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Jun.22 Exodus Study

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Exodus

4: 18-31

Returning to Egypt”

Outline:

I.) Intro.

II.) Vs. 18-20 A Future, Not A Failure

III.) Vs. 21-23 They Belong to Me

IV.) Vs. 24-26 You Belong to Me

V.) Vs. 27-31 You’re Not Alone

I.) Intro.

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God has always been into people and what is more amazing is that He uses people to polish people. The only way that you can polish a diamond is with another diamond. So the Lord uses us to further polish each other to shine Gods glory.

God is about to use Moses as part of His polishing dust, but before He can do this He has to prepare Moses. So a few weeks back we saw that God does so by first revealing to Moses who He is. God gave Moses several signs that were intended to show Moses that He was greater then Moses failures. There are three things in our lives that will cause us to fail, “the devil, the flesh, and the world.” So God gives Moses the sign of the rod, which is grace by faith. Then to over come the flesh God shows Moses that all he needs to do is get his heart right and what he does will be right. Lastly, God shows Moses that if you are struggling with the world, dump it out and get rid of it. This week we see God give Moses some last minute instructions. In these verses we shall notice four things God wanted Moses to know before he went back to Egypt.

II.) Vs. 18-20 A Future, Not A Failure

Remember what Egypt was to Moses; not only did it represent home, but it also represented the place of his greatest failure. No wonder Moses had reluctance when the nation needed him what did he do. Forty years pass and God asks him to return. How would you respond if God sent you back into the areas of your life that you most often failed?

Vs. 18 Moses returns from his conversation with the Lord to Jethro his father in law. Before Moses is given any further instructions he first had to be obedient. God is interesting in you dealing with our past failures. I wonder how many times Moses during those past 40 years thought about his failure in Egypt. Yet, Moses was ready to act in faith and go back to deal with his failure.

Notice the words Moses uses to Jethro as they reveal the state of Moses heart. “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.” This statement by Moses sets the context of the rest of this passage. No less then six times in chapters 3-4 God tells Moses that not only are the Israelites alive but that God is going to use Moses to deliver them to a land flowing with milk and honey, (3:8). But here before his father in law he says that he wants to go and see if they are still alive. One theory is that Moses does not quite know how to tell Jethro that he has just had a conversation with God in a burning bush who told him to go back to Egypt to set free 3 million slaves from the hand of the mightiest man on earth. That might be part of it, but I suggest to you that there might be another reason. I think that Moses had ran away from his problem but his problem had not ran away from him. God is always showing us areas of our life that He is working on, we can run if we want from them but the truth is that they will always be there when you stop! Moses running from the problem had no doubt caused problems with his brethren, but notice how he over reacts, “to see if they are still alive.” Jethro with out knowing anything says, “Go in peace.” Moses had anything but peace at this moment. “Peace! Peace, when I’m going back to the very place where I let everybody down then I ran away from it instead of taking responsibility, leaving everybody else to pay for my mistake.”

Vs. 19 God says to Moses, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.” Moses wants to talk about the past failure; God wants to talk bout the hope of the future. Moses is stuck in the quagmire of guilt but God says, “Stop dealing with the past and start realizing the future!” “So you blew it, I knew you would, those guys who sought your life they themselves are dead, so go back.” The future is full of hope because of Who God is, and not of who we are not! Paul says to the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Vs. 20 One last thing here notice what Moses takes with him as he heads back to Egypt:

  1. His family. Is that not what God had given him in spite of his failure?

  2. He brings with him the rod of God in his hand. Which as we saw represents Gods grace.

We don’t need to dwell on past failures, instead we can move on in the hope of the future.

III.) Vs. 21-23 They Belong to Me

Vs. 21 The second thing God wanted Moses to know as he went back to Egypt is to show Pharaoh all the signs, which He had shown Moses. Those signs were as much for Moses as they were for anyone else. Moses was consumed with his own failure, so God has given him these signs so that Moses might be continually reminded that God has overcome his failures even if Moses is battling the devil, flesh and the world.

Yet we are told that in spite of these signs Pharaoh would still not obey. Moses who is struggling to entering into a place of failure is told that even though he is being obedient and doing everything that God has told him it still is going to appear as though he has failed. God is saying that He is going to allow Pharaoh to have what he wants, namely a hard heart. It is not that God will harden Pharaoh’s heart but rather that God knows that his heart will become hard.

Vs. 22 Look here at what God is saying to Moses, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.” Moses is hearing something that no one else has ever heard concerning Israel, that Israel belongs to God. God is telling Moses that no matter how much you love your brethren I love them more. What this is telling Moses who is consumed with failure is that God who can not fail is in complete control. “You go and tell Pharaoh that though he may think that Israel is nothing but a bunch of worthless slaves, they are in reality My sons and daughters!”

Vs. 23 Further more God tells Moses that if Pharaoh doesn’t let His children go he will kill Pharaoh’s children. God is saying that He knows the situations and that even thought they may not look like they are in your best interest you have to trust Him that they are. So Gods second word to Moses is that success is in His hands not yours. Those problem areas are His problems and as you yield your life over to Him He will deal with them.

IV.) Vs. 24-26 You Belong to Me

Vs. 24 Now we come to this strange little section. May I just remind you that Moses is the one that is telling us what happened here, with that said this is another one of those embarrassing moments. It is here that we get the third thing God wanted Moses to know that, the only one he had to please was God!

Now we are not sure just how it was that God was ready to kill Moses only that this was the case. You can see the family of four walking to Egypt and all of the sudden as they stop for the day Moses is near death.

Vs. 25-26 It is here that we are told of Moses little, “Lady Bird” taking charge and performing circumcision on their youngest son Eliezer, “My God is help.”

Back in Gen. 17: 10-12 God had commanded Abraham as a sign of the covenant between them to have every male child be circumcised. In the N.T. we are told that in Rom. 2: 28-29 “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God...” What circumcision was all about was an outward sign which symbolized the cutting away from the old nature. So why would Moses not circumcise his son? We are given a clue in Zipporah’s rebuke of Moses. It appears that she viewed this as somewhat barbaric. So Moses was wanting to please his wife above the Lord and in so doing he was not being obedient to the Lord. Moses was always to concerned at what others thought when in reality we must first and foremost please the Lord. Moses was about to go and speak to the most powerful man on the earth about Gods people being set free to worship God, how could he do so if he himself was not following? As Moses went back to Egypt God wanted him to be concerned with following Him and not mans opinions, not even his wife’s. It is interesting here that you do not here of Zipporah and their son’s until the 18th chapter, which is when they return from Egypt. It appears that they went to stay in Midian with Jethro until Moses return.

V.) Vs. 27-31 You’re Not Alone

Vs. 27 Moses although told that Aaron was coming out to met him, finds out that the older brother whom he had not seen in 40 years had also been told to get him. So the last thing God shows Moses, he is not alone. One of the greatest obstacles we have to overcome as we go back into the places where we have failed is the feeling that we are all alone and that no one will want to be around us. So God sends his brother who also heard from the Lord.

Vs. 28-29 Now don’t go by this verse to quickly because as Moses told Aaron all that God had said, Aaron must have believed him as he went with him to the elders. All we need is someone who will believe the best for us. We all need cheerleaders in our lives, folks that will come along side us in spite of our losing track records and say, “I’m with you brother!” That’s what God does for Moses. Man never under estimate the value of a friend!

Vs. 30-31 Man look at what God does with the man that was a failure, he has given him signs and encouraged him so that Moses walks back in the area of failure and God performs a wonder as the elders of the nation not only believe him they worship God.

 

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