharaoh's daughter and all the wealth and all the pleasures he has given up for them. And he's doing it. And these people are despising. And they say, “You brought us here because there's no graves in Egypt for us? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? We’d have stayed there and been all right,” They say, “we could have done well. Why have you done that?”

Look at this. Moses said to the people, verse 13, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” Oh, I can preach on just this today. Amazing. Do not be afraid. Stand still. See the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today. “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” I like the Tamil. Sometimes I like the Tamil, sometimes I like the English. I wish I do more languages. “You shall hold your peace,” it says. It’s very polite and very nice. You know what that means? In Tamil it says, “Neengal summa irupeergal”. “You won't do anything. You won’t be even shaking your finger against these fellows. You won't strain anything, you won't labor, you won't fight. You won't have to get up and do this and that to save yourself. I will save you. Just sit there and watch. Just be quiet. Don't do anything.” What are they supposed to do? Nothing.

And that is the picture for our salvation. How does it come? It is by grace alone and by faith alone. It is because it is by grace alone, it is by faith alone. We do nothing. God delivered us from the bondage of sin and Satan. What did we do? It is not our good works, it is not anything that we have done, our forefathers have done. All we have done is sin. And all we deserved is punishment. It is nothing that we have done that brought us salvation. It is completely and fully the work of God. That is what is pictured here. Well, that has to be preached sometime else. No time for that today. But it's an exciting thing. God is using Moses to show what this is all about.

Neengal summa irupeergal. “Just be quiet. Don't do anything.” I'm sure everybody was anxious to do something. “Can I take a stone and throw? Can I take some sticks and fight? Can we get some weapons, whatever we've got it and do something?” I said, “Don’t do anything. Nothing you do is going to work.” Even today, people are asking about salvation. Remember, when Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and turned it to food for 5,000. Next day, a whole lot of them showed up for free food. He thought, “Here is a man giving free food, fish and chips. That sounds good.” So, next day they hunted him down and came down to Him. He said, “You strive for the meat that perishes but I've come to give the bread of life. I am the bread of life,” He says. He said, “If you eat this bread, you will never hunger again.” And they said, “Where can we get this?” They're not getting what he said. He said, “Where can we get such a bread that if we eat today, we will never have to eat anymore? Where can we get this? What should we do in order to get this? Tell us, give us a list. Go to this mountain, go to this river, give this much offering, pray these many hours, fast these many days. Give us a religious list, brother, we are ready to do. Where can we get this bread?” And Jesus says something exactly like Moses says. Jesus says, “Believe in the one whom God has sent. That's all.” “So, you mean we do nothing? We do nothing to get the bread of life that will completely put away our hunger forever, that we will hunger no more, that we will thirst no more, that there will be total and complete satisfaction? You mean to tell me that I don't have to do anything? Just believe? “Yes.” “Why?” “It is by faith only because it is by grace only. It is because God gives, you can't do anything. You simply receive it.” That is why it is faith. Everything that is by grace is by faith. Everything that is not by grace is by works. What an amazing picture of salvation.

He says, “Don't be afraid. See what God will do for you.” Through all this, God is trying to show the picture of salvation. Let me just, at this point, show you something. A lot of people don't recognize the value of the Old Testament. When we talk about things like this they say, “Well, he’s taking that passage about Moses and people of Israel, making too much out of it.” One fellow said, “First of all, we don't need the Old Testament. Why do we need the Old Testament? We are living in the New Testament.” But let me tell you why we need the Old Testament. Turn to Romans chapter 15. Why are we studying this? Why is the author of Hebrews using all Old Testament figures to teach faith to the New Testament Christians? If the New Testament Christians don't need the Old Testament, why is this man taking Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph and now Moses and all these people to teach faith? Why do we need the Old Testament?

Listen to chapter 15 of Romans and verse 4. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning. Whatever things were written before, he’s referring to the Old Testament. Because when he was writing this, there was the Old Testament, there was no New Testament. So, he says, whatever things were written before, that is all that is written in the Old Testament, were written for our learning, to teach us something, in other words. The Old Testament that was written before was written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. One more verse. Turn to 2nd Corinthians chapter 6 and let me read verse 14. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?

