Exodus 3:1-Ch.4:17 Dont despise the Desert
Intro: We left off having seen Moses after trying to take matters into his own hands to deliver Israel fleeing into the Wilderness
3:1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
PINK The Colleges of this world cannot equip for the Divine Service for that we must be taught in the school of God the hand of man can not mould a vessel formed for the masters use. The one who is to use the vessel can alone prepare it"
1) The Bible says that God uses the foolish things to confound the wise God was going to make Moses a foolish thing
D) The Desert would be His place of doing this
It is interesting how men such as David / Paul / John the B. / Elijah & John the Apostle all had their times in the Desert
1st It is a place of Reality It is a place where we learn that we are not as great as we think we are / not as together
1) No Position or recognition to be earned just you & God
2nd It is a STILL PLACE- Desert times & seasons are not Busy times / times where you can legitimately be still & know that He is God
A newspaper in Tacoma, Washington, carried this story about Tattoo, the basset hound. Tattoo didn't intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut his leash in the car door and took off with Tattoo still outside the vehicle, he had no choice.
A motorcycle officer named Terry Filbert noticed a passing vehicle with something that appeared to be dragging behind it. As he passed the vehicle, he saw the object was a basset hound on a leash. Officer Filbert described what he saw
"He was picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could speaking of Tattoos feet - He chased the car to a stop, and Tattoo was rescued, but not before the dog reached a speed of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour, and rolled over several times.
(The dog was fine but asked not to go out for an evening walk for a long time.)
Maybe you can relate to Tattoo just picking them up & putting them down as fast as you can / always on the go !!!! Desert times are Necessary
3rd-it is a QUIET PLACE No Distractions limited Noise - a place where you can hear Gods voice
So Moses was in the back side of the desert for 40 yrs - God wasnt in a Hurry why are we
Horeb = Mt. Region / Sinai was the Peak highest Point v.2
2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
ANGEL OR THE LORD
BUSH ON FIRE- the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
B) 1st - The word bush in the Hebrew = a thorny bush
THORNS in the Scripture speak of the CURSE resulting from sin
C)The curse was carried on through to the CROWN of THORNS that Christ wore on the cross when He was made ACCURSED for us
D) Jn. 1 We beheld His glory full of Grace & truth
1) When did they Behold his Glory ? - At the cross
E) Jesus John 12 Now is the time for the Son of Man to be Glorified speaking clearly there of His death
F)He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the
righteousness of God through Him
2nd Picture of us Note the fire was burning in a mighty cedar of Lebanon/ NOT in an acacia tree/ NOT in a mighty oak
A) But in a THORNY CURSED BUSH- I know that I am like a thorny bush
I don't have it together
B)I'm not a glorious cedar... a mighty oak
C)Yet God chooses to Burn in Thorny Bushes like us who bear the marks of the Curse we are sinners
1) Wants to Burn in us not to burn up / burn Bright
Moody was asked explain was so many people came to hear him preach I just ask God to light me on fire ..watch me Burn !!!
WHY would God want to use aTHORN BUSH instead of a mighty tree?
WHY wouldn't God just appear as a flame of fire apart from a bush?
A) This is wonderful truth
B) God has chosen to reveal HisPOWER, His GLORY, His WORD through bushes because it brings ALL of the glory to God
C) When God uses YOU and ME.... Thorny twisted little bushes... people have to say - "WOW!!"
3 Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn." 4 So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
Note When Moses turned aside the Lord spoke - Again we see here the importance of Desert times
Note V. 4 again When God saw that Moses turned aside He spoke God spoke when wasnt on Auto Pilot - Curious
B) Moses Turned aside to see God Spoke - / John 1:12 turned to see the voice that spoke to me