Exodus 2-4, Part 1: Have You Had A Burning Bush Moment?
[Exodus 2:1-25 ESV] 1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” 11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” 23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel–and God knew.
[Exodus 3:1-22 ESV] 1 Now Moses was 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. 2 And the angel of the LORD 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. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the LORD 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, 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. 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. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 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?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 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.'” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, 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. 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, 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, 17 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.”‘ 18 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, ‘The LORD, 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 the LORD our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 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. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 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. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
[Exodus 4:1-31 ESV] 1 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.'” 2 The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3 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. 4 But the LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”–so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand– 5 “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 Again, the LORD 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. 7 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. 8 “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9 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.” 10 But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the LORD 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. 15 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. 16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.” 18 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 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. 21 And the LORD 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. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.'” 24 At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision. 27 The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
Well, the these chapters, it’s actually chapter two through for all of chapter four deal with God’s calling of Moses specifically and I think it would be good for us during this section to read and understand how God’s calling on a person’s life to fulfill his role requires God. The passage reveals in this passage in chapter three especially at least 11 characteristics of God. 11 attributes. 11 descriptions of who God is. That boggle our mind. This passage is not a passage that you are good enough. This is not a passage that you are strong enough. This is a passage about how God is good enough about how God is strong enough.
This is not the origin story of the superhero Moses. There’s no one. I’m talking about how did Moses get his super powers. This is not that. This is a normal guy that got called to a specific role and enabled him to fulfill that role. Now, I mean the first three verses of chapter two just light up like a Christmas tree with references elsewhere in the Bible. You’re going to see real quick. First of all, there is this idea of the a man from the house of Levi took a wife Aleve bite and in our passage here, his mom and dad aren’t named. They are named later on an Exodus. Why is it instead the tribe is given of them? The answer is simple because we’re going to be introduced by the end of Exodus that the lead bytes are the priests of God and show it’s, it shows us right away we’re introduced to a child, we know the end of the story.
So this child is going to in some way be a priest of God. He goes on the woman conceived and bore a son and this is all over the Bible. References everywhere. Not only from Adam and Eve, when, when Eve is promised even after their sin that God would give a child to Eve that would eventually crush the serpent’s head. And so she has that first child. And what does she say? I’ve gotten a man. I’ve gotten child of God the son. Maybe this is the one and it’s not that first one is not at, but later on we have more children born under either miraculous or absolutely unlikely circumstances. We have Abraham and Sarah there, Sarah’s barren and past the age where she could even bear children. And yet she has Isaac. You’ve got Samuel later on, Hannah prays in the temple for Samuel [inaudible] for child.
And Samuel is born to her. You have Samson, and eventually one day you’re going to see Jesus when Jesus cousin John the Baptist. So over and over again, this, this child being born. You remember from Christmas season, the Isaiah a passage that a Virgin will conceive, and you’ll call his name Emmanuel. And then chapter eight, the [inaudible]. Isaiah’s wife conceives and bears a child. And then chapter nine, we’re introduced to a son being born. This, this is the theme throughout the Bible. And we’re supposed to see this in a long line of, is this the promised one? Is this the one? And it’s not only that, but the woman conceives and bears a son. And when she saw that he was the ESV says a fine child.
Yeah. Thumbs up from pastor Trey. If you can guess what that word is. [inaudible] When she saw that it was good, who does that ring? A bell ease. And then Sarah, and then you move forward and Aiken sees that the stuff is good and he takes it. And on and on throughout the Bible, the seeing that something is good as the theme, it’s lightened up like a Christmas tree for us to see connections all over the place. And when she could hide him no longer, she took for him a, what do you translations have arc? That is the correct translation. KJV gets this one. ESB has basket. The word that’s used here is only used in two different locations in the Bible. Once here and once of no in the Ark. And if you say basket, you miss the connection. Again, it’s lighting up. He’s, we’re trying to, we’re supposed to see Moses as having to go through a watery trial.
But God protecting him with an arc. Just like Noah went through the water retrial and God protected him with the arc. These biblical authors know how to write. They’re not just writing random junk down the trying to get you to connect themes all together to see them. She [inaudible] dabs it and, and she puts pitch all around it. She puts the child in. It places it by the reeds of the river bank. Now, a couple of things here. You from the last verse of chapter one that the Egyptians were all supposed to throw their babies into the Nile, the Hebrew babies into the Nile. Awful, terrible things that people can do when their mind is twists it up about what is good and they don’t understand what is bad. They can do awful, terrible things.
