“Exposing the Exodus”
What if? (Cont’d) – (Chapter 4 Verses 1-9)
How would Moses be able to convince the people of Israel, that he was sent by God, and that his message was authentic? Well, think in terms of evangelism, how can you convince someone that they are a sinner condemned before God? How can you even give them an anxious thought about their sin, and its eternal consequences? Let alone convince them that they need to be saved. Well then, neither can Moses convince these people, on his own, something more is required. He is about to lead God’s people out of Egypt, he is merely God’s spokesman, it is God himself who must convince the people concerning the appointment of Moses and the genuineness of his message. Therefore, the power of God’s Spirit must attend the ministry of Moses, any ministry in fact if it is to prevail on peoples hearts. Sure, a man needs to learn, be gifted to handle the word of God. He needs to learn doctrine and fine-tune his communication skills, all this and more. But in the final analysis, “once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God” (Psalm 62:11). God himself must visit the ministry of any man with his power, in order to effect salvation.
For there to be conviction, repentance, faith, conversion and new life, every blessing afforded us by God under the new covenant, is wrought by God. It is the sovereign working of God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity. But how is it worked you ask? As we wield the rod that God has placed in our hands, the word of the gospel, the god news concerning God’s Son Jesus Christ, “the gospel…the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). But, when God puts that rod into the hands of is people, that brings a responsibility upon them. To use it with fulness of confidence, i.e., from the latin “with faith.” To be able at all times to be able to give a defence of the Gospel, of the things that they have believed. We must be faithful to the Lord Jesus, always ready, to give good reason as to why we ourselve have this eternal hope, and doing so with gentleness and respect, “in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1Peter 3:15). The Lord must work. but must we his people.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)