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Moses- A Man of Many Failures (Part B)

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August 26, 2022 6:00 am

Moses- A Man of Many Failures (Part B)

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God decided that Moses was going to herd sheep in the very region through which he was destined to lead the Jewish people as a goddess God put Moses to work for 40 years. He was learning those deserts because 40 years later, he would be leading those slaves to their freedom through that very land that he was working. God always knows what he's doing.

We just failed to trust him. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Genesis. Please stay with us after today's message more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with part two of this study, called Moses, a man of many failures in Exodus chapter 2 I pray to God that I could have a greater heart for his people and less for myself.

See shows up for yourself when you begin to defend yourself as a Pastor of course being the victim of much I am I if I'm telling the story falsity and here's saying things that is wrong and him from people who are often guilty. You know you the tendency is to defend yourself by maybe attacking them or pointing out things or just not having a burdened heart and is been my prayer that God would give me a shepherd's heart and that I would keep a shepherd's heart and not have such a response was stories like this will we get in the notice to be this way you not gonna find that Islam that I have one of them said I need to have a heart for for those who attacked me.

My enemies gonna find it anywhere else properly balanced than in the Scripture, or other attempts at it, but is always clumsy because it is fragmented itself from the Scripture is so.

Another failure in this act of murder that he committed was that he failed to cover up the crime as were told was personal wrath flamed out. That was his way of delivering God's people, but it wasn't God's way to deliver his people. We see by this event. Look at verse 13 of Exodus chapter 2 and when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting and he said to the one who did the wrong why are you striking your companion and he said who made you a prince and a judge over us you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian so Moses feared and said Shirley this thing is no Moses found out contrary to the proverb kind were turns back, wrath the kind words not always turn back wrath. He was trying to check the wrath of this fellow Hebrew of all of on another brother Hebrew and he turned on him and the big thing is that the man probably says it out loud and when these blurts it out Moses.

Oh man, this is going to hit the grapevine the proverbial grapevine. Everybody's going to find out about this Farrell's going to put that down. They cannot let I Hebrew kill an Egyptian and get away with a lesson authorizing be on their hands. That's why Moses had visited his flight was so urgent. Stephen tells us this in acts chapter 7 verses 23 and 25 he says now when he was 40 years old. It came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. That was the good plan. Good intention was misguided, though, because it was not under the authority of God. It was under the authority of I am going to do something good. I am going to be the hero of the day.

I am indigent I am an Egyptian educated Jew if no one else is in the place, time, the only one that can do this particular mentality.

I'm the only one. Stephen continues for he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they didn't not understand.

That was the case with Stephen himself. Stephen suppose that the Jews would listen to his sermon and received Jesus as the fulfillment of the Messiah. They did not did kill Stephen.

They did not get to kill Moses.

So again, they knew that this bold act of violence of successful and not put down would excite a slave uprising, and they did not wanted. And Moses knew it. And this was a serious failure. So, in his own strength he could not set successfully cover up a botched attempt to deliver his people, and so he runs he flees verse 15 went Moses heard of this matter. When Farrell heard of this matter.

Pardon me, 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 and was out text, he flees and he arrives in Midian and he sits down at this well what mood do you think he was in when he finally arrives there and plants himself. Was he depressed. I think he was.

I think he felt awful. What was he saying I only, am left as a friend of the oppressed and they seek my life to take it. That was what Eliza would say. Many years later, Eliza was say I'm the only one Lord that stands for you move Moses was feeling the same way.

No doubt God checked it in both of them, but to he verbalizes it with the lies he says I've got 7000 others and you got about their need to bow you're not the only one were never the only one God has his remnant were never self-importance is not a virtue. It is not a virtue in Christian or otherwise, God is the one that lends us importance because he is perfect.

Not us. And so, in what should have been the prime of his life he became a 40 year failure at 40 years of age is running for his life is a fugitive is living in the desert is managing another man's property is a complete failure. Acts chapter 7 Stephen rate makes this remark, Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds and now it's all wasted now it is all useless. All of this Egyptian education at the universities. Nothing wrong with being educated except when you make it something that it's not in the hands of God and all that education, University did not prepare him to do God's work in the desert.

That's the story. And so God decided that Moses was going to herd sheep in the very region through which he was destined to lead the Jewish people's as a goddess God put Moses to work for 40 years. He was learning those deserts because 40 years later, he would be leading those slaves to their freedom through that very land that he was working in God always knows what he's doing. We just failed to trust him. Not all the time. Faith is doable is not one of these, and we just beat up on the Christians value know were miserable were all failures were up 12. We have our moments for sure in those moments very serious because we don't get past them. We can crash and burn.

That is a fact of life.

But we should not is no reason why we should. Jesus expects us to prevail because he will be with us. He will tell this man Moses three times. He says I will be with you. I will be with your mouth. I will be with your mouth Moses had a hard time accepting that as we do also.

