Our passage this morning is the key passage that reveals to us that if we pray to YHWH, He can save us. For the last two weeks we have put Acts 4:12 up on the screen: There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. This captures the message of the Exodus narrative so well. We have seen how, with both the Egyptians and the Israelites, YHWH is a God who saves and delivers. We pray this sermon will be a blessing to you as we journey through Exodus together, discovering YHWH for who He really is.
YHWH is and always has been a saving God who delights in rescuing human beings from captivity—political and economic like the Israelites for sure—but far more importantly He desires to rescue people from their captivity to sin which brings death and eternal separation from Him. I Timothy 2:4 tells us that God desires all people to come to a saving knowledge of the truth. The Egyptians were so devoted to their gods and trusted them so fully that it would take ten plagues to break down their worldview so that He could lovingly reconstruct it. Join us today as we take a look at the last of the Plagues and the first Passover.
As we continue our journey through the book of Exodus, we are going to see God's plan in action as He moves to rescue His people. Moses was 80 when God began to use him as the one to go to Pharaoh to free the people of Israel. Though God doesn't work on our timeline, He is always at work. Be patient and trust in Him, because He who has begun a good work in you, will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6).
Last week we explored Exodus 3:1-15 and the introduction of the great "I AM" (YHWH). The name "I AM" unveiled some significant truths about our God. "I AM" unveiled God's absolute existence. There are many "gods" who do not truly exist. They are pieces of wood or statues of marble. Some are simply figments of imagination. But not YHWH, because He "is." This week we are going to explore the mission God gives to Moses and his struggle to accept it.
Sermon Notes: Moses Meets YHWH
This morning as we study the book of Exodus, we are on holy ground. The passage we are studying is the passage where God, for the first time in the history of the world, introduces Himself. When we left Moses last week at the end of Exodus 2, Moses was a 40-year-old man. He married Zipporah, had children, and now we catch up with him in Exodus 3. Join us as we see what he is up to.
We are walking through the Book of Exodus. Last week we met Moses, the man whom God will use to deliver His people from the Egyptians. Looking through Exodus 2 we continually see Moses doing what he was built to do: rescue the Israelites. But Moses encounters difficulty when he has to flee Egypt and go to Midian. He spends 40 years in a foreign land before He is used by God to rescue the entire nation of Israel. The key for us to understand is that God always shows up right on time.
Sermon Notes: The Exodus: Where Are You, God Part 2
Eventually Joseph and everyone in his generation dies, bringing us to Exodus 1:8 (ESV). The Israelites found themselves foreigners in a country whose government hated foreigners, under a pharaoh who was determined to prevent the miseries of the past returning. The Israelites were in desperate need of a deliverer. Hope is coming.
Sermon Notes: The Exodus: Where are You, God?
Exodus is designed to tell us what God is like, it is designed to tell us how He thinks of His people, the lengths to which He will go to deliver them, and the proper response of God's people to great deeds like what God did in this book. As we look to make application to our lives from this series, the goals is more about changing how we think, how we see God, what His role is in our life, and how we see the world around us than it will be about changing what we do.