Exodus: Cycle of Judgment (part 2)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PLAGUE #5: POSSESSIONS (LIVESTOCK)
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 9:1-3)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GODS “HATHOR” & “APIS” (Ex 9:4-5)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 9:6)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 9:7)

II. PLAGUE #6: BOILS
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 9:8-9)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GODS “SEKHMET”, “SUNU”, “ISIS” and “IMHOTEP” (Ex 9:10)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 9:11)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 9:12; also Ex 4:21; 7:3-4a, 13, 22; 8:15. 19, 32; 9:7)

III. PLAGUE #7: HAIL
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 9:13-19)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GODS “NUT”, “OSIRIS” & “SET” (Ex 9:20-21; also Acts 2:10; Ps 148:8)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 9:22-26)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 9:27-35; also Num 22:34; Josh 7:20; I Sam 15:24; Mt 27:4; Job 6:20; Lk 15:18; II Sam 12:13; Ex 4:22-23; Heb 9:27)


Exodus: Cycle of Judgment (part 1)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PLAGUE #2: FROGS
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 8:1-4)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GOD “HEKET” (Ex 8:5-6)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 8:7)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 8:8-15)

II. PLAGUE #3: LICE/GNATS
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 8:16)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GODS “SET” & “GEB” (Ex 8:17)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 8:18-19a)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 8:19b)

III. PLAGUE #4: SWARMS [BITING INSECTS]
A. JUDGMENT

>>1. HAVOC ON EGYPTIAN LIFE (Ex 8:20-23)
>>2. HUMILIATION OF EGYPTIAN GODS “UATCHIT” & “KEPHER” (Ex 8:24a; also Ps 78:45)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE (Ex 8:24b)
>>2. HARDENING OF PHARAOH (Ex 8:25-31)

First Compromise – You can be a believer, but stay here with us and don’t make yourselves the oddballs
Second Compromise – You can be a believer, but don’t become too extreme in your religion


Exodus: Our Sovereign God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. YHWH IS SOVEREIGN OVER EGYPT’S KING (PHARAOH)
A. CONFIDENCE

>>1. SPEECH
Ex 7:1-2 And YHWH said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. (also II Cor 3:2-3)
>>2. STRAIGHTFORWARD
Ex 7:3-4 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies, My people – the children of Israel – out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. (also Rom 1:24, 28)
>>3. SUBSTANTIATE
Ex 7:5 The Egyptians shall know that I am YHWH, when I stretch out My hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.”

B. COMMANDMENT
>>1. SUPPORT
Ex 7:6 Moses and Aaron did so; they did exactly as YHWH commanded them.
>>2. SERVICE
Ex 7:7 Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

II. YHWH IS SOVEREIGN OVER EGYPT’S RELIGIOUS LEADERS
A. CONFRONTATION

>>1. SURETY
Ex 7:8-9 Then YHWH said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'” (also Ex 4:1-9; 5:15-19)
>>2. STEADFAST
Ex 7:10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did exactly as YHWH commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. (also Ps 74:13; Ezek 29:3)

B. COUNTERFEIT
>>1. SUPERIORITY
Ex 7:11-12 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and sorcerers, and they, the Priesthood of Egypt, also did the same by their occult practices. For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff gulped down their staffs. (also II Tim 3:7-9; II Thes 2:9-10; Ex 15:12)
>>2. STUBBORNESS
Ex 7:13 Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as YHWH had said.

III. YHWH IS SOVEREIGN OVER EGYPT’S SOURCE OF LIFE
A. CONDEMNATION

>>1. STATEMENT
Ex 7:14-16 Then YHWH said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that turned into a serpent. And you shall say to him, ‘YHWH, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed. Thus says YHWH, “By this you shall know that I am YHWH . . .”
>>2. SPECIFICS
Ex 7:17b-19 behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood. The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.”
And YHWH said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'”

>>3. SUFFERING
Ex 7:20-21 Moses and Aaron did as YHWH commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood. And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. (also Ps 78:42-44; 105:29; Rev 16:3-4)

B. CONSEQUENCES
>>1. SPURNED
Ex 7:22 But the Priests of Egypt did the same by their occult practices. So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as YHWH had said.
>>2. SIGNIFICANCE
Ex 7:23-25 Pharaoh turned and went into his house, not taking even a passing thought. All the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they couldn’t drink the water of the Nile. This continued for a full week.


