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13 The Faith of Moses Part 2

Benjamin Ng
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  • September 9, 2020
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Father in Heaven Lord as we are about to open the word again this evening we ask for your presence we ask for your leading me please guide us all Lord and I pray that you would speak to us from your word give us a double portion of your spirit to help us to understand and most of all made Jesus Christ be uplifted now we pray in Jesus name Amen please turn within your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 11 Hebrews 11 was starting in verse 27 faith of Moses part 2 Hebrews 1127 by faith he speaking of Moses for silk Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king for he endured a seeing him who is invisible through faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. We've already seen when Moses left Egypt for the 1st time at the age of 40 when he killed that Egyptian soldier and Farah was seeking for his life but now we've come to the point where God is about to pour the 10 plagues on Egypt and of course if you know about the Passover and the sprinkling of blood that is the 10th plague but there are a few parts that lead up to this before we get there and so I want to go back a little bit in time let's go to Exodus Chapter 3 starting in verse 9 this is talking about the burning bush experience when God calls Moses in the wilderness while he's taking care of sheep he's about 80 years old at this time Exodus chapter 3 verse 9 now Therefore behold the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them 1st 10 Come now therefore and I will send the un to Pharaoh that bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt got speaks to Moses saying that he wants him to be the one that would lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and look at Moses reply in verse 11 and Moses said it's a God who am I that I should go into Pharaoh and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt God gives him a reply that it's basically the rest of this chapter in chapter 3 we're not going to read through it for the sake of time but you know you see Moses he's being humble here God who am I that you should choose me Do you remember I'm a murder or I'm just a shepherd now I don't know these people anymore and been gone for 40 years he has lots of reasons and he does begin to give them in the next chapter but God basically lays out the whole plan and makes it very clear he's the only one there. But he makes it very clear Moses you are the one that I've chosen to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and after God gives this whole grand plan and shares it it's about 11 verses and he says it in Exodus Chapter 3 God is just speaking for the rest of Exodus 3 but now Exodus Chapter 4 verse one look at what Moses s. but behold they will not believe me nor hearken to my voice for they will say The Lord has that appearance of the and then God responds again for the next 8 verses and he says look here's a rod throw down on the ground it becomes a serpent take it back again it becomes a rod again put your hand into your bosom take it out it becomes all leprous white as snow puts it back in takes it out the leprosy is gone and then he says look this is and pull evidence that I am the one that has sent you so if they don't believe it then show them these miracles that's what God is same and they will then believe verse 10 Exodus chapter 4 and verse 10 and Moses said unto the Lord Oh my lord I am not eloquence neither here to fall nor since there has spoken unto the servants but ice and slow of speech and of a slow tongue in the last sentence of him who had made man's mouth or who make of the dumb or death or the seeing or the blind have not either lot now Therefore go and I will be with my mouth and teach the what thou shalt say so Moses says look got all right you want me to go and they believe me but God I can't speak Egyptian anymore I'm slow of tongue I haven't learned the language any more and God says don't worry I'll be with your mouth I'll give you the gift of tongues so at this point Moses has no more excuses if you could say that his humility. That's it that's as far as his humility will take him Ok God they won't believe me God Are you sure you want to sent me and then God I can't speak Egyptian That's a God has dealt with every single one of these reasons now look at what Moses says in reply verse that team and he said Oh my lord send I pray thee by the hand of him whom Val will send you know that doesn't sound like a statement of faith doesn't it definitely not God God God has given all these reasons Moses I'm sending you and those replies God send the man that you want to send there's no one else it's just him Moses and the sheep who else did God want to send except him he's been talking to him this whole time Moses at this point is not being humble anymore he is doubting doubting God doubting himself and really when he's doubting himself he's doubting the god that's behind who's able to do all these miracles who's able to give him the gift of tongues to speak that Egyptian language again Moses faith has is really weak at this point he's dealt the power of God you know friends we can get to this point in our humility that actually turns to doubts where Moses is just reluctant he's been in Midian for 40 years he's comfortable he's happy that he got married he has kids he's settled and now God says I want you to go but God look he had made it clear that he was ready to work through Moses but Moses was still reluctant what happens verse 14. