Ex 1:8-14 (1/31/14)
Push / Pull • January 31, 2014 • Benham Brothers
The very place that represented comfort for the Israelites grew into a place representing a curse. God allowed them to be subject to forced labor so they would long for a country of their own. Push / Pull - when God is moving you to a new place there will usually be a push and a pull - a push from where you are and a pull to where you should be. When God chooses to squeeze you don't question the fingers He chooses to do it with. God uses the weaknesses of others to get us to where we need to be.
Exodus 1:22 - 2:10 (1/22/17)
A Test of Faith • January 22, 2017 • Benham Brothers
• VS 1:22 - When Satan plans for destruction God plans for deliverance - this is what set the stage for Moses to enter the scene. • Note: the very first plague 80 years later was the Nile turning to blood and the last plague was the Egyptian first-borns would die - innocent blood has a voice and God will bring justice. • FOUR CHARACTERS: • 1) A mom who was out of options but clung to her faith - she had to die to her dream. • 2) A baby who had no choice. • 3) An adoptive mother with a heart of compassion. • 4) A faithful little girl with a solution for life. • VS 1 - About this time - which time? A time when it seemed all hope was lost - dark time. • VS 2 - Imagine these three months - she had her baby but she could have been overcome by fear. • Hebrews 11:23 - Faithful parents - their faith in God’s plan was stronger than their fear of the king’s edict. • Faith always overcomes fear - even when our emotions tell us otherwise. HOW? • VS 3 - WTC - the way to face your fear is to first die to your dreams - let God handle the results. • VS 4 - We see the faith of a mom and the faithfulness of a daughter. • Jesus told the disciples to “keep watch” - Miriam shows us the rewards for doing so. • VS 5-6 - Pharoah’s daughter felt compassion - who do you think put that there? God! • God used a crying baby to control the most powerful woman in the nation. • ** God is in control - He can change the heart of that coach to put you in the game. • The question is, will you honor God if He doesn’t? • VS 7 - faithfulness coupled with proactivity! • Miriam faithfully kept watch and then proactively sprang into action when the time was right. • She proactively put the thought into Pharaoh’s daughter’s mind. • Her reward? • VS 8 - she got her brother back and her mom got her baby back! • The greatest gift a kid can give a parent is faithfulness. • VS 9 - Mom now had her baby and was paid to take care of him! • When you die to your dream and cling to your faith God will come through! • Mom’s situation was so much sweeter AFTER she let her son go than before. • When your faith intersects with God’s faithfulness you will be changed forever. • VS 10 - Mom could let him go once again because God had already proven faithful. • She submitted to his plan, not her own.
Exodus 3:1-2 (1/26/17)
WORK • January 26, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Notice Joseph sold the food, he didn’t give it away. * Proverbs 11:26 - Blessed is the person who’s willing to SELL! * Some people think if you’re a Christian you should give everything away. * But that’s not always God’s best plan. * God designed our system of exchange so that people will WORK! * If you want something of value (product) you have to give something of value (money). * God’s way for getting money is through work. * Our system of exchange (the marketplace) fuels our desire and necessity to WORK. * Why? * Because our work is worship. * If there’s no system of exchange and everyone existed in a socialistic environment (from each according to his ability to each according to his need) then nobody would want to work. * God loves work. * Exodus 3:1 - When you’re being the right person and staying in the right place you can trust the right opportunity will make its way to you. * Moses was faithful in his duty, which put him in the path of God revealing Himself to him. * Where was Elisha when God called him? Plowing a field. * Where was Amos? He was a farmer. * Where was Gideon? Threshing wheat. * Where were the disciples? Working in the marketplace. * All of these men were employed in an honest trade when God called them out. * Exodus 4:20 - the same staff Moses used in his business was now called “the staff of God!” * What changed? * God’s presence was with him and he was on God’s mission. * Moses’ tool for employment turned into God’s tool for deliverance. * God has ordained the workplace making our work sacred.
