Sermon Outline

Sermon Outline

A Night to Remember

KEY PASSAGE: Exodus 12

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Exodus 13:3 | Exodus 13:9 | Exodus 13:14 | Exodus 13:16 | Ezekiel 18:4 | John 3:3 | John 3:7 | John 14:6 | Acts 4:12 | Romans 3:23 | Romans 6:23 | Romans 10:13 | Hebrews 9:22 | Hebrews 9:27 | 1 John 1:9

SUMMARY

It’s not difficult to understand why God devastated Egypt with 10 plagues.

They had enslaved God’s chosen people and imposed hard labor on them for many years. When the Lord repeatedly sent Moses to Pharaoh with the same message, “Let My people go.” Pharaoh kept refusing, and his heart grew harder each time. There was no way he was going to willingly let the enslaved Hebrews walk away. Therefore, God compelled him by sending 10 plagues.

SERMON POINTS

God’s purpose in sending all these plagues was three-fold.

1. He was judging Egypt and their gods. Although the Israelites had originally been invited to Egypt after God used Joseph to save the entire nation from the devastating effects of a seven-year famine, the Egyptians soon forgot and put them in bondage.
2. The Lord used the plagues to liberate the Israelites from Egyptian captivity so He could bring them to the land He’d promised to give them.
3. God was making preparation for the coming of the promised Messiah. The Lord rescued Israel from Egypt in order to establish them as the nation through which He would bring the Savior of the world.

After the first nine plagues, Egypt was basically destroyed. Even though Pharaoh’s servants advised him to let the people go, he repeatedly refused. But there was one last plague by which the Lord would finally break his will. It was the night God sent a death angel throughout the land of Egypt to kill every firstborn person and animal.

God made a provision to protect His people.

Moses told the people to select a lamb for each household or for two smaller households. His instructions were very detailed and were to be followed exactly (Ex. 12:3-11).

  • All the lambs were to be selected on the 10th day of the first month.
  • Each lamb was to be an unblemished year-old male sheep or goat.
  • They were to keep it until the 14th day of the same month.
  • Then at twilight, the whole assembly of Israel was to kill the lambs.
  • Its blood was to be put on the doorposts and lintel of the houses in which the lamb was to be eaten.
  • The whole lamb had to be roasted and eaten that same night along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
  • None of the lamb could be left until morning. Whatever was not eaten was to be burned with fire.
  • They were to eat it in haste with loins girded (their robes pulled up and tucked into their belts), sandals on their feet, and their staff in their hand. The goal was to be ready to leave at any moment.

The Lord explained that this was His Passover.

“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance’” (vv. 12-14).

This would be a night the Israelites would never forget. All over Egypt there was crying and mourning because every family experienced the loss of someone. Even Pharaoh’s firstborn child was dead. But the firstborn in every Hebrew family whose doorway was covered in blood was spared. Today the Jews still celebrate the Passover in remembrance of God’s protection and deliverance from Egypt.

In one night the Israelites walked out of slavery into freedom, and they didn’t go empty-handed. Moses had told them earlier to ask the Egyptians for gold, silver, and clothing, which they willingly gave them. God’s rescue and provision for His people came about because the people believed the Lord and obeyed His instructions.

Faith in the truth of God’s Word is still essential for salvation today.

Like the Israelites, we must believe what God has said about the way of salvation.

  • John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
  • John 3:3 “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  • Hebrews 9:22 “Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
  • Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul who sins will die.”
  • Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Four times in Exodus 13, the salvation of the Israelites is attributed to the “powerful hand of the Lord,” and the same is true of our salvation today. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. Salvation is only through Jesus Christ who offered Himself as the final Passover Lamb to free us from the sin that enslaves us. However, forgiveness is only possible if we believe and submit to what God says in His Word regarding sin, judgment, and salvation.

The Bible is not an antiquated book but one that still speaks truth.

  • The scriptures warn us about the coming judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
  • The Bible tells us about sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
  • It describes the consequences of sin. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).
  • God’s Word shows us the way of salvation. We are rescued from the penalty of sin when we trust in the death of Christ who shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.

Long ago, the blood of lambs and goats saved the Israelites from death, but today the blood of Jesus is sufficient to cover every sin and give us eternal life with God in heaven. And the way to receive God’s salvation is through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John1:9).

RESPONSE

  • What would have happened to the Israelites if they had ignored God’s instructions and relied on their own reasoning to protect them from the angel of death?
  • What will happen to those who trust in their own ability to save themselves rather than believing and submitting to God’s way of salvation?
Bible

Bible

1 Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,

2 This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.

3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, `On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb for each household.

4 Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.

7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails.

10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.

11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste--it is the LORD'S Passover.

12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments--I am the LORD.

13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.

15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you.

17 You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance.

18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.

19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.

20 You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'"

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ``Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

22 You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.

24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.

25 When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite.

26 And when your children say to you, `What does this rite mean to you?'

27 you shall say, `It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.

28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

29 Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.

30 Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.

31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, ``Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go, worship the LORD, as you have said.

32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go, and bless me also."

33 The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, ``We will all be dead."

34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in the clothes on their shoulders.

35 Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;

36 and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

37 Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children.

38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.

39 They baked the dough which they had brought out of Egypt into cakes of unleavened bread. For it had not become leavened, since they were driven out of Egypt and could not delay, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.

40 Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.

41 And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

42 It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.

43 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ``This is the ordinance of the Passover: no foreigner is to eat of it;

44 but every man's slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it.

45 A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it.

46 It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.

47 All the congregation of Israel are to celebrate this.

48 But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it; and he shall be like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat of it.

49 The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you."

50 Then all the sons of Israel did so; they did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.

51 And on that same day the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

3 Moses said to the people, ``Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the LORD brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten.

9 And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.

14 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, `What is this?' then you shall say to him, `With a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

16 So it shall serve as a sign on your hand and as phylacteries on your forehead, for with a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt."

4 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.

3 Jesus answered and said to him, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, `You must be born again.'

6 Jesus said to him, ``I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

13 for ``WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."

22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.