Moses: Putting God First
I am always intrigued by God’s hand in our lives and how, if we pay attention, we can see His leading and guidance.
God is intimately involved in our lives
God is shifting our church. A shift in thinking precedes a shift in culture.
Exodus 3:1-12 NKJV
This week read Exodus Chapters 1-4. Men specifically read Nehemiah Chapters 1-2
Exodus Chapter 1: Joseph
He saved the world with a plan during a famine.
Joseph has been forgotten.
The Hebrew people are multiplying, and Egypt afflicts them with slavery and hardship.
The Hebrew midwives were ordered to kill the male children, but they found a way around this decree. The midwives told the Egyptians the Hebrew women gave birth too fast.
Chapter 2: Moses
When he was born his mother noticed there was something different about him.
At three months old his mother released Moses in a basket to Pharaoh’s daughter.
Pharaoh’s daughter had compassion on him when he cried. Moses was seen as a human and proximity shifted her heart.
Moses’ sister steps in, and Moses is given back to be raised by Pharaoh’s daughter.
God’s process reveals your design.
Your design speaks to your purpose.
Moses would be trained as a leader in:
Education, military, commerce,tradeand geography
Moses was a deliverer.
This was part of design.
Moses begins to recognize his own people, and thus has a “them” moment-
Exodus 2:11-14 NKJV11
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. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”
14 Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Moses tries to fulfill purpose in his flesh:
Can anyone relate to having a God-idea and you tried to fulfillit the wrong way?
There are threads in our lives, part of God’s design that we must pay attention to.
Four times Moses was a deliverer:
Moses runs, settles down, gets married and becomes a shepherd.
Moses would learn to shepherd for 40 years.
Shepherding would be part of the skill set he learned and God would use.
He had to ask:
All that training only to become a shepherd for 40 years.
He had to ask the question, “Did I miss it?” “Did I blow it?”
The greatness of all of Egypt’s teaching and power was wasted.
The desert years:
I don’t think God has to strip us of our gifting. I think He doesn’t want us to lean in our gifting more than Him.
The problem with our gift is that we can only get what our gift can provide.
It limits us to what we know, and not what God can do.
There was divine timing to God’s plan, and the maturation of a man who would lead a nation out of bondage.
Why did Moses shepherd for 40 years?
He would shepherd 40 years with Israel.
Your skill set can take you to places your character can’t sustain.
Moses is learning to shepherd but also humility.
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all. . . . The humility which consists in being a great deal occupied about yourself, and saying you are of little worth, is not Christian humility. It is one form of self-occupation and a very poor and futile one at that.” ― William Temple
The combination of design (self awareness), skill (learner), and character are part of God’s plan to bring redemption to others through us.
Seasons- in the process of time:
The importance of faithfulness
Knowing what to do in the season you are in
Understanding God’s design for seasons
Moses was in a season of being thrust out
I believe there are many people who are having a backside of the desert season.
Some are in seasons of:
We all want the breakthrough, but we do not want seasons of prep, loss, and hiddenness (that time of not being where you want to be).
40 years in the desert prepared Mosesfor his ultimate assignment.
We are in a new season as a church.
We have to begin asking God-sized questions.
God did not speak clearly until Moses had turned aside to look at the burning bush.
It happened being faithful in his current assignment.
3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”-Exodus 3:8
Some people say: “If God showed up to me in a burning bush then I would…”
The questions you have to ask is: “What if God actually asked you to do something?”
I am challenging our church: we will not do what we don’t have a mindset for.
We will not do what we do not have God’s heart for.
God’s timing, our obedience:
7 And the Lord said: “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 [a]sorrows.”-Exodus 3:7 NKJV
For Moses, God was asking him to return to his biggest fear and biggest failure.
We do not need the burning bush moment any more. God speaks to us all the time. Most of the time we do not recognize it, listen for it, or are secretly afraid to want to hear it. This is because of what it may mean, or whom it may be for.
Example: The fear that came with accepting a lead position in ministry.
Me not wanting the position
Fear of monotony
Fear of failure
God loves to take us from a season of recalibration to a season of impossibility.
It is only impossible to us- not to God, who is the I Am.
One of the greatest gifts God can give us is our need of Him.
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 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.” -Exodus 3:11
Dr. J (Julie):
She was known for her work feeding people driven from their homes in Thailand due to war.
I felt lead to ask her “What do you need?” to which she responded “I need a car.” The church then raised $1700.
The next year the church went public and asked “what does our city need?
The dual opportunity of Good News:
What if the desire in your heart is found behind one of the scariest questions you can ask God?
“What do you need?”
“I want to make you first. What do you need?”
It may be praying with your family, and asking for forgiveness. It may be trusting God with your finances and giving. It may be putting in a resume, or it may be resigning. It may be taking ownership for what you have done, and it may be trusting that God is bigger than your past.
It may be daring to look at the world around you and ask: “God what do we need to do?”
It may be asking God for his heart with the people you despise or reject.
Maybe He is asking you to be a solution in the area of your biggest fear, failure or regret.
We have to stop creating artificial boundaries and calling them spiritual.
We are the salt and light of the world
We are called to be the mos; creative, resourceful and fearless, sacrificial and loving people on the earth.
I have provided for Myself a king among his son.
What if the people God has called you to won’t be found in your job?
Exodus 3:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
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. 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. 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.”
5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the Lord said: “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 [a]sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
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.”
Most of us demand answers from God but we are afraid of asking Him what he needs.
He would betray his adoptive family
He would lose the power and pleasure Egypt afforded
Josephus would write that he was in line for the throne
Moses lost it all when he chose God’s side
He became a fugitive not because he killed man but because he chose a side. I do not think everyone has to leave a place of authority to serve God. But Moses had to make that choice
We hear of people leaving a preferred position
Moses chose to be identified with “them”
2 Cor. 4:17
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.