Summary: 8 of 10. Exodus records the significance of God’s call to Moses. Answering God’s call is a significant challenge. But why? 16 challenges of/to answering God’s call. God’s call presents a challenge to...
The CHALLENGE OF GOD's CALL-VIII—Exodus 3:1-22
Just Being Honest
In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her & asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, & frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, & you manipulate people & talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot & I sincerely hope you have what it takes to be a good lawyer. Yes, I know you.'
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room & asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'
She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, & he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, & his law practice is one of the most notorious in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'
The defense attorney nearly died...
& both of them simultaneously looked to the judge, who immediately asked both counselors to approach the bench.
In a very quiet voice, said, 'If either of you screw-ups asks her if she knows me, you’ll both do jail time!
Some things can be a real Challenge to us.
All Christians deal with the realization that God’s Call presents a Challenge to our flesh! If we heed His call, then God can work in our lives. But if we trust ourselves rather than God, He is not working in our lives.
Exodus records the significance of God’s call to Moses.
Answering God’s call presents a significant challenge.
To What does God’s call present a challenge?
16 challenges of/to God’s call.
We have found in earlier weeks that,
God’s call presents a challenge to...
1. Our OCCUPATION(:1)
2. Our OBSERVATION(:2-3)
3. Our AVAILABILITY(:4)
4. Our APPROACH(:5)
5. Our AWE(:6)
6. Our COMPASSION(:7-9)
7. Our INABILITY(:10-11)
8. Our POWER(:12a)
9. Our FAITHFULNESS(:12b-13)
10. Our PROBABILITY(:14-15)
11. Our COMMITMENT(:16-17)
12—God’s call presents a challenge to...
Explanation:(:18a)Instill trust in others?
:18—“Then they will heed your voice; & you shall come, you & the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; & you shall say to him, ‘The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; & now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ ”
Moses is not responsible for convincing the elders, only for declaring God’s message in a faithful & believable manner. If some will not hear it, they are responsible for their own choices, but Moses is not responsible for their inattention.
Ex. 4:29-31—“Then Moses & Aaron went & gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; & when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel & that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads & worshiped.”