Exodus 17:8-18:27: Influence For Good Through Service

Mar 1, 2020 | Exodus, Messages

[Exodus 17:8-16 ESV] 8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

 

[Exodus 18:1-27 ESV] 1 Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 Now Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her home, 3 along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land”), 4 and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh”). 5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6 And when he sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,” 7 Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. And they asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent. 8 Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardship that had come upon them in the way, and how the LORD had delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 Jethro said, “Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people.” 12 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God. 13 The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. 27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went away to his own country.

 

Hopefully you have your Bibles open to that passage before we jump into it. Let’s take a moment and pray. There’s some of these passages are hard for us. We try to understand why they’re in the Bible and yet all of these words are given to us for our benefit. For our good, for our spiritual growth. They’re good for us. So would you show us what you’d have us to learn here? Open our hearts now. We pray and ask this in your precious name. Amen. I can remember one time when my, one of my kids honestly and very innocently asked me or said to me, I should say, I wish I didn’t have to listen to parents.

It was not about a gripe about a decision I’d made. We were on good terms in that moment, but they just honestly expressed that desire. And so this was out of the blue. I took the opportunity as a parent to explain to them that God made life in such a way that a mom and a dad would learn what is good and right and that they would teach that to their children. Then the children, when they get older, they would do the same thing with their children. I explained that parents are a gift from God to their kids and without parents. Kids would hurt their bodies and their heart.

This passage is right on the heels of the passage about God’s provision in the wilderness of the water and the bread and then the water again, and I think we’re supposed to read this passage as another time of God’s provision for the nation of Israel. In other words, God provides leadership for his people in the section God, for God’s plans to be fulfilled. He gave leaders to the people. Now, we all know people that walk around as if they are God’s gift to men or God’s gift to women, right? Normally that’s a gift that we want to return. Oh, real leadership, good leadership that serves and sets up the followers for success. That kind of leadership is like perfectly baked perfectly baked. Cinnamon rolls, right smell beautiful. They taste delicious. They hit the spot.

Some of you it’s like brownies. Others of you, it’s like kale or something. I don’t know. Good leadership should make things better though. Leadership defined, I got it. Stack of books on my shelf that all say basically the same thing. Leadership is influence essentially. Now biblical leadership [inaudible] influence for good through service. Five words. It’s an easy definition to remember influence for good through service. Therefore, if that is leadership, I want you to hear me here. Everyone in this room is a leader in one way or another. I encourage you to write down a list of the people that you have influence on that you are called to serve, that you are called to work for their good, who listens to you, who respects what you say, who appreciates you, who do you help? We are all leaders and therefore it is good to say that God has given us specifically to someone else to benefit them to influence them. Leaders are a gift from God. I want you to take a step back, okay? 400 years, Israel’s in slavery. What did they need to be set free?

That was Moses something special. No, Moses fails a lot. He doesn’t. He’s not like he’s this great dynamic leader, but they needed a leader, okay? Or if you read Ephesians four you see how God gave to his church, prophets and apostles and pastors and teachers to help them, to equip them for the work of the ministry. Listen, I want you to hear this parent kits. Your parents are a gift to you. Employer employees. Your boss is our gift to you citizens. Your, your political leaders are a gift to you. They benefit you, they’re supposed to benefit you. And so in this story, it’s going to be a little disjointed, but based off of some of the Hebrew language, it’s very clear that the author wanted these two stories to be connected together and come on the heels of the previous three stories. But I think what he’s driving at here, I think what he’s getting at through these two sections is that God has given leaders to Israel to help them accomplish their mission. Question, do they accomplish what God give them, gives them to do? Do they ever do it?

That creates in us a longing for a better kind of leader. We’ll get to that by the end of the sermon. So first we, we start with [inaudible], I don’t know how to pronounce it, honestly. I could be wrong. I’m going to say it. And Molech the Amalekites. We start with the Amalekites and their unprovoked attack against Israel in chapter 17. It’s possible that this was a, this was an attack on them because of the water source that the Israelites have. Suddenly this Malik, these Amalekites are cursed from generations generation, from here on out. This is the army that Saul later on would destroy, but he kept back the King and some of the sheep. Do you remember that story? A little later on? He keeps them back and then he gets punished because of that. David later would conquer them. Even the story of Esther, it’s probable based off of some word studies that had been done that Haman is a descendant from the ancient Amalekites.

