2017-05-28 - Exodus Study
Look Before You Leap: Personalities
Aaron,” they said softly. “Aaron, who is this man?” “He is my brother. Moses.”
“He’s one of us?”
“But he speaks like an Egyptian.”
“Well, but he is of the tribe of Levi, just like me and Miriam, our sister.”
“He has a foreign wife. A Midianite.”
“My brother has been gone for forty years. There were no women of Israel where he was living.
But he grew up in Egypt. He was forty years old when he left.” “Why did he leave in the first place?”
“He was running for his life. He had murdered an Egyptian.” “Aaron!” Your brother is a rash man!”
“In fact, that’s why he did it.” Aaron said. “He happened to see the Egyptian beating one of our people. He saw no one was nearby, so he jumped the Egyptian and snapped his neck and buried the body in the sand.
“The next day he saw two of our people fighting together, a big Israelite beating a smaller one. Moses could never help himself. He grabbed the big man, threw him to the ground, and said, ‘How can you hit your own brother?’ But the man only laughed and yelled, ‘So what? Are you going to kill me like you did the Egyptian yesterday?’ So he knew that his crime was no longer a secret. He didn’t even say good-bye to me or Miriam or our mother. He ran.” 1
This morning we will see the birth and first few events of Moses’ life. The basic lesson is, when serving the Lord wait for His leading. The danger is, when we jump ahead of God we, like Moses, can end up in serious trouble. There is a difference between enthusiasm, commitment, and impatience. This is why we need to look – to God – before we leap.
“For he [Moses] considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward.” Hebrews 11:26 HCSB
Introduction: Personalities: Amram, Jocabed, Miriam, Moses, and Pharaoh's Daughter - Hatshepsut
Previously, we saw the birth of the nation Israel. The results of God’s intervention were: First, to transform 70 people into a nation over the period of three hundred fifty years.
And second, seeing Pharaoh declared war on Him. Pharaoh didn’t do so directly, but indirectly, by trying to exterminate His people. Of course, it’s safe to assume Satan was involved with the latter.
With the rise of Israel came the rise of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is nothing more than a virulent form of racism. While it is similar to other types, it is more intense, in that it is directly inflamed by Satan with the intent of destroying the Hebrew people. With their destruction would come the failure of God’s program, and the Messiah wouldn’t arrive.
Satan having failed, before the fact, wasn’t through. After Christ’s death and resurrection, he continued and continues to try to destroy Israel as God’s chosen people, to destroy the Lord’s program and to bring destruction and chaos to the world – and so word came from Pharaoh. “Throw all the male babies into the river. This will destroy the Hebrew race. Meanwhile, keep them as slaves until the plan is complete.”
- Wangerin, Jr., Walter, The Book Of God, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1996, p. 112-113
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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