This sermon was based on Exodus 4.
Moses Given Powerful Signs
Moses Returns to Egypt
God’s Power is Shown When we Trust and are Obedient
God gives Moses 3 signs to show to Pharoah;
The Snake/Staff – The snake is a symbol of Pharoah’s power. God is showing he is more powerful. Moses has to do something obedient which naturally seems dangerous or crazy and pick up the snake. Only then is the snake returned to a staff.
- Leprosy – Leprosy was a disease that all of Egypt’s wisdom and magic could not heal. It was a problem which could not be fixed. God is demonstrating his ability to fix the unfixable.
- Nile Water turns to blood – Again the Nile is a symbol of Egypt’s power, it is the source of life for Egypt. Yet again we see that the change only occurs after Moses has taken the obedient action of pouring the water onto the ground.
Covenant Relationship with a Sovereign God
When Moses points out all his own flaws God does not focus on this – instead he points to Himself, His sovereignty and His power. God isn’t there to make you feel better about yourself, he knows you never will feel better, instead he’s there to show you that your identity is nothing to do with you, it comes from him, not your power and what you aren’t or are good at but his power. That’s how we find contentment, not in ourselves.
In our 21st century Christian world, it’s so often about us, and our story, we love talking about the God that can break our chains, heal us, who loves us and walks with us. Those things are so real and true. But we’re less comfortable with a God who is sovereign, all powerful and can do what he wants. Because this concept of him hardening hearts, yet us being accountable just doesn’t seem fair. And that’s because we’re looking at the problem through our own lens. As if our opinion is more important than God’s truth. We’re missing so much of the picture, that we’re never going to be able to understand.
Moses has raised his son outside of the covenant Israel had with God, he hadn’t circumcised him, but Zipporah realised and jumped in to save the day. It shows us the reality, that God doesn’t play around with sin. It’s serious stuff. We don’t circumcise kids anymore, because we now live in the new covenant, made by the ultimate shedding of Jesus blood, with a new sign of baptism, but the principle is the same. God has given us everything in our covenant with him, and our role is to be obedient to what he’s called us to, obedience rooted in our faith and trust in him.
God is sovereign, he is in control. And he can do what he wants. We will see his power, not when we do it our way, and stay comfortable, but when we are obedient to him.
How can we be more obedient to him? We trust him more. How do we trust him more? Same as any relationship, invest the time, make him a priority, practice one step at time, trusting God more and more, one step at a time, giving up yourself, and your control, to focus more and more on him.
The mark of your Christianity isn’t about what you say in church, or what you understand about the bible, or the moral code you live by. It’s about how we submit our lives and be obedient to him. Not just wanting what the world wants and putting spiritual language on top of that to make ourselves feel better, but going for it in our relationship with God.