Summary: Moses invited his brother-in-law to join them, because 1). they served a good God, Who 2.) blessed His people in this life, and Who 3.) planned a fabulous future for His people. We should invite others to know this wonderful God!
COME WITH US, WE WILL DO YOU GOOD
1. A man had a terribly lengthy surgery. It was expensive and the results weren’t that promising. He went to his doctor for the post-op visit and the doctor said, “Well, I have some sad news for you; you’re not going to live more than one year.”
2. And the man said, “Good grief, doc, it’s going to take me at least 3 years to pay your bill!” And the doc said, “Then I give you three years to live.” [Preaching Mag. [7-8;1989].
3. Aren’t you glad God is in control?
“And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, ‘We are journeying unto the place of which the Lord said, ‘I will give it you.’ Come with us, and we will do you good: for the Lord has spoken good concerning Israel.’” Num. 10:29.
[Hobab was Moses’ brother in law; Raguel =Jethro, which may be a title for the Priest/Prince of Midian.]
1. The context of Moses’ statement was prophetic, that God had promised to His people “a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” Ex. 3:8.
2. The proof of God’s faithfulness and truth was reported by the 12 spies, “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit” Num. 13:27. They brought back a cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carry it on a pole, along with pomegranates and figs.
3. What God did for Israel physically, He now does for His people, the Church. If non-Christians knew the incredible benefits of being a Christian, they would join up in droves! Maybe we should let them in on our secret!
4. We should be eager to tell people about the goldmine of blessing we’ve discovered. We ought to invite them as Moses, “Come with us and we will do you good!” Here’s 3 reasons:
I. BECAUSE WE’RE WALKING WITH A GOOD GOD
A. GOD IS A GOOD GOD
1. God said about Himself, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” Ex. 34:6.
2. The God of the Bible is motivated by love in all He does. He wants to save and bless all humans with eternal life.
3. He is not motivated, as Allah, to uphold his greatness at all costs, but voluntarily humbled Himself to subject Himself to mocking and torture by His creatures in order to save them. His over-riding motive is His LOVE. Praise God!
B. GOD IS WORKING FOR OUR GOOD
1. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Rom. 8:28.
2. God is NOT working for HIS own good, but for OUR good! What an amazing statement. If God be for us, who can be against us? If we are mistreated in this life, still God will turn it around in the next life.
3. The beggars in this life, the under-privileged, the hungry, the sad, the persecuted, the disadvantaged – all will be reversed in eternity. They will not be the tail, but the head in God’s order. [See the “Beatitudes,” Mt. 25:35-43, Luke 16:19-26]
C. THIS GOOD GOD IS IN CONTROL OF OUR WORLD
1. “For dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations” Psalm 22:28. “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.” Dan. 2:21, NASV.
2. The world will have chaos because there are many people who are sinning & violating the will of God. But despite that, God is still moving history in the direction He wants it to go. He’s in charge and intervenes when He sees it’s necessary.
3. This gives us confidence and peace when we see wars and political upheavals in this world. Jesus will eventually rule the nations! All will be put under His feet!
D. HE GIVES US HOPE IN OUR TRIALS
1. He won’t our trials be too overwhelming. He won’t allow more than we can bear. He’ll make a way of escape so we can bear up under our trials. 1 Cor. 10:13.
2. He’ll give us grace, sufficient for our trials. He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9. That means inner strength.
3. He gives us the promises of His Word to encourage and sustain us in trials. “The steps of a good man/woman are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand” Psalm 37:23-24. We may suffer for a night, but joy comes in the morning!