I Am the Lord Your God

I really liked the analogy of Pharaoh and God in a boxing ring. Pharaoh’s defiant attitude seems to fit that of the over confident boxer who greatly underestimates his opponent. God’s allowing one punch to be thrown before he completely dismantles all the powers of Egypt is like the superior fighter allowing his foe to give it his best shot. When God is done with Pharaoh there is no question who is the superior power. The point, however, is not about power. What God is desiring is relationship.

God doesn’t have anything to prove. He has no need to show off or boost his ego by performing mighty deeds. God descends into the boxing ring so that we might know him. We are the ones held captive to power. We are the one’s who are so easily deluded and seduced by the powers that influence and control our lower story living. The boxing match God had with Sin (in the death and resurrection of Jesus) demonstrated for all time that He is the only true power in all the universe. But Jesus didn’t come to earth so that God could “prove” something. It’s all about relationship.

As we are reminded each week of our journey through The Story, God loves humanity and is doing everything he can to be in relationship with the humans he has created. As we learned this week, God’s biggest challenge is not the powerful Pharaoh’s of life, but getting the people he loves to recognize him and know him. Helping us with our feeble, fickle memories is God’s greatest challenge.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Tommy says:

    I love the story of Exodus. There a reader can find all sorts of interesting stuff going on. Some interesting notes such as: The Plague of Darkness, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it” (Exodus 10:21/NLT), and the destroyer from chapter 12 verse 23! Who is the destroyer? Is the destroyer similar to “the angel of the Lord?” A heavenly being that acts out God’s will? And the darkness so thick you can feel it, wow, very imaginative stuff!

    The most striking use of story telling found in Moses’ exodus is the amount of time Israel spent in slavery. Assuming that their privileged status lasted for at least 100 years, Israel still was enslaved for 330 years!! I know that huge spans of time can happen in a turn of a page, but in a way it robs our imagination of that long of a period. The United States has only existed for 236 years; the Israelite had been slaves longer then we’ve been a country. And to think of how much we’ve changed in that amount of time, I wonder how much of the oratory religion of Abraham and Jacob survived.

    Basically, its amazing how little we need to understand about God in order for God to teach us about Him. According to Exodus, all Israel had to do was lament and then stand back and have faith that in some way, shape, or form, God was going to take care of them. For any future studies on lament, Exodus should def be on the top of the cake.

    In Summa, i loved the sermon B-yron, it was def “old-fashion” (the good kind!). Keep em’ coming.

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