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July 21, 2020 7:00 pm
Evangelist Aaron Coffey begins a two-part chapel message entitled “Are You Available?” Today’s scripture passage is Exodus 3.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1927. The evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Senior's intent was to make a school where Christ would be the center of everything, so he established daily chapel services today.
That tradition continues with fervent preaching from the University Chapel platform today on The Daily Platform beginning a two-part message from evangelist Aaron coffee preached at an evangelistic service at Bob Jones University.
Aaron graduated from BJ you and traveled with the Steve Pettit evangelistic team in the early 2000's and this was before Dr. Pettit became president of Bob Jones University today. Aaron leads his own evangelistic team that ministers to Christians all around the United States will take your Bible's and Ivan turned to the book of Exodus will look at a passage tonight really a little bit of a different type of the sermon really for me. I don't do a whole lot of Testament narrative, but were gonna look at a story that's well known, and I want us to look at it tonight before we do. I do want to just mention quickly because I think that I should've had several people want to know about my poor son Joby. I said what I mean, who's Joby does not matter at all, which Winnie the Pooh character is the and so it's a little hard. We haven't really landed because he doesn't fit perfectly on any of them. He is will sleep so he could be a Puro piglet. He loves to follow Tigger around so he could become like roof.
Probably the most like poo and that he eats like crazy. He never stops eating, so I really think we could just jump to a whole another whole another cartoon he probably fits a little bit better with these guys anyway so there's there's Joby anyway. Exodus chapter number three is where were going to be an honest look tonight at at a message that have entitled are you available and you know the story here, perhaps of Exodus chapter 3 and four of Moses at the burning bush and I would like to just work through this text of Scripture and tonight really have you answer this question in your heart before God, and I think this is such a interesting passage in such a great story.
We all know Moses we know the story of Moses when you think of Moses and only think of Moses the day with this great leader. This man who did amazing things it was Moses always that Moses just back up and think of his life. So just real quick.
He was born a slave born in a time when the Hebrew people were in bondage. Matter of fact, it was not just born a slave. He was also born a slave with a life sentence on his head from the moment he was born, Pharaoh had decreed all male children of the Hebrew people to be killed. Thankfully the Bible says that his mother looked at him and saw that he was a goodly child on what the rest of mom's not about their children, but thankfully thankfully he looked and saw that he was a goodly child to see hitting another story found by Pharaoh's daughter really adopted. You want talk about a rags to riches story. He's a slave now here he is being raised in the palace he would have had the wealth of Egypt at his disposal.
The education of Egypt at his disposal as he gets older he knows he's not. He's not as Egyptian. He's a Hebrew. He hurts for his people. He wants to help his people.
At one point he goes to the Hebrew campy season Egyptian taskmaster beating a Hebrew slave.
He tries to intervene in the midst of it. He ends up killing the Egyptian tries to cover it up, hoping no one will know only to find out that people know so he runs for his life out into the wilderness.
How old was Moses when he kills the objection and runs for his life. Powell 40 years old then our great leader Moses was the day we hangs out out in the aisle in the wilderness becomes a great leader all right see nothing special can take two things about sheep. They sting in their statement and hear our great leader Moses is how long is he out there score months for years hello 40 more years. Our man Moses is 80 years old when we come to the story and exit this chapter, I want you know something tonight. Something happens to Moses right here because he leaves this scene the Moses we know he leaves this scene the Moses who goes and leaves the children of Israel out of Egypt across the Red Sea to Mount Sinai, the receiving of commandments wilderness journeys the Moses we know of it. It starts right here, something happens Moses list for 40 more years.
He dies at hundred 20 was the last leg of his race is the Moses we know that the first 40 years of his life.
Moses is on top of the world's second 40 years of his life is low.
He's a nobody in the last four years of his life you realize that that through God he can do this and I want us to look this is a pretty simple message tonight. There's a conversation with a look at a conversation and what happens is an annual see and hopefully this will be easy and PowerPoint easy. If you want take notes when you look at four different things.
In this conversation that Moses shows a lack of and I want to know that every time Moses shows a lack of what he needs. He feels in order to do what God's, nuclear God does he just gives a promise after promise after promise after promise wants to see tonight.
I want us to see that every single promise that God makes to Moses at the burning bush, God has made to us through his son Jesus Christ and I want you know something folks we can do this we can do what God has called us to do because he has given us everything we need obtains the life in God's son, and to pray among a jump in this conversation assess God help his father. Would you please help us Lord we we need you tonight Lord Moses felt like he was so weak and he was but I feel not like I'm really weak and it's because I am Lord we feel semi-times when laid in front of us is obedience to you and laid in front of us is the submission to your will.
We feel so we Lord we are weak, but you are strong and we can do this we can do what you called us to do. Help us to submit to you. Help us to trust you. We assess in Christ. Precious name amen were just going jump into this conversation in Exodus chapter number three were gonna start in verse number 10. I'm going to try hard tonight, not my team.
