Sunday, January 09, 2005

Sermon Idea Number - 1 -

Suggested Titles:

Naming Powerless Ones.
Who God Uses.

Passage:

Exodus 1

Passage Overview:

In the entire story of the Exodus, Pharaoh is never named for us, but these two midwives are. What do we know about Shiprah and Puah?

They “feared God”
They helped give birth to life, when Pharaoh commanded death.
They reflect God’s intention for life for people – even (especially!) small children.
God was kind to them – they made good decisions that God blessed with life.

This Biblical story names them for us, because their allegiance to God is significant. Their allegiance to God is more significant than their willingness to obey Pharaoh. They, in a sense, engage in “Civil Disobedience” for the sake of maintaining life for Israelites. Interesting, the name Israel means to “struggle with God” and here the two women struggle for God and for the children.

Important Specific Concepts:

The Pharaoh of Egypt was probably Ramses II, but this story is more concerned with telling us God’s story than naming the Pharaoh for us.

Note that the way Pharaoh tries to do away with the Israelites “turns back on him” when his “boys” (charioteers) are drown in the Red Sea (Exodus 14-15)


Ideas for Illustrations:

Christians persecuted in any period of history, even today around the world.

While a “hot-topic” or “sensitive issue” - the idea of giving life versus aborting babies.

While a “hot-topic” or “sensitive issue” - the idea of extending life to prisoners (prison ministries) where the systems decree “death” and imprisonment.


Ideas for Wrapping Up - Response - Call:

What kind of name do we want to possess?

What kind of persons get named by God?

How can we model “fear of God” in our country/world today?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty, great job in your presentation to the Pastors.
Brett Rickey

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another title might be: The Midwife Crisis.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Idea for Illustrations, from a pastor in Houston, TX. Rosa Parks worked for "life" in ways similar to Shiprah and Puah.

11:12 AM  

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