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This is the summary of the sermon preached on June 7th，1998.
(Translated by Carolyn Kim & Naoko Sawada )Exodus: Chapter 1, verse 1 〜 22
Title: Sense the time of God
Preacher: Pastor Akio Moriwaki
A thirty minute taped message is on file and available to you.
In 1870 B.C., the Egyptian kingdom was already deteriorating from
corruption when the people called Hyxsos emigrated to Egypt.
Their leader was Jacob,also called Israel. The Hyxsos reigned
created by natural disasters. However, as pride precedes
destruction, the Hyxsos lived well, bragging of old glories and
power. They could not keep up with the changes. The Israelites'
conservative power, persisting in rotten vested interests, could not
adapt to the change of time. Thus, they became powerless under
crisis and lost their human rights.The rightist, armed Egyptians,
who had been seeking an opportunity to overthrow the Israelites,
easily took away their power and privileges. The Israelites
succumbed to enslavement. Ironically, however, crisis and
poverty caused the population to grow. And as slaves, they ended
up latenting (defying??) power, which threatened the already unstable
nationalism. The new leaders in Egypt didn't overlook this,
but the Pharaoh's policy backfired. His mandate of national
purification was aimed not only at breaking up and extinguishing
the Israelites, but also at making them submit to him. Consequently,
his scheme of massacre could not win against the human instinct
to live. Ultimately, the king of Egypt (resorted to ordering )
ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill all baby boys.
The midwives, however, feared God and wisely ignored the order.
The Pharaoh then gave this order to his people. It was a holocaust
caused by discrimi nation grounded on imperialism and a superiority
complex. Even the Pharaoh's kings, who were the nucleus of the
government, did not want to cooperate with him. So the plot
ended in failure and harden the people's heart.
God's aim was to establish Israel to help the Israeli people
overcome their unyielding heart (??). It was the beginning of his
plan to bless all the people in the world. It was undoubtedly in
preparation to send the Saviour 1,500 years later. He sent his
prophets to show the people how to live according to the Bible,
so that they could realize that evil is an essential element of
human beings. He intended to save people from corruption,
which was the cause of their punishment. We should know that
God's plans are far beyond our thoughts. Fear God, live
honestly and hope to be blessed by Him.
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