October 10, 2021 Service
Building a People of God with Unusual Characters: Moses, Part IV: The Law-Giving Prophet
- We began Moses’ story as he was set adrift in the Nile and soon adopted by a daughter of Pharaoh, then suddenly we had Moses as a man who killed an Egyptian for mistreating a Hebrew slave. Of course, there are eyes everywhere, and Moses got out of Egypt quickly, ending up in Midian, some distant cousins.Moses settled down to a shepherd’s life, with his wife Zipporah, and their son was named “Hey, I’m Not From Here!”.Then we had the burning bush where Moses discovered the person of God through voice of God, sending him on mission to free the Israelites from their oppression as slaves.After a 2 less than a dozen plagues had hit Egypt by God’s design when Pharaoh would not listen to Moses to let the Israelites leave, so finally it became too costly to keep them.They left, 600,000 fighting-age men, all the gold and silver they could carry, in such a hurry the bread didn’t have time to rise.>>>Then through the sea. Then discovering manna. Finding water from rocks. And on it went until the people were....Finally At the Mountain of God1 In the third month from the very day the Israelites left the land of Egypt, they came to the Sinai Wilderness. 2 They traveled from Rephidim, came to the Sinai Wilderness, and camped in the wilderness. Israel camped there in front of the mountain.Moses Goes to Speak With God3 Moses went up the mountain to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain: “This is what you must say to the house of Jacob and explain to the Israelites: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.How to Become A People of God5 Now if you will carefully listen to me and keep my covenant, you will be my own possession out of all the peoples, although the whole earth is mine, 6 and you will be my kingdom of priests and my holy nation.’ These are the words that you are to say to the Israelites.”God Will Prove Moses Is His Prophet9 The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear when I speak with you and will always believe you.” Moses reported the people’s words to the Lord,The Israelites Hear God Speak to Moses16 On the third day, when morning came, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and a very loud blast from a ram’s horn, so that all the people in the camp shuddered.17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because the Lord came down on it in fire. Its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently.19 As the sound of the ram’s horn grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him in the thunder.Ten Commandments Spoken For All To Hear1 Then God spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.One: No Other GodsTwo: No IdolsThree: Hallow My NameFour: Remember the SabbathFive: Honor Your ParentsSix: Don’t MurderSeven: Don’t Commit AdulteryEight: Don’t StealNine: Don’t Lie About Your NeighborTen: Don’t Set Your Eyes On What Isn’t YoursGod’s Voice Is Too Much for Israel18 All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the ram’s horn, and the mountain surrounded by smoke. When the people saw it they trembled and stood at a distance.Israel Wants A Priest Instead19 “You speak to us, and we will listen,” they said to Moses, “but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.”The People Cannot Survive the Voice of the Holy OneThere’s A Reason God Spoke20 Moses responded to the people, “Don’t be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that you will fear him and will not sin.”The Israelites Stand Back21 And the people remained standing at a distance as Moses approached the total darkness where God was.God’s Message Through MosesTake Yaweh God Seriously22 Then the Lord told Moses, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: You have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23 Do not make gods of silver to rival me; do not make gods of gold for yourselves.20 “Whoever sacrifices to any gods, except the Lord alone, is to be set apart for destruction.Moses’ Role As ProphetMoses is not the law-making prophet: Only God makes the laws.Moses is assigned to speak God’s words to God’s PeopleThrough the Prophet of God, the Laws of God are forming the People of GodMoses Was An Unusual CharacterA condemned childA castawayAdoptedRaised by EgyptiansChose Israel InsteadMurdered and EgyptianBecame a ShepherdHeard God through the Angel of Fire in the bushChallenged God’s choice of himMade excuses about why he couldn’tWent to Pharaoh with AaronProclaimed the PlaguesLed Israel out of EgyptLed Israel through the seabedBrought Israel to SinaiBrought Israel to GodBecame the Prophet of God to the PeopleBrought God’s Laws to God’s PeopleMoses Became Most Important Person In Israel’s Story
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