Ex 3:2-4 (1/31/14)
Burning Bush • January 31, 2014 • Benham Brothers
When God showed up to Abraham He was a burning lantern, now He shows up as a burning bush. Moses was in his 40th year of silence on the backside of a mountain - hearing nothing from God. Moses was doing his duty when he saw it. When you are in the way of your duty you are in the way of God revealing Himself to you, but you must be ready to see or hear Him. The progression: 1) He noticed the bush - it burned but didn't consume (this is what happens when God burns inside of us - we will never burn up or burn out. 2) He drew near - God didn't reveal Himself until Moses drew near to Him. God is on fire inside His Book but He won't reveal Himself until you draw near to Him. 3) God called him by name - this is a "rhama" word from God, which is a specific word of God for an individual person. The "logos" word of God is the general word - the more familiar with are with the logos the more ready we'll be for a rhama.
Exodus 3:18 (1/28/16)
Compromise • January 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Ex 3:18 - God’s command was clear. • Pharaoh offered Moses a series of compromises - see how Moses responded: • Ex 8:25 - Moses RESTATES God’s Word when Pharaoh offered the first compromise. • Ex 10:11 - Moses RESTATES God’s Word again - he refuses to compromise. • EX 10:24 - Moses RESTATES God’s Word once again - he’s not being winsome. • Ex 12:31 - Pharaoh finally broke because Moses never compromised! • When we stand on God’s Word and refuse to bend it will take place in time! • We need to restate, reaffirm, and reapply God’s Word - not reconcile it to the prevailing worldview. • Moses wasn’t concerned with Pharaoh’s feelings.
Ex 4:1-8 / Ex 7:4 / Ex 17:11 (2/5/14)
the Hands • February 5, 2014 • Benham Brothers
God's Hand is shown through man's hands. When God wants to touch the material universe He does it through man. If He does it any other way it's called a miracle. How were the people going to know it was God's hand, Moses asks. God responds: First, God asked Moses what was in his hand. When we give God our hands He will show us His hand. Second, God shows Moses what He has in store for the Israelites - complete restoration (like a leprous hand into a healthy hand). Two ways God worked through Moses: 1) With his hand grabbing hold of his staff - when he struck the Nile, struck the Red Sea, struck the rock, etc. To us, the staff represented the cross. We must hold onto our cross and carry it just as Moses carried his staff. To them, the staff represented the Hand of God. 2) With just his hands - when he held them up and prayed, when the army defeated Amalek, etc. Both of these were how God told Moses He would reveal Himself as the "I AM" to the people. Moses used the staff for the first three, only his hands for the remaining, and no hands for either plague of death. Why the hands? Because with the hands we WORK! "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." It's God Who's doing it - you're just using your hands!
Exodus 4:10-16 (1/25/18)
Look Up Look Down • January 25, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* When God called Moses his first response was to focus on his lack. * What he should have done was focus on God’s power. * He looked down at himself before he looked up at God. * Moses had already seen three miracles (the burning bush, staff turning to snake, and hand being leprous) but he still struggled with doubt. Why? * Because his focus was on his own inadequacies. * This is the same thing that made Peter sink when he walked on water. * He was fine so long as he didn’t focus on his lack. * Notice God’s response - ANGER! * vs 14-16 - Aaron was not supposed to be in the picture. * It was Aaron who allowed the people to get out of hand. * When we look down instead of up we’ll allow things into our lives that shouldn’t be there.
Exodus 4:18 (1/25/18)
Honor • January 25, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Moses was 80 years old when God called him. * The first thing he did was ask permission from his father-in-law to leave. * Wow. This showed incredible honor. * He could have just said, “God called me to go and I’m going.” * But he honored his earthly authority and handled his responsibility. * Jethro would have to choose a replacement shepherd for Moses’ flock. * Principle - before you rush off to do the thing God called you to do make sure you honor the place where you are now. * If it’s God’s timing He’ll work in the hearts of those who need to let you go. * They won’t always be happy, but they’ll be at peace. * This is what my brother and I did when we felt God calling us to start our own company.
