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Summary: God’s Dreams Are Bigger Than Yours

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God Promises Deliverance

Ex 6:1-12

INTRO:

Exodus – story of Moses is about rescue/obedience

Covenant relationship since Genesis

“You will be my people and I will be your God.”

Since the opening chps – Israelites were oppressed

From a position of privilege (end of Gen) -- position that threatened the Egyptians (beginning Ex.)—Became an oppressed people

Moses—young man – dreamt of helping his people – story of him killing the Egyptian – tried to cover up—plan failed— he fled to Midian – once again – rescue someone in trouble – young women – attempting to draw water for their father – driven away by shepherds

Moses chased off the shepherds -- made it possible for the women to get water -- They were impressed – father too was impressed – He invited Moses to his home – Moses married one of the women he met at the well

Moses -- go through life helping people – However, God had a dream for Moses that was bigger than Moses ever could have imagined. God’s plan was that Moses would lead a nation of slaves to freedom. The Israelites had been in bondage for more than 430 years; God chose Moses to release them from captivity.

READ: Exodus 5:22-6:12

Doing God’s business is hard going

[vv. 22-23] Moses to God, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Wasn’t going as Moses had planned

He didn’t think he had failed ... he thought God has not delivered on his promise to rescue his people

[5:20-21] Supervisors were angry because of the trouble caused by Moses return

The problem is not that the task is too big—rather it is that our God (view of God) is too small

ILLUSTRATION: Obstacles in front of us—obscure our view of God

God’s business in his time, his way

[6:1] YHWH to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh ...”

YHWH may be invisible to those in the story—but he is not absent

Liberation is slow, hard work

It takes time, effort and resources

Social revolution is accompanied by real people, through public protests

The complaining of the Israelites—led to

Pharaoh hardening his heart (4:21)

Further unrest

Pharaoh finally agrees to let them go after the plagues

What about our social revolution

It takes time, effort and resources

We may encounter people who harden their hearts to our work

We may encounter unrest in people’s lives

But it is a necessary work

It almost seems that the harder and more unlikely the task, the more likely God can do it—if we submit to God’s way of doing things

The gospel message says: “You don’t live in a mechanistic world ruled by necessity; you don’t live in a random world ruled by chance; you live in a world ruled by the God of Exodus and Easter. He will do things in you that neither you nor your friends would have supposed possible.”


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