When God Provides a Way Out
Posted on 01/24/2016 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
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TREES OF THE FIELD
You shall go out with joy
And be let forth with peace
And the mountains and the hills
Will break forth before you
There'll be shouts of joy
And all the trees of the fields
Will clap, will clap their hands
And all the trees of the fields
will clap their hands
The trees of the fields will clap their hands
The trees of the fields will clap their hands
While you go out with joy
RIVER OF LIFE
I've got a river of life flowing out of me!
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see.
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free!
I've got a river of life flowing out of me!
Spring up, O well, within my soul!
Spring up, O well, and make me whole!
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.
NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES
Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.
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I personally do not know why God provides a way out for one person and it seems He doesn't do so for another. Bare with me. I will explain how this fits in to the fireside chat soon enough.
Tomorrow will be eleven months since my step dad passed away from cancer. At the end, he was in a lot of pain, but he knew where he was going. I'm not sure if God provided him a way out or not. I miss my set dad a lot at times.
Even though I am unsure and don't have all the answers of why something happens, I will still believe and trust in God. I like that mysteriousness about Him.
The title for my fireside chat is When God Provides A Way Out. Today we will look at either different stories in the Bible. Some we will go more in depth into and some we will just talk about, but I hope if you want to know more that you will read them for yourself.
You know, I have always liked going on a journey into the Bible. It is packed full of interesting stories and amazing things that God has done. The stories are more than just fairy tales though. These really happened! That makes them even more amazing and at times scary.
Let's start off with the story of Abraham in Genesis chapter 22. I'll be reading until verse 19.
1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!"
And he said, "Here I am."
2 Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!"
And he said, "Here I am, my son."
Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
8 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!"
So he said, "Here I am."
12 And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided."
15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,16 and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son-- 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.
God provided a ram for Abraham. I believe in our times of need God provides for us, too.
In Genesis chapter 44 and 45, the story of Joseph is told. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers, but was used mightily to help save the lives of many people while he was a leader in Egypt. When his brothers came, he told them how God had used him and was able to see his father before he died. God provided for His people yet again.
How about the Red Sea crossing? The Israelites were between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army of chariot riders. Moses obeyed God and the Red Sea opened for them to walk on dry land to the other side. God provided for His people. It was their way out.
Jericho. A city surrounded by a great wall. Many thought it could never be destroyed. God provided a way. He used Joshua in leadership to bring the Jericho wall down. That story is found in Joshua chapter 6.
The stories of Ruth and Esther are full books in the Bible. God provided a way for Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi to live by Ruth's marriage to Boaz. God provided a way for His people to be saved from death by Esther's courage and obedience. Two different women that God used to provide the way out of uncertain circumstances. They believed in God, had faith in Him, and obeyed His words and those around them. They sought wise counsel.
Daniel in the lion's den. All these hungry lions. One man. And God provided a way out. He sent an angel to shut up the lions' mouths. How awesome is that! This story is found in Daniel chapter 6.
And now...the last story. This story in a way is like the first, but there is a difference. In this story there is The Son and The Lamb. There is no way out for Him, but He is our way out of darkness. He is our Light in this dark world, our only Hope. Our Savior. I want to read this whole thing to you with the realization that Jesus is our only way out. He was provided by God to be our way out!
The story begins in Luke chapter 23 and goes over into chapter 24. We'll begin at verse 26 of chapter 23. And it reads:
26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!' 30 Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"' 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?"
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."
43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Jesus Dies on the Cross
44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.'" Having said this, He breathed His last.
47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous Man!"
48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Jesus Buried in Joseph's Tomb
50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
Continuing into Chapter 24:
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'"
8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Not only did God provide a way out of the darkness for us, but He showed us that He is Lord and King over all.
Death could not keep Jesus in the grave. He rose! That provides me with hope and knowing that He only is my way out of whatever I am going through because He was there and is there with me! Praise God!
Let's take a few minutes and talk with God. Thank Him for providing the way out for you. I know He has done it! Thank Him for always being there for you.
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May God bless you in the coming week. May He show you the times in which He provided a way out for you. May He always be with you...around you and inside of you. I hope to see you next week. Go in His abundant love.