Summary: How many of you feel you are an average/ordinary person in life? Maybe you have a good job, good family, but you would rate yourself as an average person. There are still unfulfilled promises in your life. Maybe you are a failure and good for nothing kind
God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary tasks
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-10
Introduction: How many of you feel you are an average/ordinary person in life? Maybe you have a good job, good family, but you would rate yourself as an average person. There are still unfulfilled promises in your life. Maybe you are a failure and good for nothing kind of person. Well, I have good news for you. God never fails to fulfill his promises and God always uses his people to accomplish his purposes.
Subject: God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary tasks Title: Exodus
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-10
HF: This morning we are going to see how God prepares a person for His glory. We are going to see how God fulfils all our desires and uses ordinary people like you and me to accomplish extraordinary tasks.
Moses was an extraordinary person
• Moses was brought up in King Pharaoh’s Palace as a prince.
• He felt he was an extraordinary person.
• Handsome, knowledge, Position, Money, God’s deliverer.
God used this extraordinary Moses to deliver the people out of Egypt.
• He being an Israelite stepped out on his own to become the deliverer of Israel.
• Moses acted in haste and killed an Egyptian.
• Moses had to run away from Egypt.
Moses became an ordinary person
• Moses is in Midian now leading an ordinary life.
• Moses is an ordinary person now.
• Moses is married with children, taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep in Midian.
• Moses is going through the wilderness experience.
• 40 years have passed by; still there is no sign of hope.
God used this ordinary Moses to deliver the people out of Egypt.
Now we come to Exodus 3:1a(KJV) 1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian.
Remember Moses was an Egyptian price of Hebrew descent. Egyptians hated the job of a shepherd. Genesis 46:31-34 31Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, "I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ’My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ’What is your occupation?’ 34you should answer, ’Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians." In Egypt Moses would not take a shepherd’s job because it is a detestable job. Now, the same Moses is taking the job of a shepherd. He hates his job of being a shepherd but there is no other way Moses for Moses. Now, Moses does not like his job. Likewise, there are many of you here who are unhappy with your present job but you are stuck because there is no other way. It is your survival but you are not satisfied, not happy. That is an indication that God is calling you for a higher ministry, but hold on until God gives you the green signal. Moses was never happy with his Job but he waited 40 long years before he could change his profession.
Exodus 3:1b (KJV) …and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Initially, Moses started leading the flock in and around Midian (Western Iran). Soon Moses realized that his present job is going to be his job lifelong. He feels he is just a simple, useless shepherd. It took 40 years for Moses to realize he had no more chance to go back to Egypt. Now, he concentrated on his sheep business and led the flock to the back side of the desert to Mount Horeb (central Saudi Arabia). He went from Iran to central Saudi Arabia. In olden days shepherds used to go long trips with the sheep looking for green pastures. For months they would be outside the house and then later come back with the entire flock. It was the same with Joseph’s brothers. Joseph went to find out the wellbeing of his brothers away from home leading the flock.
Now Moses is:
• Away from his house.
• Explored every part of the desert.
• Presently on the backside of the desert.
• No people around, just sheep and desert.
• Away from the thoughts of failure and loss back in Egypt.
• Caught up with daily regular activities of life.
God’s voice is usually heard when we feel we are useless. God’s voice is heard in the back side of the desert. It is an experience where you are fed up with the way things are going, an experience where there is no hope out of the situation. There is no short cut for God’s call. You have to reach the other side of your wilderness experience. Yes, it is a long time, 40 years in the case of Moses.