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Doubt (4 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
We're taking this winter to study the Book of Exodus. And we've been saying every week that the journey of the Israelites is, in so many ways, our own journey. And for a couple of weeks now, the story has focused on one particular Israelite, named Moses. And in so many ways, the way God deals with Moses is the way God deals with us.
So, remember: the book of Exodus starts out in Egypt, where the people of Israel were being oppressed and used for slave labor. Moses was born to Hebrew parents but he was raised, for most of his life, in the palace of Pharaoh himself. But then he committed a murder and had to run for his life, and he wound up as a fugitive in a place called Midian.
So the action shifts to the desert of Midian, where Moses meets his wife, becomes a father, and it seems like he's going to live the rest of his life pretty boringly, as a shepherd in Midian. And then one day, after forty years, completely out of the blue, Moses encounters God. And we talked about this last week: God appears to Moses in the burning bush, and he says, ''I've seen the suffering of my people in Egypt, and I'm going to set them free!'' And Moses says, ''Awesome! You have my full support!'' And God says, ''Actually, I'm sending you to do it.''
So that's where we left off last week. And this week we're going to continue that same conversation that God had with Moses at the burning bush-it continues in chapter four. So here's what happened next-Exodus 4, verse 1:
1 Moses answered, ''What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?''
2 Then the LORD said to him, ''What is that in your hand?'' ''A staff,'' he replied. 3 The LORD said, ''Throw it on the ground.'' Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the LORD said to him, ''Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.'' So Moses re ...
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