“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them…’” (Exodus 3:7-8a).
When I think of the delivery man, I think of one thing in particular… pizza! I love pizza. I could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then warm up the leftovers for a midnight snack. I am particular about my pizza and just want meat on it, no veggies! Ahh, a nice warm “meatza” with flavored crust; there is nothing better in the world (okay- a bit of an exaggeration, but you get where I am going with this).
What is one of the best things about that fresh, hot, tasty (now I am starting to get hungry) pizza? You can have one delivered. I do not have to leave my house or miss any of the big game, and a guy knocks on my door delivering a slice of Heaven. Now this man did not make the pizza, and he most likely did not even take the order. He simply was used (or in most cases paid) to deliver a gift. Okay, maybe it is a “cheesy” analogy (okay, really now I am done), but throughout the Bible, we see many examples of God using men and women to deliver His people. From Noah to the Apostle Paul, we have many examples to study. One of the most famous deliverers used by God in the Bible is Moses. Christians and non-Christians alike know the famous story of God sending the plagues and parting the water, which ultimately led to the children of Israel being freed from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. There is a lot more to that story. Grab your Bibles and let us check it out.
How did the Israelites end up in Egypt? (see Genesis 47)
Why were the Egyptians afraid of the Israelites?
God’s children were crying out to Him in Exodus 2:24. Why were they?
God’s children, the Israelites, were slaves to the Egyptians, and they were subject to cruel and extreme measures to keep them captive and to control their population. Exodus 1:13-14 tells us, “So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.” They were beaten, dehumanized, and even killed to make sure they were kept in their place.
Exodus 2:23 adds, “During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.”
God's children were enslaved by the Egyptians, and they cried out for rescue, and God heard them and came to their rescue. He knew that on their own they would not be able to escape, and so He recruited a “delivery man” to help them.
Psalm 34:17 (NLT) says, “The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.”
What do you know about the life of Moses? (Hint: Check out the Book of Exodus)
How did God get Moses’ attention?
Exodus 3:10 says, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Where and what was Moses doing when he was called by God? Why was he there?
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something? Explain.
“God is calling you, equipping you, and preparing you according to His purpose.” Unknown
God has called us all to something. Whether that is sharing the Gospel with a family member, neighbor, coworker, or a friend, we are all given a mission to reach the world with the Good News of Jesus. However, I can think of many instances where I felt God lead me to do something and I fought with Him or made an excuse on why I should not do it. From giving money to something or someone to calling someone to apologize or work through an issue, God leads and directs us, and we need to respond to His calling.
How did Moses respond to God’s call in his life? (Read Exodus 3:11-22)
What excuses have you made to God?
Exodus 3:11 adds, “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’”
God used Moses to deliver His people from the hand of the Egyptians. He was used to do many miracles and to lead the people, but it was not easy. Moses was human after all and had many imperfections, character flaws, and he certainly made mistakes. Despite this, God continued to use him. God promised to deliver His people, and He did just that. He got the attention of Pharaoh and the Egyptians with several plagues, and on the tenth one, Pharaoh folded and released the Israelites from captivity. In Exodus chapter 12, we see the last plague unfold leading to Pharaoh telling Moses to take his people and go. This was not the end of the story as we know from reading the Old Testament because God had to use many other people to deliver His people. From Kings to Judges to Prophets, one thing we know is that God is faithful and He will deliver His people if they cry out to Him.
Isaiah 6:8 says, “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’”
I love the words that Isaiah speaks, “Here I am, Send Me!” These words are more than words; they are a mindset, God use me! There is a problem in this world, and it is called sin. Millions of people are enslaved to it. Just as the Egyptians were to the Israelites, sin is ruthless and will bind us in chains and eventually kill us. But God sent a Man to deliver us, and it was His Son. Jesus Christ died on the cross to deliver us from death and lead us into freedom, freedom from sin and freedom from death. What a message! Just like God called Moses to be His delivery man, we are also called to service. We have an incredible message that we can bring to the lost, in hopes that they will also be delivered from their sin. 2 Timothy chapter 2 tells us that we can be used as a vessel to reach the world. Will you accept that calling? Just like the pizza delivery guy, we need to deliver the precious gift of the Gospel on time, because we do not know how long we have to be used.
Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
How can God use you today?
Where is God sending you?