Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2000

Life of Moses #5

God does not arbitrarily pick people for mercy, and people to "harden" (Rom 9:14-18). Historical context is important: personal and national issues that Paul references. The rise and fall of nations is not an accident, but a direct consequence of their openness or opposition to God's will (Exo 5:1-2). Jesus Christ controls history; there are at least four evidences from scripture: (1) After the resurrection Christ is in charged (Psa 2:1-12, Act 13:33); (2) Christ will reign from Jerusalem; the Lord is Priest and King; Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; His military defeat of enemies is sure (Psa 110:1-7); (3) Jesus has ultimate authority (Joh 5:22, Mat 28:18); (4) We have a hope in Christ - He is rich because of us as His inheritance; the power exerted during Jesus' resurrection is the power He is now directing toward us; He has been given dominion (Eph 1:15-23). (5) History supports and gives evidence to the promise given to Abraham (Gen 12:1-3). Comfort and confidence for us: Every power is ordained by God (Rom 13:1). God is working toward his eternal purpose (Isa 46:10, Eph 9:1, Eph 9:11). All things are working for good to the faithful believer (Rom 8:28). Preview: Moses was warned by God about Pharaoh (Exo 3:19, Exo 4:21, Isa 46:10); Pharaoh hardens his own heart before God confirms it. Process: Pharaoh was considered a god (Exo 5:1-2); Moses says God brought the trouble on Israel and Egypt. Moses knows God is in control (Exo 5:3-23). Performance: God says "I will harden Pharaoh's heart" (Exo 9:34-35) but not until Pharaoh hardens his own (Exo 7:3, Exo 7:13-14, Exo 7:22, Exo 8:15-32, Exo 9:12). Hebrews chapters 3 & 4 reminds the Jews of the choices the Exodus generation made. There comes a point when God chooses for us, when Mercy and Grace is withdrawn.

Scripture References: John 5:22, Exodus 9:12, Ephesians 9:1, Exodus 5:1-2, Psalms 110:1-7, Exodus 8:15-32, Isaiah 46:10, Isaiah 46:10, Acts 13:33, Exodus 7:22, Romans 13:1, Exodus 4:21, Psalms 2:1-12, Exodus 7:13-14, Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 3:19, Exodus 5:1-2, Exodus 7:3, Ephesians 1:15-23, Romans 8:28, Romans 9:14-18, Exodus 9:34-35, Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 9:11, Exodus 5:3-23

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