Delivery Man • Moses
Ryan Story | Student Pastor
Name meanings fascinate me. When it came to naming my two sons, I had to make sure that their names had some substance behind them. Broly Ezra is my strong and valiant helper, and Ezekiel Gambit is my reminder that God strengthens with sacrifice. In almost every case in the Bible, a person’s name is a gateway into their personality. To prepare for Summer Camp this year, God placed on my heart to preach on Exodus, moreover about Pharaoh and the plagues. After studying Exodus, I read somewhere that Moses name means to “draw out” or “drawn out.”
Throughout the Bible, there are people or objects that are meant to be types of Christ. These types are meant to symbolize actions that Jesus would do. If you study any given story, you can see how God’s plan was being displayed thousands of years before Jesus entered the scene. Moses is a type of Christ that shows how Jesus would deliver us from the world. Moses was the man God used to lead the nation of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt to the Promised Land. While in Egypt, the king (Pharaoh) refused to listen to God or Moses. In similar means, the prince of this world refuses to let us leave. Because of God’s plan for Moses, he was able to be used to draw his people (also could be His people) away from the world and into a place of promise.
It is an amazing thought to realize that Jesus has drawn you out of the corrupt, sinful world in which you live. He has taken you from being a slave to being free. It should be a humble feeling knowing that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we who were once enslaved to a life of captivity are set free. 1 Peter 2:9 says what we are now, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Because Jesus came to deliver us from the world, we have hope.
From what have you been drawn out? There are people in our church who have been drawn out of a world of drugs and alcohol to living truly free from bondage. There are people in our church who have been drawn out of families where abuse and violence reigned, and now they have true peace in their homes. There are people who have been drawn out of wandering and aimlessness to being used by God for His purpose. How has Jesus drawn you out of the world? How can you go about celebrating that deliverance this Easter season?