Spiritual Immaturity

December 5, 2015


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Scripture

“It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”

~Exodus 14:2, NLT

Quote

Immaturity is a state of being not fully developed or grown; acting in a childish way; having or showing a lack of emotional maturity.

~Daniel Webster

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Three days prior to the scripture above, the Israelites had marched out of Egypt like and army, they were in columns and it took them hours to march down  the main street of Rameses with shouts of victory and fist raised in defiance. They were acting like a conquering army. Three days later they are petrified with fear: afraid to run or fight.

In their fear they lash out at Moses, the servant of God, with a barrage of questions, each accusing him of poor leadership.

  • Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?
  • Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?
  • What have you done to us?
  • Why did you make us leave Egypt?
  • Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt?

They conclude with this statement: We ask you to “Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”

The marks of immaturity:

  1. Implication: somehow this was all Moses fault. He was to blame for everything. 
  2. Irresponsibility: not only did they blame Moses, they wanted him to fix the problem for them.
  3. Insecurity: they were eaten alive by fear. Afraid to die, afraid to fight, afraid of freedom and afraid to live by faith.

Although the LORD had freed them from Pharaoh, they continued to think like slaves. It took them 40 years to get this slave mentality out of their system. Although we have been saved, sometimes we think and act like sinners. It is hard to get the old ways out of our system. Don’t be too hard on the Israelites, we are a lot like them.

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  • Gary Garner has completed his first round of chemo but his blood levels are down and he cannot have company.  His counts are slow in rebuilding but this time it seems like slower than usual. He goes next Tuesday for PET scan and MRI. Pray for Gary.
  • David Wood has been trying to restart the INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY which I am for but keep forgetting to mention. There is a sign up sheet at the welcome center.
  • Golden Girls and Senior Adults Christmas today at Cracker Barrel in Hartselle. {9:30 am}
  • I have a new app on my Phone for the phone message: I didn’t think the first one went through yesterday because after an hour or so, I didn’t get a call but my phone was on silent. I am pretty sure I called you twice: sorry about that!
  • We have a couple of handicap ramps to build and I am out of commission but I think I can get Felton to lead the project. We will meet Sunday. One of them will be very simple. I have not measured for the second. He could use one or two helpers. Joe David will help and we could use one more.
  • Ray Edwards is better: the meds worked and I got a little bump from the steroids. Still can’t walk any distance but I am better. June drove me yesterday so I could visit the hospital. Buford Burgess had a bad night, didn’t not get to come home. Mrs. Roylean Lewis is very low, her family was with her yesterday. 

Gary, Keri and Kane

 

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