Pastor Dave Sarsons
September 22, 2019
SERMON: September 22nd, 2019 “Put God First – What is Your Egypt?”
Numbers 11:4-6 (NIV)
Quail From the Lord
4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” 10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
We probably all have an “Egypt” in our lives. A circumstance, a situation, a past event that we keep getting drawn back to. Maybe it is something that left us with a good feeling or maybe it is even a big situation but it is however a place where we feel secure and we have control. This is the Egypt of the Israelites – yes, they were under the oppression of the government of the day and yes they were slaves, but they still drew back to familiar circumstances. How often do we do that when God instead is commanding us to look forward and to look forward in trust in Him. So the question remains, ‘how do we get the ‘Egypt’ out of the Israelites (or us)?” God calls us into a relationship that goes beyond our current circumstances. “To relive the past is to relinquish the future”. God is calling us over and over again to die to ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him and what does that mean – we are to put on the new man, the one which Jesus is more important than any circumstance or situation or event or past – to PUT GOD FIRST. Stop looking back – move forward looking straight ahead.
Joshua 1:7 (NIV)
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
Luke 9:62 (NIV)
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”