Presentation on theme: "Ex 2: Chosen by God from the Beginning"— Presentation transcript:
1Ex 2: Chosen by God from the Beginning MosesThe Servant of GodEx 2: Chosen by God from the Beginning
2Note lack of Names of People in Ex 2 This story is about God’s redemption of His peopleHumans were involved in critical parts of this salvation, but not the prime moversGod wants generations to come to understand that redemption is all of GodIndividual people play a part by faithGod did it because He is faithful and loves His people – that’s still true today!In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:10-11)
3God made sure Moses grew up in the right family Moses’ FamilyAmram was his Dad (Ex 6:20)Jochebed was his MomMiriam was the oldest childOld enough to deal with Pharaoh’s daughter, so probably a teenager when Moses was bornAaron was 3 years older than Moses (7:7)They were all Godly IsraelitesGod made sure Moses grew up in the right family
4Amram & Jochebed were some of the few faithful Israelites Many Israelites had turned to idols (Josh 24:14)Many Israelites responded poorly when God began to deliver themMany Israelites wanted to return to Egypt when they were tested in the wildernessAmram & Jochebed were motivated by faith (Heb 11)Miriam, Aaron & Moses were all faithful (Micah 6:4)Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Rom 11:5)
5Amram & Jochebed lived by faith Faith overcomes our fears Hebrews 11:2323 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.Faith overcomes our fears
6Faith Overcomes FearsAfraid to tell others about Jesus or about our involvement in religionAfraid to commit to Jesus Christ & be baptized because we fear we might failAfraid to help a friend because we might make mistakes or get criticizedAfraid to get involved in CYC or our ecclesia because we might get criticized for the work we do
7Moses grew up with Godly siblings They were all leaders in Israel! Micah 6:3-43 "O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.They were all leaders in Israel!
9Exodus 15:19-21 Miriam would be about 95 now 19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21 And Miriam answered them:"Sing to the Lord,For He has triumphed gloriously!The horse and its riderHe has thrown into the sea!“Miriam continued to faithfully lead the sisters into her old age
10Moses’ Family 4 generations from Jacob to Moses 1 2 3 4 Amram married his aunt! She may have been younger than him!23412-15 years older than Moses3 years older than Moses
11The 430 and 400 years430 years from the Promise to the Law (Gal 3:17)400 years Abraham’s descendants to be sojourners (Gen 15:13)There were only about 59 years from the death of Joseph till the birth of Moses
12Something Special about Moses Exodus 2:1-31 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.Acts 7:2020 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father's house for three months.Somehow Jochebed knew Moses was special to God – maybe angelic visitation
13Jochebed’s plan to save Moses At 3 months, she couldn’t hide a crying baby boy any longerShe may have had inside information that Pharaoh’s daughter would like to have a childShe may have been bathing in the Nile as part of a ritual asking the fertility god Osiris to give her a childPharaoh came to the water each morning (Ex 8:20)She built an “ark” (like Noah’s), stuck it in the reeds where she knew Pharaoh’s daughter would come to batheThen she waited and prayed – faith in action!Living by faith involves us doing our part, then trusting God to do the impossible
14Amram & Jochebed were not afraid Hebrews 11:2323 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.Faith will motivate us to act for God and His family, and not be afraid of the consequences that might come to us
15Acts 7:17-22 God controlled Moses’ education 17 "But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt 18 till another king arose who did not know Joseph. 19 This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live. 20 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father's house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh's daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.Moses was well educated & accomplished!
16Moses’ EducationJochebed would try to teach Moses all about Yahweh & the promises He made to AbrahamImagine the pressure & stress on Amram & Jochebed to teach Moses as much as possible before they turn him over to Pharaoh’s daughterEgyptians would have educated Moses in the history of Egypt, all about Egyptian gods, and trained him to be a ruler in Egypt.Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Prov 22:6)
17Giving up our Children for God Abraham willing to offer up IsaacIsaac & Rebekah willing to send Jacob back to LabanHannah willing to give Samuel to EliAmram & Jochebed willing to put Moses in the basket by the reeds, then willing to turn Moses over to Pharaoh’s daughter to raise him till 40 years oldFaith completely trusts God to do His part, when we have done our part too!
18We have to do our part, but it’s God’s Election work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil 2:12-13Amram & Jochebed taught Moses about Yahweh, God of Israel & His promises to AbrahamThey prayed for Moses, that God would grant him to come to know Yahweh and choose His waysGod chose Moses and raised him up for the purpose of declaring God’s glory to the nations and delivering His people from slavery in EgyptGod can’t afford to leave His family up to our selection & effort
19Good to keep in mind! Pray for God’s mercy on your family! It’s God’s electionRomans 9:14-1814 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.Good to keep in mind! Pray for God’s mercy on your family!
