He Walks with Us – Moses and Israel – Sunday Notes

MosesMicah 6:8 (ESV)

8He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

The last 3 weeks, we have been looking at the paths that God has put people and how he walked with them.  The common theme is that God put them on a path and promised to love and care for them – to walk with them.

Week 1 – Adam & Eve – Sin robbed them of their path

Week 2 – Abraham – God set him on a path to greatness

Week 3 – Joseph – He walked with God and knew that even though God seemed silent he was never, ever absent.

This week we’re going to take a look at the life of Moses and the Children of Israel as they came out of slavery into the Promised Land.

If you spent anytime in Sunday School growing up you know that the children of Israel escaped Egypt only to end up wandering the desert for 40 years because of their continual disobedience to God.

If you think about the Old Testament going forward disobedience and repentance is going to be a constant theme for Israel. It is going to be their modus operandi as they go forward into history.

It’s always amazes me to think how a blessed people can throw away their blessing so consistently as Israel does throughout the Old Testament.

Exodus 3:1–10 (ESV)

1Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6And he said, “I am the God of your 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 at God. 7Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

What do we see in these verses?

  • God has heard the cry of his people. (vs. 7)
  • He has come to deliver (rescue them) (vs. 8)
  • Will take them to a blessed land (vs. 8)
  • God is going to send a rescuer (vs. 9)

Again this is going to be a common theme for Israel throughout the OLD Testament.

But it is also just like our story!

Think about Jesus

  • God saw the need of his people (mankind)
  • He has come to deliver (rescue them)
  • He promises to take us to a blessed land (Heaven)
  • God send a rescuer (Jesus)

Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)

1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Colossians 1:13–14 (ESV)

13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The problem is that Israel continued to stray from the path the God had them on to the Promised Land.

  • They rejected what he provided.
    • When he fed them in the wilderness with manna and quail – they complained.
  • They turned to other gods.
    • When Moses went up on Mount Sinai Israel created a golden calf and began to worship it. Even after they saw the cloud by day and the fire by night that lead them. Even after they saw the Red Sea parted.
  • They were fearful.
    • When they arrived at the Promised Land they decided not to enter because of their fear of the people who were already there. Even after seeing all of the miracles and the plagues in Egypt. They had no faith in God.
  • They were faithless.
    • They complained, bickered, and threatened every time an obstacle came in their way. Even after seeing God provide for them time after time. They seemed to forget his love, provision and rescue.

But Moses knew that God had put them on a path to freedom and blessing just like Jesus has provided for us.

The truth is is that we are Israel.

  • We reject what he provides sometimes.
  • We turn to other gods or other ways of getting what we want or think we need.
  • We are fearful and very often faithless.

Our sin sometime puts us into a wilderness of confusion and fear and we think that we will have to work really hard to fight our way out all the while God is there waiting for us to trust so that he can lead us into a better land.

Despite all of Israel’s problems and disobedience they still reached the Promised Land.

God stayed faithful and Moses followed some wise principals.

From these principals we can discover our path and get to where God has planned for us. I’m not talking about Heaven but here on Earth.

  1. The directionthatyouarecurrently going on in your life is going somewhere – whether you acknowledge it of not – it is going to end up somewhere.
    1. Our choices
      1. Our spending
      2. Our relationships
      3. Our spirituality
  1. When we are uninformed of God’s plans and desires for us then we tend to wander without direction in our faith.
    1. Micah 6:8
    2. The Great Commandment –

Mark 12:28–31 (ESV)

28And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    The Great Commission –

Matthew 28:16–20 (ESV)

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  1. We don’t drift in good directions. It takes making the choices that will take us in the direction that we want to go to get to the destination that we want. If our choices don’t take us toward God’s plan and desire for use then we are not making the right choices.

 

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