My Way, No Way

Reflect on these things during next week:

This week we are introduced to another character that God uses in the establishment of His chosen nation and His plan for reconciliation with man.  While the Israelites were mistreated slaves in Egypt, Moses was born.  He was miraculously protected and prepared to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land.  This Sunday we will examine Moses’ struggles and victories as leader of his people as Moses’ story and God’s story meet.


1. How does the fact that God is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14) encourage us in our daily life?

2. How did God see Moses differently than Moses saw himself (Exodus 4:10-12)?

3.  What is one area in your life where you focus more upon your limitations than God’s ability?

4.  In what ways does Passover (Exodus 12:1-24) picture God’s provision for us through Jesus Christ?

5.  Next week we will look at “New Commands and a New Covenant”.  How can rules demonstrate God’s love?

The Story – Part 4 Exodus 2 – 4

Acts 7:17-22 But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt 18 till another king arose who did not know Joseph. 19 This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live. 20 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.

The Story

After Joseph died, a new Pharaoh came to power who did not know Joseph

The Israelites were made slaves in Egypt

Their numbers continued to increase which brought fear upon the Egyptians

The Egyptians began killing all Israelite boys that were born

God miraculously protected Moses and he was raised in Pharaoh’s palace

At age 40 Moses killed an Egyptian who was mistreating an Israelite and had to flee to the desert

At age 80 Moses was called by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt

God brought on the plagues and Pharaoh finally allowed the Israelites to leave after Pharaoh and the Egyptians endured a great deal of pain and misery

After he agreed to let them go, Pharaoh changed his mind and decided to send his army to chase them down

God miraculously led the Israelites through the Red Sea and destroyed the Egyptian army

My Way

Moses made the decision to check on his fellow Israelites

Acts 7:23-25 “Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. 25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.

Moses looked left and right, but not up when he instituted his plan

Exodus 2:12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

No Way

Moses made excuses when God called him

Excuse #1: I don’t have all the answers

Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

God’s Response: God promised that the Israelite leaders would listen and God would perform miracles in Egypt

Excuse #2: They won’t believe me

Exodus 4:1 Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”

God’s Response: God showed Moses His power

Excuse #3: I can’t speak well

Exodus 4:10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

God’s Response: God reminded Moses that He made his mouth and that He would be with Moses

Excuse #4: Others would do a better job

Exodus 4:13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

God’s Response: God sent Aaron to go with Moses

A Happy Ending

Deuteronomy 34:10-12 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

When I make my own plan and trust my own power I will fail

When I doubt God’s plan and ignore His power I will do nothing

When I trust God’s plan and rely on His power I will succeed

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