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Ken Fong - My God Cares - 2008-05-11

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Exodus 2:11-25

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Ken Fong - My God Cares - 2008-05-11

  1. 1. God Cares
  2. 2. Exodus 2 <ul><li>  11-12 Time passed. Moses grew up. One day he went and saw his brothers, saw all that hard labor. Then he saw an Egyptian hit a Hebrew—one of his relatives! He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. </li></ul><ul><li>  13 The next day he went out there again. Two Hebrew men were fighting. He spoke to the man who started it: &quot;Why are you hitting your neighbor?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  14 The man shot back: &quot;Who do you think you are, telling us what to do? Are you going to kill me the way you killed that Egyptian?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>    Then Moses panicked: &quot;Word's gotten out—people know about this.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Acting Like God <ul><li>‘ Prince’ Moses grew up appreciating how YHWH God had cared for him. But YHWH didn’t seem to care for the other Hebrews. </li></ul><ul><li>Tired of waiting, Moses chose to act like a God who cared. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Acting Like God <ul><li>‘ Prince’ Moses grew up appreciating how YHWH God had cared for him. But YHWH didn’t seem to care for the other Hebrews. Tired of waiting, Moses chose to act like a God who cares for his people. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something snapped when he saw an Egyptian brutally beating a fellow Hebrew. He attacked the evil Egyptian, killing him and then digging a hole in the sand to cover up his crime. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moses acted because he was tired of waiting for God to show that he cared. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But even though Moses that he was ACTING LIKE GOD, his fear of being seen and his covering up his actions exposed his lack of divine credentials. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hours later, still feeling like God’s avenging angel, he tried to break up a fight between two Hebrews. But they taunted him, exposing his crime and thus utter lack of divine credentials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moses panicked because his SIN wasn’t a secret! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s hard to claim you’re God’s hand of justice when HATRED is your motivator and VIOLENCE is your first choice of weapons. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>15 Pharaoh heard about it and tried to kill Moses, but Moses got away to the land of Midian. He sat down by a well. </li></ul><ul><li>  16-17 The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, filling the troughs and watering their father's sheep. When some shepherds came and chased the girls off, Moses came to their rescue and helped them water their sheep. </li></ul><ul><li>  18 When they got home to their father, Reuel, he said, &quot;That didn't take long. Why are you back so soon?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  19 &quot;An Egyptian,&quot; they said, &quot;rescued us from a bunch of shepherds. Why, he even drew water for us and watered the sheep.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  20 He said, &quot;So where is he? Why did you leave him behind? Invite him so he can have something to eat with us.” </li></ul>Exodus 2
  6. 6. <ul><li>Though a fugitive from Pharoah’s wrath, Moses was moved to action by the plight of the seven Midianite sisters. </li></ul><ul><li>Once again, he chose to act like God. </li></ul><ul><li>But this time he did it without killing anybody. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Though a fugitive from Pharoah’s wrath, Moses was moved to action by the plight of the seven Midianite sisters. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once again, he chose to act like God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But this time he did it without killing anybody. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If he’d only kept ignoring the plight of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt, Moses would have still been a prince of Egypt (comfort, privilege). But his rash and violent actions had made him a penniless nobody in a faraway foreign land . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrary to what Moses thought, God did care about the plight of his suffering people. Was in the process of transforming the soul of a former privileged prince into one who could truly identify with being a powerless “alien in a foreign land (22).” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Married a Midianite and raised two sons over the next 40 years (Acts 7:30). Unbeknownst to him, God was making him into the SAVIOR for the very oppressed people Moses thought he’d abandoned. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>23 Many years later the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out. Their cries for relief from their hard labor ascended to God: </li></ul><ul><li>  24 God listened to their groanings. God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw what was going on with Israel.   </li></ul><ul><li>God understood. </li></ul>Exodus 2
  9. 9. What suffering people today are struggling to believe that God is enough, that God truly cares? In what ways does the God who cares need to change us so that we can be God’s agents of justice and reconciliation? &quot;And the leaves of the TREE are for the healing of the nations&quot;

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