One reminder as we begin, we are looking at this book through the lens of the “true myth”. This are real events that took place that are meant to shape our understanding of the reality of God’s work in time, and ultimately in the Gospel. These events give us a framework in which we are to understand our own redemption.
Let’s look at the story and then see the ways the truths it contains relate to our lives.
Now, before we get into this text, I want to ask you if you have been wrestling with your own past, or maybe even your present.
Today we are going to be looking at the oppression of God’s people in Egypt. Now, the truth that we are also going to be looking at is the types of oppression that we may be experiencing, or have experienced in our lives. Now, the main categories of oppression I want to talk about are oppression by others and oppression by self. Oppression by others could be abuse, or it could just be a misuse of power, it includes, but is not limited to physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual oppression. I want to stick with the term oppression, because someone could be oppressive, but not quite abusive. so, this widens the foo for people to be in this category. When I talk about self imposed oppression, I am talking about includes habits, addictions, and really any activity that we engage in that takes the place of God in our lives. Anything we give ourselves to that controls us and defines who we are.
Oppression Of Israel: Egypt forgot Joseph.
Types of Oppression: Other imposed, self imposed. Same characteristics.
1. Fueled by Selfishness and fear: Egypt feared the rise of Israel, forced them to build their cities.
Other imposed: Selfishness of oppressor, fear of losing power.
Self imposed: Your own selfishness, fear of who you are.
2. Seeks to redefine your identity: Egypt changed their identity from people who represented the saving of Egypt to slaves.
Other imposed: Person tries to define who you are.
Self Imposed: You find your identity in your addiction. Seek an alternate reality.
3. Seeks to destroy: Pharaoh tried to put a stop to their multiplication by killing the sons of Israel.
Other Imposed: Results in a stolen future, long term emotional, physical effects.
Self imposed: Results in the death of relationships, future, and possibly even self.
Now the reality of the bigger story is this: Anyone who is not in Christ is in slavery to in as we saw in our NT reading. So, while we may be talking about how Christ can set us free from oppression as believers, if you are not in Christ, you cannot be set free from your slavery to sin until you recognize that you are in fact enslaved to sin, and need to be redeemed, turn from your sin in repentance, and turn to Christ for forgiveness.