Summary: This sermon is the second in a series on the Great Invitations of the Bible and deals with the responsibility of the believer to invite others to go with us on our journey to heaven.
Sermon by: Dr. Todd Morris
Text: Number 10:29
Title: Come With Us (#2 in series on Bible Invitations)
Date: January 19,2003
Introduction: Last week we began a series of messages on the "Great Invitations of the Bible." We looked at the invitation in Noah’s day to be saved from the wrath of God. This morning we look at another great Old Testament invitation. In Numbers 10:29 we find Moses talking with his father-in-law, Hobab. Moses is leading the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt to the Promised Land, and he extends an invitation to his father-in-law to go with them.
This invitation can easily be applied to the church today. We are strangers and pilgrims going through this world today. We are in a wilderness here, but we are on the way to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our invitation is the same invitation that Moses gave Hobab, "Come thou with us."
If you are not a part of the redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ, you are invited to join this band of believers on our way to the "promised land." It is not so much a place to which we journey, but a person. We are traveling through the wilderness of this world to live eternally in the presence of Jesus Christ.
We are not a group that is marching because we are better than anybody else. We are sinners who have been saved by the grace of God. If you see yourself as a sinner and you know that you need a savior, turn to him by simple faith and join this march.
This is no protest march; it is a salvation march, a redemption march. It is the march that is going to Zion, not the earthly Zion but the heavenly one, the city that will some day come down out of heaven as a bride adorned like a bride for her bridegroom.
This morning all of those who are among the redeemed are a part of that march, and we say to those who are not marching with us, "Come with us and we will do thee good." Everyone needs to hear this invitation. Let us this morning examine it carefully.
I WHO GAVE THE INVITATION?
A. Those who were journeying to a better land
1. Israel had been delivered from slavery in Egypt.
2. They were headed for the "Promised Land."
3. Today Christians have been delivered from the bondage of sin by the grace of God and we are headed for heaven, and we need to issue the invitation to others, "Come and go with us."
B. The "Promised Land" was a gift from God.
1. "The Lord said, ’I will give it to you."
2. It was the future possession of former slaves.
C. Heaven is a prepared gift for God’s children.
1. Jesus tells us in John 14:3, "I go to prepare a place for you."
2. Paul tells us in Philippians 3:20 that former slaves to sin are now citizens of heaven.
3. The gift of eternal life includes the gift of heaven. (Romans 6:23)
D. Those of us who have been quickened and made alive by the grace of God are on our way to the land called heaven that has been promised to us, and we invite all who will to "come with us."
II WHO GOT THE INVITATION?
A. This invitation was given to someone that Moses loved.
1. He was part of his family.