Exodus (Program #6) – God’s Calling of the Prepared One (2)
At the age of 40 when he was just in his prime, God called Moses. But God did not employ him in that calling for another 40 years. By now Moses is an old man, drained of both his strength of body as well as strength of soul. Yet this was the time God could use him for His purpose. God’s preparation of Moses, the one sent by God to deliver His people is one of the most revealing and illuminating stories in the Bible because it fully applies to us.
Firstly we are going to see the purpose of God’s calling. In another words, God has called each of us as believers in Christ, but what is the purpose of that calling? Then number 2, we want to see how God prepares us to be His called ones, and to be His sent ones to accomplish His purpose. This is seen in the way God called Moses and the way God prepared Moses to be His sent one. Again this would be very applicable to us in our Christian life.
Exodus (Program #5) – God’s Calling of the Prepared One (1)
Israel, out of the pain of their suffering and under the oppressive hand of Pharaoh in Egypt cried out to God to save them. These cries were heard and God was moved in His compassion to rescue His people. Yet He tarry for 80 years before coming in to save them. Have you ever been forced to wait for God to answer your cry? Why does God make us wait? The surprising answer may be that God is really waiting for us.
We are going to see today that God was deeply motivated by the cries of His people, Israel to deliver them from the tyranny they were suffering under in Egypt. But He delay taking action for a long period of time. We can all relate to having to wait on the Lord for what seems like a mini eternity. Our God is a very patient One.
We all know that Moses was a great man used mightily by God for the accomplishment of His purpose. Have you ever noticed though that God did not use him until he was well beyond the peak of his natural strength and ability. In the New Testament, the apostle Peter was also greatly used by the Lord, but not until after the Lord had subdue his natural strength and severely dealt with him and restricted him. What can we learn from the experience of these spiritual men as it relates to our life before Christ.
We are going to have another surprising message for our listeners today. We are going to look at the characteristic or trait that most equips or qualifies a person to be useful to God in the accomplishment of His purpose.
Exodus (Program #3) – Preparation of the Slave Savior
Surely Moses is a great man of God used by Him for His purpose. But chapter 2 of Exodus, the story of Moses from his birth until he is finally prepared by God for His use, is a story where women, females play nearly all of the major parts. Is this just idle curiosity or is there a valuable message for us to be seen from these details?
We saw at the end of our broadcast yesterday that God uses the female life very significantly in the accomplishment of HIs purpose. This may be a little hard to grasp but concepted may be is a little obscure when you first hear it
Exodus, the second book in the Bible begins with God’s people in a pitiful condition. Enslaved by the evil Pharaoh and daily being killed under the tyranny of his heavy hand. Exodus is the story of how God release His people from this bondage and it has a glorious conclusion. The worldly people today are in a condition much like the children of Israel in Exodus. The parallels are striking in this graphic Old Testament book of pictures.
When we come to this book, we often refer to it as a “picture book”. We spoke a little about this in our program yesterday. What do we mean when we say Exodus is a book of pictures?
The divine revelation in the Scriptures is progressive unfolding and developing book by book and chapter by chapter. The 66 books of the Bible were written over a period of 1600 years. During this long period, God did not speak once for all at one specific time rather He spoke to His people progressive, time after time over a long period. So begin the life study of Exodus. For the next several months we will explore this classic book of the Old Testament through rich spiritual insight of Witness Lee.
We were in the life study of Genesis, Exodus in a sense continues that book. The book of Genesis principally issues in the life of 3 people; Abraham, Issac and Jacob, which is really a complete picture of the called one of God. In Abraham you see God’s calling and fellowship and living by faith with God. In Issac you see the aspect of enjoying God’s riches and inheriting the rich inheritance that God has for us. And in Jacob, you see God’s transforming work to produce a prince, from Jacob to Israel. more…
Genesis (Program #134) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (8)
We come today to our final regular program of the life study of Genesis. We have one final look at Joseph as a full type of Christ. We’ve said that often before. But really what do we mean by that comparison?
Genesis (Program #133) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (7)
This is our next to the last program from Genesis and soon we will be going on to the book of Romans and we certainly look forward to that.
…this particular exposition of the book of Genesis is really a spiritual classic. We called it a life study; it’s a study in a particular sense in that we want to see how God in Christ as the spirit wants to be our life and our everything. Especially we just like to review for our listeners, we’ve see these 9 great men in the book of Genesis – we have seen a complete picture of the believers’ experience of Christ as life for God’s eternal purpose…
Genesis (Program #132) – The Reigning Aspect of the Matured Israel (6)
Today we have another program dealing with the way that Joseph elected to reveal himself to his 11 brothers. As Witness Lee begins today he once again is going to mention that with Joseph we do have these two lines: the line of the type and the line of life. What does he mean by these two lines?