Summary: Realize your significance in God’s story.
YOU ARE NO ACCIDENT
S: God’s Plan
C: Following God’s Call
Th: Movin’ On Up!
Pr: REALIZE YOUR SIGNIFICANCE IN GOD’S STORY.
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Realize that you are an unfinished work
• Don’t take your mission into your own hands
• Humble yourself before God
• Allow the changes He needs to make
RMBC 10 February 08 AM
Well, we have survived Super Tuesday, and if there is one thing that comes out during election time is the clamor for change.
1. People are always crying out for change.
And every politician promises it.
Whether it is Hillary or Obama…
Whether it is McCain or Huckabee…
Each one promises that if they are elected, we will finally have a voice there; someone we can count on to represent us.
They will bring the change that is needed in Washington, and to the rest of us.
ILL Politically Correct (H)
For some time now, there have been those in the political process that have been redefining traditionally accepted words and concepts to be more inclusive and neutral. It is an attempt to be what some call “politically correct.” Here are some examples of just ordinary situations.
• Your bedroom isn’t cluttered, it’s just "passage restrictive."
• Kids don’t get grounded anymore. They merely hit "social speed bumps."
• You’re not late, you just have a "rescheduled arrival time."
• You’re not having a bad hair day, you’re suffering from "rebellious follicle syndrome."
• No one’s short anymore. They’re "vertically challenged."
• You’re not shy. You’re "conversationally selective."
• You don’t talk a lot. You’re just "abundantly verbal."
• It’s not called gossip anymore. It’s "the speedy transmission of near-factual information."
I think that often, this is really what politicians are about.
They don’t want change that would affect them.
They want to change us.
So, who can you trust with change?
Maybe we can trust these guys! [slide of Muppet guys]
They seem as trustworthy as the next one.
But let me tell you, there have been times in history that change was really needed.
We learned last week in our study of Exodus 1 that the Israelites were no longer living freely in the land of Egypt.
Instead, they were oppressed, enslaved, hated, misused, and maligned.
The end of chapter 2 describes it this way:
2.23-25: …and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
In other words…
2. God was willing.
He was willing to do something about it.
And as we return to the beginning of chapter 2, we see that God has someone in mind to lead the change.
I. DELIVERED (2.1-10)
3. Enter center stage: Moses.
Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews’ children." Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, "Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Go." So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.
Amram and Jochebed had two other children of whom we are aware:
• Miriam, who was about12 years older than Moses (the sister in this passage), and,
• Aaron who was about three years older.
Moses was born a condemned baby by the pharaoh.
He had commanded that all Hebrew baby boys were to be thrown in the Nile River, and it was to be enforced by the Egyptians.