Moses

1) MESSAGE 16 10 12

 

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

 

Exodus chapter 3 verse 11

Moses is the greatest man of God in the Old Testament. Because of this we can glean deep lessons to both challenge and encourage us in our own walk with God. From birth the hand of God was upon Moses. If a son was born to the Hebrews the king of Egypt had instructed that the midwives had to kill the baby. Has there ever been so cruel an instruction. Praise God that the midwives were not put into the position of acting upon this instruction as the Hebrew children were always born before the midwives arrived. When Moses was born his mother hid him as Pharaoh the king of Egypt issued further instructions that every son that was born had to be cast into the river.

What anguish was in the heart of the mother of Moses. She had hid him for three months but knew it was too dangerous to do this any longer. God had a plan to preserve His chosen instrument. Moses’ mother took him to the river’s edge but instead of casting him into the river placed him into an ark of bulrushes which had been daubed with slime. God works in the most wonderful ways for who should come along but none other than the daughter of Pharaoh. Her eyes were drawn to the ark and when she looked into the ark Moses wept. Even though this was an Hebrew baby and she would have known of her father’s instructions she did not have a child of her own and her compassion went out to Moses.

 

The sister of Moses approached the daughter of Pharaoh and it was agreed that a nurse would look after Moses until Moses was old enough to go and live with Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was not only looked after by his mother but Pharaoh’s daughter paid her wages. What an incredible account we have before us. Moses was not only preserved but would be brought up in the very place in which lived the enemy of God’s people. O the ways of God are often beyond our understanding but they are always perfect. 

We are not told about Moses’ life in the palace but there is little doubt that he would have been highly educated and treated as an Egyptian prince. Moses, though, was conscious that he was not an Egyptian as the word says “that he went out unto his brethren”. What do we find but that an Egyptian was mistreating one of the Hebrews. Moses, though, took matters into his own hands and killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day he found two Hebrew’s in dispute. When Moses spoke to them they rejected him asking Moses if he intended to kill them as he had done to the Egyptian. Moses fled from the palace. He had failed to be accepted by his own people. In the purposes of God, though, this was not God’s time. Moses could not do God’s work in his own strength and had to go to Midian in order learn the deep things of God.

Moses settled down in Midian and married Zipporah the daughter of Reuel the priest of Midian. Life went quietly along for Moses for another forty years. It was during these forty years that God was dealing deeply with Moses as Moses came to see that he had no merit of his own and was no longer a privileged Egyptian prince but a nobody of this world. This is the place where God has to bring each one of us before He can use us.

 

There is no place for boasting or pride, or self sufficiency. No those who are greatly used by God have first to see and accept that it is not what they can do for God but what God can do through them. We have to be stripped of all human thinking and be brought to the position where we do not think as the world thinks. We need to be so filled with God that we know His will and accept that as our lives are laid on the altar then God will accept us as a living sacrifice and do His own work through us. This is in line with scripture. It is God’s way.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 

Romans chapter 12 verse 1

This is the verse God showed me to use for the about us page when setting up Bible College Of Wales Continuing.

 

The web site is found at

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There is no other way to be able to reach the unreched for Christ and obey His command to take the gospel to every creature than the way of full surrender.

Moses was brought to the position of full surrender and so have all who have been mightily used by God. How many today are prepared to accept full surrender? Very few is the answer as this is the way of the cross which Jesus Himself spoke about. The cross is contrary to all that society accepts as normal. The cross brings one thing and that is death.

 

This is death to self and everything which does not put God first. It is not surprising that there are few takers when it comes to accepting the way of the cross for it is against all that is natural and with it against the ways of the world. Self will never accept the cross. It is only the Holy Spirit who can bring us to accept the way of the cross. When He is given the chance to take possession of our bodies he comes to live as God and all of our old self goes out. Reader have you chosen the way of comfort or are you prepared to go the way of death, that is, the way of the cross?

 
God had heard and seen the affliction and cruelty of His people in Egypt many years before He intervened. God could not intervene until His man was ready. Moses was His man but was a changed man from the one who had lived in Pharaoh’s palace. Moses’ words “ Who am I” speak deeply as they show us a man who knew he was nobody. He knew he could not go and do what God was asking of him. No it could only be God through Moses who could deliver His people.

 

What a place to be to know that the end of self is the beginning of God. O that God will find those who are prepared to let Him have His way through them. Lord will you not direct those who will go the way of the cross in full surrender to come and train at Bible College Of Wales Continuing? This is your college not mans’. Lord the college has been laid on the altar to train those who you send to be prepared to give their soul, their life, their all to ensure that every person in every nation is given the chance of hearing of you dear and blessed Saviour.

