Sermons

Duration:36 mins 48 secs

Reading …

  • God said to Moses “I am who I am” … This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation… Ex 3;14,15

Introduction …

  • The book of Genesis is an incredibly important book …

    • Yet of all books it is rubbished, deliberately misinterpreted and vilified… by Post-modern thinking …

      • Both within and outside of so called Christian theology it is being changed from historical reality to poetic nonsense.

        • And that in the main to accommodate the theory of evolution.

      • To interpret it in the light of poetry makes its impact for today meaningless

        • To interpret it in the light of historical fact fits it into the Biblical narrative perfectly and makes it massively important today.

    • So for the next six weeks we are going to explore …

      • Lessons from the Book of Genesis.

      • But firstly I want to go to Exodus 3;14 and lay a foundation of who God is upon which we must build.

A brief side road…

  • Faith …

    • Post-modern thinking …

      • To have faith means abandoning intellect …

        • That is a lie …

      • Even the most ardent atheist exercises faith in decision making

        • Because faith is based in history

        • E.g. Investing money in blue chip investments.

    • The truth is that faith for the future is based in past history.

      • And we will see how it works out in Moses life.

        • And God himself refers Moses back to the history of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

      • The foundation of faith in the Bible is history…

Context …Israel in Egypt …

  • It has been 400 years since the death of Joseph.

    • The numbers of the children of Jacob and his family have increased exponentially … Ex 1;6

      • So much so that the new Pharaoh was very concerned about the threat they posed … Ex 1;9

      • So they enslave them and decide to kill all the young males born.

        • In an attempt to stop the growth of their population.

  • It is no co-incidence that …

    • It is into this scenario Moses is born …

    • He is adopted by Pharaohs daughter

    • Is brought up in the palace … Acts 7; 20-22

      • Studies very effectively at the university

      • And becomes powerful in speech and action.

  • But it seems he never forgot his roots …

    • And goes to visit his brethren …Acts 7;23

      • Where he kills an Egyptian who is mistreating a fellow Israelite …

    • In doing so Moses believed that the Israelites would see him being used by God to rescue them … Acts 7;25

      • He sets himself up as a deliverer but failed …

        • And had to escape to Midian for 40 long years.

        • Here Gods starts to reveal himself to Moses …

          • And prepares him to deliver Israel.

  • None of this is co-incidence

    • I deliberately use Stephens account in Acts 7 as recorded by that most reliable historian Dr. Luke to show that it is a historical fact not poetic nonsense.

Understand Moses situation …

  • Moses is being asked to do the impossible …

    • Get Pharaoh to agree to let them go

    • Get the Children of Israel to agree to go …

      • All 2 million people plus their livestock etc.

        • Even today they are rules by a coalition government

    • Get them to Palestine … 400 to 600 miles

      • Over the sea

      • Thru the deserts of the Arabia

      • Beating off the marauding Amalekites with an army that did not exist.

      • Then driving out the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, and Jebusites etc.

    • Feed, water and clothe them

  • It is an impossible task.

Gods reveals Himself to Moses …

  • It is in the fact of the burning bush that God commissions Moses to go as the deliverer of Israel …

    • Knowing his past failure …and the enormity of the task he objects with … Acts 7;35

      • Who am I that I should go… Ex 3;11

        • Once a prince now a shepherd

        • One attempt at deliverance but rejected by the people

    • But God … changes everything

      • Promises to go before Moses …

        • I will be with you… Ex3;12

      • And He therefore reveals himself to Moses like never before …

  • Historically

    • The God of your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

      • Moses knew the history …

        • How the Lord had intervened in their lives and blessed them, protected them, enabled them.

  • The certainty of His promises …

    • He reveals his heart for the people in their slavery

    • And he promises to fulfill his promises of a land flowing with blessing made to the fathers …

  • His character and person

    • Then He reveals His very person and character as Moses objects …

      • He uses three phrases …

        • I will be …vs 12

        • I am … vs 14

        • The Lord … 15

      • The Hebrew translation these words are all the same …

        • But their uses are different

    • I am speaks of …

      • Being absolute …

        • No beginning no end … always I am

        • Self-existent, self-sufficient, all sufficient

        • Totally independent …

          • All other beings and creation is dependent on Him



        • No development or progress in His person … complete

          • The revelation of himself has been progressive but not His person

        • The absolute standard in every way …

          • Truth, goodness, beauty, justice, love.

