Summary: Third message in the series: Getting to the Promised Land. This deals with Moses and the lessons on getting out of Egypt.

Title: The Tale of Two Men: Moses

Series: Getting to the Promised Land

Theme: Overcoming Insecurity

Text: Exodus & Numbers


How did we get here?

Genesis 4:1-7 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the Lord." (2) Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. (3) And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. (4) Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, (5) but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (6) So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? (7) If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; [5] and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

This looks like just a story of murder and deceit but it is more. It is control. Control of sin. The ruler ship of sin. Sin - an offence,


Hebrew - H2398 - Seperation

- Original: חטא - Transliteration: Chata' - Phonetic: khaw-taw'

- Definition: 1. to sin, miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, purify from uncleanness a. (Qal)

1. to miss 2. to sin, miss the goal or path of right and duty 3. to incur guilt, incur penalty by sin, forfeit

b. (Piel) 1. to bear loss 2. to make a sin-offering 3. to purify from sin 4. to purify from uncleanness

c. (Hiphil) 1. to miss the mark 2. to induce to sin, cause to sin 3. to bring into guilt or condemnation or punishment

d. (Hithpael) 1. to miss oneself, lose oneself, wander from the way 2. to purify oneself from uncleanness

- Origin: a primitive root - TWOT entry: 638 - Part(s) of speech: Verb

H2403 - Temptation

- Original: חטּאת חטּאה

- Transliteration: Chatta'ah

- Phonetic: khat-taw-aw'

- Definition:

1. sin, sinful 2. sin, sin offering a. sin b. condition of sin, guilt of sin c. punishment for sin d. sin-offering

e. purification from sins of ceremonial uncleanness

- Origin: from H2398 - TWOT entry: 638e - Part(s) of speech: Noun Feminine

- Strong's: From H2398; an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness) and its penalty occasion sacrifice or expiation; also (concretely) an offender: - punishment (of sin) purifying (-fication for sin) sin (-ner offering).

- Strong's: A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit lack expiate repent (causatively) lead astray condemn: - bear the blame cleanse commit [sin] by fault harm he hath done loss miss (make) offend (-er) offer for sin purge purify (self) make reconciliation (cause make) sin (-ful -ness) trespassive

Abraham – The Father of Promise

From Ur to Haran

Struggled with trust in God: Egypt, constant reminder, the test, Gerar deception,

Lessons learned:

“Often times God will tell us what to do but only reveal the plan as we go” – enjoy the journey

“Not everyone will go (stay) with us” – stay focused no matter who falls

“Be careful of our flesh fulfilled plans”

“The blessing should never become greater that the blesser”

From Isaac

- Repeated his father’s mistake

To Jacob

- The deceiver to Israel – blessed of God

To Joseph and the 12

- Back to Egypt

“Sometimes God will used Egypt to get Egypt out of us”


Israel’s condition

Israel was brought into Egypt by Joseph. They were given the lay of the land, some of the best land in all of Egypt (Goshen). They had jobs, shepherds which was despised by the Egyptians.

Table 1: Timeline showing dates from God’s promise to Abraham to the exodus from Egypt.

For a while this was a land of comfort. They had everything they needed, until. There rose up a king who did not know Joseph. This was between 60 and 100 years later.

After this became persecution. They had become comfortable. Yet this was not the Promised Land. The Lord had sent them to the Land of Canaan. This was actually around 250 miles away or about a month’s journey.

Exodus 1:6-22 And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. (7) But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. (9) And he said to his people, "Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; (10) come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land." (11) Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. (12) But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. (13) So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. (14) And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage--in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor. (15) Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; (16) and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." (17) But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. (18) So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?" (19) And the midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them." (20) Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. (21) And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. (22) So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born [3] you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."

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