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Rev. Virgil Jones
By Rev. Virgil JonesPastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Scripture: Exodus 3
Last week on The Moses Mission, we learned that God desires fellowship, faith, favor, fruitfulness and freedom for us. We learned that Moses lived a preserved and privileged life until God gave him his purpose. In his hideout in the desert, Moses discovered several things.
1. The Appearance: God appeared to Moses. When God appeared to Moses, it was an event Moses would never forget. God revealed Himself in a Burning Bush. The bush was burning but the leaves remained green and the trunk brown.
2. The Acknowledgment: Moses had to acknowledge what he saw. Moses could not look away for his inquisitive nature got the best of him. Being trained by the best teachers in Egypt taught him to be observant.
3. The Articulation: God told Moses what He wanted Moses to do. God instructed him to take off his shoes and listen. God gave him his mission.
4. The Answer: Moses had to respond to God's mission for his life. His mission was to deliver God's people from bondage. Beloved, each of us has a mission that we will have to answer to and we will be held accountable to that mission. Moses answered God in the affirmative in fear and trembling knowing that his Backer was the Great I AM.
5. The Approach: After accepting his mission, he had to approach the adversary. Beloved, accepting God's mission is not always a tiptoe through the tulips for sometimes it includes danger. The fugitive had to go home where he was a wanted man. Going home meant he could be arrested, tried, convicted of murder and receive the death penalty. Approaching Pharaoh meant facing death. The Moses Mission was a dangerous mission, which required faith. I'm a believer that if God can't protect you, you can't be protected.
6. The Activity: I am a witness that whatever God does, He does it well. The Scripture says that God hardened Pharaoh's heart.
By doing so, God was able to show Pharaoh some stuff he would never forget. God sent ten plagues that would prove once and for all that He was the only One worthy to be praised. Our God is not one that can be crafted in a cobbler's cove. Our God cannot be made in a manufacturer's ménage.
Our God does not have hands that cannot help, a heart that cannot heal, or feet that cannot find. All we have to do is trust Him and He will take care of the results. God wants us to be active in Him so He can be active in us.
7. The Aftermath: After the 10th and final plague where the first-born son of Pharaoh was killed and all other first-borns including livestock in the whole land of Egypt, Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites go. The Children of Israel would not be free until they got on the other side of the Red Sea with a drowned Pharaoh's Army in its wake. The Moses Mission, the man named after water, would reach its pinnacle at the water.
There was another people and another Moses. As early as the 1500s, slavery became a historical event that would mar the legacy of Great Britain's and later, America's humanity. On the guise of evangelism, the slave traders masqueraded their new business by capturing the dark-skinned and selling them to the light-skinned.
On the coasts of Africa, strange ships docked seeking cargo that lives and breathes. Millions of our ancestors would pass through the gates of no return in shackles and chains. Only the strongest would survive the long journey.
Arriving in their strange lands, they would be cleaned up and soap-boxed so that they could be sold to the highest bidder. Slavery in American was one of the most atrocious things this nation under God could ever do. Slavery in America proved there was no liberty and justice for all. Slavery in America idealized the notion that all men were not created equal.
Then there's Black Moses. To be continued...