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Dr. David Jeremiah considered his most inspiring minified for anyone serious about their spiritual growth from the life God blesses his driver to introduce the conclusion of his message. Learning from Moses will have always been partial to personality preaching by that I mean, I love to teach and preach on the people in the Bible so I have long series on David Joseph on Abraham in the New Testament. People like Paul, when you study the personalities of the Bible you discover that you are not much different than they were like you said we are people of like passions and personality. Teaching really is. I believe the most effective in making life change because you can see what God did in the person in the Bible, you can relate to that in your own life and then as you find the principles that are observable in the text and realized dose of the same principles that will work for me that's happened for me many times, and I'm sure it has for you.
That's why I love studying people like Moses and especially when it comes to purpose. She's a great illustration.
Let's get back to our study today. This is part two of learning from Moses study hall right now and again if you want to learn about Moses you have to start in Exodus chapter 2 and read all the way through to Deuteronomy chapter 34 out of the five books of the Pentateuch are about Moses telling the story of his life and of his deeds and acts now to outline his life.
What you discover is that the first 40 years that he lived. Basically, he spent in arrows.
Corky was taken out of bulrushes taken into the palace and raised by this wonderful woman who belong to Pharaoh. He was brought up the first 40 years of his life in the palace the next 40 years of his life. He ended up out in the desert 40 years wandering around, you know what he was doing was taking care of us father-in-law sheep from the palace to the desert and so the first four years he lived in the lap of luxury.
The second 40 years. He was a ragtag Shepherd out in the wilderness and then the last 40 years from the time he was 80 until the time he was 120. That was the major Ministry of his career, listen up.
Those of you who are aging scares getting gray like mine. Moses got started in his major ministry at the age of 80, and his greatest deeds were done from age 80 to age 120 there's hope for all of us.
We can just hang in there long enough now. Each of these three periods in Moses life began with a crisis which was met by faith in God used these crises to encourage the life of Moses.
One of the things that I have written down in my notes. Is this God often does this for all of us. God spent the first 40 years in Moses life, letting him find out what was like to be somebody I mean, he was in Pharaoh's court. Then the next 40 years, God taught him how to be a nobody out in the desert than the last 40 years, God taught him what happens when he takes a nobody and makes them into a somebody isn't that the way God works with us. Sometimes you know we get all high and mighty about what we've accomplished. May we had a great education. We had great opportunities it we get all caught up with who we are and God is the show us that our wisdom and our strength in our abilities and our gifts are really useless to him. Unless we are willing to totally yield ourselves to him so he puts us through a desert experience anybody been in the desert experience you don't like being alone is so you come out of the wilderness now and you realize that is not enough just to be a somebody in the world's eyes and surely don't want to be a nobody. But if you yield yourself to God he can take a nobody and make him a somebody and that's what he did in the life of Moses. Moses had an incredible opportunity to prepare himself to serve God. Isn't it amusing that God needed to get Moses ready to be the leader of 4 million Jews and help them through the Exodus and here Moses is born in this humble place.
So God just works it all out gets him taken out of that humble place and takes him for the first 40 years of his life to the educational center of the world and puts him get the very hub of learning. Turn in your Bibles to the book of acts, you probably should know there was this much about Moses in the New Testament, but these are summary statements that are very helpful as we try to get fixed in a picture on his life. Acts chapter 7 and verse 20. In this time Moses was born and was well pleasing to God and he was brought up in his father's house three months but when he was sent out Pharaoh's daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son and Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds and when he was 40 years old.
It came into his heart to visit his brother and the children of Israel. Now I want you to notice three things that God did to prepare Moses first of all, he made him a student. The Scripture says Moses was learned that means he studied kids young people.
Students he put his nose in the book or in the parchment of the scroll or whatever it was, and he learned he went to school and he prepared himself any gain knowledge and the Scripture tells us of that. He was first in the wisdom of the Egyptians and in all of their science, but he was not only a student while he was there in the palace he learned also how to be a statesman because the Scripture says he was endowed with unique oratorical powers. While there he learned how to use these gifts which God had given to him, but also while in the palace of Pharaoh. He learned how to be a soldier Scripture and tradition records that while he was in the Egyptian employee.
