Exodus Ch.1.15/ Ch.1-4 Having a vision for our Kids
Intro: tonight we are going to be introduced to the central Character of much of the Book of Exodus - Moses
Listen to what Dr. I M Haldmen had to say about this Man Moses
Read Pink Pg. 16 pg. 2
I have no idea who Dr. I M Haldmen is but I like what he has to say about Moses
I enjoy reading Biographies of Great men of Faith from old but sometimes Biographers have the tendency to make larger than life
Best Biographies are the ones who dont overly focus on the Man of God / but focus rather on the God of that Man .
A Passion for Souls Life of D.L. Moody L. Dorsett
- Currently reading
Enjoy his perspective of not pointing out what a great Charismatic man that Moody was but the Power of the Spirit working through his Life
Exodus is that type of Book Moses is seen as a great man but we learn that his greatness was only because of the great God He served
A) Begin w/ review - THEME = REDEMPTION
B) Begins w/ Israel in Egypt grown 2 ½ TO 3 million people after four
hundred yrs - why were they in Egypt so Long ?
- 1st to Prepare the People for the land God allowed them to Multiply in number
C) 2nd was to Prepare the Land for the People Gen 15:13-16 where God
told Abe that this is what He was going to do
- Until the Iniquity of the Amorites was COMPLETE
- Basically God was going to give the Amorites 400 yrs to repent but Knowing full well that they wouldnt Later destroyed
We also saw how there was a New Pharoah that came on the Scene according to Acts 7:18 Another = another of a different. Kind
Some suggest that this New Pharaoh was really a Assyrian that
they had overtaken Egypt - Conjecture
The Another of a Different. Kind could also simply mean that It was one who was not Partial to the HEBREWS like the one that employed Joseph
This new Pharaoh feared the grow of the Hebrews possible revolt sought to break their spirit 1st through heavy affliction
made their lives bitter through hard LABOR as slaves
D) But it backfired the v. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. ( Church History )
When that didnt work he sought to employ the Hebrew mid wives to Kill all male Babies before they were born Pick up v. 15 19
Now we touched on this last week but a few things we didnt get to comment on
Reminder these women were not Hebrews but Egyptians who were assigned to help take care of the Hebrew mothers in Birth
were barren themselves / they were unable to have families of their own
- They were Generally women who
they would not Carry out Pharaohs wicked plan Because they Feared the LORD !!!!!
It seems the Name of the God Of Joseph & Israel had spread through the land of Egypt some revered HIM !!!
- Good thing to note they feared God more than they feared Pharaoh
So Pharaoh calls them & Basically they lie to Him about what happened saying those Hebrew women give birth fast
20 Therefore God dealt (HARSHLY ? NO!!) dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.
21 And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. ( Had Children no longer barren )
Now this is confusing to some how could God Bless these women when they lied ? 2 Principles here
1st is that I am to obey those in authority over me / Govt. / Spiritually as well as in my family Rom. 13 makes clear
I am to submit my self to & obey their authority accept when what they are asking me to do something that violates what God says
EXAMPLE: Acts 5 Preaching ordered to stop because they had FILLED JERUSALEM W/ THE NAME OF JESUS
How did Peter respond ? Your telling us not to Preach ? But Jesus told us to take the Gospel to all the World Obey God or man / Certainly GOD
1) Kids Sell drugs / Wives watch Porno Abstain from Evil
Col. 3: 18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
How could God Bless their Lying
It seems that God was majoring on what they did Good instead of focusing on what they did bad
They feared Him and God approves the things that are excellent
Higher moral law Obey God ( NOT MURDER) Rahab
So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."
CH. 2. We are Introduced to Moses - 1-4
2:1 And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. 2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.
3 But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
We learn from Ex. 6:20 that Moses Fathers name was Am ram & his mothers name was Jochebed Sister Miriam / Brother Aaron
They were of the Tribe of Levi which became the Priestly tribe Aaron being the first High Priest
WE LEARN SOME THINGS ABOUT MOSES PARENTS HERE
1ST PEOPLE OF FAITH - Now Here in Exodus the focus is on Jochebed - & her faith that hid the Child
- But Heb. 11:23 THE FAITH OF Both Parents are mentioned & in Acts 7:20 only Moses father is mentioned .
- So put all together Learn both of them Had a Vision for His son They had faith in the Lord to preserve him / take care of Moses
- That faith allowed them to Hide Moses in the House for 3 months
Where does faith come from- Rom. 10:17 Faith comes by hearing & Hearing by the word of God .
