Summary: The second of three sermons exploring how Moses’ disorder of his personal life threatened his usefulness for God.
• The hardest thing about ministry is relationships.
• Relating to those above us, beside us and below us is crucial for ministry success.
• There is no ministry outside of relationship.
• This encompasses all the key relationships in Moses’ life: Moses/Jethro, Moses/Zipporah, Moses/Aaron, Moses and elders.
• Moses did well with those above him. God and Jethro, his boss, priest and father-in-law.
But he was a woeful failure with those in his trust – leadership.
Exodus 4:19-20, 19”Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, ‘Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.’ 20So Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the staff of God in his hand.”
• This ought to be a time of excitement and release, instead it is a time of disobedience danger and judgment for Moses.
• Moses has been empowered to do supernatural wonders, with his staff.
• God had opened a realm of authority, spiritual authority and entrusted Moses with great power, but Moses had issues.
• We run headlong into one of the most awkward Scriptures in all of the Bible.
• Ever been around a couple who has a fight? You wish you could disappear? That is Moses and Zipporah.
I. A SAD REALITY
• A sad reality is so many of us disqualify ourselves from destiny and ministry due to relationships that are out of order.
• Our homes, wow great place of humility.
• Come to church and move in healing and power and get in the car and have a fight on the way home.
• We all struggle with personal issues/relationships.
• Vs.24-25 - Glimpse of Moses’ issues.
• This is like being in a room with a couple arguing. The story is angry, full of history and explosive.
• Moses’ personal life is out of order, that is a nice way to say it’s a mess!
vs. 24-26 NLT, 24”On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the Lord confronted him and was about to kill him. 25But Moses’ wife, Zipporah, took a flint knife and circumcised her son. She touched his feet with the foreskin and said, ‘Now you are a bridegroom of blood to me.’ 26(When she said ‘a bridegroom of blood,’ she was referring to the circumcision.) After that, the Lord left him alone.”
• There is difficulty all over these verses, their brevity, the reality that God worked 40 years with Moses and now he would take him out?
• It is important to say Moses wrote the words!
• God comes to Moses with judgment, but clearly if Moses doesn’t get his home together he has no ministry.
• Now let’s understand the context. Moses is told to go to Pharaoh and make a declaration.
Vs.22-23, “Tell Pharaoh Israel is my son…to let my son go that he may serve me or I will take your son your firstborn.”
• So we are dealing with sons here.