Pastor Miles opened this Sunday's message with a few announcements. The Rock's Christmas Eve Service will be held Friday at 6pm at the Ruffin Road facility. Also January 9th will be the date that the Rock will begin their three week fast. Take the time to pray about what you will do during those three weeks, as well as for accountability partners to go through the fast with.
Having just completed going through the book of Exodus, this Sunday the Rock took the master quiz over the entire book of Exodus. So lets review
Moses, The Main Character
When we think of the book of Exodus, the man we're most likely to remember is Moses because he was the main man of the book. Moses was born with a death sentence. All male sons of the Hebrew women were to be killed by drowning them in the river, but Moses was saved in an ark. Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter and was raised in the way of the Egyptians, though he was a Hebrew man.
Exodus 2:1-4, 10 state, 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. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."
Moses lived for 120 years. He lived for forty years in Egypt. He killed an Egyptian and then fled to the wilderness to live there for forty years, and Moses lead the Israelites through the wilderness for forty years.
Pastor Miles mentioned the significance of those three forty-year periods of Moses' life in that the number three is the number of divine perfection and the number forty represents testing. Also Moses fasted for forty days on Mt. Sinai in which received the Ten Commandments from God. It is also interesting to note that the Bible tells us that Moses was the most humble man in the world.
Exodus is the book of exit from Egypt. If we remember back to Pastor Miles' message "Talking Fire" we would see that Moses' first encounter with God was at the burning bush on Mt. Sinai.
Exodus 3:2-4 states, and the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn." So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!"
Moses stood on holy ground to meet God, and God revealed Himself to Moses by the name, "I AM that I AM." God called Moses to confront Pharaoh but Moses gave God five excuses as to why he couldn't be the one to confront Pharaoh. God reminded Moses to alleviate his fears that it wasn't a matter of who he was, but Whose he was. God said to Moses in Exodus 3:12, I will certainly be with you.
Moses went before Pharaoh and demanded the release of the Jews. The only weapon he had was the rod in his hand. Exodus 4:2-5 states, so the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod." And He said, "Cast it on the ground." So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail" (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), "that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
God sent ten plagues on Egypt to judge the gods of the Egyptians. It is important to note the tenth plague, which was the death of the firstborn, like the death of Jesus delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt, as also we are delivered from our sin.
The homes of the Israelites were passed over during the tenth plague because of the blood of the lamb placed above their door. God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt so that they could worship Him.
Stop Complaining Already
After the Israelites left Egypt they began complaining about their circumstances. They complained about not having water or food, totally forsaking the fact that God would provide for all their needs as He had already shown He could do. Not one complainer made it into the Promise Land.
We ought not to follow the example of the Israelites in this. When we complain all we are thinking about is ourselves. Instead of complaining we should be thankful for what we have, and think instead about a way to solve the problem that we are complaining about.
The Ten Commandments are a very well known. The authorship of the Ten Commandments comes directly from God. The Ten Commandments were written on stone tablets on both sides of each tablet therefore indicating that they were permanent and complete. When Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Lord on the top of Mt. Sinai God spoke with Moses face to face.
Exodus 33:11 states, so the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
Most recently we have looked at the Tabernacle as God designed it. There were three sections that the Tabernacle was divided into. There was the court, the Holy place, and the Holy of Holies.
In the Holy of Holies was the Ark. The mercy seat covered the Ark, and the Ark was made of wood covered with gold. There was significance in the wood and gold in that it represented humanity covered by deity. The high priest would go into the Holy of Holies once a year to make an offering for the sin of Israel.
Upon the completion of the Tabernacle, the whole place was filled with God's glory. Exodus 40:34 states, Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
Jesus, Our Great High Priest
Unlike in the times of Exodus when the high priest would go to the Tabernacle once a year to seek atonement for the sins of the people and himself, Jesus, our Great High Priest was sinless and therefore did not have to seek forgiveness for his own sin.
Jesus was the one time sacrifice for all sin. He freely offered His own blood, so that we can be forgiven and be freed from the bondage of sin.