Not only People of Faith BUT PEOPLE OF THE WORD Now they didnt have the Written Word Moses Wrote first 5 books
But they had the Oral Traditions Promises given to Abe passed on from Gen to Gen.
I think one of the Evidences of this is look what they put Moses in Ark
In fact the word Ark here is used in only one other place in all of the Bible that is w/ Noahs Ark - Different word from Ark of the Covenant.
And just like Noahs Ark was Covered w/ Pitch so too Moses parents covered his little basket w/ Pitch help in float
How did she Know Perhaps they Knew the Story of Noah I think they did .
When other Babies were being Killed these Parents through faith had a vision for their Son God had a Plan for him not right perish
Two winning Components for the Success of your Child
Have a vision for your child even if others dont think that he or she will be worth much in Gods eyes wonderful & Unique
Search out the Wonderfulness in your Child the Uniqueness in Your Child seek the Lords wisdom in building up their Strengths /
- As well as Helping them through areas where they are Weak Challenging them to be Stretched try new things / Develop
My 3 Children are all so different Personalities & giftings it amazes me the Diversity of the three
When my Son Aaron 1st born was born I was so excited Boy play ball - & shoot hoop
And we do those things together but Sports is not his first love Aaron in very Bright & Gifted interested & thinks about things I never did
- So we do different things together always looking for new things to stimulate his mind & Challenge him in those areas
- I Know Should the Lord Tarry He has something special for Aaron
So first have a Vision for your kids Realize God has a Wonderful Unique Plan 2nd Give Your Kids the Word ( New Devotions)
LISTEN Teach them the Word of God as well as the God of the Word
Recently heard an Apologist make this statement that 75% of Christian kids raised in Christian homes /schools /Churches
Walk away from the faith- once they get to Secular Colleges because of the fact they get Bombarded by Non Christian students & teachers and they really dont know what they Believe or Why .
- And we live in this Culture where Naturalism & Relativism are the Popular Philosophies of the day
- Naturalism being the Belief that everything that exist is from Nature No God No Supernatural / No Creator etc
- Relativism Belief that No Rules / No Absolutes everything is Relative what is right for You is Ok / Although not for me
- Only those things which Claim to be the " ABSOLUTES" Like Christianity ARE those things which are to be Avoided
- Apologist advice was that we need to Make it our Number one aim in the Church & the Home to teach our Kids about those 2 things so they know How to combat them when they get into that Situation
I agree w/ that statement only Partially I dont think our # 1 aim ought to be to learn about Naturalism & Relativism
Our #1 aim is to teach our Kids about Jesus who He is / not just to Know about Him / but to Know Him ( Focus here Children on up)
With that comes Knowing what they believe & why
But The reason that I Believe that 75% of Christian kids walk away from the Faith is that many only have an Intellectual faith
b) KNOWLEDGE but not KNOWING - that is what work at !!!!
- Been in Ministry for 14 yrs & I was in youth Ministry for 7 of those 14
- I have yet to see a Kid who was really Knew the Lord & was in Love w/ Jesus who knew the word Walk away from the faith in College
I knew Jesus was real
- Myself I didnt know half of the things that was thrown at me in College, but I never once doubted my faith
Empty tomb / Reliability of the Bible & the work He had done in my Life & in our family .
Need to know enough of the True that know it is wrong
- Same way dont need to Know all the In & Outs of Mormonism / Islam / JW
1) Enough about Creation / has to be a Creator / Relativism doesnt work when affects me personally Destroy Car
So Important Vision for Your kids & be in the word w/ Your kids
Know the word & Know the God of the Word
Takes 2 things to do that - #1 You have to Live it you have to be a person of the Word yourself / You need to Know God
1) really Know Him Know = By Experience Experiencing God
2nd It takes spending time w/ Your kids /
Scene in Colorado Question that keeps being asked is where were the parents when these kids were banging in the Garage making Noise
Janet Parshall, National advocate for the Family Research Council sited that 20% of 6th 12th graders havent had a good Conversation lasting for at least 10 minutes w/ at least one parent in over a month.
I hope none of our kids would fit in that 20%
Back to our story : Moses parents acting in Faith Placed Him in the river
Last place they would have thought to put him that is where the Babies were being Drown
Picture of Salvation : - Moses was as good as dead doomed to die was taken to the Place of death
- & placed by faith in an instrument of Salvation Ark
- Just as Noah was saved from death by being placed in the Ark / same word Ark = a type of Christ !!!!
