Take Out: The Exodus!

Date

Aug 18, 2018

Sermon Series

Drawn Out

In Exodus 11:7, Moses told Pharaoh that the final plague would “make a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” Until this point, Egypt believed that they were a superior people with superior gods. But God was about to do something that would distinguish His people from the rest.

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Dear Downers Church Family:

Have you ever counted cars? My children play a game where they choose a make of automobile (Ford, Chevy, Fiat, etc.) and compete to see how many are on the road while we travel. The kids have even started counting “their” cars in parking lots. Wherever there are cars, they are counted. But, I have noticed that each child has settled on a manufacturer: one chooses Honda, and the other chooses Toyota. They do this because, outside of Detroit, Hondas and Toyotas exceed all other vehicles on the road. And usually it isn’t even close. I have started counting myself. (Please test out our theory!)

How has Honda and Toyota distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack? During my childhood, I hardly ever saw a “foreign” vehicle. I even remember certain parking lots that had signs stating that no foreign cars were allowed. But there was a tipping point where Japanese vehicles started being known as a “better” buy. According to some automobile historians, the rise to power in North America started in the late 1970s. This was during the heart of the U.S.’s energy crisis.

People wanted long lasting vehicles that did not guzzle gas. This was what Honda marketed. Japanese cars, for decades considered as cheap/light knockoffs of American and German engineering, were now being known for their efficiency and durability. While most car makers were trying to invent new cars and market them like crazy, Honda and Toyota (and even Datsun) were making durable vehicles. Hondas were known to easily exceed 200,000 miles, often with minimum maintenance, while many vehicles were requiring serious repairs before mile 100K. The struggling Japanese car industry of the 1950s and 1960s invested in making more reliable cars and by the turn of the century they were taking over the car buying marking in the US. This has led us to this point in history where, according to Motor Trend, the top 5 selling vehicles in America are Japanese manufacturers.

In Exodus 11:7, Moses told Pharaoh that the final plague would “make a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” Until this point, Egypt believed that they were a superior people with superior gods. But God was about to do something that would distinguish His people from the rest.

Pastor Kent

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