Exodus: Standing on the Promises

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PROMISE: GOD IS IN CONTROL
A. GOD’S PATIENCE

Ex 6:1a But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh” (also Heb 3:1; 12:2)
>>1. MOSES’ DISCOURAGEMENT ANSWERED
>>2. MOSES’ UNDERSTANDING ENLIGHTENED

B. GOD’S PLAN
Ex 6:1b “so with a strong hand he will release them, and with a strong hand he will expel them from his land.”
>>1. PHARAOH’S DESIRES
>>2. PHARAOH’S ACTIONS

II. PROMISE: GOD KEEPS HIS WORD
A. GOD’S PERSON

>>1. GODS NAME
Ex 6:2-3 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am YHWH. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name YHWH I did not make Myself known to them.
>>2. GOD’S ACTION
Ex 6:4 I also established My covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners.”

B. GOD’S PRESENCE
>>1. ISRAEL NOT IGNORED
Ex 6:5a Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, (also Gal 1:4)
>>2. ISRAEL NOT FORGOTTEN
Ex 6:5b and I have remembered My covenant. (also Ps 105:8)

III. PROMISE: GOD WILL DELIVER
A. GOD’S PLEDGE

>>1. ISRAEL’S FOUNDATION
Ex 6:6a, 8b Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am YHWH . . . I am YHWH.’
>>2. ISRAEL’S SURETY
Ex 6:6b-8a “I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be My people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am YHWH your God, Who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession.” (also Rev 21-22)

B. GOD’S PATHOS
>>1. ISRAEL’S RESPONSE
Ex 6:9a Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses (also Is 14:13-14)
>>2. ISRAEL’S REALITY
Ex 6:9b because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. (also Ezek 20:5-9)

IV. PROMISE: GOD IS FAITHFUL
A. GOD’S PROGRAM

>>1. MOSES’ QUESTION
Ex 6:10-11 So YHWH said to Moses, “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” (also Ex 5:1-2)
>>2. MOSES’ QUESTION
Ex 6:12 But Moses said to YHWH, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”

B. GOD’S PROVISION
>>1. MOSES’ COMMISSION
Ex 6:13 But YHWH spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a command for the people of Israel about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
>>2. ISRAEL LINEAGE
Ex 6:14-25 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben.
The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon.
These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations.
Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri.
Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters
of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their clans.
Ex 6:26-27 These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.
Ex 6:28-30 On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, YHWH said to Moses, “I am YHWH; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” But Moses said to YHWH, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”


Special: Jim Garbutt

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Preached Sunday, May 7th, 2017


Special: Jim Garbutt

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church
April 30th, 2017


Exodus: Dealing with Discouragement

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. UNCONCERNED DISOBEDIENCE (Round #1)
A. COVENANT

>1. DIVINE ANGER
Ex 4:24 At a lodging place on the way [to Egypt] YHWH met Moses and sought to put him to death.
>2. DELAYED OBEDIENCE
Ex 4:25-26 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, saying, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” Thus God let him alone. [It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.]

B. COMMUNION
>1. DESIRED FELLOWSHIP
Ex 4:27 YHWH said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So, he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. (also Ex 4:14; 18:1-5)
>2. DEMONSTRATED FAITH
Ex 4:28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of YHWH with which He had sent him to speak, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.

II. UNFULFILLED DEPENDENCE (Round #2)
A. COOPERATION

>1. DRAWN TOGETHER
Ex 4:29 Then Moses and Aaron left [Sinai] and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel.
>2. DETAILED ACCOUNTING
Ex 4:30 Aaron spoke all the words that YHWH had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. (also I Cor 1:22)

B. CONVINCED
>1. DELIVERED MESSAGE
Ex 4:31a And the people believed (also Ex 3:18a)
>2. DUBIOUS FAITH
Ex 4:31b and when they heard that YHWH had visited the people of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

III. UNEXPECTED DEFIANCE (Round #3)
A. CONTROVERSY

>1. DICTATED TERMS
Ex 5:1 After this Moses and Aaron went and told Pharaoh, “Thus says YHWH, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'” (also Ex 3:18b)
>2. DENIED REQUEST
Ex 5:2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is YHWH, that I should obey His voice and let Israel go? I do not know YHWH, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”

B. CONFRONTATION
>1. DESIRES EXPRESSED
Ex 5:3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to YHWH our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
>2. DANGEROUS GROUND
Ex 5:4-5 But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens.” Pharaoh added, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!”

