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Summary: God of the past, present and future

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A. INTRODUCTION

1. Life-changing events happen on average days. “Moses was tending the flock” (Ex. 3:1).

2. Life-changing events happen to those who do their duty. “He led the flock” (3:1).

3. Life-changing events happen in out of the way places. “To the back of the desert” (3:1).

4. Life-changing events occur in the routine of life. “Kept the flock” (3:1, KJV).

5. Life-changing events are rarely expected. “He looked . . . but the bush was not consumed” (3:2).

6. Any old bush can be life-changing when God is in it. “The bush was burning with fire; but the bush was not consumed” (3:2).

The bush was a symbol of:

 God’s people in fires of affliction (1:14, 22)

 God’s wrath is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29)

 God’s call to Moses (Rom. 11:29)

7. What life-changing event could happen: today _______________________________________________,

this month ___________________________________________,

this year _____________________________________________?

B. GOD OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

1. We are attached to our PAST. “Thy father Abraham . . . Isaac . . . Jacob” (3:5).

a. Makes us think God only worked in previous generations.

b. God has a plan for each person, in every new generation.

2. God was PRESENT as His people faced problems.

a. I have seen their oppression (3:7).

b. I have heard their cry (3:7).

c. I know their sorrows (3:7).

Our Response To God

 Stop and look. “I will turn aside and see” (3:4).

 Answer. “Here I am”

 Fall on your face. “Moses hid his face” (3:6).

 Fear. “He was afraid to look on God” (3:6).

3. God had a FUTURE plan for His people.

a. I have come down to deliver (3:8).

C. GOD’S CALL

1. God’s plan involves using a person. “Come now, I will send you to Pharaoh.”

a. God’s call is personal. “God called to him . . . Moses, Moses” (3:4). God knows our name, and all about us.

b. God’s call involves holiness. “Take your shoes off your feet” (3:5).

c. God’s call involves danger. “When Pharaoh heard . . . he sought to kill Moses” (2:15).

d. God’s call involves action. “I will send you.”

e. God’s call involves yieldedness. “Here am I” (3:4).

f. God calls Moses who had failed in the past.

(1) Moses tried to hide his actions. “He looked this way and that” (2:12).

When we look both ways to see what men think of us,

it’s sure we have not looked to see what God thinks.

(2) Moses thought he could do right in the wrong way. “He killed” (2:12)

(3) Moses tried to hide his sin. “Hid him in the sand” (2:12).

g. God calls those who have run away in the past.

(1) Moses feared. When both Israel and Pharaoh knew he murdered (2:14).

(2) Moses fled into the Sinai Desert (2:15).

When you run from God into the desert,

He meets you at Sinai, the mountain of God.


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