Peter Barnes: Exodus 4:1-17 (NO AUDIO)
(25 November 2018)
SERMON NOTES : GOD’S CONFIRMATION IN HUMAN WEAKNESS (Exodus 4:1-17)
The great Moses is great because of God, not because of Moses.
1. If no faith, there are signs.
– 4:1. God had said that they would listen to him in 3:18. God gives Moses three signs.
(a) the serpent and the rod (4:2-4). Alec Motyer says that was possibly the bravest thing Moses had ever done in his life.
(b) his leprous hand which is then healed (4:6-8).
(c) water to blood (4:9). Herodotus called Egypt ‘the gift of the Nile’. Egypt relied almost totally on the annual flooding of the Nile.
– 4:5. The signs have a reason attached to them. Alec Motyer: ‘A “wonder” astonishes, a “sign” instructs.’ See Luke 5:20-25.
2. If no gifts, there is a sovereign creator.
– 4:10. Richard Sibbes had a lisp and a stammer, but God used him wonderfully. Look at what Paul says about himself – 1 Cor.2:1, 4-5; 2 Cor.10:10. He was no Chrysostom or Augustine or Wilberforce.
3. If no alternative, there is God’s help.
– 4:13-17. Aaron will provide the human help that Moses thinks that he needs.
– Paul found the same thing: ‘For when I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Cor.12:10). We are not sufficient but the grace of Christ is.