Exodus 3:5 Ch. 4 When God calls a Man
Intro: We Noted Moses life divided into 3 40 yr. Periods -/
3RD LEADING EVERYBODY
We Have been looking at Moses in 2nd 40 yr. Period in the Desert / in that Place of Obscurity - / Shepherd Lowest social latter
B)Dont Despise the DESERT - last week
Read v. 1-4
Now we noted the Significance last week of God appearing to Moses in this Burning Bush & what that Symbolized
Prov. 8: 17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
Heb.11:6rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
1) Doesnt appreciate Lazy Hearts / but Rewards Diligence
Some People say Oh I really want to know the Lord more REALLY turn off the T.V. pick up your Bible But my favorite Show is on tonight
C) So Moses turned aside & God Revealed Himself Notice How /v.5-9
God revealed Himself to Moses in 4 ways
B)Also note - God of the Living & Not the dead !!!!
A) Nothing misses His viewsees bird falls /all You go through
3)The God who hears v.7,9
B) That is no the Lord He hears our cries & responds
Broken & contrite heart he will not despise
C)Blind Bartimeaus Cried out even Louder - We need to Cry out
When God redeems, He not only redeems from something, He always redeems unto something.
Paul speaks of this Eph. 2:5,6
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
God said,"I am going to take the children of Israel out of bondage and into a good land."
D) Great Picture of the salvation of God.
This is a great picture of SalvationOf REDEMPTION
Notice Gods Method always seeks to work through Men v.10
10 "Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
b)God interested in Men Not Methods / People Not Programs
So God says Come Moses I have a job for you - / Moses responds v.11
Here we see a significant change has taken place in Moses 40 yrs earlier Moses would have said Here I am / I am your man
1) Not Who you are / but Whos you are that Matters
12 So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."
We see this in the Great Commission- Jesus saidGo into all the earth
No doubt, the disciples must have felt like Moses
But in the next verse Jesus said: I am with you always
God says to Moses I will be w/ You THAT IS ALL WE NEED TO KNOW
IMPORTANCE OF SEEING THE LORD IN THIS WAY REV. 1
DUET. 6 :6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up
.8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Psa.78: 4 We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did.
6 so the next generation might know them-- even the children not yet born-- that they in turn might teach their children.
7 So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
Joshua 4: 5 BUILD A MEMORIAL SO THEY WILL ASK -
The Lord says to Moses I will be w/ You so dont worry Moses- to Which Moses Responds v.13
13 Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?"
14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
15 Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'
A) At this time many of the Israelites were sucked into the polytheism of Egypt - Moses says: Who shall I say is sending me? ..... Which god is it?
B) God said:My name is I am- You can just picture Moses scratching his head... Stroking his beard thinking- "I am what?"
1) "Fill in the blank please"
C)This is the TETRAGRAM-a word of 4 Letters/ It is the holy name of
D) It is so holy that we don't know how to pronounce it even to this day
1) All that we have are the consonants....... YHWH
E) From that we have the pronunciation JEHOVAH and YAHWEH
1) They would NEVER pronounce His name in the reading of scripture
Moses may have thought: "I am what?"- The point is - "I am anything you have need of....... Fill in the blank" BECOMING ONE
B) God was saying I am EVERYTHING you need-
C) Jesus Christ came to this earth to help us fill in the blank
1) When He was being taken in the garden they asked: Are you Jesus of Nazareth?
D) He answered: Ego Eimi..... I AM..... And they fell backward
Jesus filled in the blank when He said
John 6:48 I am that bread of life
John 8:12 I am the light of the world:
John 10:7; 9 I am the door
John 10:11; 14 I am the good shepherd
John 11:25 I am the resurrection, and the life
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no by me John 15:5 I am the vine,
So Jesus reveals who YAHWEH really is/ Jesus filled in the blank
It is great to know that God said His name is I am
NOT I was..... NOT I will be... It is I AM
A) God lives in the eternal NOW- There is no past nor future for God
B) There are many Christians who DO NOT live in the NOW
Their past is secure..... They know they were saved 4-5 years ago
C) Their future is secure..... They know they're going to heaven
But their PRESENT is shaky
1) Like a saggy mattress- Both ends are firm but the middle sags
V. 16 22
Note the I wills v.17 I will bring them out
v. 20 I will strike Egypt
v. 21 I will give favor
Clearly something that God was going to do !!!!
B) Same way God Works through us but it is God who does the Work
CONFUSION REQUEST FOR THREE DAYS TRUE
V.19 Key verse King will not let them Go !!! Gods Omniscience
B)Pharaohs heart was already hard & the Lord Knew it / the Lord is illustrating this
1st Mentioned 14 times that Pharaohs hardened his heart
7 times Pharaoh Hardened his Heart - & 7 times that God hardened Pharaohs heart
B) Which is made very clear by the Language 2nd thing to Note
There is a degree of hardening spoken of
C)Pharaohstiffened his heart - / God / God solidified Pharaohs position
D) Pharaohhardened little stronger / God / God solidified Pharaohs
position his choice again
But it all comes back to this right here God Knew Pharaohs heart but allowed the scenario to play out never accused of being unfair
So the Lord says to Moses Come Ch. 4:1
4:1 Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'"
v.18 They will hear you but what if they dont read v. 2-9
The Lord is so Gracious I will Give you 3 signs
It was a sign of His unbelief
What do these 3 signs mean ? Cant tell you for Sure Read much but it was all speculation For instance Magee
When Moses cast the rod to the ground, it became a vicious monster. Note that there is no power in the rod. It is simply an instrument and can be used by Satan as well as by God. For example, liken a dollar bill to the rod. The dollar can be used to help pay for a murder or for prostitution, gambling, liquor, etc. In other words that dollar can become a serpent. Only when that dollar, or the rod, is put in the hand of a man of God who is moved by the power of God can it be used for God. This is an important lesson God is teaching in this passage.
Many people consider the automobile, radio, and television to be of the Devil. The Devil can use all of these instruments, but they can also be used for God. Grab that serpent by the tail, friends! Use your automobile to take some dear saint to church or some of your unsaved friends to hear the Word of God preached. Support Christian programs on television and radio. Do your part to make the media an instrument of God rather than an instrument of the devil. You make them a rod in the hand of God.
Nice ideas but is that what God Meant here sign of Rod
So the First miracle was a sign that Gods man & Power would be more powerful than the Magicians in Egypt the Power behind them
2nd Hand becoming Leprosy & then being cleansed
3rd Nile to Blood - Nile was the source of Life for the Egyptians
So that is my insights on these 3 signs God seeking to Manifest His power over their men of supernatural power
One more thing Quit back to v.. 2 WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND
B) Peter fishing net soul winner
C)Paul a pen / Scholar -