Okay? Now, here’s the thing. The Amalekites are also, if you go back to the table of nations and the lineage and everything like that in Genesis, you’re going to find that the Amalekites are closely connected to the Bab Babylonians or the Babel. It’s the same word in the Bible, so there’s no need to say it differently. The Babylonians later profits are going to recognize both Egypt and Babylon as emblematic of all that is wrong with mankind. These ones are the proud ones. Egypt and the Amalekites and the Babylonians are boastful. They take advantage of the weak there. They’re unjust, they’re idolatrous, they’re selfish. They grind the face of the poor. They step on the neck of the poor. In order to gain advantage for themselves financially. These are the ones that are wrong with humanity. And then later on, and the biblical authors mind, especially if you read Isaiah and there are other ones too really quickly you’ll find that God is calling them the new Babylon, the Israelites, the new Babylon, the Israelites, the new Egypt, they become just as bad as Egypt ever was to the ancient reader.

They would have immediately made the connection of the Amalekites to the Babylonians. They’re connected, they get lost. These details get lost in the weeds to us. But essentially what is happening in the story is Israel has just escaped one proud oppressor, get out into the wilderness. And there’s another one. Do you see the, the, the frustration of this moment for Israel? Do you feel that they must’ve been so discouraged by this moment? Now, what’s so interesting in this passage is that in chapter like six through 13 or 12, what happens, does Israel go to war against Egypt?

No. Moses raises his staff and plagues are called down. Now in this passage here, does Moses just simply raises staff? And plagues are called down in the, the army is wiped away and everything’s done. No, Israel has to fight their own battle this time by faith in God, sometimes listen, I want you to hear sometimes this is how God works. He never quite delivers in the same way twice. Sometimes it’s with a miracle like he did with Egypt and other times it’s by working with you in you and through you to sustain you in the battles that you face.

In fact, oftentimes when we’re baby Christians, we experience amazing moments of deliverance, and as we grow and mature, he teaches us to, to trust him in those battles. He’s not just going to win the fight for us. We have to rely on him in the fight for the fight to be won. This is what it means to grow up and mature. So you’ll notice in this passage that Moses raises his hands. Where else have we seen this in the  the Exodus account, every single one of the plagues, right? Pretty much all the plagues, he raises his staff by the arm of Moses, by the arm of Yahweh.  Chapter nine verse 22 chapter 10 verse 12, chapter 14, verse 16, he raises his hands. In other words, God is still working, got us still working in them and through them. But what is going on with this raised hands? Is it magic Juju to casting some kind of magic spell?

Some scholars have said, well, as long as Moses kept his arms up, it was like a sign to the people battling down there. It was like inspiration. They looked at that. They were like inspired. So they kept fighting harder and harder. Is that what’s going on here? I don’t think so. I think we’re supposed to see this connected with the 10 plagues. He raises his hands just like the 10 plagues and yet it’s not immediate work of God. It’s God working through the Israelites this time. So what’s going on here? I mean, then we have this weird account of Moses unable to keep his arms up and that’s just reasonable. Have you ever tried to keep your hand up, arms up for a while? So Aaron and her come underneath them and hold up the arms for Moses. So is this, is this magic?

You know, if your hand is, you know, below your heart, then it’s, you’re going to lose the battle. If your hand is above your heart, you’re going to win the battle. Some kind of magic. What’s going on here? Well, certainly the Aaron and her store part of the story are pointing ahead to this next section and we’ll get to that more in a moment. But I want you to, I want you to see that this is, well, we’re not told exactly what this is, but Moses helps us and interprets this for us. He says that he lifts his hands to the throne of God. Verse 16, a hand upon the throne of God, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. In all likelihood, he was lifting up his staff here just like the other plagues. In one sense, the staff might be symbolizing the throne of God. The reign of God that conquered the Egyptians and even still to that day is raining and Moses lifting up. The staff is relying on King. Yeah, way to fight battles for them and to win for them even in the middle of this war with amyloid. So it’s in one sense like a prayer and it’s another sense a pointing to King God, the true King of Kings.

