“Children Go Where I Send Thee”
In the last few weeks we have talked about culture and conflict. We looked at Daniel in captivity and then Paul founding the church in Thessalonica. So today, having laid the foundation that doing God’s work God’s way will always produce conflict with our culture, we travel back in time, way back before Daniel and peer in at the important concept of call. God places His call upon people that He will use. They don’t have to be superman but they do have to trust in the Lord.
Exodus 3:1-12 Moses turned aside!!
Moses life was segmented into 3 distinct parts, 3 separate chapters of 40 years each.
1. The 1st forty ________________________________________________________________
2. The 2nd forty _______________________________________________________________
3. The final forty ______________________________________________________________
Moses is listed in the great “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:23-26, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” ________________
Moses was observant – ______________________________________________________
1. “I will now turn aside” (vs. 3). ________________________________________________
2. Moses looking led to hearing and faith comes by hearing. “Moses, Moses!” ___________
3. When Moses heard God’s voice he made himself available, “Here I am.” ______________
God gave Moses instructions – (vs. 5) “Do not draw near this place”. ___________________ “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” _________
1. “Our God is a consuming fire” – the bush may not be consumed but if Moses is disobedient he could suffer being destruction.
2. “No one can see God and live” – The Lord is projecting His presence as fire, which He will also do when He leads the nation through the dessert.
God identified Himself so Moses could understand – “I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. _________________________________
The impact on Moses was immediate: “And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.” ______________________________________________________________________
Moses has been a part of a new family in the dessert. _______________________________
God points Moses to his new flock – “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.”
God makes a promise to Moses – Actually there are two promises:
1. I will go with you. 2. You shall serve God on this mountain.
We have observed conflict, culture, and call. These all are elements of faith.
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