GOD SPEAKS TO MOSES (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)
This begins with a story that is very familiar to most of us: with Moses and the slaves in Egypt--- and the Israelites were enslaved for several hundred years in Egypt. And Moses kills a man, and he’s banished from Egypt into the desert. While he’s across the desert he starts a family and begins shepherding sheep. One day, he sees fire up on a mountain. So he goes up the mountain and encounters a bush that is burning but not being consumed, and he ends up talking to God, Yahweh. God tells Moses that He is the God of his father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. While he’s talking to God, the Lord said I have heard the cries of the Israelite slaves in Egypt. And God says he wants to send Moses back to Egypt to free the slaves. So Moses tells God there’s a lot of gods back in Egypt. And there was--- they had a god of the Nile, they had a fertility god, a god of the weather, a god of crops. They had a lot of false gods in Egypt. So Moses says, in so many words What is your name? They’re going to ask me what your name is when I go back, and I want to know what to tell them.
Now if you’ll look down at the handout that you printed out. Look down where it begins, Exodus 3. God answers Moses’ question and says, “God replied, "I am who am."” Then He said "This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you." (Exodus 3:13-14) Now if you’ll take your pen, I’m going to ask you to circle a few things as we go through this. Circle, “I AM” because we will hear this again. So God tells him to go to Egypt and to free the slaves. He goes back across the desert into Egypt. He approaches Pharaoh and says to let the people go. Pharaoh wouldn’t listen. So God sends a series of ten plagues on Egypt. The first plague He sends, the Nile turns red with blood. Well this defeated the god of the Nile. And every plague after that defeated one of the false gods of Egypt. After the ninth plague, Pharaoh still would not let the slaves go free, so God sends the tenth plague, the Angel of Death. This final plague was to kill the first-born of all the land--- not just the Egyptians, but all of Israel, and the flocks and animals, the first-born of everyone is dead. Now God could have told to Moses to sit back and watch. I’m going to strike the Egyptian first-born, and when they all lose their first-born, they will know that I am God and they will let you go. But God didn’t do that. He gave Moses instructions and said every first-born in the land is dead. Now, I don’t know how many of you listening are a first-born child in your family, but a first-born can be 80 years old or it could be a little child. It could be you. So, every first-born in the land was at risk.
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