Summary: Message 5The story of Moses and the troubles with God's people he went through after he answered God's call, The troubles we have in God's will make us stronger.
Moses 5 GROWTH THROUGH RESISTANCE
C. The Salvation
6. Problems That Abound 5:1-7:5
1) The Arrogance of Defiance 5:1-14
2) The Anguish of Doubt
a. Anger Against Moses 5:15-21
b. Anguish From Moses 5:22-23
3) The Announcement of Deliverance 6:1-7:5
a. God’s Person Uplifted 6:1-8
b. God’s People Unbelieving 6:9
c. God’s Prophet Unsure 6:10
d. God’s Plan Unfolding 6:13-27
e. God’s Power Unleashed 6:28-7:5
Moses is still in God’s school. If he felt he had problems forty years before, and problems on the way to Egypt, he hadn’t seen anything yet. Having wrestled with God he would now wrestle with the powers of darkness. He was about to come up against the most powerful human being in the world, a man worshipped by his people, the Pharaoh of Egypt. He stood nose to nose against Moses, Aaron and their God. Nine plagues - blood, frogs, gnats, flies, plagues, boils, hail, locusts and darkness that turned Egypt into a barren wasteland left him unmoved. Even when the tenth plague killed his son and he let Israel go, he sent his soldiers to bring them back and cost them their lives, drowned in the Red Sea. Moses was about to meet a real problem. But just as resistance makes muscles strong, Moses will be made strong in the Lord. See first. . .
I. THE ARROGANCE OF DEFIANCE (5:1-14)
1. The Compassionate Request (5:1)
Moses, being a former prince in Egypt, seems to have had no difficulty getting an audience with Pharaoh. Pharaoh might have been curious about this one time warrior, but whatever the reason, Moses and Aaron were allowed in. They did not ask Pharaoh to release Israel but gave the compassionate request God told them to make - that Israel be allowed to make a three day journey into the desert to worship God (Ex. 3:18). In other words, they wanted a week or two off. The request, they said, came not from them but from God.
2. The Calloused Response (5:2-5)
. Pharaoh was not impressed with them or their God. God, in His mercy, asked Pharaoh only for a small favor - time off for His people. But the world’s people don’t like God to intrude in their lives at all. They don’t want to do ANYTHING for God. So Pharaoh said, “Who in the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go?” (5:2) Moses then issued a warning, saying God might strike Israel with plagues or sword if they didn’t obey (5:3). This too was an act of mercy, for they were letting Pharaoh know it is serious and dangerous to disobey the God of the Hebrews. Unmoved by compassion or by this warning, Pharaoh saw this as taking people from their work and refused to listen.
Application: Learn here that the words, “Who is God that I should obey him?”, is the first step many take on the road to hell. A prodigal man or woman, who wants to live filthy, says this and jumps into sin. The teenager says, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him” and gives their body to lust or drugs. The adults say it and sell their souls for money. A proud man or woman, who may be nice and moral and respectable, but has no time for worship or prayer, or finding God’s will, does the same. They say this and jump into selfishness and self righteousness, seeing no need for Christ dying for them and no need to love or serve him.