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Ex. 3:7:11; 4:11-17
During this period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites were still in slavery and continued to cry out, and their cry went up to God because of their bondage. And God heard their cry, and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites, and was concerned about them. So He sent Moses to Egypt to bring them out of their bondage, and Moses did not think he would be the right person for the job. He began to make all kinds of “Excuses”, but when God tells you to go, “JUST GO”. Now let me remind you, Moses was sent to go and tell Pharaoh to simply let God’s people go, not to go and try to bring them out himself. This message was not one of reasoning or bargaining.
1. Now maybe Moses thought he was not WORTHY to go:
Moses asked, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh…” v. 3:11
· Moses came from a nation of slaves and might have considered himself unworthy, or even less then the others.
· Moses did not know who he was or how he was going to bring the slaves out of bondage?
· He thought because he killed a man he was not worthy.
KILL – To deprive of life; cause the death of something.
MURDER – The unlawful, malicious, and intentional killing of a human being by another.
God‘s answer was very simple, “I will be with you”. We all sometime fill that we are not worthy of one thing or another, but when God tells you to go, “JUST GO”.
2. Now maybe Moses thought he was not ABLE to go, because of his handicap: ...v. 4:10
He said he could not speak well enough to go:
But God reminded him: “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.
3. Now my final point is, after all that God had told him, Moses simply DID NOT WANT TO GO: …v. 4:13
I guess like many others, when we run out of excuses, we can do nothing, but tell the truth. Now the truth was out, and God grew impatience with Moses and it became evidence God’s anger was kindled against Moses in – Ex. 4:14-16. Is not Aaron the Levites thy brother? I know that he can speak well. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; and I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. JUST GO!
My sisters and brother, WE ARE THE SAME WAY TODAY! God tells us to go to this place or that place, or to go here or go over there, but we don’t go. We need to stop making excuses and JUST GO.
· We will make any and every excuse that we cannot to go.
· We really would like God to send someone else.
· We really don’t want to do what God has called us to do.
But my sisters and brothers, the anger of the Lord is kindled against those who do not live up to their calling! If you know you have been making excuses to the Lord, you need to stop, and JUST GO!
We know the rest of the story with Moses, how he answered the call, and went to Egypt. With the help of God, he delivered the Israelites out of bondage.
But what of us, what will be the rest of your story?
· Shall we heed the call to preach the gospel to the lost?
· Or will we not go and one day suffer the wrath of God? Only time will tell, but I pray that I encouraged you all tonight to go and not make excuses.
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