Yahweh’s Personal Message
Sermon 13 in Series
 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD.  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.  I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners.  Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.  Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.  I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’”  Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
 So the LORD said to Moses,  “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.”  But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”  But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. How have you seen God graciously and patiently relate to you in the midst of your own grumbling? How does God’s response in this passage provide instruction for fathers?
2. How does this passage illustrate our need to hear God’s Word in times of suffering? How have you seen God use Scripture to comfort and encourage during trials?
3. Why does God repeat his name throughout this passage? What does it mean to say that we should read the Bible to know God’s name?
4. What past and future actions does God draw attention to in his message? How does his activity in the Exodus serve as a picture of our salvation through Christ?
5. What does v. 7 tell us about the purpose of salvation? How does this root out false converts?
6. How do the people and Moses respond to God’s glorious message? How does God’s response to them reorient our lives towards obedience regardless of our circumstances?
References: Genesis 15:7; 28:13; 50:24; 15:13-14; 17:7; Exodus 4:22; John 17:3; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:15; 1 Peter 1:4; Matthew 5:5; Exodus 3:12.