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Born in Oppression (We Shall Overcome Wk.2)
May 16, 2021

Born in Oppression (We Shall Overcome Wk.2)

May 16, 2021

We Shall Overcome: Born in Oppression

Speaker: Pastor Garry Mullen

 

All I can do is ________________________________________________________

 

22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (Exodus 5:22-23)

 

God, all I can do is ______________________________________________________

 

29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Bricks Without Straw

5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” (Exodus 4:29-5:1)

 

The Origin Story of Israel was

 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly[a] with your God. (Micah 6:8)

 

Exodus 4-12

“Let my people go that they might worship me.”           

“Let my people go!”         

 

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:2)

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”

2 God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a] but by my name the Lord[b] I did not make myself fully known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. (Exodus 6:1-5)

 

 

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,[a]
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward[b] all his brothers.” (Genesis 16:11-12)

 

6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’” (Exodus 6:6-12)

 

In Oppression God will be

 

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

 

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[a] (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:22-23

 

God Promises Deliverance

22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (Exodus 5:22-23)

 

“God all I can do is what I have done and God, incase you haven’t noticed, it’s not working”

“You’ve done all you can do. Now sit back and watch all that we can do.”

 

  1. I Am the Lord
  2. You are my people
  3. I will give you the land that I have promised as your possession

 

The Exodus provided the symbolic context out of which the march emerged as the movement’s principle means of mass protest, a form of demonstration whose meaning for the protesters was integrally related to the biblical story. Most of all, the Exodus story assured protesters that they would ultimately be successful in their journey to the Promised Land of racial justice. ~ Gary S. Selby

 

“I want you to know tonight that we will get to the Promised Land.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. 

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