Lord Jesus Christ you went all the way to the cross accepting its shame and suffering. Reviled and rejected. Treated worse than anyone has ever been treated. Yet for the joy before you this was accepted as you knew this was the only way by which a sinner could be reconciled with a holy God. Lord the cross had only one end and that was death. But death to you has brought life to all who will accept that you have died in their place and repented of their sin. O the blood Lord, your own precious blood which you freely gave every last drop as the one perfect offering for sin for ever.

 

Can we ever stop loving and thanking you when we have the revelation of the cross? Surely not Lord. Yet, Lord, there are so many who will not embrace the full meaning of the cross. Like yourself all Christians are called upon to deny themselves and take up their cross and follow you. Lord please open the spiritual eyes of all Christians who live in comfort zones where the way of the cross does not exist. Turn us away from self thinking and self sufficiency, Lord, to be men and women who will listen for your voice and obey. This prayer seeks only to bring honour and glory to the name of our God. Amen.

2) BRIAN MASON MESSAGE -  15th. January 2013

 

Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

 

Acts of the Apostles chapter 7 verse 33

The words “ Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground” had been spoken to Moses by God when God had made Himself known to Moses at the burning bush. Stephen referred to these words again during his own defence to the high priest and the council of the Jews. Stephen had been accused of speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.

Stephen had been accused of speaking about Jesus and that the temple would be destroyed and so too would be the customs which Moses had delivered. Stephen recalled the history of the Jews from when God had made Himself known to Abraham. Stephen explained how God had become their God through covenants and mentions Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. The time of famine and Jacob and his family going to join Joseph in Egypt is recounted right up to the time when there was another king who did not know Joseph. All this history would have been well known to the council members. The account of Moses would also have been well known. 

Moses was the greatest man in the old testament. Although he had been brought up in the palace of Pharaoh he had tried to help God’s people his own way. When Moses had seen one of the Hebrews being mistreated by an Egyptian he had taken matters into his own hands and killed the Egyptian. As a result he had to flee from the palace and spend forty years in the wilderness.

 

These were years when Moses spent the time with his family and looking after the sheep. However, God had not forgotten him and although in his own eyes Moses had failed because he had not helped his own people the Hebrews God had been waiting His own time. The Christian too can go through an experience of what can appear failure. There are times when others may think we are failures.

 

What is seen as failure by others is taken by God as an opportunity to work out His own purposes in His own time and for His own glory. How different are the ways of God to the ways of man. The Christian life is one of the replacing of the human with the divine. To get to this position there is no room for thinking in the natural. Thinking has to be on the lines of Christ Himself. How can this be you may ask. Scripture shows how when it declares:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians chapter 2 verse 4

What a mind though. Not a mind of self centred thoughts. No this could never be as with Jesus it had to be the way of the cross. It is always the way of death to self which leads to the life of Christ being manifested through those who truly know Him. How true the following has been to those who know death working in them so that the life which they now live is by the faith of the Son of God

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways.

 

Isaiah chapter 55 verse 8

Here Isaiah is speaking on a level which most of modern day Christianity will never reach. Why you might ask. Let us return to Moses. What was the first thing Moses learned about God when God met him. It was that above everything else God is holy. God has to be given His rightful place for who He is. God is the creator and the One who upholds all things by His power. Moses showed this respect and God was able to do all He wanted to do through Moses in the setting free of God’s people from Egypt. God could only use Moses when Moses was ready and then only by Moses obeying God’s conditions. Stephen in his recollection to the Jewish council of God’s workings on the behalf of His people and their rejection of God’s ways was not a popular message which led to Stephen’s death.

Today just as in Stephen’s day those ministers of God who like Stephen who deliver a disturbing message are not popular and are rejected by all but the remnant of Christianity. To preach on the blood of Christ, the cross, sin, repentance, hell, dying to self and holiness are subjects which only the remnant are prepared to accept. The rest of so called Christianity are aptly described by Isaiah as:

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way.


Isaiah chapter 53 verse 6

O that people today would realise the meaning of the rest of verse 6 before it is too late and they find themselves in hell with no escape.

And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Sinner have you repented of your sin and been cleansed through the blood of Jesus?

Those of you who do know Jesus as Saviour and Lord are you hungering and thirsting after all of God. We will only seek fully after God when we like Moses know God as a holy God. Holiness is not something which many seek after today.. Are you prepared to go against the norms of society and be different by seeking a life of holiness. I close with these words of David.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.

