Journey Through – The Call of Moses – 02/10/22

Passages: Exodus 1-6

As God prophesied to Abraham, that his children would be slaves in Egypt. As we come to Exodus we see this is what happened but that God knows the plight of His people, He cares and He will fulfil His promise too Abraham. We also God’s protection of Moses as a baby and that God has big plans for Moses.

God called Moses

As we consider the calling of Moses we can see that God was with him, and in His timing He called Moses to fulfil to task He had planned for Moses to complete.

  • Bush was on fire it did not burn up.
  • PCI – use the symbol of the burning burn with the words ‘ardens sed virens’ which means ‘burning but flourishing‘.
  • Why is this is a powerful image of what it looks like to live in God’s calling?

Excuse 1 – Who am I?

He struggled with Identity

Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Exodus 3:12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

When we struggle with Identity asking. Who am I? The truth is it doesn’t really matter the important element is this that God knows us, God has called us and God is with us

How does this help you what you struggle with identity?

God gave him a sign 

Exodus 3:12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

God here is saying confidently I will do this, live in my calling and it will happen. 

Excuse 2 – Who are you?

He struggled with Intimacy

Exodus 3:13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, `What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘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, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.

God reveals himself to Moses.

Jesus have revealed himself to us.

John 14:14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. 

Does a lack of intimacy with Jesus stop us following God’s calling on our lives?

Excuse 3 – What if they wouldn’t listen?

He struggled with Intimidation

Exodus 4:1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, `The LORD did not appear to you’?”

God encourages Moses telling and showing him that the power of God goes with him.  

If God has called us God will equip us through the power of the Holy Spirit, how does this help you overcome intimation?

Excuse 4 – I can’t speak well!

He struggled with Inadequacy

Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

God encourages Moses reminding him that God gave him his mouth, God can do amazing things, and that God will help and teach Moses. Moses just had to go.

How does this reminder help us as we struggle with inadequacy?

Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Excuse 5 – Find someone else!

He struggled with Inferiority

Exodus 4:13 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

God shows us that you can be angry and still love.

But God still used him, God knew what would happen and had already sent Aaron on his way to meet Moses and help him. 

Maybe you have used this excuse in the past, what encouragement can you find here?

Next Week

As we journey through the Bible let us ask, how does knowing this help me to become wise for salvation through faith in Jesus?

  1. What does it teach me? 
  2. How does it rebuke me?
  3. Is it correcting something in my life?
  4. What training can I put into place to help me live a righteous life?
  5. How is this equipping me for every good work?

Additional questions you may wish to consider for personal study or in Life Groups.

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?

Journey Through – Joseph – 25/09/22

Passages: Genesis 37-50

As we read through the story of Joseph we see that God does not abandon His plans or His people and that He works all things for His good.

Josephs descends… Genesis: 37-40

God is in all circumstances…

In these chapters, through scheming, pride and power grabs Joseph finds himself horribly and unfairly descending to the pit.

Firstly he is cast out of his family, next he his trafficked to Egypt, then he is wrongly accused, thrown into prison (the pit) and left forgotten and alone. As we read this we can rightly begin to wonder, what is going on and where is God? However, what we see is that God is with Joseph. What is communicated to us here and throughout the book of Genesis is that God has not abandoned His people or His plans, and even in the darkest of times, He is present.

Joseph ascends… Genesis: 41-50

God is working all things for His good…

Next we see that Joseph ascends out of the pit to a position of great influence and power. This is a position where Joseph will do great good, saving many people and preventing a catastrophic famine that would have impacted many nations.

Joseph points to God as the source behind this blessing and reveals that while people can force circumstances that intend to cause harm, this will not have the final say because God, in all circumstances is working for His good.

The picture of Jesus…

This hope in God’s ultimate goodness is seen most clearly in Jesus. Through Josephs story we to see the foreshadowing of Jesus, the one who will truly be rejected and abandoned, the one who will defeat all wrong, rise to glory and extend love, forgiveness and reconciliation to the world.

Next Week

As we journey through the Bible let us ask, how does knowing this help me to become wise for salvation through faith in Jesus?

  1. What does it teach me? 
  2. How does it rebuke me?
  3. Is it correcting something in my life?
  4. What training can I put into place to help me live a righteous life?
  5. How is this equipping me for every good work?

Additional questions you may wish to consider for personal study or in Life Groups.

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?