But yet in the midst of all this, his heart remained true to the God of Abraham, then backslide did not fail and that's it for me and God. Hebrews chapter 3 verse two it says this of Moses. Moses also was faithful in all his house and then verse five and Moses indeed was faithful in all his health as a servant for a testimony of those things which would be spoken after word… Life is part of the process of revelation of Jesus Christ. That's the idea of Hebrews chapter 3, never was there anything but a child of Abraham and his own heart, in spite of all the and it is the Egyptian influences. He clung to who he was as a child of Abraham by faith and so Hebrews 11 verse 24 by faith Moses when he became a vase refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin is steaming good. The reproach of Christ greater than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward that is with God not pause here because, listen to what it says is steaming the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures in Egypt but that was 1600 years before Christ was born in the manger is the deity of Jesus Christ is pronounced here that Jesus and Jehovah all Yahweh is the same person, God the son is Jesus Christ to the creator of the universe we get that in John chapter 1 we get it in Colossians chapter 1 we get it in Hebrews chapter 1 of just three main places in the New Testament where it is clearly stated and so here we have God taking care of her servant and Moses on the notes to him being ministered to by God and it makes us pause and say okay what about me. What about when I feel God's passing me by taking too much time. What is my role under such circumstances.

Trust God. That's what it is.

Exodus chapter 14 we read about the man later who he had become. After God began to use him to deliver his people and businesses.

Moses said to the people. This is when the unit in the Egyptian army was coming after them. There was but it was the Army in back of them.

The sea in front of them. They had nowhere to go.

It was a moment of total faith. Total faith means. If God doesn't do something you perish. That's total faith to put yourself in that spot God has to do it and God has to get us out when he does do it and that's where the Jews were Moses said to the people.

Do not be afraid. Stand still see the salvation of the Lord, which he will accomplish for you today for the Egyptian whom you see today you shall see again. No more forever, that's what's going to happen at death or rapture, whichever comes no more tears, no more evil gone forever. And as I mentioned earlier on that day. Egypt lost her slaves are Army in her status as a world power and she's never gotten back and she never will. God is true. This is why would tracking a man like Moses for own service. Moses also failed to go at his own calling along God causing his own calling.

God called Moses the stories in Exodus chapter 4.

I'm not going to take time to go it go at it because what we got little time so maybe it will. Exodus chapter 4 verse 10 then Moses said said to the Lord after Lord is called him oh 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. Moses is trying to wiggle out of being a servant we we see this is the church to receive. People try to wake up with. They take the same application 20 times they did never submit Pull the trigger. They know it right is as though one trust God and we understand that we don't not attacking them for that fact is now it is this inscription will you not alone. We are doing that though, so the Lord said to him who has made man's mouth who makes the mute the death scene. The blind have not I the Lord the idea sovereignty, not cruelty God think I am sovereign. My thoughts above your thoughts, my ways above your ways you'll find out later if you stick with me verse 12 now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say Jesus is that of the church.

Verse 13 but he said oh my Lord is backpedaling again, please send by Lamb of whoever else you may said send anybody but me what just told send me. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and all the angels said and he said, is not Aaron the Levite, your brother, I know that he can speak well what does that tell us God's blessing, Aaron.

Let me Scotty was everything we say continues.

And look, he is also coming out to meet you when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.

Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth and I will be with your mouth the second time he says he'll be with his mouth. Prior to this, all I don't know. In chapter go. Chapter 3 verse 12 he says I will certainly be with you. So God is reinforcing Moses to helping him to along to trust and he says he continues in chapter 4 verse 15 I will be with your mouth, and with his mouth and I would teach you what you shall do so, he shall be your spokesman to the people and he himself shall be as a mouth for you and you shall be to him as God is a type not assuming the state of being of essence. Verse 17 you should take his rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs so God kind of settles it them but Moses who wrote this record here next this for he was sensing guy was below impatient with him, and none of us like a superior, to be impatient with us if we are in the inferior position, especially when it is God, so he failed to go at his own calling but he went anyway.

And again we know the end of the story. Something else Moses fell that was to control his own anger. James tells us in his letter, the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God, your brother, tell that to Moses. In addition to killing the Egyptian he shattered the tablets of the law. When the people shattered spirit of law. He remember Moses was on the mountain with God receiving the written word on tablets of stone. It took a long time to long for the patient's impatience of the people they began to riot. They wanted to party and they said to Aaron, you know, make us gods that we can say hey these brought us out of this is Jehovah that brought us out of Egypt, and Aaron did so and when Moses came down he saw the people dancing in having a good time in their sin, and he lost it and he threw the tablets down and they broke. Incidentally, when when it was time for God to redo them God instead of providing the tablets that Moses you car you get your own tablets and bring them up and write on them is the whole sermon that to the ways of God. They are always true.

