Week 29: Exodus 5:1-7:13
When Moses steps up to call his people’s freedom, “Let my people go.” we see the advocate of a captured people. We see an intercessor. We see Christ. Christ is the one who faces a legion of devils to save one captive man: “Come out!” He is the lone defender standing between a woman caught in sin and a crowd of accusers. He lifts his voice, "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone." Almost dead, she will live. He is the singular voice that stood over the grave of a very dead Lazarus and said, "Lazarus come forth!"
In every case, the captive, the almost dead, and the very dead were saved through Christ the intercessor.
The intercessor has power with the Devil because he has power with God. Moses was a vice-regent of God. He carried the staff of authority. It is a matter of time before Pharaoh must yield. Christ is God and He executes the will of His father as advocate, mediator and intercessor upon earth. When He speaks, heaven is behind Him. The devil must yield to his power and authority. As this power and authority was delegated to Moses, followers of Christ carry the same mantle to set people free. Mark 5:1-17, Luke 10:19
Let us have faith to begin to believe and pray with authority--especially to set sinners free. This pastor has carried, over the years, a quote next to his heart:
"People need someone to be tender and compassionate with them in their last gasp."
Indeed Moses, like Christ, was calling for life even beyond their last gasp. For he gives life to the dead and calls those things that are not as though they were.
Read Exodus 5:6-23
The ministry of Christ isn't as easy as some preachers would make it seem. Moses, after seeing several miraculous signs at the burning bush and with some strong words from the Almighty, was persuaded to pick up the call and to go down to Egypt and set his people free. God was for it. Moses was now for it. The people in bondage were crying for it. Exodus 2:23 Only the Pharaoh needed be convinced. When Moses put the command before him, things didn't go to well.
If you are going to go on with the Lord, you are going to have a fight on your hands. If you are going to do things God’s way and take a stand you will have God’s blessings and the devil’s curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless you, hell opens up to blast you. God’s smile means the devil’s frown! Instead of getting some progress, the situation went backwards!
"Same quota of bricks but now you must gather your own straw."
When God is bringing deliverance, we are the first to feel Satan's anger. Satan tightens his grip when salvation draws near. He pushes the would-be freeman back into his place. He demonstrates his strength. In John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Christian faces Apollyon who straddles across the road. He asks Christian why he is leaving the City of Destruction:
Christian replies: "Your service is hard. Your wages no one can live on. Therefore, when I came to my senses as considerate people do, I thought I might find improvement."
Apollyon told him, "There is no prince who will lightly lose his subjects...you have traded a bad situation for a worse situation".
And that is exactly what happened to the Israelites. Their situation didn't get better. It got worse. This flies in the face of the new and unbiblical doctrine of today's "c"hristianity. "Come to Jesus and every sorrow will be flee away and every trouble with it." Not true. If you would step toward freedom you can expect Satan's challenge and immediate reversal. But be patient. Stand strong. God isn't finished yet. Your deeper tumble into humility will find a mighty lifting in due time.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,” (1 Peter 5:6, NKJV)
Read Exodus 5:22-23
An honest man in ministry is hard to find. He boasts of his successes. He dramatizes his exploits. He inflates his numbers. He embellishes his testimonies. But Moses? He keeps it real:
““Lord, why have You brought trouble on this
people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.””
(Exodus 5:22–23, NKJV)
See Christ here: When Jesus healed a man at the pool of Siloam, he didn't put his photo on a monthly newsletter to raise more funds for the ministry. What he did do with the man when he ran into him a little later was to challenge his obedience.
"Stop sinning or something worse will happen to you." John 5:14
He was an honest man. He cared more about the state of the man and nothing for press releases and public opinion. Jesus didn't preach messages to become famous or obtain the approval of "important" people. He preached messages to save the lost which usually made the important people mad. Luke 15:1-3
It is true that Christ gathered uncountable crowds, though he never preached to please men. In fact, one offensive message took His ministry from five thousand down to eleven men and a one devil in just one day. John 6:60-70 When that happened, He didn't compare his numbers to the numbers of John the Baptist and wring his hands. He was all about quality, not quantity. He was honest before His Heavenly Father. You have to hand it to Moses. He didn't pretend to success when there was failure. He was an honest man. His "failure" humbled him all the more. No wonder God used him.
Read Exodus 6:1-13
When Moses faced failure and reversal after commanding Pharaoh to let the people go. Moses declared to God: "You have not delivered these people at all." God had an answer for him, "You shall see what I will do. For with a strong hand he (Pharaoh) will let them go..."
God is sure of the deliverance and reminds his servant of the same.
I remember the story of a pastor who labored for some time feeling very spiritually dull. God spoke to him clearly,
"I've seen your ministry, now I'm going to show you mine."
That same pastor had a woman come to him in tears saying: "God wants to know, are you going to use the authority God has given you or not?" That pastor went on to a fruitful ministry. Moses was being shown that God was going to do it. It would be none of his own skill or power in the deliverance. Moses was greatly humbled and tested to prove him usable.
Any of us can take encouragement here:
As God is testing the deliverer he is testing the ones who would be delivered.
These trials are for your benefit. They are are proving your faith. That is why the Lord allows reversals, and seasons where there seems to be no progress. This is a time to trust in the surety of the Lord's deliverance. The last half hour is the hardest part of waiting. In those times, do not compromise. Obey and hold your ground the Lord will act strong on your behalf. The devil will lose ground and you will be sprung. Get behind the shield of faith and the fiery arrows of your enemy will be extinguished!
“Consider Christian, that all your trials and troubles, calamities and miseries, crosses and losses, which you meet with in this world are all the hell that you shall ever have!”
Puritan Thomas Brooks.
Read Exodus 7:1-13
Read Exodus 7:1-13
"See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you."
We see Moses as a type of Christ and Aaron as the prophet. What a dynamic duo, the Word has been in the mouth of the Prophet.
The Bible tells us that Christ is the Word of God. John 1:1-4
When Isaiah spoke, He spoke under God with Christ, the Word, upon his tongue. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Whenever and wherever the Word and in the Prophet were found declaring, things happened, impossible things: walls came down, captivities were commanded, judgments enacted, shackles broken, great armies defeated, Kingdoms conquered, wicked men removed and righteous men lifted.
The Word of Christ in the mouth of the Prophet has been the active agent in every major event in human history.
See Christ here: As Moses comes onto the scene in Pharaoh's court it is Aaron who will speak the Words of Moses as given to him by God. Exodus 4:15 One of the greatest deliverances of history will unfold under the Word of judgment through Moses and Aaron his prophet. We must not take lightly the Word of the Lord. It is Christ himself. We must not take the prophet lightly. As fallible as he is in the flesh, His prophetic Word is perfect and it will accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent. Not one Word of it shall fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:19
“Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.””
(Jeremiah 1:12, ESV)