Alfred Nobel may be an unfamiliar name to some people however, when people talk about the Nobel Peace Prize most everyone is aware of what that is. Alfred Nobel was a chemist in the late 1800's who invented dynamite, however, not wanting to be remembered only for something so destructive, in his will he established the Nobel Prize. Clearly it was important to Alfred Nobel that he be remembered for something positive. We all want to be remembered for something positive.
God has a strategy for each person's life, a perfect plan, in which He takes all of our experiences, and molds them into the plans He has for our lives. When we follow Him, and our lives come to an end, we will be remembered by something positive because we lived our lives in obedience to God.
From Genesis to Exodus
Genesis, as we remember from last week is the book of beginnings, while Exodus simply means a departure of a large number of people. In the book of Exodus we will read about the events leading up to and the actual departure of the Israelites from Egypt. If we remember back to Genesis, we remember that there were many people and stories to read about in one book. From Adam and Eve, to Noah, all the way to Joseph. While the book of Exodus focuses on many people as well, there is one man who is the center focus of the book of Exodus, and his name is Moses.
Moses is a man who is remembered for something positive, as we will see in the weeks unfolding, as the Rock studies through the book of Exodus, that though Moses was not perfect, and though he faced many hardships along life's path, and made mistakes, but as he followed God the end result of his life was positive.
The Beginnings of Exodus
As the Rock church began the book of Exodus today, Miles began in none other than Exodus chapter 1 verse 1. Exodus 1:1-7 states, Now these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt; each man and his household came with Jacob: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt already). And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.
This is where Exodus begins, Jacob's sons were all living in Egypt, Joseph was dead, and the number of Israelites had greatly increased. At this same time a new king came in to power in Egypt who did not like the Israelites and he decided that they must be dealt with shrewdly. So the king, who is known as Pharaoh, made it so that the Israelites would live under affliction and many burdens, however, because of this the Israelites only grew more and multiplied. But they were continually forced to serve with rigor.
Pharaoh feared the Israelites, and that fear fueled his desire to put them in bondage. So Pharaoh asked the midwives in Egypt that they kill the babies that were born of the Hebrew women if they were sons. But the midwives did not follow the Pharaoh's orders. When Pharaoh asked the midwives why they did not follow his orders their reply was stated in Exodus 1:19. 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."
Pharaoh ended up taking matters into his own hands commanding all his people to take every son who is born and cast them into the river, and every daughter birthed to be kept alive.
Exodus 2:1-3 states, and a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank.
Moses was born into a life of danger and was saved in an ark. Pharaoh's daughter saved Moses, when she was bathing in the river and discovered Moses. She sent him with her maiden to be nursed, and as he grew, Pharaoh's daughter took Moses as her son, and called him that because I drew him out of the water. Exodus 2:10
Moses Remains Loyal
Though Moses grew up in the home of Pharaoh, it did not change the fact that he was a Hebrew. He chose to remain loyal to his people. When he saw a Hebrew being beaten by an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian. However, soon because of this he was rejected by his own people. When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, "Why are you striking your companion?" Then he said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Exodus 2:13-14
When we look at the New Testament we can draw a comparison from Moses to Jesus, in that their own people rejected them both. Mark 8:31-33 states, And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
Rejected to Wanderer
Moses realized that all knew the news of his killing and he became fearful for his life. Exodus 2:15 states, When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well. Moses found a home in the land of Midian. Because of his kindness and helpfulness to the daughters of the priest of Midian, he was provided a home and a wife, Zipporah, daughter of the priest of Midian. She bore Moses a son.
During this same time Pharaoh died, and God heard the cries of the children of Israel because of the oppression they had faced in the land of Egypt, and He acknowledged them. Exodus 2:25
Moses Meets God
Next week as the Rock continues to go through the book of Exodus, we will see Moses meet God at the Burning Bush, and see the great plans unfold that God had for Moses' life, and how God trained Moses up for a specific purpose, just as He trains us for the purpose He has for our lives. It centers on the deliverance of people.