They're always right. Exodus 32 so it was verse 19. As soon as he came near the camp that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses anger became hot and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain is anger, became hot to this righteous indignation yeah, but we know enough about the man to know this was also just who he was, what he struggled with because in addition to scattering the tablets he struck the rock in the presence of the people in wrath and that misrepresented the mood of God which he was entrusted with as their leader numbers chapter 20 verses 11 and 12. Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod and water came out wonderfully in the congregation and their animals drank, then the Lord then the Lord spoke to Moses and said that Moses and Aaron, because you did not believe me and hollowed me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them. They provoked Moses and he lost his cool and God dealt with Moses you be blessed is him bless the message that you give from the pulpit but I'm going to deal with your heart later and he severely dealt with it as quite a lesson there will move on work after we have five minutes left and so again he failed to control his anger and because of that he was not and his brother were not permitted to go into the promised land. At that time Moses had hoped to enter that land himself at the head of these free people is 2 million+ people they could see himself, leading them across the Jordan into the promised land. And God took it from him. That is what was going on. That's not exactly what happened, but that's what was going on what you mean. It wasn't what happened what Moses did not bear resentment towards God, he will appeal to God to fail with that appeal. Also, he spent 40 years the best years of his life in an effort to bring those people in them. Now my head agrees with Moses.

Those people he should instruct the people not the rock that's what I read when I see this is my head, but in my heart. God is right. God is always right and is up to me to get lined up with God, and I know Moses you wrong I don't side with him. I try to of why I have suffered a similar much less severely with similar chastising from the Lord.

Also in so this failed opportunity is gone.

The leader disqualified the leader the one who worshiped supposed to show the way blows it in front of everybody and writes it into the story. We have to learn to watch our mouths when it comes to God's appointed leaders to be quick criticizing them as God deal with you. This part of the lesson he's disqualified but who is prepared to stand up so you Moses. You deserved it wouldn't. That's between him and God. God's right that's it for me powerful lessons. As I mentioned that we won't go into Deuteronomy chapter 3 he failed in his appeal, and God's of the don't bring this up again so Moses doesn't bring it up again.

He failed to stay dead. That's also what Moses is guilty of and or and in an abstract twist to the story, 1600 years later, we see him actually in the promised land. He and Elijah see Moses the lawgiver could not bring the people into the land because the law does not bring freedom. That's the idea, Joshua, whose name means salvation. Who is the name Joshua is the Hebrew version of the Greek Esau switches the transmitter in the English transliterated into Jesus.

Jesus is the one that brings a sin to the promised land flowing with milk and honey. The land of peace we know as heaven. Now the promised land is not a type of heaven in its true sense because there was war in that land, and there will be no war in heaven when we are there at the end of the age. The law could not bring Moses into the land. Jesus brought a myth. That's the idea of the Mount of Transfiguration and massive Matthews gospel chapter 17 when Moses and Elijah are standing on the Mount of Transfiguration would Jesus and Peter and James and and John. The idea is that Jesus brings him in, not the law Moses and type represents when he is on the Mount of Transfiguration would Jesus he represents those saints who have died and are raised from the dead. Elijah represents those saints who are enraptured as part of the typology that belongs to the story of Moses in the promised land with Elijah in Indiana in Revelation 15 we see the persecuted the martyred saints, singing the song of Moses is man of many failures obtainable for God shows up from tennis is the writing of the story of Genesis right to the end of the book library that is the book of the Bible in Revelation, no one can dispute that God made this man. The man we should hold in high esteem, and unjust close with these thoughts.

He represents the sacrifices of faith and the victories of faith that go with it.

There's no sacrifice in faith that's wasted.

We think it is because we don't see the results all the time. We may not even see them in our lifetime. God sees them, and of God do not have people to work through. They would be known there would be no beneficiaries of the goodness of God. We would sing.

God is so good. Who would be listening. Who would be there to sing. In the end, one of the last actions of Moses was execution of divine judgment numbers chapter 31 verse to take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel.

Afterward you should be gathered to your people. After you deal with this sin you are coming home finished business.

That's the idea. Everything that he was assigned to do. He did not listen to this. When Aaron, his brother died. Scripture tells us that Moses and Eleazar Aronson went up on Mount Hoar with him and stripped him of his vestments and their Aaron died and was buried Moses when it came time for him to die. The Lord takes him atop of Mount Nebo in there with the Lord.

He is shown all the promised land from Dan in the north to bear. Sheep are in the South to the further farthest parts of with the Mediterranean Sea touches the short he was shown all the land and then he died on that mountain and God buried him somewhere in Pisco that mountain range in the Valley. To this day from the mountain Jerusalem with the temple stood, you can see Mount Nebo is there in the horizon can't miss it.

It's a constant reminder.

It is the shadow of what God did through Moses of who God is, to his people. So when God decided here on Mount Moriah.

I will establish my name and the city shall be called the city of peace Jerusalem from that place you will see Moses where Moses was when I took him constant reminder with God does for his people who you've been listening to cross reference radio daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Pastor Rick is teaching from God's Word each time you tune as we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast is teaching is available free of charge at our website. Just visit cross reference that's cross reference would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the cross reference radio podcast subscribing ensures that you stay current with all the latest teachings from Pastor Rick you can do or search for cross reference in your favorite podcast app store. That's all for today. Join Pastor Rick for more character study right here on the cross reference or a

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