They make fun of me all the time and they said that I kept going too far, and I was going off the screen, try to keep it in the middle Exodus chapter 3 verse 10 it says this come now therefore God is talking to Moses and he says I will send the end of Pharaoh, that thou mass to bring forth my people, the children of Israel out of Egypt. What we have here is God's commission to Moses. Moses I have a job for you to do it comes to Moses as Moses out with his sheep and he he sees this bush that's on fire but it's not consumed and is he goes closer.
God speaks to him out of this bush and we find it really here, God's commission to Moses of what he wants them to do tonight what were going to do and feel free to do this. I do have the verses up on the screen so you don't have to but we're going to look also at our commission because before Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven, he commissioned us, me and you, the church has followers, and I want us to see some similarities between God's commissioning Moses and then him commissioning us and so here is the first thing that we see God says to Moses have a job you do want you to go to Pharaoh and I want you to leave my people out of Egypt.
Here we find Moses is first struggling ready. He first of all, shows a lack of adequacy. He shows a lack of adequacy. Listen what Moses says to God, he says and Moses said in the God who am I that I see going to Pharaoh that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt. Now, folks, I gotta be really honest. I understand Moses I hear you have been in semi-situations. I mean, to be totally honest. Me standing here in front of the student body. I mean who am I how many times have found myself in a situation in a place run just like I mean that in adequacy. The chief meal as you go through this life and what God wants you to do is set in front of you. I understand you Moses. But I want you to see what God does God come straight to Moses and he starts just laying out the promises. Listen what happens okay some of the shows a lack of adequacy he says. Who am I to do this and look as we began verse number 12 we find in verse number 12, the God gives Moses his presence. The promise of his presence and then he gives to Moses. Another promise really a promise that his purposes are going to be fulfilled. Listen what it says and he God said certainly I will be Wednesday is not a long and he said, and they shall be a token entity that I've sent the when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, he shall serve God upon this mountain villages look at this, he gives to promises here in verse number 12 first voices.
Moses I'm going with you Moses you're not going to Egypt and I'm going to Pharaoh alone. I'm going with you and I have this question. Do you believe that God is with you. Has he ever made such a promise to us. I was to go to the great commission in Matthew chapter number 28 we find Jesus Christ been crucified, he's risen again. He's on this earth for 40 days he ascends up into heaven, and he sits down the right hand the throne of God. But before he ascends to heaven he is gathered with his followers, and he says to them what we have been called the great commission literally says in Matthew chapter number 28 verse 18 to 20 and Jesus came and spake of them saying, all power is given to me in heaven and earth go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And what is he say next and low I am with you. Sometimes we said no I'm with you always, even unto the end of the world and folks, this is just what he says in the great commission, we find God telling us this all the time God didn't just promise Moses his presence. God has promised us his presence we find it right with in the commissioning of his followers to go and to spread the good news of the gospel and make disciples of all nations, which is what we've been called to do. He's promised us his presence. Do you believe that God is with you every moment of your life no matter where you go to matter what you do. God goes with his people. I want you to see the promise also that God gives to Moses though. Back in verse number 12 of Exodus 3 he said, and certainly I will be with EMS and this and this should be a token or a sure sign to you that I have sent you.
He said, when thou has brought forth the people out of Egypt, he shall serve God upon this now. He says right here Moses right here Moses where you stand before me, you are going to lead those people out and you are gonna stand here right on this mountain you're gonna worship me with all this. People promise you want to talk about tangible I mean practical promise. Moses right here we're standing you're gonna stand here with all those people. It's estimated that there was some 2000 people. I'm sorry to millions are 2 million people on the Hebrew people and he says Moses they're going to come right here in your know what God is promising Moses.
He said Moses I have purposes and Moses my purposes are going to be fulfilled.
Moses you are going to lead those people out this plan. My purposes they're gonna work. And Moses right here we're standing in front of me Moses you are generally those people out. They are going to come and you can stand right here and you're gonna worship me with all of those people.
What a promise that I have a question. Has God ever promised us that his purposes are going to be fulfilled and that what he has called us the church to is going to happen. I got a question do you believe that we are on the winning side. Do you believe that what God says he's going to do. He's going to do. I think right with in the great commission. Just think back I don't have it up there again, but he says he says rather than the great commission.
He said I want you to go and I want you to baptize gonna say something we don't baptize him until I get say so apparently people are going to be say the church is going to be built and what does Jesus say he says I will build my church. The gates of hell can't prevail against. Do you believe do you believe that God has purposes and that it's going to be fulfilled and hate calls us to be a part of it in the great commission. He calls us to something that she is going to do. He's going to build his church so he shows a lack of adequacy but then God comes with this promise of his presence in this promise of his purposes being fulfilled. But then I want you to say next. Moses is still struggling is not satisfied in a Moses problem is Moses is just like us, he makes excuses he comes up with all of these problems I'm the same way.