20Acts 7:23-29 Moses makes his choice! 23 "Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. 25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, 'Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?' 27 But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?' 29 Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.He must have been shocked & frustrated that his own people didn’t understand
21Moses grows up & decides for himself “when Moses was grown” (v.11) is when he is about 40 years oldMoses has to choose for himself which God he would serveHe assumed that the Israelites would be aware of his lineage & understand God would use Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt (Acts 7)Amram & Jochebed must have instilled in Moses the belief that God would visit His people and take them back to Canaan as He had promised Abraham (Gen 15:12-16)Pray for help! Pray for your family!
22Genesis 15:12-16 God had said it would be 400 years 12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."It’s hard for us to know God’s timetable!
23God Provides the Deliverer God used Joseph’s brothers to sell Joseph to EgyptGod used a famine to direct Jacob to EgyptGod blessed the Israelites with large families & the community grewGod raised up Pharaohs who feared the growth of the IsraelitesGod tested & motivated the Israelites by Pharaoh’s decree to kill the Jewish boysGod raised up Moses to deliver His peopleThe whole plan was all of God! He was in control all the time & He still is today!
24Living by Faith (Heb 11:23-27) Aram & JochebedHid Moses 3 monthsNot afraid of the king’s command (He could have killed them!)Moses: based on parents’ teaching & promise to Abraham!refused to be called the son Pharaoh’s daughterChose to suffer affliction with God’s people, rather than enjoy the pleasures of sinConsidered abuse suffered for the Christ (RSV) greater riches than the treasures in Egypt – he looked to the rewardHe left Egypt, not afraid of the King’s anger – He endured as seeing Him who is invisibleHe kept the Passover & sprinkling of blood – lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch themWithout faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb 11:6)
25Trust in the Lord with all your heart Living by Faith todayBelieving & trusting that everything God brings into your life is right for you, and that He is treating you as His children – training us for life in His family foreverBe willing to suffer abuse for Christ – Tell people at school, work & around your home that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. Then be willing to endure whatever abuse might follow.Trust in the Lord with all your heart
26Moses was DiscouragedHe was raised to believe that he was the delivererHe assumed the Israelite community would understand he was their delivererHe made the choice to follow Yahweh, and refuse the pleasures of EgyptHe killed an Egyptian and thought the Israelite community would rally behind himInstead, the Israelites refused him and challenged him “who made you a prince and judge over us?”When Moses tried to save Israel his way, it ended in trouble – like Joseph!
27God is faithful & remembers. He’s just on a different timetable. Moses in Midian (v.15)Fled to Midian for safety & time to thinkLinked up with Reuel, a priestMarried Zipporah & had Gershom40 years went by:A new Pharaoh took over EgyptThe Israelite community grew largerThe bondage of slavery grew worse & the people cried to God for help!God heard their cry & remembered His promise to AbrahamGod is faithful & remembers. He’s just on a different timetable.
28Just out of Egyptian control 2Why flee to Midian?SJust out of Egyptian controlG
30Zipporah’s Family They may have worshipped the God of Abraham Jethro was probably descended from Abraham & KeturahJethro (or Reuel)Zipporah’s FamilyUnknownMosesZipporahHobabThey may have worshipped the God of AbrahamEliezerGershom
31The Family of the Rechabites Some were still faithful in Jeremiah 35G
32Reuel: Priest of Midian Reuel is probably his name: means “friend of God”He is also called Jethro, which is probably a title meaning “His Excellence”Descended from Abraham & Zipporah (Gen 25:1-4)He brought Zipporah & 2 sons to Moses at Mt Sinai (Ex 18:1-12)He acknowledged that Yahweh was greater than all gods (18:11)His descendents became known as Kenites and were included in the nation of Israel (Jud 1:16)Some of his descendents were the Rechabites, who stood as solid reminders to Israel of faithful service to their father (Jer 35)God connected Moses to the right people!
33Consider the Involvement of God’s Angels! Designed Moses to be born to Godly parents and older brother and sisterLined up Miriam to work for Pharaoh’s daughterInfluenced Pharaoh’s daughter to want a childDesigned events to Jochebed could nurse & raise MosesProvided wages for Jochebed to nurse MosesWatched over Moses in Pharaoh’s houseDirected Moses to Reuel in MidianNow to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20 RSV)
34Lessons from Today Salvation is all of God! Appreciate His kindness and thank Him every dayGod organizes our families and puts us in the right one – trust Him and work with HimChoose for yourself – choose to serve God – even if you have to suffer for ChristDo your part – work for God every day – but recognize that God is at work in us to do what is impossible for us to accomplish by ourselves