This morning, we are in a sermon series called “Exodus: The Victorious God.” Pastor Mike has titled today’s message “Deliverer’s Doubts.”
Exodus is a book about the Lord as he brings deliverance for his people.
Exodus chapter 1: Deliverance was Needed!
Exodus chapter 2:1-10: A Deliverer Was Born.
Exodus chapter 2:11-25: The Deliverer is Prepared.
Exodus chapter 3:1-10: The Deliverer Encountered the Holy God and Is Called to His Task.
Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors. I know about their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land… 10 therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
God was calling Moses to be the vessel that He would use to deliver his people.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Who’s Your One?
Exodus chapter 3:11-22: The Deliverer Has Doubts.
THE DELIVERER HAS DOUBTS
But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 He answered, “I will certainly be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I am the one who sent you: when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will all worship God at this mountain.” 13 Then Moses asked God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.”
Moses was filled with doubts about himself.
In Moses’ fear and uncertainty God responds with the promise of His presence.
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
When God calls you to do something it is not about you or your abilities, it is about him.
The point is not ‘who you are,’ rather it is ‘who he is’ and that ‘he is with you.’
Moses was filled with doubts about God.
When we are filled with doubt (about ourselves or about God) remember who God is.
The Lord = Yahweh
Because God is: we can take our eyes off of ourselves (weaknesses & strengths, failures & successes) and focus our eyes on the Lord.
Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.
GOD IS AND GOD DOES…
“Go and assemble the elders of Israel and say to them: The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I have paid close attention to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised you that I will bring you up from the misery of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, Hethites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey. 18 They will listen to what you say. Then you, along with the elders of Israel, must go to the king of Egypt and say to him: The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Now please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.
19 “However, I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go, even under force from a strong hand. 20 But when I stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my miracles that I will perform in it, after that, he will let you go. 21 And I will give these people such favor with the Egyptians that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. 22 Each woman will ask her neighbor and any woman staying in her house for silver and gold jewelry, and clothing, and you will put them on your sons and daughters. So you will plunder the Egyptians.”
1. He is the God that reveals himself.
2. He is the God that sees and knows.
3. He is the God that promises.
4. He is the God that is victorious.
5. He is the God that delivers.