And here I don’t quite understand why Moses’s mother decided to put him in a basket floating down the river. You call child protective services on that woman, right? We’re not told her motivation. Some people say, well, she knew she was up river from Pharaoh’s daughter who is bathing. And maybe that would make its way down there and Pharaoh’s daughter would get her. That’s possible. We, we don’t have evidence of that in the passage. This is an odd thing she chooses to do. And yet God uses this to show and connect Moses to the people of God. And yes, you know, probably the story if you’ve seen the cartoon Prince of Egypt or you’ve seen the, the old as a Charlton Heston, 10 commandments, all that stuff. You know what happens here. It’s a famous story. The child floats down, the, the, the daughter of Pharaoh gets him.
Moses’s older sister goes to the daughter and says, Hey, I know someone who could take care of them and raise them for you. And so she takes him back home to his real mother and raises him until he’s old enough and go, and he goes, and he’s a Prince in the house of Pharaoh when he’s a Prince. They’re in the house of Pharaoh from everything we can see for 40 years. Well, for 20 some years. Well, whenever he grew up, so there, Moses’s life is divided into three groups of 40. [inaudible]. He’s 40 years growing up in the house of Pharaoh. There’s his 40 years in the wilderness. Then there’s this 40 years judging and, and ruling in one sense and delivering the people of Israel through the wilderness. This is kind of Moses’s life than it really neatly compares to the people. The people were there in the house of Egypt for a period of time and then they later go into the wilderness and they’re there for 40 years and then they make their way into the, led it as a nice little connection to it.
Well, he re he’s raised in the house of Pharaoh, given all the education of Pharaoh. It becomes like a, a son to Pharaoh’s daughter and she calls him Moses, which definitely has Egyptian linguistic connections. This is not a Hebrew name cause he drew, they drew him out of the water. Well at verse 11 the next scene in his life comes years, decades later. Okay. And the next scene in his life, he has grown up as a Prince of the Pharaoh, but he’s has a heart to defend his people. One day, Moses, when Moses has grown up, he went out to his, people, looked on their burdens, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that and seeing no one struck down the Egyptian and hit him in the sand. There are two really important ideas here. First of all, the text pretty clearly indicates that Moses knows this was wrong, you looks this way in that, and then when he’s done, he hides the body in the sand.
He knows that this is murder. We clearly see this motif of shame and hiding just like Adam and Eve hid in the garden, and I think the reason we’re supposed to see that is because the second point here, which is that he is getting ahead of himself. In fact, all the way I was reading in my Bible reading this week, I’m trying to do Robert Murray McShane’s Bible reading in a year this year and I was in acts chapter seven. This is Steven’s famous trial right before he’s about to be killed, and Steven recounts the history of Israel and when he gets to this part, he quotes, he says that Moses suppose that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. Now. Scholars may disagree about this, but I think we are supposed to understand that Moses is getting ahead of God here.
He wants a good thing, but at the wrong time he wants a good thing, but he goes about trying to get it in the wrong way, in a wicked way by killing a man. He wants to do what I’m so now what you will notice that’s fascinating in the story is Moses’s arm will be talked about a lot in this story in the arm of the Lord. However, Moses will never again lift up a sword. He’s not ever a gun going to win his victories by himself. God will accomplish deliverance and victory through Moses the rest of the time.
He’s not David taking down a an oppressive giant. He’s not a great war general. God fights all Moses’s battles from here on out and I want to, I want to pause. I, I don’t know what exactly this means for us. Does this mean we should never try anything like Moses did here to deliver the people? I don’t think so. Does this mean we should? As the quote goes, try as if it all depends on us and pray as if it all depends on God. Just be a frantic motion of energy. Always doing something. I don’t think so either. Here’s what I do know that 40 years later, God would reveal himself to Moses in a way that would give him the conviction and the calling he needs to fulfill his, his role.
This brings me to kind of a dynamic question. Moses could accomplish nothing without that burning Bush moment. So I want to ask you, have you ever had a burning Bush moment with God? No. I’m not talking about going out into the wilderness and seeing it lighting stuff on fire. Okay? Pastor’s not suggesting the pyro. You don’t have to be in the wilderness to have a burning Bush moment and you may not even have a moment quite like this. I’m not, but I, I’m not also asking if you think you’re safe. I’m not asking if you prayed a prayer at some point in your life. I’m not asking if you go to church. I’m not asking if you’re a good dad or mom. I’m not asking if you’re a good person. I’m asking if you have encountered God. That’s what this passage is all about.
To have a burning Bush moment doesn’t mean you have to go see a burning Bush. It means it doesn’t mean that you have to have some prophets speak over you. It’s not what it means. It’s simple and yet miraculous. It’s the moment when you read the word of God and it comes alive to you. You realize it’s not just the story anymore. It’s an account of a true God and his interaction with mankind. Your eyes are open and you start worshiping. Instead of reading, you start surrendering instead of learning. Not that learning’s bad, but that’s all you do. When you go to the Bible, you’re, you’re missing it. This book is not just a book to educate your mind. It’s not a philosophy to think about. This book is the book through which we encounter God, the God of the universe.
