This sermon is based on Exodus 7:8-13.
The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about a plague of frogs!). It is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. But here’s the best part: we don’t need Edward G. Robinson asking every five minutes, “Where’s your God now, Moses?” because God is very visible everywhere in the story. He is the God of compassion, the God who redeems his people, the God who fights for his people, and the God who is faithful to his promises. The story of the Exodus is not about Moses and it’s not even about the Exodus; it’s about the God of the Exodus, the God of hope and the God of salvation. And that changes everything. Join us for a great summer series as River’s Edge presents, Moses and the Ex! In color and Dolby movie theater sound! (Legal Disclaimer: it’s a sermon, not a movie. There’s no color or Dolby sound).