To be yoked does not mean that you are in the world with unbelievers, that you have to sit next to them at work, or that you have to live as a neighbor to an unbeliever in a street where all unbelievers are. No, no. To be yoked is a much stronger word. To be yoked means to be one with them in thought, in practice, in life, in values, in everything. That's what yoke is all about. Yoke is you are hooked up with them. See, you can be in the world but not hooked up with them. We can be in the world and live in the world and not be yoked with them. To be yoked is a very strong word. He says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” When you are yoked with unbelievers, when you follow their ways, live by their lifestyle and have their values and think like them and do like them, that means you're yoked. You're not just living in the same world, in the same street, in the same town. It's much more than that. You are yoked with them.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? You are called righteousness; they are called lawlessness. What communion has light with darkness? Believer is light, unbeliever is darkness. And what accord has Christ with Belial? Unbelievable. Believers called Christ. You're so identified with Christ that Paul says, “You're Christ, they’re Belial.” What part has a believer with unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” “You're the temple of God,” he says. And what has the temple of God have to do with idols? What a contrast with you and the world. Believer and the world are contrast. The contrast is made so strong that you can never go wrong. You can never mix. You can never be yoked. You can never be like them. They can never be like you. You can never be like them. A believer is so different from them. It is like light and darkness. It is righteousness and unrighteousness. It is like Christ and Belial. It is like the temple of God versus idols. Such a difference. Cannot compromise.

We are the temple of God. I was talking about white. That was a big issue in my day when I was growing up. That person said, “On Sunday you must wear white.” I said, “Where does the Bible say?” The one thing about them is they know where everything is in the Bible, particularly that kind of verses. He said, “Yeah, I'll show you Sunday you have to wear white. It's in the Bible.” And she showed me a verse in Tamil it says, “Aalayathukku pogum pothu nadayai kaatukol” When you go to the temple, watch your steps. So, you can walk any other way you want as long as you are outside the temple, but when you go into the temple, be careful. You got to watch your steps and watch your clothes. Make sure you wear white and so on.

And a lot of these people are very close to me. This akka that I know, one time came to our house dressed in a nice Singapore sari. I said, “Akka, where did you get this very nice sari? You don't usually wear such saris, no. How did you get this?” She said, “I went to Malaysia. Somebody gave this, so I'm wearing this. This is not Sunday. No, this is only weekdays. I wear in weekdays; I wear all these things. Sunday only I don't wear, because Sunday you got to watch your step. When you go into the church you got to wear white.” I said, “All right. You showed me a verse. I'll show you another verse. 2nd Corinthians 6 verse 16, you are the temple of God. So, when you are in your house, you are the temple of God. When you are walking down the street, you are the temple of God. You are the temple of God.” “So, you can wear anything you want? You can act like any way you want? You can live like any way you want?” No, you cannot. That's the thing. The issue is far greater, is not simplistic like just change a sari and it's over. No, you got to change your mind, you got to change the way you live. You got to change the way you do everything. That is the issue.

See, the devil diverts us and derails us, gets us away from the real issue, so that we can live, not understanding what God wants, we live in our own way. Then he says, “Therefore come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Do not touch what is unclean.” “Come out from among them,” says the Lord, “and be separate.” Now, these are strong words. And these are the words that are often misunderstood. That's what has driven people to start communes. That is what has inspired people to go and become hermits and go to the jungles and stay alone. Be separate. Come out from among them. Oh.

When I was a little boy, I can still hear it. “Come out from among them,” they’ll say, “be separate.” I used to shudder hearing these words. Where shall I go to get out of this world? How can I be separate? They never clarified that. They sounded this warning so strongly. I was sure I was destined for hell because I was right there in the world with everybody else. There's no way to get out from this world with this dirt with all this sin that is around me. How can I ever get out? They’ll say every Sunday, “Come out from among them, be separate.” I say, “How do I come out?” “Wear white. Cut your hair, take off your jewelry. Do this, do that. So, you've done all these five items. Okay? Now, you've come out from among them.” See how the devil has twisted and turned it in a very silly way so that we completely miss the point, very valuable teaching from the Word of God. All right.

How was it possible for Moses to leave? So, remember, that the Old Testament and all that we are talking about Moses and his encounter with Pharaoh and all that happened there is written here for a purpose, so that we may learn. Learn what? Learn about separation, learn about a separated life. It is teaching us something. It is teaching us about how to separate ourselves and come out from among them. Be in the world yet not be worldly. That's what it's teaching us. Now, how was Moses so strong in his faith? What made Moses to address Pharaoh in such strong terms and go against Pharaoh in that way? Faith. Where did he get his faith? He had the parents’ faith. The whole passage starts with the parents’ faith. The mother must have been a very good mother, must have told him the stories about Abraham, how he was called, how God kept His promises to him. About Isaac, and how God met his needs during famine. God never let any one of them die in the famine. That God was always there to save and to provide and bless. She would have talked about how Isaac was born as a miracle. That God is a miracle worker. She would have talked about Mount Moriah and all that happened there, the revelation of Christ and all of that.