Secular tradition says Moses was a great general, and the great leader and he gained many wonderful victories having been trained by the Egyptian he learned military training and discipline and patience and quick decisions. Boy was he going to need that when he had always cantankerous Jews in the wilderness, I mean he really needed this training his classmates in the Egyptian university would've been from all parts of the world, so he would gain an understanding of the world system and what goes on and had a liberal education and with certainly traveled to many parts of the world and tradition says that when the Ethiopians invaded the land that Moses was at the head of the Army and routed the enemy Moses for 40 years was getting ready now and stop there for just a moment. I don't think there's anything more frustrating when you really want to do something with your life than to feel like you're caught in the parentheses of getting ready. I remember when my wife and I were in Dallas and I was in seminary and I had this heart to want to serve God and sometimes when we would go over to our little church in Fort Worth where we worked as interns and we drive home after the evening service. I remember this like it happened yesterday.
I turn on the radio and on the radio every night for some reason at that particular time when we came home was a preacher by the name of CM Ward. It was revival time and they had a great choir and CM Ward would preach and you give this invitation over the radio and I would think to myself driving back from worth going back to seminary back to the books back to Hebrew back to Greek back all these irrelevant things, at least at that point in time in my life. What am I doing here and I would say to Donna, you know, sometimes I feel like I just get outta here. Go find a church someplace and pastor, because I want to serve God, but I want to tell you something.
I'm glad I didn't do that because it was the discipline of being in school and being prepared.
And I know that I could not do what I do today in the human realm.
If I have not prepared myself and been willing to stay under the discipline of learning.
I want to let you know if Moses could spend the first 40 years in school and the next four years out in the desert try to review what he already learned, and then get involved in serving God what that said about him was he spent two thirds of his life getting ready to serve in the last third. No wonder he is recorded in the Scripture as the great emancipator and the great lawgiver he was a man of great principle. In fact, the Hon. BJ Brewer, who was associate judge of the Supreme Court of the USA at one time viewed Moses as a lawgiver, and he wrote these words, he who on Sinai Summit received the Decalogue from the hand of Jehovah was gifted with the power enabling him to fashion a body of law which has been the cold of the race.
In some respects the most unique in human history. A code which is also a mighty force in the wondrous civilization of today. Moses does not fall short when placed alongside of the great lawgivers of the entire human race. Did you know that much of what we observe in jurisprudence today in this country finds its roots in the law of Moses. He was an incredible man but listen up. He was an incredible man because he was willing for God to prepare him how all of this preparation was fleshed out in the things that he was allowed to do in his encounters with God. He was a man who was prepared now we're going to see some major theme go through the entire story of Moses life and their themes that God often uses in our lives.
What were the things that God used to make him what he was and the first thing that I wrote down was the priority or the principle of isolation when Moses was in the palace of Pharaoh for the first 40 years of his life. He learned and had an opportunity for training his intellect.
He was learning how to think how to react to situations, but in the second phase of his life. That second 40 years. He got a different kind of education and education that took him away from all the excitement of university that took him away from all the influences that could have touched his life that isolated him with God so that he had to learn how to listen to the voice of God you know want. It's an important principle for us today in this busy, noisy world in which we live that if you're really going to ever learn to know God. We have to learn how to be comfortable with solitude. You can't really learn to know God in the busy world. You have to get a loan with him. God had a special plan in view for Moses, and I've learned as I've read the stories of the great men who have influenced this world, both secular and righteous that solitude is often an important factor in making a great man and that Moses years in the desert fulfill that wonderful function of tempering his spirit to remember how we got out there in the first place. Moses had a great intellect, but he didn't have control of the spirit he had on on really temper. So much so that he committed murder and God had to shove him out in the desert and give him the opportunity so that he could work through these uncontrolled passions in his life while he was in the University of Egypt.
Moses learned how to work with the upper class, but in the backside of the desert. Moses learned his deepest lessons he learned how to go and live in Egypt with the slaves. Remember what were his people doing when God called him to go emancipate them.
They were slaves in Egypt, and God prepared Moses to go and identify with them through his experience in the desert. I'm still learning that lesson. I do know about you, I have to consciously walk away consciously to the loan consciously make it a priority to get away from everything from every sound from every music from every influence so that somehow I can isolate the voice of God from all the rest of the noise in the world. I still believe God uses that principle to prepare his people, and it's something we ought to at least consider as we watch God's dealing in Moses life, and then I've already told you that God used in the life of Moses, the principle of preparation that his major achievement took place after he was 80 years old.
