Main point summary
By Faith, Moses was able to courageously overcome opposition and completely trust God's means.
By Faith in God
he x left Egypt,
Moses therefore was able to leave Egypt
y not being afraid of the anger of the king,
not fearing the Pharoah or his threats.
for he endured
Because, He persevered in the call of God.
z as seeing him who is invisible.
By continually looking to Him who cannot be seen by physical eyes.
By Faith in God
a he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood,
Moses kept the ordinances God had given
so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
Resulting to the salvation of the first born of Israel from God's plague of death.
Title: A courageous, trusting faith Scripture: Hebrews 11:27-28 Thesis: True faith in God leads to courage against opposition and complete trust in God's means. Intro: There is a story of a man who was a professional tight rope walker, who set up a rope walk on top of two sky scrapers. He asked the audience if they believed he could make the walk. Everybody said yes. He then asked for a volunteer to ride on his back while he attempted the walk. Everyone was silent. Until a boy raised his hand. It turned out the boy was the child of the professional tight rope walker. True faith will always be accompanied by action. The whole purpose of the book of Hebrews was to encourage the doubting believers to hold fast to their faith in Christ resulting to them having assurance of things they may not immediately see and to stand firm amidst opposition. Chapter 11 is a collection of testimonies of people who put their faith in God despite not fully seeing or understanding His plan and purposes, even in the face of opposition. The common theme in this chapter is to look in faith, not just on the fulfillment of the promise but on the faithfulness on the one who has promised. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen ... Heb 11:1 Faith that leads to courage v27 By faith, he left Egpyt not being afraid of the anger of the king. Note: Moses' was not afraid to defy Pharaoh because he feared God more than him. God could have chosen a better candidate for this job An impossible task (Shepherd Moses vs Powerful Pharaoh) - Imagine going to Afgan to tell the taliban leaders to let everyone go. Pharaoh could at anytime have Moses jailed, tortured and even killed And yet this Shepherd stood toe to toe with the great king of Egypt, and was not afraid. Because Moses knew that this would not be accomplished by his power but only by faith in God who has all power. How can Moses have this courage? Because Moses had greater fear for God than for pharaoh. v27 "He persevered by seeing Him who is invisible" "Moses' faith was such that he responded to God's commands as though God were standing visibly before him. This was the basis for his loyalty to God" - John Macarthur ... we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal 2 Cor 4:18 Living by faith is living by keeping the eyes of our heart ever fixed on God. Point: By faith, We are enabled to overcome the fear of man by fearing God. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:27-29 ESV We may never be in a situation like Moses, but daily we are faced with the temptation to fear man more than we fear God. Example: - It maybe when a peer at work asks us to lie about a certain report. - A family or friend influencing us to do what is evil in God's sight. - The world forcing us to accept it ideologies about sex, marriage and religion. Challenge: Overcome the fear of man by the fear of God. It was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved. Pray that God would give us grace to overcome the fear of man and replace it with the fear of God. Faith that leads to trust Note: Moses trusted in God even when he could not fully understand His ways. The final plague that God unleashed in Egypt was the death of all first born, that including the Israelites. God provided a way of Salvation by killing a sheep was placing the blood on the door posts. Imagine how hard it would have been to believe that the killing of a lamb could avert the plague of death. It seemed so simple, undramatic, simplistic and illogical but God often uses simple means to accomplish his purposes. God used a staff in order to part the red sea God used birds to feed millions Christ used mud to restore sight Often the means God uses are ordinary so that we put our faith not in the means but by the one who makes these means effectual by faith. Point: God appoints ordinary and simple means to accomplish His extraordinary purposes. If I ask you to consider a man as evil as hitler, as narrow minded as Duterte, as depraved as a drug addict or a prostitute, consider these examples? What would be the way to change these men? Some would say Rehab, Jail, Hypnosis, Phycological and even pharmaceutical intervention? But what is the means God uses to changed and save men like these? The gospel, The Bible, A pastor preaching faithfully. It sounds so simple. so unspectacular and that's the point so that we attribute all the greatness to God not in the means. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. The gospel is the means God has appointed to save sinners. It is also the means God uses to sanctify us and grow out faith. Many churches think its by organizing big events, retreats, and concerts that they can save sinners or sanctify the saints. It maybe well meaning and good but if the gospel is not preached, if the gospel is not primary then it will not accomplish anything. God's gospel proclaimed in God's church is the most powerful tool God employs to save sinners and sanctify the saints. Moses had faith in the means God gave, the blood of the lamb. It was a picture of God's ultimate work, the shedding of the blood of Christ! We have something better. Challenge: Faith in God's end means faith in the means God has appointed. Trust in God's means! Conclusion: True faith in God leads to courage against opposition and a deep trust in His ways and means to accomplish His purposes. Pray that God would grant us to have this courageous, trusting faith.