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When Plagues Turn Into Freedom

Nov 28, 2021    Pastor Nick Farr
We all experience hardship in life. Sometimes that takes the form of physical, circumstantial, or mental difficulties. God desires for us to know freedom that only comes through Jesus. In Exodus 7-12, God used the plagues of Egypt to remind the Hebrews that he was there for them. What could easily be seen as horrible became the very thing to set them free. Instead of looking to what’s around us to find our security, we must realize that the true power for freedom comes through who’s above.

Message slides:
- Exodus 3:4-8: “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses, Moses!” “Here I am,” he answered. “Do not come closer,” he said. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he continued, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors. I know about their sufferings, and I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey...”
- Power isn’t found in what’s around, power is found in Who’s above.
- The Ten Plagues
- Nile River —> Blood (Exodus 7:17-19)
- Infestation of Frogs (Exodus 8:3-6)
- Swarms of flying insects (Gnats, lice, or mosquitoes) (Exodus 8:16-17)
- Flies (Exodus 8:24)
- Pestilence of animals (Cattle, horses, camels, sheep) (Exodus 9:3-6)
- Boils on Humans & Animals (Exodus 9:8-10)
- Hail mixed with fire (Destroyed people, animals, and plants—the first plague to cause direct human fatalities) (Exodus 9:18-33)
- Locust (covered the land and ate all of the plants in Egypt) (Exodus 10:4-15)
- Darkness for 3 days (Exodus 10:21-23)
- Death of the Firstborn (Human and Animal) (Exodus 11:4-5, 12:29)
- Power isn’t found in what’s around, power is found in Who’s above.
- What about us?
- What power do you find comfort in?
- Romans 2:4, “Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
- Power isn’t found in what’s around, power is found in Who’s above.