Here is a reminder to us that we are never too old to learn and never too old to enroll and never too old to get excited about gathering new truth I've made this observation. As I watch people grow old, that those who continue to learn and to grow and to read and to ask questions and to get involved in serving in ministry are the people who stay vitally alive and exciting to know what some of you are in your 50s and you haven't read a book in five years you haven't thought deeply about anything that would challenge your mind and so long that if you're not careful, your mind and your spirit is going to atrophy and when the time comes that God really wants to use you will be prepared. The principle of preparation and finally, if you follow the life of Moses, you will discover that God taught him the principle of consecration. You know what you discover about Moses life, that his life is the story of failure and success. Failure and success.
Here's what happened every time Moses depended on God. He was a success. Every time he took things into his own hands. He fell on his face, and you would think he would learn that once and for all why don't we learn it, but he kept falling on his face. God had to keep picking them up. In fact, if you know the story of Moses life. It kinda ended on a downer. I mean you'd like to see this guy rise to the top and then just go on to glory like Elijah Moses ended his life and what at least at that time seem to be tragic to remember how he disobeyed God how he spoke rashly with his lips.
According to the Psalms and God said Moses because of what you've done.
You brought all these people out of the land of Egypt and you brought them right up to the threshold of the promised land. And because you disobeyed me you don't get to go in. Can you imagine what that did to him.
I mean, that was his whole goal that was his whole focus in life. Getting the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, leading them through that terrible time, and right up to the threshold and then Moses forgot to be obedient and you know what happened the same spirit that he thought he had dealt with.
Out in the desert after he had taken the life of an Egyptian that same spirit returned to haunt him again and he lost control for a moment, can you identify and it kept him from the goal of his heart and the Bible says that his heart was so grieved and he was so discouraged about this that he came to God and ask God, please, please don't let me not see the promised land. In fact the Scripture says three times. He asked the Lord, would you please reconsider and let me go in, that's very human and that and you know what the Lord said to our region's words the Lord said, speaking to me no more of this matter that some fatherly know when your father says that you might be tempted ask for the fourth time, but when God says speak to me no more of this matter. It's wise not to bring up the subject again. So Moses and bring it up again and you know what I don't seem fair to me.
He's the guy who took all the heat he's the guy who challenged Pharaoh. He's the guy who put his rod out across the sea and the walk through on dry ground. He's the one who lived that miserable existence with those cantankerous people who murmured against him and said we would God we were back in Egypt, Moses. This desert is the pits and we don't like it went through all that he got right up to the end of his life any fluid and because of his disobedience. God said you don't get to go into the promised land.
We ask God three times God said, speak to me no more of this matter to what one day I was reading the New Testament and I got so excited when I read this I just about jumped out of my chair because God is a gracious God, and if you read the New Testament you know that this wasn't the end of the story on the Mount of Transfiguration in the land of Canaan in Palestine. Two men were conversing with Jesus whose majesty and glory for a few moments was unveiled.
That's why they call it the Mount of Transfiguration of Jesus was transfigured before them for a few moments, they were able to see the glory of Jesus, and you know who those two men were work. Elijah and Moses.
They were admitted for a few moments to the land of promise and maybe Moses even got a chance to look around but I tell you something. Not for long, because the brilliance of the Lord Jesus overwhelmed every other hope that he'd ever had and I think in one short moment Moses could care less about the promised land because he was face-to-face with the promised one. When I read that story I realize that Moses heart longing was granted the exclusion that God put on him for his disobedience was only temporary, and he was given a foretaste of the glory that was to come. He did enter the promised land. And this time in the company of none other than the Lord of glory himself. I picked up a book on the life of Moses and the title of it intrigues me the title of it is the God of second chances, the life of Moses.
Moses continue to have to learn the hard way.
And yet God was always there, always showing grace and doesn't do that for us. How many of us would say here I am, and but for the grace of God I could be a statistic, a casualty, God has continued to help and encourage me and bring me another chance to serve him. Moses was indeed a man of God. He was the servant of God and hard as it is for us to understand he was the friend of God spoke to them face-to-face. You think about all that happened in Moses life, the good the bad and the ugly. But the Bible says he was a man who was a friend of God, and God spoke to him in a special way face-to-face tomorrow morning to learn about studying the manual, I will say more about that holding that for you to find out as we made together tomorrow right here at the same place in order God's most beautiful promises to us is that he will bless us when we follow him and then give us the joy of blessing of the people I've said this often the only reason God never blesses us so that we can bless others. David Jeremiah Elsie right here tomorrow no message today resided from Shadow Mountain Community Church and Dr. David Jeremiah senior Boston.
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