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said is not Aaron the Levite by Brother I know that he can speak well and also behold the cometh forth to meet the and when he see it the he will be clad in his heart and speak to him and put words in his mouth and I will be with my mouth and with his mouth and will teach you what you shall do and he speaking of Aaron he shall be thy spokesman unto the people and he shall be even he shall be to be instead of a mouth and thou shalt be to him instead of God So God says Ok Moses Now you got to the point where I made it so clear now I'm angry you're not you're not just humble anymore you're just doubting me so he says I'm going to call Aaron and I'm going to get him to do what you didn't want to do he's going to be your spokesman God created this role for Aaron because Moses was reluctant he made too many excuses and so look God could have given him the gift of tongues he didn't need to stand by his side and and go into to Pharaoh he wanted to work directly through Moses and sometimes friends we miss out on blessings because we make too many excuses because we doubt too much how God wants to work through you and me and you know friends if God calls you he will also qualify the call meaning he will do it through us he will be faithful to finish the work that he has begun in each of us but because of Moses excuses and sometimes because of our excuses God chooses to place his blessing on someone else instead but now Moses comes to meet Aaron his brother. And the 2 them go and convince the Elders of Israel shows him the rug that becomes a snake he puts his hand in and takes it out it's full of leprosy puts it back in and takes it out and it's whole again and he tells the Elders of Israel that God will surely visit them and bring them out soon so then the next thing is Moses has to go in to Pharaoh Let's turn our Bibles to Exodus Chapter 5 starting in verses one and 2 Exodus 5 verses one and 2 and afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh Thus saith the Lord God of Israel lets my people go that they may hold a feast on to me in the wilderness and Vera said Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go I know not the Lord neither will I let Israel go so Moses already knew because God had told him that Pharaoh would have a hard heart he would not let the children of Israel go not until what he starts pouring out the plagues and really on all the 10s plague Pharaoh refuses but because of this Pharaoh he doubles the workload of the children of Israel he says you got too much time and so he says are not going to gather straw for you anymore and you go and do it yourself and the people of Israel begin to complain they go to Moses and complain about their situation and Moses goes and talks to God God's reply go talk to the people and encourage them verse 9 of Exodus Chapter 6 and Moses spake unto the children of Israel but they hearken not one to Moses for anguish of spirits and for cruel bondage so Moses' work was not very easy and he was just at the very beginning. Pharaoh rejected his request the people who he came to lead out of Egypt did not want to listen to him his faith had to be placed purely on God but Moses he's still doubting he probably thinks back to 40 years earlier when he killed that Egyptian and it is a right still did not want him to lead them so his faith himself has to be strengthened by God and God alone he can't rely on what he sees if he relied on what he sees here he muttered just piped up and said God told you they want to listen to me Pharaoh one listens to me that Israelites don't want to listen to me let me just go back to 1000000 and mind my own business Moses he still needs to have his faith strengthened. Exodus Chapter 6 of us 10 and the Lord spoken Somoza saying go in speak on to Pharaoh king of Egypt that he let the children of Israel go out of this land and Moses spoke before the Lord saying Behold the children of Israel have not hearken to me How then shall Pharaoh hear me who am of uncircumcised lips God says go trust me even though the children of Israel that are circumcised that are my people they don't want to listen to me why would fairly even want to listen to me God says Trust me Moses Trust me you see the place was not just for Pharaoh not just for Pharaoh alone it was also for Moses and for the children of Israel to allow them to build their faith and to begin trusting in God you know many times we just see the 10 plagues as from the angle of what God is just punishing Pharaoh he is hardening his hearts and he's just going to let them go but it was a double edged sword you know that yes it was for Pharaoh But these 10 plagues were also to leave the children of Israel and especially Moses to begin to trust God I'll show you let's go to the 1st plague Exodus Chapter 7 verse 10 part of me this is not the 1st plague this is the step just before the 1st plague is poured out Exodus Chapter 7 verse $10.00 to $12.00. And most as an errand went in on to Pharaoh and they did so as a Lord had commanded and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants and it became a serpent then fair also called the wise men and the sorcerers now the magicians of Egypt they also did in like manner with their own chance Ment's for they cast out every man his rod and they became serpents but parents rather swallowed up their rots so Aaron's rod wins the snake that it becomes swallows up their odds and he wins God is building the faith of Moses bit by bit he's showing him Moses not just pharaoh that he superior but. Still he won't listen at all so let's go to the 1st plague Exodus 7 verse 20 to 23 and most isn't Aaron did so as a lot commanded and he lifted up the rod and smote the waters that were in the river in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants and all the waters that were in the river turn to blood all the fish died in there it began to stink but you know what verse 22 and the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments and Pharaoh's heart was hard and neither did he hearken unto them as a lot had said and Pharaoh turned and went into his house neither did he set his heart to this also so Pharaoh 1st plague turning the warrens of blood he does not even care his magicians seemingly are able to turn the water red blood as well and so his heart is hard he doesn't even entertain Moses he doesn't even listen to that request so got us to move on 2nd plague. Exodus Chapter 8 and verse 5 and the Lord spake unto Moses since Aaron stretch $4000.00 hand with my rod over the streams over the rivers and over the ponds and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt frogs come out and they cover the whole land Pharaoh quickly calls him in and says please get rid of the frogs and let you go but guess what verse 8 then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said