IV. UNREASONABLE DEMANDS (Round #4)
A. CHARGE

>1. DRAWING THE LINE
Ex 5:6-7 The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their [Jewish] foremen, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
>2. DIRECT ORDER
Ex 5:8-9 But you may not reduce the number of bricks from what they produced in the past, for they are idle. Therefore, they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”

B. CONDEMNATION
>1. DISPATCHED WORKERS
Ex 5:10-11 So the taskmasters and their Israeli foremen went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.'”
Ex 5:12-13 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. The taskmasters demanded, “Complete your work, meeting your daily quota, as when there was straw.”
>2. DECREED POLICY
Ex 5:14 And the Israeli foremen, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten then asked, “Why haven’t you reached your quota making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?
Ex 5:15-16 Then the Israeli foremen came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And look, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in the Egyptians.”
Ex 5:17-18 But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’ Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.”

V. UNEQUALED DISAPPOINTMENT (Round #5)
A. CONFLICT

>1. DETERMINED HALT
Ex 5:19 The Israeli foremen knew they were in trouble when they were told, “You can’t reduce your daily quota of bricks.”
>2. DISILLUSIONED WORKERS
Ex 5:20-21 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, “YHWH look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

B. COMPLAINT
>1. DENOUNCING GOD
Ex 5:22 Then Moses turned to YHWH and said, “O Lord, why have You done evil to this people? Why did You ever send me?
>2. DISAPPROVED PLAN
Ex 5:23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your Name, he has done evil to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.” (also Ex 3:19-20)


Exodus: God’s Message

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. REPENTANCE OF MOSES
A. MOSES’ COMMUNICATION

>>1. DESPERATION
Ex 4:13a but he said, “Oh, my Lord . . .” (also Lk 6:46)
>>2. PETITION
Ex 4:13b “please send someone else.”

B. GOD’S INSTRUCTION
>>1. IRRITATION
Ex 4:14 Then the anger of YHWH was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. (also Ex 3:11, 13; 4:1, 10; 32:1-6; Lev 10:1-7; Num 12:1-8)
>>2. PROVISION
Ex 4:15-16 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as [the voice of] God to him.
>>3. VALIDATION
Ex 4:17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do miracles.” (also Ex 4:2)

II. JUDGMENT ON PHARAOH
A. FAMILY DECLARATION

>>1. EXPLANATION
Ex 4:18-19 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please allow me to return to Egypt to see whether my brothers are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” (For YHWH had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”)
>>2. AUTHORIZATION
Ex 4:20 So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.

B. PHARAOH’S DETERMINATION
>>1. DEMONSTRATION
Ex 4:21a And YHWH said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power.”
>>2. REPERCUSSION
Ex 4:21b “But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go”. (also Ex 7:13,22; 8:15,22; 9:12,35; 10:1; 17:8; Acts 4:26-28; Rom 11:33)
>>3. DECISION
Ex 4:22-23 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says YHWH, Israel is My firstborn son, and I’m telling you, “Let My son go that he may serve Me.” If you refuse to let him go, then I will kill your firstborn son.'” (also Ps 89:26-27; Jer 31:9; Rom 8:29-30; Heb 12:22-24; Jn 1:12; I Jn 3:1-2; Ps 14:1-5; Jn 19:5, 14-16; Mt 27:22-23)


Exodus: No Excuse, Sir

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. EXCUSE #1 – LACK OF CREDENTIALS
A. MOSES’ DEFENSE

>>1. I DON’T HAVE ABILITY
Ex 3:11a But Moses said to God, “Who am I
>>2. I DON’T HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION
Ex 3:11b that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

B. GOD’S DECLARATION
>>1. REST IN PROMISE OF GOD
Ex 3:12a He said, “But I will be with you
>>2. ASSURANCE IN GOD’S PLAN
Ex 3:12b and this is what the ‘sign’ means for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (Mt 28:18-20)

II. EXCUSE #2 – LACK OF CONTENT
A. MOSES’ DEFENSE

>>1. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Ex 3:13a Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ (Gen 14:22; 17:1; 21:33; 22:14; 16:13; 33:20; 35:7; Josh 24:14)
>>2. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT I’LL SAY
Ex 3:13b What shall I say to them?”

