The Moses Model, Part Three

Lessons from the Life of Moses in the Book of Exodus

November 17, 2019 10:30 am Service

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.


The Name

Exodus 3:13–15 (NKJV) Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

Moses wanted to know under what authority he should undertake this audacious assignment. WHO gives me this authority to do this incredible thing?

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord 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 this is My memorial to all generations.’

The Lord then gives him the name “I AM WHO I AM,” which could be translated “I am the Being One,” or “I am the One Who Always Is.”

He then identifies Himself as Yahweh in the very next verse, “The LORD God…has sent me to you.” This is the first revelation of the most divine name of God, YAHWEH, or Jehovah.

Moses was the recipient and the revealer of the name of God, and it was revealed to him from a burning bush in the desert of Midian. God gave Moses the most powerful authority he could have received. He sent him in the divine name of God to do His work!

Just like Moses, we have been sent to do, to serve, to worship, to witness, in the name of the great and mighty God. We can have confidence in that name! No matter what you are facing, God and His name are greater than that situation!

The Inability of a Man

Exodus 4:1 (NKJV)
1 Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ”
The Insecurity of a Man
Exodus 4:2–3 (NKJV)
2 So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
He said, “A rod.”
3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

The Empowerment of a Man

Exodus 4:4–5 (NKJV)
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

The Fallibility of a Man

Exodus 4:10 (NKJV)
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

The Great Ability of the Lord

Exodus 4:11–12 (NKJV)
11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Takeaway Thoughts

  • Man is Fallible and Insecure
  • God is Great, Awesome, and Mighty
  • His Name Will Go With You, Empower You, and Protect You
  • So GO!

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