intreat the law that he may take away the frogs from me and from my people and I will let the people go that they may do sacrifice in the Lord but as soon as the frogs are gone guess what Pharaoh changes his mind but there's already one step you see at the water turning into blood Pharaoh don't even care now the frogs come up feral kind of makes a move but then he changes his mind after Moses helps him let's go to the 3rd plague Exodus Chapter $817.18 and they did so for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and smote the dust of the earth and it became lice in man and in Beast and all the dust of the land became life all the land of Egypt and the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice but they could not so there will lie supine men and upon beast so finally the magicians get to this point they are not able to replicate the plague Ok And they call it the finger of God It's the 3rd plague only and they start this of this is but the finger of God we can we can cause lice to come up not like we get rid of it but guess what Pharaoh's heart is still hard at this time this progress. God has shown the weakness and the fallacy of these so-called magicians God is building the faith of Moses It's like the onion you know God is peeling off layer by layer and we've got to be patient 10 Plagues it takes 10 plagues for finally Pharaoh to let them go but we're getting that 1st plague water turned to blood Pharaoh won't even entertain Moses the frogs please get rid of them after they went he to change his mind 3rd plague the lice the magicians could not counteract it all counterfeit the 4th plague Exodus 821. Else if that will not let my people go Behold I will send swarms of flies upon deep and upon my servants and upon the people and into the houses and the houses of the Gyptian zx shall be full of swarms of flies and also the ground where on they are and I was 7 that day the land of gush and in which my people do well that no swarms of flies shall be there to the end there may s. No That and the Lord in the midst of the earth and I will put a division between my people and the people to moral shall the sign be notice flies come in and swarm everybody but the land of Goshen where the Israelites are separated there is a separation between children of Israel and the Egyptians Pharaoh finally says Ok but then he again changes his mind after the flies are taken away so we have another step God is saying hate separation between who is mine and who is not he's building the faith of Moses Moses seeing all these things that it's not just repeated over and over again another plague I'm going to punish you but there's a different edition added every single time the last one the 3rd plague magician's couldn't counterfeit any more 4th plague it doesn't touch the land of caution. 5th plague Exodus Chapter 9 versus 3 and fall behold the hand of the Lord is upon the cattle which is in the field upon the horses upon the asses upon the camels upon the oxen and upon the sheep there shall be a very grievous no rain and the Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel so guess what there's a separation to get between again between the cattle of Egypt and the cattle of the Israelites you see that so this time Pharaoh he just refuses again but God once again shows what there's a separation God is saying to the Israelites I'm going to take care of you I don't know if that water that turns of blood effect of the Israelites or not all the frogs but at least the last 2 plagues of flies and of the death of this cattle there was a separation God is telling the Israelites I am taking care of you they are watching just from a distance what is happening to the Egyptians and their faith is slowly growing this God loves us he's taking care of us he's going to do great things for us 6 plague Exodus 98 and 9 and a lot of Moses and it's errant take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace and let Moses sprinkle It's where the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh and it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt and should be a boil breaking forth with Blaine's of blisters upon men and upon beast throughout all the land of Egypt and guess what Pharaoh's heart is still hard but the Israelites are not affected by the boils there is yet again. Separation 3 times now the last 3 plagues of the 4th 5th and 6th plague there has been separation separation. Sevens plague Exodus $923.00 and Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven and the Lord sent thunder and hail and the fire ran along the ground and the Lord rain hail upon the land of Egypt so there was hail and fire Mengal with the hail very grievous such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation and the hill smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field both man and beast and the hill smote every herb of the field and break every tree of the field only in the land of caution where the children of Israel were there was no hail so hail is coming down upon all the Egyptians only in the land of gotten there is no hail the Israelites are not affected by it at all and Pharaoh he has false repentance he says they can go but as soon as the Hill is removed or taken away guess what he changes his mind but the last 4 plagues God has been separating between who is his and who is not he's been separating them and telling the Israelites I will take care of you you can trust me he's been building the faith of Moses as well you know God is gracious he called Moses and you know look there was still lessons for Moses to learn. He didn't call him because he was perfect now and that he was going to be the script leader transformed all of a sudden from taking care of sheep Oh no friends he needed Moses to learn to become nobody to become humble so not reply back in anger just to take care of this stubborn animals he had to learn that as he was going to take care of a bunch of stubborn people for the next 40 years as well but now he had to build his faith helped him to see look you've got to trust me I know what I'm doing and so through these plagues God has been building the faith of Moses as well as he's seeing what's happening and he's like oh God you really are taking