Moses and Paul
Evening Service - 19/3/06
Exodus 5:1 – 6:1
· Israel is being held in captivity by Pharaoh
· Moses has only recently been 'commissioned' by God to be His agent of rescue
o …although he puts up a struggle…
· Returns to Jethro and makes his excuses
· God reminds him of his mission
· Just before we get to our passage, a bizarre story…
§ God is the deliverer of His people
§ Moses is theoretically dispensable
· Moses and Aaron meet and together deliver God's message to the Israelite leaders
· The first meeting with Pharaoh
o exactly as God has told Moses (3.19 & 4.21)
§ the suffering only gets worse
§ bricks without straw (binding material)
· ‘The grumbling starts’
o God had said that Pharaoh's heart would be hardened against them
o but at the first sign of trouble, they lose their hope and stop trusting
§ Moses – ‘you have not rescued your people at all’
Philippians 3:4b- 14
· Insurance letter
· Going it alone
o image of the race / marathon (1 Corinthians, Galatians & Hebrews)
o v.14 - pressing on towards the goal
· What is/was Paul looking to achieve?
§ through the Law (vv.4b-6)
§ through faith in Christ (v.9)
· Change of focus
o from perfection to righteousness
o from observance of the Law to faith in Christ
· Paul has stopped looking at himself and started to look at Jesus
§ similarities with Moses
§ objections to being sent may appear humble, but actually show a focus on himself
§ Who am I? Who shall I say has sent me? What if they don't believe me? But I'm not a good communicator! Send someone else -I'm not good enough!
· We might even recognise some of these objections…
· Poem in ch.2
§ called to be imitators of Jesus
§ servant and child/friend
· Depending on God for the big things and the little things
o not removing ourselves from the equation
§ ‘Do it to me now God!’
o we still have the role of servant and child
§ ‘Here I am, send me!’
· Big things - choices
o vocation, family, job, evangelism
· Little things – choices
o personality, lifestyle
· Trust is an issue of dependence
o trust our parents because we depend on them
o who we chose to trust is determined by who we depend on
· Who was the God of Moses?
o eventually Moses depended on Him enough to see His faithfulness
· Who was Paul's God?
o through the apostle's dependence on Him He grew the Church
· Who is our God?
o do we give ourselves to Him?
o do we trust Him implicitly with our lives?
o do we utterly depend on Him?