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…
Hebrews (Program #59) – The Manna in the Golden Pot
In the Old Testament, manna was something given by God to his people openly and freely. But, a small portion of this manna was offered by the priest back to God and hidden within a golden pot in the Holy of Holies. This hidden portion in the golden pot represents something so rich in experience.
Exodus (Program #175) – The Erection of the Tabernacle – The Cloud, the Relationship Between Cloud and Glory, Comparison between Genesis and Exodus
In 1983, Witness Lee conclude his life study of Exodus. It spanned nearly 4 years. It includes 185 messages and nearly 2000 pages. In the final paragraph of volume number 8, he wrote “I have the full assurance that those who have been with us throughout the years can never be the same. Eternity will reveal what the Lord has been doing within us and among us for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose. Praise Him for the glorious conclusion of the book of Exodus.”
Exodus (Program #174) – The Erection of the Tabernacle – God’s Side and Our Side, Two beginnings, Moses, The Need for Reality
In the final chapter of Exodus we see the people of God carrying out His plan and erecting the tabernacle, His dwelling place. The completion of this work brings in a two-fold presence of God’s glory. First it covered the tabernacle or tent of meeting as a cloud outwardly and then it filled the tabernacle within. God’s House brings man into contact with God’s glory.
Exodus (Program #173) – The Making of the Tabernacle – Offering of the Materials, Preparing of Workers
The Bible reveals that God needs man to assist Him in His move. God needs man and for this God calls man. The question is what is it that man can do to assist God in His move? What is it that God is looking for for man to carry out His move? Part of the answers can be seen by understanding the types and pictures in the Old Testament book of Exodus. For the past several months we had that enjoyment, that privilege and that pleasure and today we come nearly to the conclusion of this life study of Exodus.
Exodus (Program #172) – The Making of the Tabernacle with Its Furniture and the Garments for the Priests
When the children of Israel were escaping Egypt, the Lord granted them favor and allowed them to take much gold, silver and other precious materials with them. Later they used that gold to make an idol, offending God to the uttermost. But after being reconciled to Him they were able to offer this gold once again. This time for the building of God’s House. This brought in God’s full blessing. This is a wonderful lesson for us today.
After 40 days and 40 nights with God on Mount Sinai, Moses was instructed on how to begin building the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place with man. But twice in Exodus chapter 24 and again in chapter 35 the Lord cautions even warns Moses and the people not to begin working for Him without first enjoying the Sabbath rest. Is this just an oddity of the Old Testament dispensation or is this a real and meaningful exhortation for us, God’s New Testament believers? We will explore the real Sabbath today.