    • I will be …

      • I will become whatever I need to become to meet all needs.

        • Whether that is in the form of a presence, guide, protector, provider, creator, sustainer…

        • He is absolute and can become whatever He needs to become to whoever He chooses.

          • All sufficient one.

    • The Lord …

      • Yahweh … Jehovah

      • It means …He is

        • So whenever we refer to “the Lord” we are saying He is … the absolute one.

        • We refer to Him as … He is

        • He refers to himself as … I am.

Application …

  • It’s a nice story that we know so well…

    • But how does it apply to us today …

  • Firstly …

    • This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. … Ex3;15

      • The I AM never changes from generation to generation.

      • He is today and will be tomorrow what he was to Moses

        • The God of the impossible… the absolute one

      • And that is the way He is to be remembered forever.

    • Any miracles in your life recently…

      • They don’t have to be earth shattering incidence to be miraculous …

      • I believe there are many incidences that we right off as co-incidence but are directly from the hand of God.

        • E.g. Brother David and the $5 and the flight money $300

          • Co-incidence or miraculous ????

            • Like Moses God was teaching this man faith and preparing him for great miraculous things which would lead to the deliverance from sin of many Chinese people.

        • But we are independent and self-sufficient …

          • He saw miracle after miracle because he lives by faith.

          • And we do not know that sort of faith do we.

  • Secondly …

    • John gives an account of Jesus who is confronted by the Jews and Pharisees …

      • Their question is ...Who are you …John 8;25

    • Jesus reveals himself by saying …

      • Before Abraham was I am … John 8;58

    • And immediately they pick up stones in keeping with the law to stone him for blasphemy… Lev 24;16

      • They knew exactly what He meant …

      • For He was claiming to be the Lord, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.

    • Today God reveals himself to us in and thru the Lord … Jesus …Christ.

      • He is to us the all sufficient one, who meets every need.

        • E.g. Joseph Scriven … What a friend we have in Jesus

  • Thirdly …

    • Paul writing to the Philippians says …

      • That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess … that Jesus Christ is Lord… Phil 2;10

Conclusion …

  • What are we saying …

    • History proves that God in and thru the Lord Jesus is the great I Am … the God of the impossible.

      • Pharaoh drove the people out of Egypt despite saying …

        • Who is the Lord that I should obey Him …

      • That the Lord used Moses and Joshua to take the people to the promised land which He gave to them …

        • Thru faith in the I am Moses achieved the impossible

      • Thru all the unfaithfulness of Israel He kept his promises …

      • Then in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus history once again proves the truth that Jesus, as part of the trinity, is the great I am.

  • We started by saying faith is based in historical performance …

    • Which is the point of the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11 …

      • There the historical accounts of impossible incidence in the lives of great men of faith from Genesis are recorded as examples for us…

        • Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.

          • All history upon which we today can build our faith.

          • And proceed into the unknown with great confidence and purpose.

    • Therefore

      • Based on Gods faithfulness to who he is and his promises …

      • Based on the outcome of the lives who put their faith in The I Am.

        • We must today put our faith and trust in Him to be our Great I Am .

        • Doing extra-ordinary miracles in our lives.

  • God in and thru the Lord Jesus will be whatever he needs to be to meet our needs.

    • Call Him Jesus for He will save his people from their sin …

      • He is our Saviour that is why we follow him

    • He is our healer …

      • As Isaac, Paola and Steven can testify today.

    • He is our protector …

      • As I can testify after my MTB accident.

        • A co-incidence that no car drove over me.

  • He is all of these things today because he is absolute and never changes from generation to generation… Mal 3;6

  • Genesis is historical …

    • Regarded in any other way makes it meaningless with no application for today.

    • Next week we will look at Gods order for mankind as laid out in Genesis and see how our failure to adhere thereto is having consequences today.

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