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Freedom from Bondage. Exodus 5 – 11. Freedom from Bondage Introduction. Freedom from Bondage Introduction. The Rich Young Man Mark 10:17-22. Freedom from Bondage Introduction. The Rich Young Man Mark 10:17-22

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freedom from bondage

Freedom from Bondage

Exodus 5 – 11

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Freedom from Bondage Introduction
  • The Rich Young Man Mark 10:17-22
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Freedom from Bondage Introduction
  • The Rich Young Man Mark 10:17-22
  • Jesus doesn’t argue with the man about whether or not he is really such a good person.
  • Jesus points out that there is something in his heart that has taken the place of God.
  • “He went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
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Freedom from Bondage Introduction
  • What might there be that is preventing us from wholeheartedly following Jesus?
  • We’ll come back to this question later.
  • First we’re going to look at the showdown between God and the idols of Egypt.
  • In case you’re wondering, God wins.
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Freedom from Bondage Outline
  • Freedom Commanded
  • The Destruction of Idols
  • The Danger of Compromise
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Freedom Commanded

“Let my people go … !” (7x)

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Freedom Commanded

“Let my people go … !” (7x)

  • 5:1-2
  • 7:16
  • 8:1
  • 8:20
  • 9:1
  • 9:13
  • 10:3
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The Destruction of Idols
  • Warren Wiersbepoints out three separate things that the plagues upon Egypt accomplished:
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The Destruction of Idols
  • Warren Wiersbe points out three separate things that the plagues upon Egypt accomplished:
    • They were signs to Israel, assuring them of God’s power and care.
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The Destruction of Idols
  • Warren Wiersbe points out three separate things that the plagues upon Egypt accomplished:
    • They were signs to Israel, assuring them of God’s power and care.
    • They were judgments upon Egypt for their oppression of Israel, and which revealed the vanity of their gods.
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The Destruction of Idols
  • Warren Wiersbe points out three separate things that the plagues upon Egypt accomplished:
    • They were signs to Israel, assuring them of God’s power and care.
    • They were judgments upon Egypt for their oppression of Israel, and which revealed the vanity of their gods.
    • They foreshadowed more serious judgments to come, as revealed in the Book of Revelation.
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The Destruction of Idols
  • Warren Wiersbe points out three separate things that the plagues upon Egypt accomplished:
    • They were signs to Israel, assuring them of God’s power and care.
    • They were judgments upon Egypt for their oppression of Israel, and which revealed the vanity of their gods.
    • They foreshadowed more serious judgments to come, as revealed in the Book of Revelation.
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The Destruction of Idols
  • They were judgments upon Egypt for their oppression of Israel, and which revealed the vanity of their gods.
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The Destruction of Idols
  • They were judgments upon Egypt for their oppression of Israel, and which revealed the vanity of their gods.
  • See Genesis 12:1-3, especially v.3
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The Destruction of Idols
  • The Nile itself was sacred to the Egyptians.
  • The goddess Heqt was pictured as a frog.
  • The Egyptians worshiped various insects.
  • Hathor and Apis were a sacred cow and bull, respectively.
  • They had various gods and goddesses of health and safety.
  • Ra, the sun god was chief of all their gods.
  • Meskhemit, goddess of birth and Hathor were supposed to watch over the firstborn.
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The Danger of Compromise
  • Compare Pharaoh’s voice in each of these responses to the trio of the world, the flesh and the devil, when confronted with God’s command to set us free from idolatry.
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The Danger of Compromise
  • Compare Pharaoh’s voice in each of these responses to the trio of the world, the flesh and the devil, when confronted with God’s command to set us free from idolatry.
  • Stay right here. 8:25-27
  • Don’t go too far. 8:28
  • Not everyone has to go. 10:7-11
  • God doesn’t need your possessions. 10:24
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The Danger of Compromise
  • Stay right here. 8:25-27
  • In other words, just add the worship of God to the life you already have.
  • Leave the life you have, with all its various idols, intact.
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The Danger of Compromise
  • Don’t go too far. 8:28
  • The danger here is that as long as we remain close to our old lives, we may always be tempted to go back to them.
  • We distance ourselves from old habits and practices, but keep them within our field of vision.
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The Danger of Compromise
  • Not everyone has to go. 10:7-11
  • This lie says,
  • “Such radical life-change may be for some people, but it isn’t for everyone. You don’t really want to turn into some kind of fanatic.”
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The Danger of Compromise
  • God doesn’t need your possessions. 10:24
  • This lie admits the need to give up blatant sin.
  • It simply remains tied to material possessions.
  • This was the exact issue the rich young man was facing when he knelt down before Jesus.
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Freedom from Bondage Final Thoughts
  • We need to face up to the fact that our idols hold us in bondage to themselves.
  • Our idolatry not only deserves God’s judgment, but it holds us back from the spiritual freedom that is only found in wholehearted devotion to Him.
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Freedom from Bondage Final Thoughts

“There is no use trying to hide from ourselves that awful truth—God is not weakly indulgent.  Our God can be, if he will, a consuming fire.”

– Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875)

“The same fire softens wax and hardens clay. Whosoever is not brought near is driven farther off, by the influences which God brings to bear on us.”

– Alexander Maclaren (1826 – 1910)

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Freedom from Bondage Final Thoughts

Final Passage: Mark 8:34-38

How are we going to respond?