care of us I don't have to do anything he's realising maybe this time I should have just been the spokes person and not Aaron but now let's go to the plague Exodus Chapter 10 and verse 12 and a lot 7 to Moses stretch out the one hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts that they may come up upon the land of Egypt and eat every herb of the land even all that the hail hath left and guess what Pharaoh has false repentance again verse 16 then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste and he said I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you and as soon as the locusts are removed the Pharaoh changes his mind yet again Exodus chapter turn verse 21 the 9th plague. Exodus $1021.00 and the Lord servants of Moses stretch out one hand toward heaven that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt even darkness which may be felt and Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for 3 days and finally Pharaoh system oses after the darkness is lifted that if he says if he sees Moses again that he would kill him you know so he asked for it to be removed and then he changes his mind any then he threatens Moses if I see you again you're a dead man and so Moses says Ok you don't to see me again you won't but God will still have his way I don't know about you but I've always had trouble remembering the 10 Plagues always it's always been difficult everybody knows the 1st one and the last one water turns of blood the death of the firstborn right everything in between has always been hard I still haven't got no got a patent for you and I'm not going to tent in front of the camera here right now this evening to try and repeat them all to you but what I do know is this the 1st one plagues God has been building the faith of Moses and and they've becoming more and more extreme to some extent but he's been showing Moses and the children of Israel I will take care of you and then we come to the 10th plague. Moses would not actually tell Pharaoh about this last plague but he would find out from experience why because Federal was the one that said don't come again if you come again I will kill you this is where the pass over is instituted this plague really is the most famous of all the 10 plagues the death of the firstborn but I want you to notice if you go to Exodus 12 and you read all about it the most description is given to this plague why because this is the only plague the only plate that the Israelites have to do something the 1st 9 plagues God just rained upon Egypt where if you will learn of caution you will find I don't think any Israelites ventured into the land of Egypt during the 9 plagues Ok so I don't know if anyone walked in there that they would have a light during the night plague or they'll be no flies or their cattle be Ok I don't know about that and I don't know anyone in their right mind who would have even thought to venture into Egypt if they were an Israelite living in the land of Gosh but the 1st 9 play God did everything and he protected the Israelites they didn't have to do a single thing. The not so with the 10th plague Ok if you read through Exodus 12 in preparation for the 10th plague and not to be affected by it they had to do a lot they had to kill a lamb it had to be male It had to be without blemish and they had to kill it and take the blood and put it on the door posts on the side on the top. So on top of that they had to eat the flesh of the Lamb that night make sure none of it was left over till the next day otherwise they would have to burn it and they also had to eat unleavened bread as well the Passover was a long process Ok it was a long process of getting ready for the tense play and this time God was not just saying it's on the land of Egypt not the land of gosh this time huge pos over the whole land and only those that had the blood on the doorpost would be safe from it this was the only plague I want to reemphasize that the Israelites actually had to do something that they had to obey and follow some sort of instructions in order to avoid being affected by this plague all right it required faith not just for Moses but for all the children of Israel they needed faith to apply what God had told them to do and God had built it up enough they had seen the 9 plagues they had seen God taking care of them they had seen what had happened that Egypt is now in ruins there was nothing left what the hell did not destroy the locust came and ate up there was darkness though the water turns of blood it was a probably a stinking place because dead for all those dead animals locusts everywhere you know it was a horrible place to be in at that time and the Israelites had seen this and Moses had told them there's one more plate I believe if God had instituted the Passover in the 1st place if you only had one plague like just one bullet I believe the children of Israel would not have obeyed. They would not have obeyed because they didn't know who the Scot was and as they were seeing what was happening to Egypt maybe they're a bit afraid but then they realize hey God is fighting for us look at what's happening to Egypt look at what is not happening to us there's a separation God is taking care of us God you want to kill a lamb and put the dog the in the blood of the doorpost sure I trust you I won't question why you see Faith comes by hearing hearing by the Word of God and because God was working through Moses and Moses was his spokesperson he was more than a prophet the Bible says God spoke to him face to face his word became the Word of God and they were willing now to listen to Moses so there were 3 things happening there. Trying to help Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go the reason for these plagues number one is because of Pharaoh number 2 to build the faith of Moses and the faith of the children of Israel and number 3 for building the faith of the children of Israel in Moses as their leader so now Moses comes and says You got to obey all of this or else the Angel of Death will come and if you don't have the blood on the doorpost the firstborn will die now if I was a tour of Israel after the 9 plagues sure but if I were the children of Israel and there were no 9 plagues and only one plague I would have not listened. To