B. GOD’S DECLARATION
>>1. TRUST THE ONE GOD
Ex 3:14-15 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’
This is My name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
(I Jn 4:8; Is 40:28; Jn 8:24,28,58; Jn 18:4-6; Mal 3:6)
>>2. PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
Ex 3:16-17 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”‘
>>3. RELY ON GOD’S WORK
Ex 3:18-20 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘YHWH, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to YHWH our God.’
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So, I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.

>>4. REAP GOD’S PROVISION
Ex 3:21-22 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. You will thereby plunder the Egyptians.” (Deut 15:12-14)

III. EXCUSE #3 – LACK OF CONVERTS
A. MOSES’ DEFENSE

>>1. I DON’T HAVE CONFIDENCE
Ex 4:1a Then Moses answered, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice”
>>2. I DON’T HAVE RESPECT
Ex 4:1b “for they will say, ‘YHWH did not appear to you.’”

B. GOD’S DECLARATION
>>1. RECOGNIZE GOD’S AUTHORITY
Ex 4:2-3 YHWH said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So, he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.
Ex 4:4-5 But YHWH said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”, (he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand) “that they may believe that YHWH, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” (Jud 3:31; 15:15; I Sam 17:49; Jn 6:9; Ex 4:20; 17:9)
>>2. REALIZE YOUR OWN HUMILITY
Ex 4:6-7 Again, YHWH said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So, he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh.
Ex 4:8-9 “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”

IV. EXCUSE #4 – LACK OF COMMUNICATION
A. MOSES’ DEFENSE

>>1. I DON’T HAVE ELOQUENCE
Ex 4:10a But Moses said to YHWH, “Oh, my Lord, I’m not articulate, either before or after You’ve spoken to Your servant,
>>2. I DON’T HAVE COMPETENCE
Ex 4:10b but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Acts 7:22; II Cor 3:5; Eph 3:8)

B. GOD’S DECLARATION
>>1. SUBMIT TO THE CREATOR
Ex 4:11 Then YHWH said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, YHWH? (I Cor 2:1-5)
>>2. DECLARE THE MESSAGE
Ex 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”


Exodus: Call and Commission

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. REVELATION OF NEED
A. MOTIVATION

>>1. GOD’S TIMETABLE – Ex 2:23a During these [40] years, the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help.
>>2. GOD’S ATTENTIVENESS – Ex 2:23b Their lament for help from slavery came up to God; (also Ps 130; Lam 2:18; Josh 24:14)

B. REACTION
>>1. GOD’S PROMISE – Ex 2:24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. (also Is 49:15)
>>2. GOD’S KNOWLEDGE – Ex 2:25 God saw the people of Israel – and God knew. (also Mt 23:23; Ps 34:15; 145:9; 33:13-15)

II. REVELATION OF GOD
A. SITUATION

>>1. GOD’S MAN – Ex 3:1 Now Moses continued keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb [the mountain of God]. (also Jn 21:2)
>>2. GOD’S PRESENCE – Ex 3:2-3 And the messenger of YHWH appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not consumed.”

B. DIRECTION
>>1. GOD’S CALL – Ex 3:4 When YHWH saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he answered, “Here I am.” (also Jn 1:18; Gen 22:11; I Sam 3:10; Lk 22:31; 10:41; Acts 9:4)
>>2. GOD’S COMMAND – Ex 3:5 Then He said, “Stop coming closer; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

C. PROCLAMATION
>>1. GOD’S CREDENTIALS – Ex 3:6a And He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (also Is 43:10-11; Gen 15:12b-16, 18-21)
>>2. GOD’S HOLINESS – Ex 3:6b And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

III. REVELATION OF PROVISION
A. INTENTION

>>1. GOD’S DISCLOSURE – Ex 3:7 Then YHWH said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,
>>2. GOD’S ANNOUNCEMENT – Ex 3:8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

B. ACTION
>>1. GOD’S LOVE- Ex 3:9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
>>2. GOD’S PLAN – Ex 3:10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (also Eph 2:8-10; II Cor 6:1)