THE MEANING OF THE NAME:
Moses means "to draw out " or "extraction .
WHAT THE OLD TESTAMENT SAYS ABOUT MOSES:
(1) Mosesí Life is Divided into Three 40-Year Periods:
(2) After the first 40 years, Moses identified himself with Israel and he fled from Pharaoh (Exodus 2:15).
(3) The Call of Moses (Exodus 3).
(4) The Excuses of Moses (Exodus 3:11 through 4:13).
Moses was just like most of us. God called and Moses made excuses to Him that he couldnít do what God said.
Note the four excuses:
1. First excuse - "Who am I, that I should go..." (3:11 ) The answer - "Certainly I will be with thee. . ." (verse 12)
2. Second excuse - "When they say to me, what is his name, what shall I say unto them?" (verse 13) The answer - God is the great "I AM."
3. Third excuse - "They will not believe me..." (Exodus 4:1 ). The answer "What is in thy handí? " (verses 2-9)
a. God used a rod and the sign of leprosy on the hand of Moses.
b. God uses what we have.
c. The less we have, the more evident is His power.
4. Fourth excuse - "Oh Lord, I am not eloquent. I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue." (verse 10) The answer - "Who hath made manís mouth? God and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." (verses 11 and 12)
a. Still, Moses said to God, "Send someone else" (verse 13).
b. God then selected Aaron, the brother of Moses, to speak for Moses.
c. God would use the heart and head of Moses and the tongue of Aaron.
d. The lesson is there are no excuses if God calls us to a work.
e. He will provide all we need.
(5) The Contest with Pharaoh (Exodus 5:1 through 12:51).
Nature of Plague The Plague Egyptian God
Touches the comfort
1. Water into blood (Ex. 7:19-25) Osris, Nile god of the people
2. Frogs (Ex. 8:1-15) Heka, frog goddess
3. Lice (Ex. 8:16-19) Geb, earth god
4. Flies (Ex. 8:20-24) Khepara, beetle god
5. Death of cattle (Ex. 9:1-7) Apis, cattle god
Touches their person
6. Boils (Ex. 9:8-12) Typhon, physical god
7. Hail (Ex. 9:22-35) Isis, air goddess
Renders them helpless
8. Locusts (Ex. 10:12-20) Serapis, insect god
9. Darkness (Ex. 10:21-23 Ra, sun god
Death and doom
10. Death (Ex. 11:4-7) All false gods
(6) The Passover (Exodus 12)
(7) Moses led Israel across the Red Sea (chapters 13-14).
(8) The Lord God provided manna and quail for 40 years (Exodus 16:4, 13, 35).
(9) The Smitten Rock (Exodus 17:1.7).
10) To Moses, the Law was Given (Exodus 19-24).
1. Commandments - governing moral life chapters 19 and 20. Jesus includes all of these in Matthew 22:37-39.
2. Judgments - governing social life (chapters 21-22).
3. Ordinances - governing religious life (chapter 24).
4. The law was given, and did not take away the Abrahamic Covenant.
5. Note Galatians3:17-18 "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."
6. Note: Gal. 3:19-24 Also Romans 7:7: "What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."
(11) God Gave to Moses the Pattern for the Tabernacle (Exodus 25 through 40).
(a) The pattern for the tabernacle is in chapters 25-31.
(b) Aaron and the people made a golden idol and Israel again slipped into idolatry and immorality.
(c) Moses finally instructed me people to build and assemble the tabernacle.
(12) Moses Never Went into the Promised Land. cf Nu. 27:18-23
WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS ABOUT MOSES:
(1) Stephen, tells us a great deal about Moses. cf Acts 7:22-46
(2) Jesus ascribes the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) to Moses in Luke 24:44
(3) Look up John 3:14, and compare with Numbers 21:8-9
(4) Jesus compares the bread given in the wilderness with the Bread of Life. cf Jn. 6:31-35
(5 ) In Hebrews 3:1-19, we see that Christ is our High Priest. He, Godís Son, is better than the servant, Moses. Note: v5-6
"And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."
(6) In Hebrews 11:23-29, five times we read "by faith."
THE LESSONS WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS LESSON:
1. God selects and elects those who are to be His leaders in every generation.
2. The Lord will sometime place us on the "backside of the desert" to teach us His will and patience.
3. The Lord calls all of us, who have accepted Him, to a place of service, regardless of how smart or great.
4. All of us, in our carnal nature, will offer excuses to the Lord just as Moses did when he was called.
5. In Godís own time, He always has a way out for His people. Remember the ten plagues?
6. The Lord provides only what we need; all we need to do is His work.