In the Exodus we find the real life story of God using Moses to bring the Jewish Nation out of Egypt and into the Land which God had promised Abraham over 400 years earlier. God worked miracle after miracle on behalf of His people. The Plagues, the death of the first born, the Passover meal, the spreading of blood, the parting of the Red Sea, the crossing on DRY ground, the death of the mightiest Army on Earth by drowning in the Red Sea. Then we have the miraculous manna, quails, fire, cloud of smoke, and thunderous voice from the mountain.
You could not have made a more tremendous movie to demonstrate the REALITY of the LIVING GOD! If you would have been there you would have told those Jews that wanted to give up and go back to Egypt that they were crazy! Didn’t they see that God is real and all-powerful?
My Daddy used to say that hind sight is 50/50. Truth is, that of at least one million people over the age of 20 desired evil rather than believe God! Only two (and maybe their families) believed God! That’s like saying that out of the roughly 7 Billion people on Earth, only 14,000 are real followers of Christ!
These Jews who experience so much, instead of reaching the Rest which God had promised, as symbolized by the Promised Land, fell in the wilderness, having been overcome by their desire for evil.
HOW DO YOU REVEAL AN EVIL HEART?
Now how did the Jews illustrate their evil hearts? Through what they did? Through heinous crimes?
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
No! They revealed their evil hearts by not believing God!
No, you say! Surely it took something much worse, like murder or assault or robbery!
No, they did not believe God was with them! They did not believe God would do what He said He would do.
God paints a picture of Rest in Exodus and Joshua. God paints a picture of Rest in Ephesians.
Rest doesn’t mean you lie back and do nothing. Rest means you stand and do everything in full reliance and full confidence of the Life of Jesus Christ in you.
Rest means when the boat is rocking and the winds are blowing your heart is calmly trusting in Christ, even while He is sleeping in the back of the boat.
Rest means that when you are facing giants, and you are swinging your sling, you know God is directing the stone.
Rest means that when a battle is raging, that you simply must rely on strength from God.
Rest means that whatever the pain, whatever the circumstance, whatever the pressure, that God will see you through it, and that it will benefit your Eternity.
Power to overcome the Giants of sin.
Courage and Confidence in the face of trials and hardships.
ARE YOU RESTING IN THE REALITY OF A LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST?
The FOCUS of your belief is to actuate the REST we have in Jesus Christ.
The FOCUS of the Jews in the Wilderness was to get to the Promised Land, a place of REST