SERIES: Exodus: Moses, God’s Man for the Hour
Moses: The Man in the Middle
SPEAKER: Brad Harper
Note: The manuscript of this sermon is unavailable. However, the outline is below.
Introduction: In Exodus 32 we are confronted with the very familiar story of the golden calf. It is an event that shows us how life under pressure brought God’s people to a time of crisis. In the midst of this crisis, we are shown the reactions of God, God’s people, and Moses, the man in the middle.
The people’s reaction to God’s absence
They took a short-term view of God.
They took a worldly view of God.
They took a self-serving view of life.
God’s reaction to the people’s sin
Out of his holiness, wrath.
Out of his sovereignty, patience.
Out of his righteousness, judgment.
Moses: the man in the middle
He recognized and condemned sin.
He took action against sin despite the personal consequences.
He was willing to sacrifice himself, even for a rebellious people.
Principles to ponder in a pressure-filled life:
Look beyond your circumstances and persist in focusing on the
awesomeness and faithfulness of God.
Look beyond the satisfaction of sin and focus on the judgment of God.
Be willing to set aside your own priorities to focus on the people of God.
An image to take with you: be a middleman!
Represent God to others.
Represent others to God.
DATE: August 25, 1991