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Divine Purpose     Ex. 5:1-3; 6:6-8; 7:1-5     March 14, 2010

 

Introduction

       Did you ever make great plans in your mind and then become aware of a different plan that really originated from the Lord. The divine plan always presents a superior quality. You and I need to always seek God’s divine purpose and plan. The emphasis of Southern Baptists right now called God’s Plan for Sharing, (G P S,) presents a plan to share the gospel with every person in America by 2020. One of our former presidents suggested the idea and many people prayed over it and refined this emphasis. It could be used of God to bring this nation back to Him. What a Divine Purpose!

                     

1.  The Divine Purpose In . . Sacrifice. 5:1-3

      A.  Sacrifice May Involve A . . Presentation To The Enemy. 5:1

1 Later, Moses and Aaron went in and said to Pharaoh, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let My people go, so that they may hold a festival for Me in the wilderness."

 

      B.  Sacrifice May Involve An Attempt To . . Prevent By The Enemy. 5:2

2 But Pharaoh responded, "Who is the Lord that I should obey Him by letting Israel go? I do not know the Lord , and what's more, I will not let Israel go."

 

      C.  Sacrifice May Involve An Additional . . Plea To The Enemy. 5:3

3 Then they answered, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, or else He may strike us with plague or sword."


            God wanted Moses and the people to go outside of town and make the sacrifice demanded for a covenant relationship with the Lord. God caused the people to realize forgiveness and a covering for their sin required a blood sacrifice. The book of Hebrews reminds us that without the shedding of blood there cannot be forgiveness of sin. Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to present their request for the opportunity to go sacrifice. Pharaoh rejected the idea of a sacrifice unto the Lord, and expressed his ignorance of the Lord and told the obvious truth that he did not know the Lord. Later Moses and Aaron went back to Pharaoh and presented their request. Note the respect Moses demonstrated to the King. He further affirmed that the Lord told them to make this request.


 

2.  The Divine Purpose In . . Salvation. 6:6-8

      A.  Salvation May Involve Redemption From . . Slavery. 6:6-7

6 "Therefore tell the Israelites: I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment.

           7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am Yahweh your

           God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.

 

      B.  Salvation May Involve A Reminding About What was . . Sworn. 6:8

8 I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord ."

 

     God planned to redeem Israel from Egyptian slavery and provide this salvation by redeeming them back for Himself. God promised this action through His outstretched arm and great acts of judgement. Pharaoh will discover who the Lord is and humbly submit to Him. Earlier he said he would not let the people go; but God’s Divine Purpose will accomplish His desire. God further promised this action will happen just as He swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did this with the affirmation. “I am the Lord.”

 

3.  The Divine Purpose In . . Speaking. 7:1-5

      A.   Divine Purpose In Speaking Will . . Harken To Share The Words Of God. 7:1-2

1 The Lord answered Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet.

           2 You must say whatever I command you; then Aaron your brother must declare it to

           Pharaoh so that he will let the Israelites go from his land.

 

      B.   Divine Purpose In Speaking Will Bring A . . Hardening Of Pharaoh’s Heart. 7:3-4

3 But I will harden Pharaoh's heart and multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.

           4 Pharaoh will not listen to you, but I will put My hand on Egypt and bring out the ranks of

           My people the Israelites, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.

 

      C.   Divine Purpose In Speaking Will Bring A . . Home Going For Israel. 7:5

5 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out My hand against Egypt, and bring out the Israelites from among them." HCSB


     Did you ever read a book and get so curious you skipped over and read the last few chapters? Then when you go back you say to one of the characters, “If you knew what I know you would not do what your are doing? In this story we can tell Pharaoh we know how it ends and he should become more submissive to the Lord’s desires and purpose. Moses needed to share the words of God to Pharaoh through his brother, Aaron. These words caused a hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. What a lesson we can learn from Pharaoh as we see it is not wise to reject the words spoken by God through His prophet. Eventually The words spoken caused a home going for the children of Israel. This was the Divine Purpose Of God. Amen? Amen!