She would have talked about everything because Moses seems to know about the revelation of Christ also. Because remember, in verse 26, it says that he esteemed the reproach of Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. How did Moses know about Christ? Well, Abraham knew about Christ. Jesus said, “Abraham desired to see My day and saw it and he was glad.” John 8:56. So Abraham knew very well about Jesus, had a revelation of Jesus and the redemption. Did Moses know? I think if you just went and looked, I can show you just about all these great saints of God had a picture of the Savior, the Redeemer, the cross of Calvary, the benefits of salvation, of the New Covenant, and all of these. They knew much more than what we think they knew, in the Old Testament. Amazing.

Hundreds of years before Christ came, Moses lived. And it says that he considered the reproach of Christ. Why should he put it like that, ‘the reproach of Christ greater riches’? That means this author is recognizing Moses as knowing something about Christ, knowing something about Jesus, and His salvation and all of that. So, Moses knew a lot. Mother must have taught him about the goodness of God, faithfulness of God, the power of God, the great God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Mother must have taught him. And then he has personally had encounters with God. God had met him and talked to him from the burning bush. And God said, “I will go with you, and you will bring the people out, and you will come to this mountain, you will worship Me.” And when God said that he could believe it, because he's already heard from his mother that this is a promise-keeping God. He believed this God.

So, faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. There’re so many sources he has heard and faith has come. But the thing is, just get a picture, get the lesson right. It was so difficult for Moses to come out of Egypt. When he first went to the king and said, “We have to go. Let the people go.” He said, “Why?” He said, “We have to offer sacrifices to our God and worship our God. And we have to go three-day’s journey to do that.” Pharaoh said, “Wait a minute. Why you go through three-day’s journey? Do it here. Do it somewhere over here. Do it in some corner, we have big land. Take them somewhere. Do it where you live.” That's what he said first. I don't have the time to read all the verses. Then Moses said, “No, no, no. We can't do it like that because God told us a specific place where we have to go and offer sacrifices.” And then he said, “All right, you go, but don't go too far.”

The world doesn't want to let us go. Have you ever noticed it? Have you ever tried to live different from the world? I remember one fellow telling me, when I first started to live for God, one fellow said, “Hey, you're very young, don't get too deep into this thing.” What a nice advice he gives. “I'll tell you, there's so much to enjoy in life, so much fun to be had. You're a fool if you’re going to immerse yourself into this thing. Just sing a song or do something here. Do some little service here and there but you got to enjoy the world also, man. When are you going to enjoy the world? Only in young age you can have fun.” The devil is a mean devil, he doesn’t want to let you go. He thinks enjoyment is here. Because the church doesn't want to use the word fun.

I remember one guy came to fight me for using the word fun when I had a youth meeting and said, “Come and have fun.” He said, “What fun?” And he was about to hit me. He was so angry. “You're spoiling the church.” So, churches kicked fun out. True fun is here only, true enjoyment is in Christ. But our young people are told that you got to be grim faced and come to church, and not even smile. See, I've been there, I know. So, he said, “Don't go too far.” The devil always doesn't want to let loose of you, doesn't want to allow you to go completely out. Then Moses said, “Nothing doing, we can't do that. We have to go. We have to go three-day’s journey.” And then he said, “We're all going.” “Who are you taking?” He said, “Men, women, older, younger people, all our children, and all our cattle and animals. Everybody. We're taking everything.” And the man said, “No, no, no nothing doing. Only men go and worship. Do you have to do it your way? Do you have to take everybody? Do you have to go? Is it so important? Take your men.” He said, “No, no, we have to take everybody.”

Finally, he said, “All right. Take your women and children also, but leave the animals.” Have some connection with the world. You will have some connection to come back. You take everything, you may go. So, Moses was asking in a very tricky way. He says, “Three-day’s journey we have to go and we are to worship God.” But three days journey he will go and then he will cross the borders and go. That's the plan. So, he said, “Leave something here.” First, he said, “Leave your children. Leave your men. Only men go.” Then he said, “Okay, take everything and go but leave your animals.” He thinks they will come back for the animals. But Moses understood that he's got to cut his relationship off from Egypt completely, totally. And he said, “We are leaving nothing. We are taking everything. In fact, we're taking some gold and silver from you also, all our back salaries. And walking from here.”

