Coachlight Bible Study – Exodus Lesson 7
God’s Heart Desire
The Book Of Exodus – Shemoth – “Names”
Redemption From Egypt
Revelation From God
Slavery In Egypt
Birth of Moses
Call of Moses
Return of Moses to Egypt
Deliverance By Blood
Marching To Sinai
Giving of the Law
Blueprint & Construction
of the Tabernacle
To continue the record of God working in Israel’s birth as a nation, their moving into Egypt and the ensuing slavery endured by them until God comes down and delivers Israel out of bondage into a land flowing with milk and honey.
430 Years – From Abrahamic Covenant To Deliverance – (Galatians 3:17)
From eternity, God has desired to dwell in the midst of His people. As He created Adam, God conversed with Adam in the cool of the evening. At that time Adam was sinless and thus could converse with a holy God.
But sin came along and changed everything. God preached His first illustrated sermon to Adam by putting Adam to sleep, taking something out of his side, making woman, and presenting the bride to Adam as he woke Adam up out of sleep.
The message of the sermon was that the Second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ was going to at God’s appointed time, return for His bride, the Church of God.
God then began to build a people beginning with Abraham. God gave Abraham a covenant including a land, a Seed, and a world-wide blessing. This nation God made is called His first born in the book of Exodus.
There was no good found in God’s first born as well as the rest of His Bride. But God sent His Deliverer to set His people free from bondage unto a land flowing with milk and honey. This is a beautiful story of God’s grace and deliverance, and is a foreshadow of God’s grace and deliverance unto Zion in this age.
We will again go to the Burning Bush that did not burn to gain more wisdom from God’s Word concerning Who God is, as well as, God in relation to His people. As God calls and instructs Moses, God also teaches Moses valuable lessons on how to serve God. These same lessons are even more valuable to us today.
Today, more than ever, we need to pick up the serpent by the tail, and speak the Word of God with the conviction of a heart intoned to God’s heart desire. It is when our heart desire is the same as God’s heart desire, that God empowers the instrument of God
Psalms 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
God’s Plan To Dwell (Tabernacle) With His Creation - Man
God Walks With Adam In The Garden
The figure of the “Burning Bush”
God in relation to His people
Christ Came As Promised To Purchase Man’s Salvation
Holy Spirit Dwells Inside The Believer – Sealing Of The Holy Ghost Is The Earnest Of Our Inheritance
The Tabernacle Of God Is With Man
God Presents The Bride To Adam
God’s Glory Fills The Tabernacle
II Chronicles 5:14
Immanuel – God With Us
The Bride Without Spot Or Wrinkle Or Any Such Thing Goes To Meet The Lord In The Air – They Are With Him Forever
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Tribulation Designed To Bring Israel Back To God
Christ Rules The World On Earth
We See The Full Bride (Foundations & Gates) Church & Israel With God Forever
Approx. 2000 Years
Approx. 2000 Years
Approx. 33 Years
Has Been Approx. 2000 Years
Forever & Ever
Christ On Earth
Dispensation Of The Fullness Of Times
I. Chapter I – Choosing And Education of the Deliverer
A. We have learned that long before Israel groaned to God because of their oppression in Egypt, God had been preparing an exodus or deliverance of His people from oppression in Egypt unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
1. Not only had God chosen His deliverer, Moses, long before;
2. But God had set up events in Moses’ life to prepare and educate him for the job
B. The miraculous saving of Moses life after the death decree of the Pharaoh demonstrates one of the events depicting Moses as a type of Christ. This saving event parallels the birth and miraculous saving at birth of the ultimate Deliverer, Jesus the Christ after the decree of Herod that all male Hebrews should die.
II. Chapter II – First Forty Years of the Deliverer
A. Moses spent the first forty years of his life being educated in the best university known in the world. It didn’t take long, however, to find out that while this education:
1. Would prove beneficial in the future,
2. It would not prepare him for the immediate task at hand.
B. As Moses observed an Israelite being tortured by an Egyptian official, Moses killed the Egyptian and attempted to secretly burry him in the sand.