Well, there’s other details in here. I mean, Moses tells them, Hey, make a record of this and it’s clear that this record is supposed to be a Memorial if they remember this victory and [inaudible] he does this time after time in Exodus, he’s trying to teach the Israelites to remember what God has done for them in the past so that they won’t lose faith in the future. Memorials like this are valuable. You should take journal, you should have a journal times when God works for you. You should write down and when you’re struggling to believe, remember what God has done for you.

This is a military word. The Lord is my banner and then you have a Moses building, an altar which connects him back to all of the patriarchs. It’s just this amazing story of exhaustion on Moses’s part and then we’ve got this next story. Jethro Moses, his father-in-law, [inaudible] from Midian to visit Moses. Jethro is a priest. Let me see that in the account. Is he a priest of God? The true God doesn’t seem like it because later on in the passage he’s going to say, now I know that Yahweh is the true God, so apparently he’s a devoted follower of another religion who shows up. Remember, this is where Moses stayed, who Moses stayed with for 40 years in the wilderness, before the plagues of Egypt and everything. He’s not loyal to Yahweh, but by the end of the story, he will be loyal to Yahweh.

 Now we have this interesting detail that support comes with him. She had been sent home. We don’t know what is going on here. That’s the only detail we have. Some biblical authors would say, well, this is Moses. Probably actually divorced her after the events of, I think it’s chapter 13 when the weird circumcisions story and it seems like she might be angry with him. So he actually puts her away and then here they’re reunited. It’s possible, although I don’t think that’s what’s going on here because I don’t think that texts says that. I think we’re just supposed to leave it as it is for some reason Zipporah went to stay with her father in the wilderness. Perhaps it was for safety. Perhaps it was for security. We don’t know. And here they’re reunited and Moses gets to see his two sons again. And the sons names are really important at this point in the story. Okay? There’s a reason why they go out of their way to say son’s names. This is what they were Gershan and Eliezer means Sojourner in a foreign land. He defines it for us. Moses never feels at home. In fact, his entire life, he never, he never sets foot on the promised land. You’ll never get there. He’s there now. Ultimate promise land.

This world is not this world where he was wandering is not his home. Just like this world where we are. Wandering is not our home. He doesn’t feel home yet. And then we’ve got this Lea is, are this amazing. A phrase which means the Lord is my helper comes from two Hebrew words, meaning God. It’s an easy one. An ASER meaning help or helper. Acer is the word that’s used of the woman in the garden of Eden. When God gives Adam the woman, he says, here is a helper. That word does not mean personal assistant because God is not a personal assistant, not a secretary. Because God is not a secretary. It means like a necessary helper, unnecessary salvation. Somebody who’s given to you, who helps you just when you need it. And for Adam in the garden, Eve was given to him so that he could fulfill the goal of filling the earth with the glory of God, having many kids to fill the earth with the glory of God and bring Eden across the whole earth. And that’s a goal that in one sense we are still fulfilling. Today. We’re connected to Adam and Eve in that [inaudible] helper. The Lord is my helper.

Lord is much closer to savior than assistance, so we’re introduced to these names. Moses says all the struggles that he went through and the good things that he went through. Verse nine Jethro, rejoice and all that happened. Verse 10 blessed be the Lord. He’s delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and is delivered the people from out of the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods because this and this affair he is dealt arrogantly with the people are. He’s impressed himself over and above the people because of his power apparently led. Jethro here is led to know your way because of what God has done in the deliverance of [inaudible] is real. This is God’s purpose in all his word, in all his word.