Let me just say one thing and close. Verse 27. We saw that it is by faith. He had faith that's how he became so bold. But look at the words used here, by faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king. Then it says, for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. We have never talked about this. He endured as seeing Him who is invisible. The word ‘endured’ is used. Endured is a very terrific word. They say in the New Testament; it was never used anywhere else in this way. The word endured is a very strong word. What does the word ‘endured’ mean? Endured means to have the strength or fortitude to bear evils, undergo dangers with resolution and courage so that you don't faint beneath them but hold on all the way to the end. It's a power and a strength that you have to bear and undergo all kinds of evil set against you and undergo all kinds of dangers with great resolution and courage so that you don't crumble beneath them and you reach the destination. That's what is meant by endurance.

In Tamil, a beautiful word is used – uruthiyai irundhu. That means, he was determined. Another word for endurance is determination. He had determination. He was determined. He was determined not to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter. He was determined not to enjoy the pleasures of sin. He was determined not to go for the riches of Egypt. He was determined. He endured all that. Now, he's got to endure opposition. He's got to endure the threatening fear. He's got to endure the intimidation. The Pharaoh said, “I'll kill you. If I ever get my hand on you, you're finished. You're a dead man.” He's got to endure that.

I showed you last week that the English Bible says about the straight and narrow way that Jesus talked about, that it's a difficult road. The word difficult is used there when He talks about straight and narrow in Matthew chapter 7 verse 13 and 14. It says, “The way of life is straight and narrow. It's difficult.” One point he uses the word difficult. Now, people have taken that and made whole Christian life difficult, interpreted it as Christian life means a difficult life. What they meant was, “You be poor, you’ll have nothing, you will be worthless. Christian means a person who has nothing, it’s a difficult life. Christian life cannot be any kind of easy life. It's a difficult life.” But I can show you so many verses where Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus doesn't come into your life to make it difficult. Jesus comes into your life to make it easier than before. I'll tell you guaranteed way that with Jesus, your life will become only easier, not difficult.

Don't misinterpret it. That's why people don't want to come to church. They’ll say, “Difficult life, brother. To follow Christ, very difficult.” Every place you go, they'll tell you this, “It's very difficult. To follow Jesus is very difficult.” It’s a wrong kind of thing. When Jesus said it's a difficult road, what kind of difficulty was He talking about? He's talking about the difficulty of having to make very deep-thinking decisions. You have to think very deeply and decide whether you want to be called Pharaoh's daughter’s son or hang on to the heritage that you have with Pharaoh and his family. You’re to think deeply to choose between the pleasures of sin or the sufferings with the people of God. You got to choose between the riches of Egypt and the reproach of Christ.

Moses thought about that very deeply, very clearly and decided to go with Christ, go with the people of God. Why? Because he knew that other path will be destructive path. For a time, there'll be pleasure but after that will be hell. But here for a time, there will be trouble, there will be suffering, but for eternity, there'll be joy in the presence of God. That kind of difficult decision, you got to decide between this and that. It is a very tempting, alluring, very inviting but then you make the right judgment to choose the right thing. That is the difficulty He’s talking about.

Now, Moses faces another difficulty. He’s got to decide what he's going to do. And he faces that difficulty very well. He says, “Well, I have decided God is greater than Pharaoh. Pharaoh can do nothing to me. He may be big, in the world he’s big but my God is bigger than any king. My God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. So, I'm going to stand with God and speak boldly and be bold as a lion, and not be afraid of this guy. God wants to deliver His people and He will deliver His people through me. God is with me,” he decided.

How? Where did he get this strength? How did this kind of thing come into him? The Bible says, it came into him because he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Because God is invisible, you can't see. But Moses was seeing the invisible God, it says, in a way. Now, what will happen if you were able to see God today? And it says, seeing Him, he didn't say he saw Him who is invisible, which would mean that he had an encounter with God, one time he saw Him. This is talking about something else, not just the burning bush where he saw God. This is talking about seeing Him, some other activity that was happening in his life, where he was beholding God. The invisible God was somehow visible to him in some way. What is it talking about? The invisible God is now available for him to see by faith. His eyes of faith are now seeing God.

