October 10, 2021 Service
Building a People of God with Unusual Characters: Moses, Part IV: The Law-Giving Prophet
      • Psalm 104:31–33ESV

      • Psalm 104:1–4ESV

  • 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 God

    Exodus 19:1–2 CSB
    1 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 God

    Exodus 19:3–4 CSB
    3 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 God

    Exodus 19:5–6 CSB
    5 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 Prophet

    Exodus 19:9 CSB
    9 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 Moses

    Exodus 19:16 CSB
    16 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.
    Exodus 19:17–18 CSB
    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.
    Exodus 19:19 CSB
    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 Hear

    Exodus 20:1–2 CSB
    1 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 Gods

    Two: No Idols

    Three: Hallow My Name

    Four: Remember the Sabbath

    Five: Honor Your Parents

    Six: Don’t Murder

    Seven: Don’t Commit Adultery

    Eight: Don’t Steal

    Nine: Don’t Lie About Your Neighbor

    Ten: Don’t Set Your Eyes On What Isn’t Yours

    God’s Voice Is Too Much for Israel

    Exodus 20:18 CSB
    18 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 Instead

    Exodus 20:19 CSB
    19 “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 One

    There’s A Reason God Spoke

    Exodus 20:20 CSB
    20 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 Back

    Exodus 20:21 CSB
    21 And the people remained standing at a distance as Moses approached the total darkness where God was.

    God’s Message Through Moses

    Take Yaweh God Seriously

    Exodus 20:22–23 CSB
    22 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.
    Exodus 22:20 CSB
    20 “Whoever sacrifices to any gods, except the Lord alone, is to be set apart for destruction.

    Moses’ Role As Prophet

    Moses is not the law-making prophet: Only God makes the laws.
    Moses is assigned to speak God’s words to God’s People
    Through the Prophet of God, the Laws of God are forming the People of God

    Moses Was An Unusual Character

    A condemned child
    A castaway
    Raised by Egyptians
    Chose Israel Instead
    Murdered and Egyptian
    Became a Shepherd
    Heard God through the Angel of Fire in the bush
    Challenged God’s choice of him
    Made excuses about why he couldn’t
    Went to Pharaoh with Aaron
    Proclaimed the Plagues
    Led Israel out of Egypt
    Led Israel through the seabed
    Brought Israel to Sinai
    Brought Israel to God
    Became the Prophet of God to the People
    Brought God’s Laws to God’s People

    Moses Became Most Important Person In Israel’s Story

      • Exodus 19:1–2HCSB

      • Exodus 19:3–4HCSB

      • Exodus 19:5–6HCSB

      • Exodus 19:9HCSB

      • Exodus 19:16HCSB

      • Exodus 19:17–18HCSB

      • Exodus 19:19HCSB

      • Exodus 20:1–2HCSB

      • Exodus 20:18HCSB

      • Exodus 20:19HCSB

      • Exodus 20:20HCSB

      • Exodus 20:21HCSB

      • Exodus 20:22–23HCSB

      • Exodus 22:20HCSB

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