My prayer and my hope for you right now through this sermon, and then next week, because this passage is long, is that you will examine and you will see God in this story, not just read about him, but that you will encounter him, that you’ll [inaudible] prayerfully and worship. We read about who he is and, and be amazed. Give your life to him. My prayer is that God, God would call you to obedience and surrender. So who was God in this story? Chapter three, who is God in this story? Now, Moses was keeping the flock of his father in law. Jethro, that named Jethro and rule is his other name. In this passage, you’ll see both thrown around the priest of Midian and he led his flock to the West side of the wilderness and came to Horeb. The mountain of God or even Sinai are probably the same place. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the flame of fire out of the midst of the Bush. He looked and behold, Bush was burning it. It was not consumed. And Moses said, I will turn aside to see this great sight, why this Bush is not burned. When the Lord said that he turned aside, when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see God called him out of the Bush, Moses, Moses, and he said, here I am.
I want you to stop and think for a moment. Stop and think about this. Moses, Moses, stop and think about every single detail of Moses’s life to that point that you’ve been given in two chapters. The son of [inaudible] to leave Heights, he was born in a time when he could have easily been killed in his life, is frankly unlikely. He was put in a, in a basket called an arc pass down the river. Pharaoh’s daughter claims him as his own child. Claims does as her own child raised in the Pharaoh’s house for 40 years, knows Egyptian given all the finest education. And then what happens, right when you think, Oh, maybe he’s finally got enough training in leadership to do what he should do. So he steps forward. He tries to start defending his people and he does so in his own mind and he acts wickedly and murder as a man and then he disappears for 40 years.
I want you to stop and think about every little situation that had to happen for Moses to get to the point where he was in this verse for his name to even be called Moses. Then I want you to step back and think what about Jeff Rowe and his family? I mean that’s where he latched onto what had to happen for Jethro to be located in that area and for them to decide to go do a hurting around that side of the mountain and then what had to happen geopolitically in Egypt and in all of the surrounding regions for the people of God being slaved and Moses to run away and then the people of God’s still be in Israel. Do you get what I’m saying? What I’m driving at here is that in this moment, the God of the universe who’s controlled all of that knows Moses by name. In other words, he’s suffering. His sovereignty is on full display here in every circumstance that was required to bring him to this point, this moment.
Can you imagine walking up to a burning Bush and hearing them call your name Thomas. That’s my real name. Thomas, get your shoes off the place where you’re standing is Holy ground. Listen, I want you to know, got a soccer may not always feel that way, right? Those questions echo in your head. Sometimes. God, I mean, I know you are, but it would kind of make sense to me if you would do something right now in this moment. If you’re really sobbing, get those doubts that go through your head over and over and over again in the word of God. God reveals himself to be the King, the sovereign King, who not only is concerned with the nations at the national level and economic level and political level, but it’s concern and knows your individual life and everything that has brought you to this moment here. Do you see that God is sovereign over your life?
Verse five says, take, take the shoes off your feet. Do not come near. Take your sandals off your feet for the place which you are standing. [inaudible] Holy ground. To be fair, the ground isn’t so much Holy as the goddess. Just that happens to be the place where you need them. In other words, if you found that Bush today, it would not be more Holy then the Bush next to it. God is unlike anything you can imagine. He’s utterly unique. He’s other than us. He’s higher than us. Listen, I want you to hear this cause you get this wrong and everybody out there in the world when they try to imagine God, they get this wrong. God is not just a perfect version of a human.
It’s not like if, if you could know everything, be powerful and be wise, suddenly you would be exactly like God. God is other. He’s a level above creation. You know why? Because he created it. We are created in the image of God, but that doesn’t mean we’re anything close to him. He’s high and Holy. His presence requires special treatment and that’s why here in that culture, they take off their shoes being out and about all day walking, following their sheep, stepping in what their sheep leave behind when they would enter into their house, they take off the shoes to be clean within their house because their house was a special place. It was a clean place. It was recognized that it wasn’t a common sidewalk. And so the command for Moses hears, take off , take the shoes off your feet as a way for you to recognize this location. This moment in my presence is not like anything you’ve experienced before. I’m high and I’m Holy above you. God says to Moses and these words in his purity and his love and his power, he is different. He is not just a made up version in people’s heads of what God might be. No, he is other, and yet he has given us a way to understand him.
God is sovereign. In verse four God is Holy. In verse five in verse six God is eternal. Look at verse six and he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, and Moses hid his face for he was afraid to look at God. He is always the same. He’s the same God. Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob from what is it? I get time lines messed up like 3,500 years ago. Same guy, but he is also the God of Moses, Joshua and Caleb that we will be introduced to throughout this story and in Joshua. He’s also the God of Gideon, Deborah and Sampson. He’s also the God of David, Jonathan and Solomon. He’s also the God of Hezekiah, Isaiah and Jonah. He’s also the God of Ezra and Nehemiah.