1. Moses thought that this deed would not be known generally,
2. Specifically Moses thought that the Pharaoh would not find out about it.
C. The next day, Moses saw two Israelites fighting among themselves, and as Moses attempted to intervene, one of the Israelites shouted:
1. “Who made thee a prince and judge over us?”,
2. And then shouted: “Intendest thou to kill me as thou killest the Egyptian?”.
D. Two things here are obvious:
1. All the training in Egypt did not prepare Moses to deliver Israel
2. Israel was not yet ready to be delivered
III. The Next Forty Years of the Deliverer – Still Chapter Two
A. Moses spent the next forty years of his life in Midian as he flees from Pharaoh’s wrath.
B. Moses lived these next forty years in the house of Jethro, the priest of Midian,
C. Two More Things Become Evident:
1. Moses is learning desert survival skills that will be needed as he leads the Nation of Israel through the desert.
2. Moses is again a type of Christ’s return at the end of this age by acquiring a Gentile bride.
D. At the end of chapter 2, we have two things which become apparent in Egypt:
1. The Pharaoh that intended to kill Moses was dead
2. The oppression of Israel continued causing Israel to cry out to God
a. This is again a type of our groaning to God
b. Called in the New Testament, Speaking in tongues:
Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
IV. Chapter III – Significance Of The Burning Bush
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Exodus 3:2 And the angel <04397> of the LORD <03068> appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Exodus 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Exodus 3:4 And when the LORD <03068> saw that he turned aside to see, God <0430> called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
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angel 111, messenger 98, ambassadors 4, variant 1; 214
1) messenger, representative - 1a) messenger
1b) angel - 1c) the theophanic angel
03068 hwhy Y@hovah yeh-ho-vaw' - from 01961; n pr dei;
LORD 6510, GOD 4, JEHOVAH 4, variant 1; 6519
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0430 Myhla 'elohiym el-o-heem' - plural of 0433; n m p;
God 2346, god 244, judge 5, GOD 1, goddess 2, great 2, mighty 2, angels 1, exceeding 1, God-ward + 04136 1, godly 1; 2606
05572 hno c@nah sen-eh' - from an unused root meaning to prick; n m;
bush 6; 6
1) bush, thorny bush - 1a) burning bush of Moses - 1b) perhaps a blackberry bush
Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
A. The Mountain of God
1. An elevated place where God makes Himself known:
a. Known as in delivering power
b. Known as in faithfulness in His covenants
B. There Are Three Mountains of God
1. Moriah – (Jah Provides) – The place where God will provide Himself a Lamb
2. Horeb – The place where God makes Himself known in grace and faithfulness
a. One Who would deliver His people out of bondage
b. One Who would bring His people into the promised inheritance
3. Zion (Jerusalem)– The place that will be the seat of the Kingdom
In other words: Zion will be the Kingdom seat when all that God proposed to do at Horeb will be accomplished and rest upon what happened at Moriah.
C. The Fire Is God Himself:
I Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
D. The “thorn bush” or “bramble” from seneh 05572, is a symbol of Israel
1. It has from the beginning and forever will be the heart desire of God to dwell with His people – see the Chart at the beginning of this lesson
2. Psalm 90, Shows the bramble or thorn bush character of Israel is seen:
Psalm 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psalm 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Psalm 90:5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
Psalm 90:6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Psalm 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psalm 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Psalm 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Psalm 90:16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
a. Last two verses show the work of God on His people
b. Israel would build the Tabernacle so He could dwell with them
E. Moses Had Viewed Israel As The People Of God And Threw In With Them
1. It wasn’t the fire that caught Moses’ attention – It was the bramble not burnt up
2. Moses had learned something of the thorn bush character of Israel
a. He learned that they were not ready to be delivered in chapter 2
b. I’m sure he was thinking about this characteristic all 40 years in Midian
c. Now he could begin to see God in relation to His people
1. God had revealed Himself as faithful in His covenants
2. So Israel must be delivered and preserved
3. So Israel would have to be made suitable for dwelling with a holy God
But What Kind of God Would Do All This For A Thorn Bush As Israel?
F. In The Burning Bush We See In Figure God’s Heart Desire
1. God’s heart desire is to dwell in holiness in the midst of His people
2. God will act in grace and deliverance to win Israel’s affections
G. It Is Holy Ground Territory To See God In Relation To His People
1. Moses has to remove his shoes in the presence of God with His people
2. Moses has to keep at a distance from The Holy God with His people
3. The message of the Prodigal Son teaches us:
Luke 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
So: We will never be able to put on the shoes of a son, unless we know what it is like to take them off at the mountain of God
H. The Thoughts Around God’s Grace Must Be Holy Thoughts
1. There can no fleshly thoughts allowed
2. All confidence and trust must be in the Holy God only
I. This Figure Of Holiness And Grace Brings About A New Universal Order
1. God announces Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
a. In Abraham God shows His sovereign purpose and calls out His people
b. In Isaac, God is shown to act in the power of the resurrection
c. In Jacob, God is seen as the One Who replaces the fleshly desires with holy desires
2. The sign of the covenant, circumcision, was all about placing no confidence in the flesh –
a. As Judeaizers came into the church, the Apostles saw Gentiles saved same as Jews – without the Law
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
Acts 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
b. True circumcision is to not place any confidence in the flesh:
Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Philippians 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
V. God Meets Moses With Grace
Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Exodus 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Exodus 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