God delivers you so that you can tell others about how God delivered you and they can know more about Yahweh. God delivers you out of darkness and into light so that you will proclaim the excellencies of the one who called you out of darkness and into light. It’s your duty. That’s what Moses does here. And this is the biblical story. You don’t get this biblical story. God is always concerned, not just with you, not just with his people, but with his people expanding. Even Israel, he, he, he cares for Israel, but he saves Israel will find it the next chapter, next week to be a kingdom of priests, to stand before the world and represent him to the world and point, point the world to him. You get this in the creation mandate, right? Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth with his glory, fill it all.

We don’t just want part of the earth glorifying God or the Abrahamic covenant later on, I will bless you so that you will be a blessing. And the rest of the Genesis narrative is how Abraham at times is a blessing and obeys and benefits a people group, whether it’s lot or he intercedes for different people groups at different times. He does good for the nations. And at other times what happens with the BIM aleck and his little city state, what happens with Egypt and their city state. He lies about his wife and plagues come on them because they try to take Sarah Abram’s wife to be their own wife. So there are times when  Abraham brings blessing to the nations, there are other times he doesn’t brings curses to the nations. In Sinai, they’re made a kingdom of priests to God. And in the Davidic covenant, later on we’re looking for a King who can bring righteous and justice and peace to whole earth.

Not just one part of the earth, not just within these four walls here, but the whole earth. And Isaiah 49 six it is to light a thing that I would raise you up. He says about the coming servant, Jesus Christ. It’s too light a thing that I would raise you up just for the house of Israel. Know I will make you a light for the nations. Don’t ever get this confused. God is not con consumed with just one people group is interested in the world. Go into all the world and make public announcement of the new King, King Jesus who delivers from sin, death and guilt. He brings peace and joy. This is what you and I are called to today and this is what Moses does in this passage and someone who is a devout follower, a pastor in a different religion, converts and says, I know that Yahweh was true. God, he’s greater than all the other guy. Yes, God can do that through your testimony too.

How is God calling you to do that? And so then we have this amazing story, so I’m going to go through a few things about leaders. I know that’s kind of what we talked about at the beginning. So leaders, they’re gift from God. I already said that they’re gift from God. They’re given to us to help structure life in a way that brings justice at brings goodness and brings peace. That’s what leadership’s is supposed to do, but I want you to notice what does leadership look like in this passage? Exhausting. Yeah, I mean that’s the first word that comes to my mind. Exhausting first. He’s lifting his arms up all day while a war is going on. Exhausting. You must have some like really strong shoulder muscles or something and then you see him handling cases with Karen and Susie about whose tent pole is on my side of the line. You see him handling these intricate little cases from sun up till sundown. He’s exhausted caring for the people, and I want to say leadership is service. Any kind of leadership that does not involve service. I shouldn’t even say that. Any kind of leadership that isn’t primarily service, it’s not biblical leadership. It’s say tannic leadership. How about that?

Leadership is not you standing up and telling people what to do. Leadership is sacrificing yourself for the good of others. It’s love. It’s finding to get down on your knees and wash their feet. It’s finding ways to care for them, to know where they’re at, to help them to put them in a position to obey and grow and succeed and do good. That’s what Moses does here. Leaders, sir, dads. Leaders, sir. That means you’re the ones cleaning the poopy diapers. Do you want to be a leader in your home? By the way, the more of a leader you become, the more services required you don’t want to serve. Don’t get into leadership. I think some of the times we envision leadership as like an upward trajectory. Like, okay, if I become a leader at this level, then I’ll have to do some of the service.

But I also get to tell people what to do some and then I go up the next level and I get to tell people what to do more and I do less of the service. But then if I get at the top, then I just tell everybody what to do and I don’t serve anyone. That’s not the way it works biblically. The way it works biblically is the further up you go, the more you serve. So if you want leadership, know what you’re getting yourself into dad’s, get on the ground, play with your kids. Be the first one to offer discipline and correction. Be the one to love and listen to your child and sacrifice that downtime after work or the game time to look your kid in the eyes. Listen to him. Well husbands be the one to make dinner and to clean up from dinner. I don’t care how long you’ve been working, I don’t care if she got to be home. It doesn’t matter. Sacrifice, sacrifice well beyond your limits and keep sacrificing. If you define leadership in your home, dads and husbands, I’m going after you right now. If you define leadership as your home, my way or the highway, that’s Satan’s words and is that, that doesn’t mean you don’t provide structure. Doesn’t mean you don’t provide guidance in the right direction. It means that your leadership starts through service. Get on your knees and wash some feet.