He’s the God of Paul and Peter and John. He’s the God of Augustine. Nicholas Calvin Luther Spurgeon, Tozer C, us Lewis. We serve the same God that the founding members of our church did when they planted this church in the 1960s it is not a new God. It’s not a different God. We don’t have to change him. You can’t change him. He’s, he’s the same as he’s always been easy terminal. He’s has a different perspective on life than you have than I have is eternal. Our God is sovereign. Our God is Holy. Our God is eternal and verse seven our God is attentive.
Then the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their test. Matt maskers, I know their sufferings. It’s very reminiscent of the verses we drew your attention to last week in chapter two verses 23 through 25 during those many days, the King of Egypt died and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. The cry for rescue from slavery came up to God and God heard their groaning and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel and God knew. I don’t know how you could better communicate that God was attentive. What was going on in this people five different ways. It says there, you guys know what it means to be an active listener.
Are you an active listener? If you’re looking at your phone while someone’s talking to you, are you an active listener? If you’re just sitting there like this, staring off into the distance through their eyeballs. It’s not that just God, God, like overhears something going on. He is attendant to the sufferings of his people. I want you to hear this please, because sometimes heart will doubt that God cares about you. Some. Some of you have this opinion of yourself that’s actually PRI pride veiled in humility where you think, well, I’m not important enough for God to know or care about my situation. You know what you’re saying. God’s not powerful or attentive enough to know or care about my situation. It’s not the way the Bible reveals it. The Bible reveals God is a God who knows your sufferings, knows what you individually are going through cares.
He hears you. He’s attentive to you and not only that, but he is a God who has experienced those sufferings himself. Two, by sending Jesus Christ to be the man of sorrows, we know that he can sympathize with us in our weakness. You ever, do you ever talk to friends and you, you want to share something from your heart and you realize like they’ve never been through anything similar. To really be able to sympathize with what you just said and they try, they try to love you and then you think, Oh, you know what? You know who would get what I’m saying? So you go to talk to someone else and they start breaking down in tears cause they know exactly what you’re talking about.
Our God is a God who’s experienced the sorrows and sufferings of this life. So not only does he know and hear your sorrows and sufferings, he can sympathize with them. Our God is sovereign, our God is Holy or God is eternal or God. It’s attentive and our God is good. This is going to be where we end today. Chapter three verse eight says, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of the 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 parasites, the hit bites, and the Jeb you. Yes. In other words, he desires good things for his people.
Doesn’t mean you’re never going to see pain and suffering. He desires your souls good. He doesn’t. He doesn’t just seek your comfort. He doesn’t just seek your leisure. He seeks far better than that. He seeks, you’re good. He wants what’s good for you, just like you wanted for the Israelites. What was good for them? They would go through a time of testing, 40 years in the wilderness. They would have to trust God and rely that God would deliver them in the midst of plagues. That wouldn’t hurt them, but would hurt the Egyptians. They would have to trust that God could part the red sea so they could walk on dry ground and then collapse it back down so that the Egyptian army couldn’t get them. They would have to trust God each step of the way God is good. Doesn’t mean you’re not going to go through tough times, but God is after [inaudible] good.
I would be remiss without saying this is the God here, the sovereign God, the Holy God, the eternal God, the attentive God, the good God. This is the God that sent his son, Jesus Christ, die on the cross for you, for me, for our sets so that we could become his children. In that exchange, he takes our sin. Jesus takes our sin. All of our failures, all the ways we broken God’s commandments, all of our wickedness, all of our shame, all of our guilt. It’s this God, the God that’s described here that puts that sin on Jesus Christ and exchanges Jesus’ righteousness on a sinners like you and me so that you and I can stand before God as his children in a never changing standards.
This is the God that I want you to open your eyes to. I want you to encounter this guy. I want you to encounter him through Exodus. We’re going to, we’re going to look at six more qualities next Sunday. There’s just too many in this passage to get through in one week. We’ll keep on going though in our passage. I want you, I invite you this morning. If you are not trusting in God’s provision of deliverance from your sins through Jesus Christ, you can trust that today. You can believe that today. Turn from your sins. Believe that, and listen, believer, if you’re here today, spend some time beholding your God.
We all with unveiled face, behold as an Amir, the glory of the Lord are being transformed from one image to another. Spend some time beholding your God. Consider these five qualities. Let’s pray. Yeah, father, I pray that you would open, you would open these people’s eyes to see you. They would see the light, the glory of the gospel. Oh Jesus are of God and the face of Jesus Christ. We’d get a picture of who you are from the description here. It would wow them and amaze them and cause them to consecrate their lives and holiness to you. It turned from their sin.
Change them. Cool. There’s someone here who’s not trusting in you. I pray that they would trust in you today. Oh, we pray these things in your precious name. Amen.