Exodus 3 & 4
DATE: 25 Mar, 2001
PLACE: BBC Blarney
Introduction (1Sam 17:40, 50)
One of my favourite people in the Bible to study beside our Lord Jesus is
Moses! Simply because of his character, and what God did with such a man. It
shows itself over and over in the lives of people like John the Baptist later
on, and then in the apostle Paul.
Well, I would like to see whatever God did through Moses, and John, and
Paul, that he would be able to do it through me, and through all of ye as well!
And do you know what makes it so neat? To know that God delights in doing
the impossible, through folks like us!
How does this relate to Mother’s Day? You will see. I just know we need
this, and every Mom in this room needs this truth for their home!
It is not what is NOT in our reach, or in our
list of talents or abilities that will give us the victory, but just simply what
is already in our hands, if it is yielded to God!
God’s Call (Exod 3:1,2)
Do you know what kind of person God seems to
call to use (1Cor 1:27-29)
The base, the lowest
The nothings! Wow! Very humiliating isn’t it?
Do you know what that means? It means that God
The strugglers – the ones who struggle to
The secret ingredient is that THEY ARE
Jesus didn’t call great and faithful folks to
He called normal, FAITHLESS men, so that he
could teach them how to have faith, and follow Him! AMEN!
Moses gets a call on his mobile out in the
desert. Do you realise what kind of a person Moses was at this point?
Moses is a rebel. Don’t be too hard on him
though; he is very much like all of us in this room today!
Moses is angry, as you will see.
But God has a job for him to do
Let me introduce God’s principle here (2Cor
We see a man running from God, who has been mad
at God for 40 years, and living in rebellion to God’s word
God sees a leader, who will break, and become
Thank God for God’s call folks! Everyone in
this room is being called by God to do something for Him this week, this year,
and with your life! And he can do great things as we shall see!
Notice that at first, Moses didn’t know God
was calling him. Hmm
God’s Word (Exod 3:3-6)
Is withheld from us until we give God our
attention – Tough truth
Is directed right at individual people – this
Book speaks to ME (Rom 15:4)
“IS” the place of holiness
When God speaks, it is because God is there
If God is there, then that place is HOLY
That’s why your Bible is called the HOLY
Is for the purpose of revealing the character of
God – what God is like – you wouldn’t know it at all without the Bible!
God’s Work (Exod 3:7-10)
He takes the time to notice things folks
He comes our way to do something about it all
Bring real freedom – the Jews were in slavery
Bring the Jews to a better land – the promised
He chooses to use people like Moses to
accomplish His work, which means God must do the following work:
Transform a rebel into a faithful and loyal
Mould a man out of a confused child
Create real courage where once was only a show
THAT is the work of God I want done in my life!
Remember, God was calling Moses to do an
As every mother and father in this room is
To train up young men and women PURE, and ready
for God’s service
As every pastor is called
To train young and old alike to serve God every
To keep God’s people clean and unspotted from
These are IMPOSSIBLE tasks, especially in this
day and age, yet as we shall see, we are sufficient for these things
God’s Obstacles (Exod 3:11-18). There are
three main obstacles to God using us: Pride, Ignorance, and Vision
Moses had ONE major besetting sin – pride
He was working so hard to cover-up his
frustration with God. Moses’ past made him so mad at God!
He wanted God to say he was sorry for “letting
him down” back there 40 years earlier when Moses killed an Egyptian
He wanted somebody to recognise just how great
he really was, like they used to back in Egypt!
This whole exchange is God’s way of gently
conquering Moses’ pride. He had let Moses “stew” for 40 years – whew!
Everyone in this room is probably mad at some
one, or some thing – and it is hindering our lives!
But God says, We have a job to do!
God needed to get some vital information to
That he cares
That He hasn’t been idle – there is a big
plan in operation
That God’s will won’t fail
Notice that Moses, just as all the Jews, did not
have a personal relationship with God
Didn’t even know His name – People don’t
know the name of Jesus is so precious a name. Don’t know Jehovah!
Didn’t know they could fully trust the Lord
What happened? The people had gone for 400 years
without a preacher, and it was hindering God’s work with them
(Ex 4:1-4). What we see, versus what God sees. Again, Moses was only able to see
what he could see. So God goes about retraining Moses’ “eye”-sight! This
is so good
God asks Moses to identify what was in his hand
Moses sees, A shepherd’s rod
He has carried it with him for years, if not
He only knows of it as a comfortable stick –
but that is all
God tells Moses to cast in on the ground and see
what it can become
A serpent – a BIG serpent (causes even Moses
to flee from it)
A tool to get the job done
Notice the easy parts for God
Getting others to see and follow, once He has
Conquering Pharaoh and the whole Egyptian empire
(Exod 4:5) What is in YOUR hand? God works with what we HAVE. What do WE have?
Our children – they were given to you to do a
We need to quit seeing tasks only as done by
But more powerfully as families - teams
If we don’t the homosexuals, and perverts, and
ungodly will bring God’s swift judgment on this world
God give us the courage to use our families for
Your job – no job is a right! Quit whinging
and complaining, and let God show you WHY He put you in that job
Your health – what health we have is a gift,
to be used for God’s service
Your Bible – probably no greater tool! Without
which this world lives in darkness! Use what is in your hands!
Your church! The fact that a bunch of sinners,
can come together, and allow the Lord to assemble them into a mighty army by
faith is a MIRACLE that the world YEARNS to see!
Your experiences – these are the things that
have made you what you are.
Moses constantly was wishing to live in the past
Moses only knew what he wished to be
But Moses had been moulded into a shepherd. It
Do you see, that you have some things IN YOUR
hands, that if they are seen for what they really are, you will start to do what
God has called you to do? It is through THESE things God will do the impossible
with US (Ex 4:17)