And so that’s what Moses does in this passage. Jethro says, obey my voice. You guys have seen that phrase Shama, listen to my voice and apparently this is the good kind of listen to my voice cause this is a voice that’s representing what God wants for Israel here. And so Moses becomes a teacher of the law, big scale serving and a big scale in that way, and then decides the big cases and then they set up some kind of a hierarchal judicial system. It says by thousand, 150 and 10, it’s unlikely that they actually set up a judge over 10 people at a time. This is probably an idiom in the Hebrew. It’s probably just saying, just set up a higher hierarchy of system. Okay. So like we have, we have the lower courts, we have the upper courts, we have the Supreme court. We have that in our American government today. It’s very similar to that. Okay. What are the qualifications of the leaders that they set up? Do you see that there? They’re capable. They’re able, they fear God. They’re men of truth and they hate dishonest, gain, hate, dishonest gain.

Can I say something? Character still matters in leadership. I don’t care what good you lead into. Your character is not where it should be. Notice the, I don’t care what happens in politics or in political debates, which there’s tons of them out there today. People screaming past each other what’s true and what’s not. You read this. What are they looking for to lead and to make judgements, men of truth, who tell the truth. Men who hate dishonest gain, they’re not. They’re not after just what they can get out of it. Character still matters in leadership. Husband’s character still matters in leadership. Dad’s character still matters in leadership. Deacon’s character still matters in leadership. Leaders in the community, character still matters in leadership management character still matters in leadership. Politics. Character still matters in leadership. I don’t care what they set out there today. Biblically, character still matters in leadership.

Notice here, what is the defining quality of a good leader? If you were going to summarize those four, I would say, well, it would probably be first a fear of God, but then the men of truth and hating, dishonest gain kind of go together and it’s almost as if he’s saying, listen, you’re not serving for yourself and this is kind of point number two. Our point number three, so leaders are gift from God. Leaders serve, and third leaders do not serve for themselves. They don’t serve for what they get out of it. In fact, they shouldn’t get anything out of it.

This is a big problem moving forward. In Israel’s life, it’s a huge problem you read later. And my favorite book, Isaiah, you read story after story about how the men, the heroic men, the leaders in communities, they’re heroes at drinking wine. They’re taking bribes and they’re using the authority and the judicial power that they have vested in them through this story right here. They’re using that judicial power to subjugate widows and orphans and take their property to enhance their wealth. The using their power, their authority, their influence for gain, dishonest gain. If you move forward even further, I think it’s Ezekiel. I didn’t look up the passage, but it’s a riveting passage in my heart because of how you know what pastor, the word pastor in Greek means, right? Shepherd.

In Ezekiel there are leaders in communities that are referred to as shepherds. And it says, yells at them basically, Hey, you know what? You guys are shepherds, but you know what you’re doing with your flock, with the people that are following you, your butcher and them. You’re taking there to wool to where you’re eating their meat. You’re using your followers instead of serving them and working for them. Good biblically here, leaders were given to not, they weren’t given the position for themselves. They were given for the benefit of others. And finally, leaders teach. Leaders teach verse 20, you see that Moses is assigned goal of you shall warn them about the statutes and laws. Make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. So Moses, his job was to teach and direct and guide. And I want to say just generally, broadly, there are teachers and then there are those who teach. Listen, some people are teachers, but everyone is someone who teaches. In fact, we’re all commanded to teach one another in Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. [inaudible] Three all leaders teach. All leaders have an element of teaching in their leadership. If you lead, you teach what you teach and how well you teach may vary, but leaders always teach something. Bosses teach about the principles that matter in a workplace, right?

They’re teaching and guiding you. They sweep things under rug. They teach you that what matters most is the dollar and cent, not ethics. Parents teach priorities, but by how they choose to spend their time. They teach about what matters to their kids. Are you going to, you get to understand and appreciate what matters. Kids, well, you’re teaching and action and even by words sometimes everyone is a teacher in some way. You use your words and your actions to influence others and you should be pointing them to the righteousness and justice of God and the glory of God and living for God.

