Freed to Serve

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 13, 2008
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Exodus 1:13 & 14 They lived under forced labor and cruelty, had involuntary servitude, and were controlled.

Exodus 2:23-25 The Israelites were in bondage in the house of slavery because they did not maintain faithfulness to Yahweh as their fathers had done.

Exodus 4:22, 23; 7:16; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3 God freed Israel from the house of slavery so that they could voluntarily serve Yahweh.

Ephesians 1:6-14 Like Israel, we were slaves of sin and living in the house of bondage, and by the grace of God, He sent His Son to redeem us.

Ephesians 2:1-10 We are saved by grace for the purpose of serving Yahweh.

Exodus 14:11 and 12 At the Red Sea, they turned on Yahweh with the first sign of adversity and wanted to return to the house of slavery. Many Christians do exactly the same. When encountered by a little difficulty, they want to run back to their drinking, drugs, sex, etc. − slavery.

Exodus 15:22-26 The people grumbled (complained, muttered discontentedly) because things were not going the way they wanted. Life was still all about them and not Yahweh.

Exodus 16:1-3 They accused God rather than worshipping and serving Him. They missed the point of their freedom: to serve Yahweh.

Exodus 17:1-7 This record is a hallmark indicating their gross unbelief in spite of all that God had done for them.

Romans 6:1-ff Leaving Egypt was a one time event, but staying out of Egypt required lifelong decisions which determined entrance into the promised land.

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