Gal 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Exodus talks about an escape from Egypt or from sin. Moses was just a man with a word from God. However, that word was filled with power from God. The Bible says John was sent from God. Jesus said He was sent from God. Pharoah of course, had a problem with that. It is just the same as any addiction that has hold of us today. It will not let go easily.
It’s not by foolish preaching, it’s the idea that a man would bring a word to save a soul. That’s foolish to man. Yet that’s the method that God has chosen. That’s the same method that God chose to bring his people out of Egypt and the same method He uses today to bring us out of our sins. I needed a preacher too. You need a man or a woman of God to help you get out of your sin and stay out! It’s got to be anointed and Moses was that.
Moses came out of the river. Jocabed, his mother, placed him in a basket in a river full of crocodiles, and trusted God. The basket floated down the river to the princess. When she looked at the baby, she knew it was a Hebrew child. Moses’ sister comes right then and offers to find a lady to nurse him. Jocabed, his mother, nursed him and put some things into him—that he was not an Egyptian, and that he had a purpose.
Act 7:25-29 “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.”
Moses was trained in the highest courts of education and knew how to fight as well. He knew warfare. However, Moses had killed an Egyptian. When he tried to break up a fight between two Hebrews they said, ‘Why should we listen to you? Are you going to kill us like you did that Egyptian?” He ran off into the desert and stayed there for 40 years. He ran into Jethro and married his daughter Ziporah.
It doesn’t matter who you are. If you are under the anointing, God can use you. If God can use a donkey or a bush, He can use a Moses out of the backside of the desert. Moses didn’t believe that God could use him.
In Exodus 3, Moses is looking at the bush because it was burning and not being consumed. All of a sudden the bush spoke. God used the bush to get Moses’ attention. Moses knew he was in the presence of God. God told him He wanted to deliver His people and wanted Moses to lead them out.
Exodus 3 This is the schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.
Exo 3:1-6 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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.”
When Moses realized he was in the presence of the God his mother was talking about. This is a God that sees, hears, and knows what you are going through. He knows your sorrows. God knew the sorrows of the Jewish people. Not only did God see, hear, and know, He came to deliver them.
Exo 3:7-8 “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
When God says He’s going to bless you, it’s going to be large! He’s going to supersize it.
Exo 3:9-10 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
Moses said, ‘Why me?’
Exo 3:11 “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Pharoah is a bad guy, Moses didn’t want to go. He was happy right where he was.
Exo 3:12-14 “And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
Did God say, ‘My name is Jesus?’ No. The Old Testament is a school master, leading us to Christ.
Exo 3:15 “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Exo 4:1 “And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.”
The rod is for the wolves and the staff is for the sheep. The vision of the shepherd is better than the sheep. All the sheep can see is the back of the other sheep. They decide to wander. So, the shepherd catches them with the crook. If a sheep continues to be a difficult sheep, the shepherd carefully breaks his legs and then wraps them and puts him up on his shoulders and carries him. This little sheep can now hear the shepherd’s voice and know the shepherd’s scent and feel his heart.
Exo 4:2-4 “And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:” Now, snakes are dangerous and God is telling him to grab it by the tail. This was a test and took extra faith. Then, the Lord gave leprosy to Moses and cured him.
Exo 4:5-7 “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.”
Exo 4:9-10 “And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land. And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”
Moses was down on himself and had an ‘I can’t’ mentality and God got mad!
Exo 4:11-14 “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.”
God got mad at Moses. He said, ‘You’re going to go, like it or not.’
Exo 4:15 “And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.”
God is with you. God wants to do things through people. He will teach YOU what to do. He wants to send us. We can come up with all the excuses in the book, but God can still use you. God will give you the words. He will tell you what to say and do. All He’s looking for is a willing vessel.
John 8:58 “..before Abraham was, I am.”
The school master was leaving little bread crumbs. It’s not Jehovah Junior who died, it was I Am, Himself.
Excerpt from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. Feb 29, 2012