 

Psalm 24 verses 3 and 4

Lord Jesus Christ the way of the cross and the acceptance of your shed blood as the only means of forgiveness of sin are not popular subjects today. Yet Lord to the believer they are words of life as through repentance and the cleansing of sin comes forgiveness and the entrance into eternal life. Lord Jesus the popular way today is not to preach the gospel of life but rather a social gospel which has one end, that which terminates in hell, a place of finality with no escape, cut off from God forever. Lord Jesus whilst it is still day give your ministers who still hold firm to the gospel message as contained in the King James Authorised version of the Bible the opportunity to make known by every means to every creature the gospel message of repentance and cleansing through your blood. This prayer seeks only to bring honour and glory to the name of our God. Amen.And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep.  

3) MESSAGE 24 July 2013

 

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child;  and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

 

Hebrews chapter 11 verse 23

 

Moses’ parents are included in the list of those mentioned as having outstanding faith.  Although we are not given their names we can see that what they did equaled some of the greatest acts ever done as they showed a complete trust in God.  It is as we consider what God was able to do right from when Moses was born that our own faith is strengthened.  These are also days which call for a strong faith in order to see our unchangeable God still working out his own purposes in the midst of great opposition and unbelief.

 

The hand of God was upon Moses throughout his life.  God’s hand had to be upon Moses or he would not have survived even from birth.  Pharaoh was intent on destroying the Hebrews who were God’s own special people through whom God would fulfil all of His purposes.  Have we ever come across anything as cruel as to command all the sons born to the Hebrews to be cast into the river. Pharaoh had become fearful of the ever increasing numbers of the Hebrews.  Pharaoh used them as slaves and oppressed them by making them work with hard labour. Even though the Hebrews were suppressed Pharaoh was afraid they would out number his own people and take over his country. Pharaoh’s solution was to command that each son of the Hebrews when born was cast into the river.  This was none other than the work of Satan to try and prevent God’s purposes being fulfilled.  Similar schemes of Satan can be seen when Haman sought to destroy all the Jews in the time of Esther and through Hitler during the second world war.

 

When Moses was born God’s hand rested upon him from the start.  His mother knew within her heart that her son was special and at all costs had to be preserved.  She kept him hidden within her home for three months.  However, as he grew it became increasingly difficult to keep him from being discovered.  What faith we find here for Moses mother to prepare to take her son to the last place we would have expected her to have taken him.  This can be seen as into the heart of enemy territory.  Would I or you have considered taking the child to what was the most dangerous possible, that of the water’s edge itself.  Did his mother know that Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe in the river or was the mother guided by God to take such a bold step?  Whatever the reason she was prepared to lose her son in order to give him a chance of survival.

 

What care Moses mother would have put into her preparation of the ark and how must her heart have felt as she carried the ark to the water’s edge and carefully laid it there amongst the flags.  As she drew away her complete trust was in God for within her she did not have a doubt that what she had done was of God and God Himself would do that which would set her son apart for God and the fulfilling of  God’s own purposes. 

 

Of all the people who could have come along at that time the first to come was none other than Pharaoh’s daughter.  That was of God.  She saw the ark for she had to see the ark and sent her maid to bring the ark. O and what happened the baby wept.  Although there is no mention of Pharaoh’s daughter being married or having children what woman could have failed to have been moved by hearing the babe weep?  We are told Pharaoh’s daughter had compassion on the baby. She recognized the baby to be one of the Hebrew children.  Did she obey her father’s command and have the baby cast into the river. Definitely not, God was in this and when He is in a thing we can be certain we are on firm ground and what he wants to be done will be done.  All started to unfold as the account shows us when God works He does a perfect work. Moses sister appeared and asked Pharaoh’s daughter should she call a nurse out of the Hebrew women.  There was no fear here only a boldness of action for God had Pharaoh’s daughter firmly in his control.

 

None other than Moses own mother was to look after him. Not only this but to take him back to her own home and continue to look after him and be assured that he would be protected from harm as he now came under the protection of Pharaoh’s daughter. Even more astonishing is to find that Moses mother started to receive wages to look after her own son.  Can we get to the bottom of God’s ways for they are beyond our comprehension yet often we still think we know better than God instead of letting Him have control in our lives.  What a wonderful verse we have here:

 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

 

Isaiah chapter 55 verse 8

 

When we are prepared to let go as Moses mother was prepared to let go of her son and trust God completely then we too will see God at work in our lives in ways we would never have believed to  have been possible.  Instead of thinking we know better than God by trying to do his work for Him are we prepared to reverse the roles by placing ourselves in His hands for Him to show others what He can do with a man or a woman who is totally in His hands and submitted entirely to His will and completely separated from the things of the world.  The verses which bring us closest to this and were the accepted norm of the early Church as Paul shows us are:

 

I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2

 

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