Read - Exodus 7
Message - Alan Burke
The Lord was sending Moses to Pharaoh (28-29) but yet again we read how Moses is giving another excuse to the Lord. There is a large part of me that thinks would it not have been easier for the LORD to just to pick someone else, anyone else other than this Moses. Because Moses had been given excuse after excuse, excuses at every opportunity and he had been banging this drum of his speech for a while now (4:10, 6:12, 30). Notice thought that just as in verse 12, the Lord God does not respond to the excuses of Moses, he just tells him what he is to do. Moses may have been making it all about himself, he may have attempting once more to get himself out of the task at hand but it was not about Moses, it didn’t matter if he had faltering lips or not, it wouldn’t have mattered if he was the best public speaker or a real wheeler dealer who could have sold snow to the Eskimos because it wasn’t dependant on how gifted Moses was it was all of God. It was the Lord’s presence with him that would enable Moses to do all that the Lord required of him, it was the Lord’s presence that would guarantee salvation, for salvation was not his work, salvation was and is God’s work.
Don’t miss this, because it’s a lesson that we need to be reminded of time and time again, for salvation is not our work, efforts, endeavours, it is not dependant on us rather salvation was and is God’s work. This flawed hero Moses would learn that, and we likewise need to learn it. Moses was a flawed hero of the faith, he was a fallen sinful man just as I am, and all of us by our very nature are fallen sinful people who are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all that is spiritually good, who need to learn that just like Moses that what we need to do is to look to the Lord God, to trust in the Lord God for salvation for just as He did indeed achieve that salvation for Moses and the Israelites He has achieved it for us.
Remember it wasn’t because Moses great ability because of faltering lips, it wasn’t because who he was, it was because of God and likewise we, wherever we are need to know that salvation isn’t because we are cracking individuals who deserve it or can bring it about, it is because of God that we have salvation through Jesus Christ, his work for us in his life, death, resurrection and ascension. This is good news, great news, because would you want your eternal salvation to reliant on your own endeavours, on your own ability, on how good you were, on how many times you prayed today, on how many times you read his word, or how good a job at loving the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and might and your neighbour as yourself? (Lk 10:27). What we need to know is that Salvation is his work, from beginning to end it is God’s work. For it is “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).
Q 16 Did all mankind fall in Adam’ s first transgression?
The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, in his first transgression. (Gen. 2:16–17, Rom. 5:12, 1 Cor. 15:21–22)