A. Some Things In Chapter 3 In Moses’ Life Were Not of Faith
1. The question: “Who am I?” – The shoes off and hiding of the face should have answered as well as verses 9-10.
2. The question: “What is His name?” – The answer is given 6-12.
Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
B. God Answered Moses, “Certainly, I will be with thee”
C. God Answered Moses on the second question:
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
01961 hyh hayah haw-yaw - a primitive root [compare 01933]; v;
was, come to pass, came, has been, were happened, become, pertained, better for thee; 75
1) to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out
1a1a) to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass
1a1b) to come about, come to pass
1a2) to come into being, become
1a2a) to arise, appear, come
1a2b) to become
1a2b1) to become
1a2b2) to become like
1a2b3) to be instituted, be established
1a3) to be
1a3a) to exist, be in existence
1a3b) to abide, remain, continue (with word of place or time)
1a3c) to stand, lie, be in, be at, be situated (with word of locality)
1a3d) to accompany, be with
1b1) to occur, come to pass, be done, be brought about
1b2) to be done, be finished, be gone
D. I AM THAT I AM is an explanation of Jehovah or Yahweh using the Hebrew hayah the verb “to be”
1. It means that He is eternally unchanging
2. It means He is the Self-existing One – Completely Independant
a. He relies on noone or nothing for existence
1. He does not fill up pantries for His sustenance
2. He does not store up barns for His fulfillment
c. He is total consistency and bliss
d. From Him all things consist – not the other way around
3.He was I AM:
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
D. Moses is not to have any confidence in the flesh, but place all trust in the I AM
VI. God Meets Moses With Instruction
Exodus 3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
Exodus 3:17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
Exodus 3:18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
Exodus 3:19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
Exodus 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
Exodus 3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
Exodus 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
VII. Moses Senses That He Needed Credentials Before Israel
A. The Lord Wants The Hand
Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
Exodus 4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
Exodus 4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
Exodus 4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
Exodus 4:5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
1. Moses says: “Behold they will not believe me”
2. God asks: “What is in thine hand?”
3. Moses said: “A rod” – This became Moses’ badge of authority
4. God commanded: “Cast it on the ground”
5. Moses cast it on the ground and it became a serpent
6. God said: “Put forth thine hand and take it by the tail
7. The snake became Moses’ rod again
8. This sign was so Israel would believe that God had appeared to Moses
a. There was no power in the rod itself
b. The rod, like any other instrument could be used by satan or God
c. But when the instrument is in the hand of the man of God, God empowers it.
B. The Lord Wants The Heart
Exodus 4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
Exodus 4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
Exodus 4:8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
Exodus 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
1. There is no power in the rod
2. God said: “Put now thine hand into thy bosom”
3. When Moses took out his hand from his bosom it was leprous
4. God said: “Put thine hand into thy bosom again”
5. When Moses took out his hand it was as his other flesh
6. This along with the rod was a great lesson for Moses
a. The bosom speaks of the heart or heart’s desire
b. God wants the hand and the heart of the man of God
c. Because the hand will ultimately do what the heart dictates
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
C. Moses Puts No Confidence In His Flesh – God Gives Grace
Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Exodus 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
D. Moses Puts No Confidence In God – Call Another - God’s Anger Is Kindled
Exodus 4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
Exodus 4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
Exodus 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
Exodus 4:16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
Exodus 4:17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
E. Moses Gets Permission To Leave Midian
Exodus 4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
F. All That Sought Moses’ Life In Egypt Are Dead
Exodus 4:19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
Exodus 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
G. God Commands Moses
Exodus 4:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
Exodus 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
Exodus 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
H. Moses’ Heart Desire Must Be God’s Heart Desire
Exodus 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
Exodus 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
Exodus 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
Exodus 4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
Exodus 4:28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
I. The Nation Worships God
Exodus 4:29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
Exodus 4:30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
Exodus 4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.