Listen to what we find actions we find Moses showing a lack of authority, and this really continues on for several verses all the way to chapter 4 when this little to says that in verse number 13 and Moses said to God, behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall saying to them, the God of your fathers has sent me to you and I shall say to me what is his name what shall I say unto them, not it's almost like you can sorta see Moses will start a visa so okay got so so let's say I go down to the people by I go busted up in the middle of 2 million people in the Hebrew camp, no amplification, no not that good at Dragon is drawing he said God took a look at me and again a saint who came in talk you out of burning. What now. He said God listen to me. He said God I don't have any authority they're going to say since you say and folks I wish. Number one I had time really what I think. I wish I knew how to tell you the depths of the next verse, I just don't have the folks there is nothing God could have said more than what he says next and I don't even know how to totally explain but in the next verse you know this verse, verse, number 14 God gives Moses his personal authority folks. What he really does is he gives him his person when God says to Moses, I am that I am and he said dust shalt thou say to the children of Israel.
I am has sent me unto you. Look at the end of the next verse, verse, number 15. He says this is my name for ever and this is my memorial unto all generations, folks.
What does God say he says I and I and you tell them that I am sent you folks. What kind of a name is that I've met a lot of people in the last couple days. All across campus.
I met lots and lots of folks that I haven't had anybody well walked up and said hey my name is Aaron what's your name, and he looked at me and said I am that I will look at the name. Is this folks, it is the Hebrew root really for. We get the name Yahweh transliterated Jehovah in your Bible.
Its capital LORD folks God could have said you tell them that pattern I sent you. You tell them that Elohim, such folks, that is not what he says God gives his personal name to Moses you tell them that the one who is sent you an folks I just studied this. I've studied this name and I just want you to know no matter how hard I try I can't do justice to this name but there's nothing more God consent. It's the all efficient in need of nothing, but at the same time. Everything you need name of God, folks. He gives Moses all his authority. He said Moses I and all of who I am. I'm sending you. I've got your back folks has God ever said any such a thing to me. It didn't look look back at at at the at the great commission. Listen as Matthew chapter 28 records. The great commission. Listen to what Jesus said and Jesus came and spake of them saying listen to this all power is the Greek word X Asea. Many of you probably your Bible say all authority is given to make where in heaven now go folks. I want you to know something that Jesus Christ gives us his full authority all authority has been given to him in heaven and in earth, and he tells us to go in his authority. We go into what he is called us to do to go be a part of what she's doing building his church of every tribe of every tongue, every people, every nation and its work in me, and you get to be a part and he gives us his authority and who is this Jesus does he have a right to do such a thing.
I love when Jesus is being tested and there talking to him and he is making a comment about Abraham and they're saying, how does he say he knows who Abraham is rare was was centuries before this man Jesus and what is Jesus say Jesus said, before Abraham was, what he say I am an folks those Jewish people knew exactly what Jesus was saying they were ticked off.
They wanted to kill and they knew that he was claiming to be the I know why because he is folks, the same God who sent Moses sends me and you with his authority.
We can do this. I want you to see Moses is still struggling with this whole idea of of of his lack of authority.
If you look just a few verses later look at a look at verse number 18 Exodus chapter 3 and this just in the midst of this conversation will jump in the chapter for just a minute look at the first phrase in verse 18. This was listen to what God says here's God speaking to Moses he says, and they shall hearken to your voice they will listen to you, Moses. Here's chapter 4 verse one just a few minutes just a few moments later and Moses Anthony, send me all they were not blaming or parking lot lights not appearing today. He says God they will listen to me. I don't care what you say God won't believe me, not folks. I mean I really am understanding of Moses feeling inadequate understanding of Moses feeling like you have no authority. I understand.
But God is giving him his presence, giving him this promise of his purposes being built.
He's giving him the promise of his person is authority and any says Moses.
They will listen and and if I just cannot say it like this. It's like if there is such a thing as a line and you can kinda dance close to it but but but once you step over it and you have send folks I'm telling you for sure if he had already step across it. Moses is sitting here because he basically says God tell me the truth? Do we tell God we don't believe him and is not telling the truth now.
We were never exactly discriminate out and say that that is not exactly something that we say in the midst of our prayer life.
In the morning. As we spent some time with the Lord God thanks for the day.
Thanks for all that you did that you are and and all that you do and help me with this. And this all by the way, the just want you know I really just don't believe folks want to know something we don't see it with our mouth, we sent with our life all the time we doubt him we don't believe what he tells us in his word and I just want you know I'm so thankful that God is patient with me. Unfortunately, that's where were going to have to end the sermon for today.
You been listing to part one of the sermon from Aaron coffee, an American evangelist preached at Bob Jones University. You can learn more about Aaron and his email@example.com that's she owe FF EY ministries.org I'm Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Thank you for listening to The Daily Platform. If you're looking for a regionally accredited Christian liberal arts university. I invite you to consider. BJ you, which is purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning loving and leading. For more information about Bob Jones University visit BJ you.edu or call 800-252-6363. During these challenging times. I'd like to invite you to take a virtual visit to BJ you tailored to your individual interests through live video your tour campus with a student ambassador chat with a faculty member in the field you're interested in and get your questions answered from an admission counselor. For more information email welcome firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-241-1624 thanks again for listing and join us again tomorrow for the conclusion of the sermon here on the daily