Moses you see that so through the plagues God has been established their faith and even Moses faith the Word of God had told them to do something that they had never ever done before to us now as we look back the Passover is so common we don't think twice even though we're not Israelites even though we don't celebrate Passover today we don't go kill a lamb and put on our doorposts this story is not unfamiliar to us but to the children of Israel this was the 1st time they were doing this there was no historical context there was no history book saying Abraham did it and Isaac did it and Jacob didn't know there was none of that historical context they probably were not even sure of the symbolic meaning of all of it but yet they believed why. Because God had been established their faith through the 1st 9 plagues and because they believed their faith took hold of the Word of God and God gave them the strength to obey and not only obey but it was faith that saved the firstborn of every family that stood behind the blood stained doorposts when the Angel of Death came that night to look for those that weren't covered by the blood of the lamb you know friends God is trying to build our faith to day as well when we look at the heroes of faith in Hebrew 11 they didn't just make this big jump. And just become the hero face just like that overnight but God built their faith we saw that with the faith of Abraham and tonight we're seeing it with the faith of Moses and I believe that God has also been trying to build your faith somehow through this pandemic somehow because of the cold in 1000 the whole world is affected we're living in a situation that we've never been in before but I have no doubt that somehow through this past 6 months and even this past year this past few years the past 6 and a half years that I've been in Malaysia God has been trying to build my faith and he's been trying to do it with yours as well and the question is are we learning lessons from the past the experiences that we have can you see God's guiding hand in all of it I want to repeat to you the 1st text we read this evening Hebrews 1127 and 28 by faith he Moses for soak Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king for he endured a seeing him who is invisible that was not the burning bush that was not the 4040 years in the wilderness before God called him this was as he stood there before Pharaoh he was not afraid of him because God had revealed Himself to him ready and established his faith verse 28 through faith he kept the Passover the sprinkling of blood lest he that destroy the firstborn should touch them. Moses Saul the God behind the plagues Pharaoh he only saw the plagues and never repented there's nothing that we can do to bring ourselves its acceptance with God except we come through faith faith in His word faith in His promises man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God the proceeds out of his mouth and so God he'd been building Moses faith and it wasn't only the 40 years in this wilderness but even during that time when the 10 plagues were falling upon Egypt disaster was coming to this country today we see disaster coming to this world is God building your faith or is your faith getting weaker because you see disaster coming to the swell friends now's the time to cling on to God even more now is the time to build our faith even more now is a time to not look through just the lens of economy the lenses of Finance the lenses of this world we need to look through the lenses of God What is God trying to teach you through this difficult time that the world is facing today. Do you know that lesson do you understand what he's trying to do do you understand that he's trying to build your faith today because there's some greater event in the future that we got to be ready for and today is a stepping stone to be ready for that in the future has God woken you up in this past few months or have you gotten deeper into your sin have you walked further away from God because of it I pray that we will be like Moses that will be able to stand one day not fearing the wrath of any person not a boss not a lecturer not our friends not a spouse not our parents not anybody that might get angry at us because of what we believe because we have seen him God who is invisible Have you seen God in these past 6 months while the world has been in turmoil or have all you seen is just your money your business thoughts of your studies being delayed or whatever it might be have you just fretted out about all of that or has this past 6 months been a wake up call to you and saying God I need to get ready I need to build my faith. Churches opening tomorrow things seem to be getting back to normal friends let's continue to build let's continue to look for that country which is not of this world the heavenly Kanan and let's continue to make strides for it let's learn to live by every word of God even when we may not understand the reason why sometimes less just apply the blood of the lamb to the doorpost of our hearts. And asked Jesus to come in and be the lot of our life and protect us not just for our own safety in this world but for eternal life in the future as well let's go ahead shall we let's pray Father in Heaven Lord help us to have the faith of Moses help us to have this experience of seeing the one who is invisible Lord help us to see Jesus and I pray that through these experiences that we're having and as we spend time in your word and meditate on it that we would have a fresh revelation of Jesus especially on the Sabbath day as well and so Lord please guide us help us strengthen our faith for by that we are saved Lord strengthen it and help us to hold on to you and never let go please Lord be with those that might be scouring through some turmoil this evening maybe they are suffering because of this pandemic help them to see that you have a plan and a reason that you've not forsaken them and the Lord help them to see that you're still trying to save them. And so Lord we just run our lives against you this evening police continue to guide us we pray in Jesus' name. This media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a visit w w w audio verse or.

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