Exodus 5:21 (1/26/17)
Expectations • January 26, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* In Exodus 4:31 all the people believed Moses and Aaron that God would rescue them from their slavery. * But then in Exodus 5:21 we see them grumbling against Moses and Aaron. * What changed? * Here’s the key - disappointment is the gap between expectation and reality. * I’m sure in the first exchange they expected God to deliver them in a certain way - no struggle, no fear, no problem. * But this isn’t what God had planned. * God had a different plan - He needed to deal with Pharaoh and Egypt first. * He had to prepare them to give the Israelites all their stuff! * When God speaks just keep your focus on Him - if you begin to think about how, when, or what you’ll end up with false expectations. * This will lead to disappointment. * That’s what the Israelites did - they first focused on God but then started focusing on Moses and Aaron. * One last note - when God is going to do something your situation is probably going to get worse before it gets better. * Jeremiah 1:17-20.
Exodus 7:12 (1/29/15)
Authority • January 29, 2015 • Benham Brothers
God turned Moses' staff into a snake, but the magicians did the same. Satan does have power in this world. Moses could pick his snake up by the tail. Moses had authority over the snake, but the magicians did not. His and Aaron's snakes swallowed up the magicians snakes. When the kingdom of God came in conflict with the kingdom of Satan, God's kingdom won. It was God's authority flowing through his kids - they were just walking in it. Application: Personally - are you failing in the same area over and over again? Then pick the snake up by the tail and excercise authority over it. Corporate - is the kingdom of darkness winning in your city? Then take authority at the gate.
Exodus 12 (1/28/16)
Eat the Lamb • January 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Jesus was too familiar to these people. • Therefore they lost the one thing they needed: • The presence of God. • The danger of familiarity is that we lose the very presence of the One we need more than anything. • The way to stay away from familiarity is to spend time with Him, approaching Him with a heart of thanks and praise. • Exodus 12:11 - Eat the Lamb • Passover - we often just think about the blood that covered the door frame. • But we rarely think about them eating the lamb. • By eating something you take the essence of the thing and make it a part of you. • Today, we not only needs Christ's blood to cover our sins, but we also must "eat of Him." • We take the essence of Who He is and we make it a part of us. • This is done by devouring God's Word. • Posture - They were to eat it with their "cloaks tucked in their belts." • This showed they were sojourners, not permanent residents. • We are to keep this same mindset - this world is not our home.
Exodus 13:17-18 (2/1/18)
Opposite Direction • February 1, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* The Promised Land was only about a 5-6 day’s walk from Egypt. * But they went the long way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. * Why? Because God had to prepare them for the promise. * First, God needed to kill the Egyptian army. * Second, before they entered the Promised Land they needed a solidly established government based on God’s Law. * Third, God had to prepare them for battle - they had to raise up and train an army to take the land. * This is symbolic of the church today - the church militant. * If we allow God to lead we’ll find He’ll most likely take us the opposite direction we think we need to go. * But God had to get Egypt out of Israel, not just Israel out of Egypt.
Exodus 14:14 (1/28/16)
Be Still & Keep Moving • January 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• The Israelites were walking in obedience, but now there was an army chasing them. • Fear - they took their eyes off God and put them on their situation. • Faith turns to fear when your focus begins to fade. • Two encouragements - one from Moses and one from God: • 1) Be still - like a tree in a storm - it stays put because it's roots go deep. • notice he didn't say "stand still" - they had stood still and God rebuked them for it. • Being still is a state of focus - Psalms 45:10 - keep their eyes on God and calm down. • 2) Keep Moving - don't stop moving forward on your path of obedience. • Take the next step. • While you're walking forward in obedience to what God has called you to do, be still in your heart and mind by focusing on Him!
Exodus 15:20-21 (1/28/16)
Leading from the Heart • January 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Up to this point we never see Miriam leading anything. • Then she was leading all the women, praising God for His mighty act of deliverance. • Think about Miriam's life - she was the sister of Moses who knew something was special about her brother. • For 80 years she had been watching what God was doing and seeing her brother as the central figure in their deliverance. • She was 87 when she led these women - because of what she had experienced she was now leading from the INSIDE-OUT! • The essence of true leadership comes from within - it's simply the outpouring of who you are. • Miriam never lost sight of God all those years, and when her faith intersected with God's faithfulness she burst into leadership! • When you lead from the heart like Miriam there's no such thing as burnout because you've experienced it for yourself.