For when I got through this section, when I read through this again, I got to this and I thought, man, I, I don’t feel like a gift to my family and my people. I do not serve them. A lot of times I serve just to get something, whether it’s emotional gain or whatever like that. I’m not sure I’m always teaching the right things. Does anyone else feel like crud looking at these things? I mean, I do. I’m a leader. I feel like crowd looking at this, you know, the biblical story, you should, it’s not complicated. It’s the story of every human. That’s what I love about the biblical stories that maps on to my life personally. Perfectly. God has been so, so good to me and yet so, so often I wander away and in, in, in the Exodus account are in this biblical account. As it moves forward, these leaders, they become dishonest. They love dishonest gain. They’re not men of truth. They’re not men who fear God. They’re not capable. And so over and over again, what you have is a things falling apart in their community.

And when you see bad leadership, does it not? Or when you feel like you’re a bad leader, does it not create in you a longing for a better leader? And that brings us to Jesus. Who is the gift from God? John three 16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only son, one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. We were given Jesus. Why did Jesus come? Well, first he defeats our enemies. You see, Moses and Joshua, they defeat their enemies there. Ephesians six says, we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers. He lists four different groups of spiritual powers. These are evil spiritual forces at work, within and without us working against us trying to conquer us. [inaudible]

Two 15 says that Jesus or God disarmed the spiritual powers and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in the cross. He defeats our enemies for us. He’s the great military leader he serves. You know the verse, Matthew 10 28 Jesus, the greatest leader ever said, I did not come to be served, but to sir Jesus serves. Shouldn’t we? Not only that, but he serves for others good, not for himself. That verse goes on and it says, I did not come to be served, but to serve and what give my life a ransom for many those words. There are certainly a quote of Isaiah 53 okay? Okay. Combination of a couple of different quotes from Isaiah 53 Isaiah 53 says that he was pierced for archers, guesses, wounded for an equity, and the chastisement was laid on him. That brought us peace, that brought us healing, that brought us peace and Shalom for our good. He serves at a cost him his life. He serves you today. If you’ve never been served by Jesus, you don’t know any part of him.

You have to allow him to serve you, but delivering you from sin through the cross and his resurrection, and he can do that for you today. He’ll serve you today at great cost to himself and it will be for your good. So will you turn from your sins and turn to him today. Finally, he teaches. One of the great problems in the old Testament was they did not teach truth the right way. And anytime a leader got a little bit of power and they were supposed to be teaching the right things, what would they do? Teach the wrong things over and over and over again. So what does Jesus do? What is his plan in the new covenant? Well, he taught really well, first of all, but then he left the Holy spirit. And first John says, of the Holy spirit, the anointing that you received from him, Jesus abides in you.

So you’ve received some kind of special anointing. It’s the spirit that’s in you and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and is no lie, just as it has taught you, abide in him, he’s given you the Holy spirit to teach you about what is right and what is wrong and how to pursue right. It doesn’t mean that you know, my job is irrelevant. It’s clear from other portions of scripture that we should have teaching on Sunday morning. But this is talking about the kind of teaching where, Oh, I don’t know what’s good and bad, what’s good and bad? How should I decide what’s good and bad? And he’s saying, you had been given everything you need by the promises of God through his Holy spirit. You have everything you need for life and godliness. You’re sufficient with the Holy spirit to live for him. There is no excuse in the new covenant community. You can’t blame me if you’re not living for God.

Jesus. Where’s Jesus in this passage? Well, anytime you see a leader that fails in the Bible, there’s Jesus. There’s a better Jesus. Here’s a better Jesus. Every time there’s a better leader, I should say, better leader every time. His name is Jesus. So we’re going to respond and worship to that. Let’s bow our heads in prayer. I’m going to give you just a few moments to pray to God and worship him silently and then we’re going to sing a few songs to his name. So let’s, let’s, let’s pray silently here for just a few moments

 

 

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