What does it mean? See, that's why the Bible says don't ever make an idol. Don't hang a picture, and all of that, of Jesus or anything like that and try to worship. It is very denigrating. The whole world cannot hold God. All the universe cannot hold God. He’s so great. He made everything, He’s bigger than all these things. Do you think He will fit into your room? You think you're going to fix Him in a corner of a wall in your house and worship Him every day? You got to understand why the Bible is against making of idols and pictures and anything that represents God. Because whatever you make, as a man, to represent God is going to lower the very dignity of God and the greatness of God. By making that idol or making the picture, you're going to present yourself with the wrong picture of God. You're going to present yourself with a god who’s much smaller than He actually is. That is why the Bible says don't ever make an idol. Because it will harm you. You’ll get an idea of a very small god, powerless god, who’s sitting in the corner in your room, hanging on the wall in your room. You'll get an idea of a god who doesn't speak, who doesn’t hear, who doesn't do anything. You will not get the idea of a God who’s full of love and mercy, you will not get the idea of a powerful God who made the heaven and earth. You will never be able to understand that with God all things are possible. You'll never see that God if you're using idol or if you're using a picture because it’ll present a smaller picture of God.

That's why the Bible is against it. Instead of hanging a photo, or an idol, you know what you need to do? You need to do what Moses did. See Him. It doesn't say he saw Him; he was seeing Him. Seeing is present continuous. Seeing Him who is invisible. So, though God is invisible, constantly, Moses was seeing God, beholding God. Where and how did he behold God? He beheld God in the Word of God, in the promises of God, in all that his mother has told about what God has spoken to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and all these people. He saw God in all the incidents that have taken place, the mighty miracles that have happened. He saw God giving a 90-year-old woman, a 100-year-old man, a child. He saw that God is the God of impossibilities. He saw God feeding the family during the famine. He saw all the miracles of God, the loving kindness of God, the promise keeping nature of God, the goodness of God, the power of God, the glory of God. He saw.

How did he see? By these things that were told to him. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The Psalmist said, “I have set the Lord always before me.” Does he mean he kept an idol before him or hanged a picture of God before him? Some people say, “Well, it will help me brother. That's why I do that.” “I have set the Lord always before me,” Psalm 16 verse 8. Have you ever understood what he meant? I've set the Lord always before me. You know what he says? Always before my faith’s eye, I keep the fact of God's goodness, kindness, His love, His power, His might, His greatness. I'm keeping that before my eyes all the time. Hello.

What are you meditating about, my friend? Meditate about the love of God, the greatness of God, the goodness of God, the power of God, the eternal nature of God. Keep it before your eyes. That's what Psalmist says, “I've kept the Lord always before me.” Yet he never had an idol. Never had a picture. How did he keep? He kept it in his mind's eye. He could see God working mighty things, doing great things, turning situations around. God loving him, God caring for him. God looking at him, having an eye on him. Watching over him. He could see God.

Can you see God like that? I challenge you today. Meditate on God's goodness. That's why after this I want to go to that subject on God's nature. Meditate on the goodness of God, the kindness of God, the power of God, the glory of God, the majesty of God. And I'll tell you, you will become like Moses, you will stand before anything in this world, any power in this world. You will not be afraid of any man, you will not be afraid of a king, and you will not be afraid of a king's wrath. “The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion,” Proverb says. Everybody should be afraid of a roaring of a lion but Moses doesn't seem to be afraid. He said, “You roar. I'm going. And I'm going to take all the wealth of Egypt, I'm going to walk out of here, watch me, I'll do it. In the name of the Lord my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you watch me. You tell me you'll kill me; you watch me, I’ll walk out of here and you cannot even shake a finger against me.”

Just look at his faith. By faith he walked out of Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, enduring by seeing Him who is invisible. That's the way Bible puts it. Enduring by seeing Him who is invisible. How are you and I going to endure in this world and be successful in this world? We're going to endure by seeing Him who is invisible. I think one of the big practices that you must have is to see Him who's invisible. Can we see God? Yeah. Through the Word of God, you can see God. The meditation of God's Word helps you to see God, keep God before your face all the time. And when you do that, I'll tell you, faith will grow and your victories will grow. And you will have victory over everything that is set against you and live for God, free from the entanglements of the world and live the way God wants you to live. God bless you.

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