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Summary: Moses’ excuses for not going to Pharoah with God’s message - they apply to us as well.

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Exodus 3:1-4:17 – Excuses (The Ministry of Moses #1)

NO EXCUSE SUNDAY:

DEDICATED TO MISSING CHURCH ATTENDEES!

To make it possible for everyone to attend church this Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday": Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep in." There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night. We will have steel helmets for those who say, "The roof would cave in if I ever came to church." Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot. Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present. Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too. We will distribute "Stamp Out Stewardship" buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money. One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature. Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them. We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think he’s too loud! Plan to see you there! (www.members.tripod.com/Madtbone/)

Moses’ excuses:

1) inadequacy – 3:11

Moses didn’t think he would be good enough or strong enough

He doubted if God could use someone like him

2) ignorance – 3:13

he was afraid of not knowing what to say

3) incredibility – 4:1

he was wondering if anybody would believe him or his message

4) inarticulateness – 4:10

he was unsure of his abilities

5) insubordination – 4:12

in the end, he just plain didn’t want to

perhaps that’s what it boils down to for all of us:

“I don’t want to” – “let someone else do it”, etc.

NOTICE: God has been patient up till now;

but this excuse angered Him

(Adapted from a Bible college lesson on the Pentateuch)


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