Seven Truths from Exodus 3-4

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Seven Truths from Exodus 3-4
Text: Exodus 3:1-4:14
Occasion: General
Audience: Adults
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Calling
Author: Seud O'Nimmy


Direction

Whatever God calls us to do, we are the best choice for it, need to do it, and God will make up the difference in us.

How to Get There

  • God was watching what was going on in Egypt with his people, and it got his attention.
    • So God got Moses' attention with the burning bush, and he paid attention.
    • God said he'd fix the situation, but then sent Moses. The "I" became "you."
  • God worked through Moses to fix the problem. God works through us too. If we're inspired, we're the answer and need to di it.
  • Moses was completely normal, a cowardly stuttering middle aged man. A nobody.
    • But God was with him and that was the promise, that God would be there.
    • Moses didn't need to be able to win everyone over, just go and God would do the rest.
    • God is looking for ordinary people who trust in an extraordinary God.
  • Moses was like us and kept stalling, with many of the same reasons we use to stall.
    • He had lots of reasons why he wasn't competent to do the job.
    • But when God calls, God equips.
  • God made us for a task. And like Moses, God does not want to send anyone else, God wants us to do it.
    • But like when Moses said "send someone else" (Exodus 4:13-14), when we try to get out of doing God's work God says "you are my choice to get the job done."
  • Imagine if Moses hadn't gone. Where would the Israelites have been? When God speaks to us, we need to do it, and hold nothing back.

Things to Watch For

This is a long passage for a sermon and for many pastors it might work better to simply paraphrase and retell the story themselves. This allows for talking about the context of this passage, which is extremely important. The context of slavery, the basket in the water, and everything else is important for this passage to make sense.

This message is based on the idea of Moses being an ordinary man, and peeling some of the inhuman "great man" aspects from his life and showing that he was much more like us than we normally think.

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