- We who were dead in our sins / been made alive in Christ & placed in Him for safety / Security assurance of Salvation
- PICTURE OF SALVATION
Watch what happens next : v.5-10 / NOTE SEVERAL THINGS
1ST Divine Orchestration of this meeting : In Egypt during that time the House of Pharoah own personal bathing pools
But on this day Pharaohs Daughter decides to do her bathing at the River Coincidence right ?
- God was Moving Orchestrate this meeting perfect time / perfect Place / just the right time gave Moses a Pinch Cried
Notice 2nd the Divine Blessing Jochebed's Faith Miriam Shall I get a women to Nurse gets Mom Gets Paid DEAL
3rd Part of Moses training between two worlds
He would grow up in the Palace but He would grow up Knowing about Jehovah
He being the Only son of Pharaohs daughter who apparently didnt have a son of his own was being trained to take over the Empire
There is an Interlude between v.10 & 11 of Ex. 2/ N.T. gives us some insight Acts 7: 22 "And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
Moses was INTELLECTUALLY TOGETHER very smart trained in the Best Schools - Univ. of Egypt
- Historian Josephus tells us that Moses was also an accomplished
- Trained to be Next known ruler of the World but he walked away from all of that to serve His God / & Suffer w/ His people
Question why did God do it this way Why did he not get Moses out of the City Like did w/ Jesus at Beth. Chance to Grow somewhere else
Why did He have Moses grow up in this setting & Culture / admist so much power & Prosperity ? 3 reasons
1st Great Illustration Worldly Pleasures dont compare w/ a Life Lived for God !!!!!! Turn to Heb. 11
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, ( Next Ruler of Known World ) WHY?
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
There is the 1st Answer: He realized that Sin is a Passing Pleasure !!!
1) Sure there is Pleasure in Sin but it doesnt last doesnt Satisfy
D) Not only does the Pleasure of Sin not last it is also Deadly
When John Belushi died in the spring of 1983 of an overdose of cocaine and heroin, a variety of articles appeared, including one in U.S. News and World Report, on the seductive dangers of cocaine:
"It can do you no harm and it can drive you insane; it can give you status in society and it can wreck your career; it can make you the life of the party and it can turn you into a loner; it can be an elixir for high living and a potion for death."
Like all sin, there's a difference between the appearance and the reality, between the momentary feeling and the lasting effect.
It has Been said
Flirtation with sin can lead to romance with Satan.
The pleasures of sin are "for a season," but its wages are for eternity.
It is notable that nearly all the poisonous fungi are scarlet or speckled and the wholesome ones brown or gray, as if to show us that things rising out of darkness and decay are always most deadly when they are well dressed."
Moses realized that all the sin that Egypt offered was a Passing Pleasure
2nd Teaches us where our Focus needs to be !!! -Moses Choose instead to Live for Heaven
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
Two men look out through the same bars of a Prison - One sees the mud, and one the stars.
Phil Grant. Leadership,
A vision is the dominant factor that governs your life. It determines all the choices you are making. It's what's left after all the layers are peeled away like an onion. Clinging like glue to the inside of your rib cage. ... It's what your mind naturally gravitates toward when it is not legitimately concentrating on something else. It's ... what determines your friendships and your relationships that you are cultivating. ... It's what your prayers are about--what you dream about and are giving money toward.
Moses had a Vision of Heaven Eyes on the Lord
3rdly The life of Moses Illustrates for us maybe like no other place in the Bible
It is not by might nor by Power /nor by Human ingenuity or by or by Intellectual Strategizing but BY MY SPIRIT SAYS THE LORD
We see that Very clearly illustrated in this story - The Life of Moses can be Divided into THREE - 40 yr. Sections
1st 40 yrs in Egypt Moses Spends becoming a Somebody in Egypt Well Trained / Well thought of / Well Liked
becoming a Nobody being Broken Learning how to trust in the Lord
- Next 40 yrs Moses spends in the Desert
- That is followed by the last 40 yrs where Moses is the man God uses to
Turn back to Ex. Pick up in v.11 -
11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
- So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Here we see Moses trying to Take Matters into his own hands
Made 2 Mistakes
Looked this way & that way but He didnt Look up didnt look to the Lord
Every endeavor where didnt seek the Lord Disaster !!!!
Next Mistake was that He Tried to Hide His Sin!!!!!
Your sin will always find you out
- Moses effort in the Flesh Backfired Read v. 13-15
E) So Begins Moses 2nd 40 yrs - Desert / Seasons of blessing / Breaking