January 21

Exodus 13-15, Psalm 21

Our third president of the United States wrote the Jefferson Bible. In this work it outlined the morals and ethics as outlined in the four gospels. One of the reasons for this work was that he couldn't wrap his head around miracles, so to satisfy his intellect, he simply removed them. Creation as outlined in Scripture took place over six days, and as we go through Scripture and add up the years of the various individuals mentioned, we realize that the earth is approximately 6000 years old. Evolution as taught describes a 4.5 Billion year old natural creation involving a Big Bang and a process of natural selection. In many places, to attempt to merge the two thoughts they came up with Theistic Evolution. In this scenario, God started the process but then Evolution took over. This attempt tries to satisfy those whose intellect can not wrap itself around the supernatural events surrounding Creation thereby incorporating science. A great disservice is done when we overinflate our own intellects and put limits on our God. God is not limited, He is supernatural.

We read in Exodus 14:21-22, "Then Moses stretched his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left." This was described again in the Song of Moses in 15:8. Equally as remarkable was the fate of the Egyptian army outlined in 14:23-25, "And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea,..., and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so they drove them with difficulty...". We see God finish the job in 14:27-28, "And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharoah that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained." This was repeated in the Song of Moses in 15:4-5, 10. It was restated in Exodus 15:19. Lastly Miriam sang of it in 15:21. Interestingly, many liberal scholars including some in seminaries have suggested that crossing the Red Sea can be easily explained by natural phenomena, saying that there was one little stream called the Sea of Reeds, which was only one foot deep, and that a strong wind would sometimes push the water out of the way, making it dry. If indeed this is their explanation, you would still have a miracle and a problem- for how could the whole Egyptian army have drowned and their chariots have been covered in one foot of water?

Unfortunately, our intellect can become an idol. So many question the abilities and the attributes of God because they bring God down to our naturalistic level. If we put limits on our God, it leads to a multitude of difficulties. If God forgives like the world forgives, then we would not be truly forgiven. If God is not omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent then there would be a lot of people who would seem to be unfairly judged. Our salvation rests on the supernatural event that took place on the cross of Calvary. No man could ever have devised such a method to achieve salvation. God's Word is God's literal Word. When God says something happened a specific way, it did. Trouble arises whenever we, in our puny intellect, try to allegorize or describe events metaphorically when that was never the author's intent. We can come before Jesus in repentance and know that we are forgiven by a God who sees and understands, and is not limited by our standards.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster