081819.ca_.logo_.jpg

Expository Studies

Play Video
Play Video

Daily Encouragement

Play Video

May 21, 2011

The Prayer Life of Moses

Exodus 4:22, page 93

Part Six

The Ultimatum of Death

So I said to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve Me; but you have refused to let him go.  Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.'”

      God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone, and urges all men to repent and live (Ezekiel 18:32, page 1324).  He will warn Pharaoh today of impending doom for his firstborn, and the firstborn in all the land of Egypt.  Instead of turning away from sin, Pharaoh stubbornly hardens his heart against God.  Even before Moses enters Egypt again, God has revealed to him the outcome of God’s ultimatum of death to Pharaoh.  Moses now will leave Midian, and head back to Egypt.  But before Moses leaves Midian, God will speak words of encouragement to him.

       Go in Peace.  Having been commissioned by God to go to Egypt and deliver the people of Israel from the oppression of Pharaoh, Moses now prepares to leave Midian after 40 years in the wilderness (Acts 7:30, page 1712).  Moses tells his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, that he wants go and see if his relatives in Egypt still live (Exodus 4:18, page 93).   Moses apparently said nothing about his mission from God to liberate the Jews.  Sometimes, we may carefully tell the truth, as Moses did here.  He was under no obligation to tell Jethro of the real mission, and Moses already expected that the people of Israel would not immediately believe him.  Jethro gave Moses the blessing of “Go in peace.”  God gives Moses lots of encouragement as he leaves Midian and sets out for Egypt.

       Words of Encouragement.  God belayed the fears of Moses even before he left Midian: “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”  Moses had expressed his fears to God, and now God relieved those fears from the start.  God knows our weaknesses and fears, and He will help us overcome all of them as we listen to Him.  His plans always take into account our fears, but God casts fear out and replaces it with greater faith in His promises and power.   Sometimes small messages from God, like a text message on your phone, can really bring a lot of hope and encouragement just when you need it most.  Moses knew that no one in Egypt was going to seek his life.  But now, Moses learns that Pharaoh and the people of his land would lose the lives of their firstborn because of the hard heart of Pharaoh.

       Use the Power of God.  Nothing seems more hopeless to me than watching people, including myself, ignore the power God has given them to accomplish God’s mission.  Instead of employing God’s power, we neglect it or ignore it all together.  God reminded Moses of the wonders God had put in his power, and commanded Moses to use that power.  God has entrusted us with power, so that God can work  in our lives today far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to His power abiding within us (Ephesians 3:20, page 1830).   Ultimately, however, God will perform His will through the outpouring of His power directly upon the lives of all men.   Pharaoh would learn that lesson the hard way.

       God Controls Life and Death.  Moses needed to know that the mission was primarily about God liberating His people from Egypt to serve Him.  The Lord also explained that the signs He had given to Moses would not be enough to convince Pharaoh, because his heart was hardened.  The Lord called the people of Israel His firstborn son (Exodus 4:22, page 93), implying His great love and concern  for that child.  Likewise, the Lord told Pharaoh that God wanted Israel to go and serve Him, but Pharaoh refused.  No one refuses to do the will of God, after warnings, without consequences to follow.  In this case, God will take the firstborn son of Pharaoh and kill him because of the oppression of Israel, and the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 4:23, page 93).  Notice that God essentially tells Moses that God Himself will actually perform the final sign that will ultimately bring death to the firstborn of the land of Egypt, but life to the firstborn of God, the people of Israel.  At the beginning of the mission to deliver the people from Pharaoh, God told Moses about the specific action God would take to bring their deliverance through the death of the firstborn.  One firstborn would die, while the other firstborn would live, because of the shedding of blood (Exodus 12:1-13, pages 105-106).   Notice the strong similarity between the Son of God dying for our sins, so that we might live to God as fellow heirs with Christ Jesus.

       So we learn more about the prayer life of Moses.

       ●  Prayer means that God speaks words of encouragement to us as we pray and listen to Him.  He will help us with our fears about our safety, although He never promised we would not have to lay down our lives for Him.  Even then, He relieves our fear of death.

       ●  Prayer means that God expects us to use the power He provides for our lives.  He will do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.  We will need to focus upon using His gifts of power He has given to each one of us to do His will and fulfill His plan for our lives.

       ●  Prayer means that we live in faith in God performing His plan through us, and not some superstar.  God selects just the right person for His plan, and every plan has been tailor-made just for you.  God matches the plan to you, and you to the plan.  He must develop you to do His will in your life.  Step by step, and power upon power, and faith to faith He works within us.  He controls both life and death, but takes no pleasure in anyone’s death.

Application for Today

        The Lord God sends us encouragement, especially when we embark upon a new mission from Him.  He loves to help us along the way, and speak words of comfort and power to us.   Will you use the gifts of power He has placed in your life today?

 

 Christ Assembly Basics 

Christ Assembly provides free access to various studies from the Bible, the Word of God. The studies in this website are not inspired, but God produced the Bible, consisting of sixty-nine books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament). The Holy Spirit inspired authors to produce original autographs of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Those original authors wrote over the course of many centuries. They wrote divinely inspired words and every word was divinely inspired. The authors communicated in their own styles, and with their own vocabulary, but God breathed out every word of the final autographs. The words in the Bible really matter, and deserve careful study. 
 
As we study, we seek to love Jesus more because His word has instructed us so that we learn His ways. Eternal life consists in knowing God the Father, and Jesus Christ Whom God sent. As the eternal God of Glory, One with His Father, the Son of God took flesh and dwelt among us. Because of His death, He used His blood to purchase our redemption. He was raised for our justification. We now live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave Himself for us. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit abides in every born-again believer and fills us with His presence and blessings. He leads us into all truth. Jesus is the truth, and the way, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Jesus, our Lord. 
 
We look forward to His imminent return to the clouds of earth, to snatch away the believers alive on earth, so that we may be forever with the Lord. When He returns to the clouds, He will bring with Him all those people in Christ who died before His return to the clouds. We encourage one another with the promises of God, Who makes our path grow brighter and brighter, until the full light of day shines forth. We love Jesus and look forward to seeing Him soon. After Jesus removes the believers from the earth, then a terrible period of seven years follows where God brings measured and precise judgments upon the people alive on earth. God cut those days of  Tribulation short, or no flesh would have been saved. Jesus will then return to earth, slay His enemies, and place His feet on the Mount of Olives where He ascended to heaven. He will then reign on earth for a thousand years, and believers will reign with Him. After the Millennial Reign of Christ, all unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will suffer according to their deeds done on earth. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire, a place of torment night and day for eternity, because they never received the free gift of salvation while alive on earth. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God. Today we invite you to come and see Jesus, and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart. Take His yoke upon you, for His burden is easy and His yoke is light. He will give you rest for your soul as you trust Him. We receive salvation only from Jesus, by faith alone in Jesus, Who gives us the free gift of eternal life. 
 
We accept the teaching of the Word of God. As born again believers, baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit, the anointing from God teaches us all things. We love to study the Word of God as we abide in Christ Jesus our Lord. God blesses all of us when we read His word, hear His word, and heed His word. We share original studies of the Word of God without cost and we do not receive donations. We support the finances of this ministry through private means, so that we are not a burden to anyone. We oppose charging people to read books, articles, journals or other studies of the Word of God. Such work should be supported by donations, but not in prescribed amounts and not as a requirement to gain access to what God has freely provided. What God has freely given, we should freely share. Just as Paul worked making tents, so we work to support this ministry. 
 

 Christ Assembly License

The author of all original material on this website retains all legal and equitable rights to the properties at issue. The author granted Christ Assembly a limited-use, revocable license to publish material on this website, while reserving all ownership rights to the original author. You may use any original material on this website to the glory of God, but you may not receive anything of value for such use. You may not receive any donations related to any original material on this website. All use of original material on this website is subject to the revocable, limited license above. You must conspicuously indicate on any use of the original material that it originated from ChristAssembly.org.  Any revocation of the license shall be posted on this website and all rights to use material may be revoked without prior notice. By copying and using any original material from this website, you consent to such license. Christ Assembly opposes any payment for access to studies, articles, journals, or other publications of studies concerning the Word of God. As God has freely given, so also the products of His grace should be freely shared.