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Moses: God's chosen leader

God calls Moses to lead His people out of slavery.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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After forty years as a shepherd, ‘... Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.’ Exodus 3:1 (NASB) – Slide 1
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed... When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Exodus 3:2 & 4 (NASB) – Slide 2
Then He said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said also, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Exodus 3:5-6 (NASB) – Slide 3
The Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians...’ Exodus 3:7-8a (NASB) – Slide 4
‘Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.’<br/>But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?’ Exodus 3:10-11 (NASB) – Slide 5
God told Moses: ‘But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.’ Exodus 3:19-20 (NASB) – Slide 6
‘I will grant this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbour and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.’ Exodus 3:21-22 (NASB) – Slide 7
The Lord said to Moses’ brother Aaron, ‘Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.’ So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.’ Exodus 4:27-28 (NASB) – Slide 8
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, “Work a miracle,” then you shall say to Aaron, “Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.”’ Exodus: 7:8-9. Pharaoh’s magicians duplicated this with two more snakes but Aaron’s staff swallowed up those snakes. – Slide 9
Pharaoh had a very hard heart. There were many more miracles of God that Moses and Aaron performed in hopes that Pharaoh would let the sons of Israel go. These are listed in Exodus 7 through 10. <br/>Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here...’ Exodus 11:1a (NASB) – Slide 10
The Lord said, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well.’ Exodus 11:4b-5 (NASB) – Slide 11
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.’ Exodus 12:1-2 (NASB). God gave directions to His people through Moses and Aaron so that this last plague would pass over and not harm them. Exodus 12:1-28 (NASB) – Slide 12
God commanded His people to kill a lamb. ‘The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.’ Exodus 12:13 (NASB) – Slide 13
‘And when your children say to you, “What does this rite mean to you?” you shall say, “It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.”’<br/> And the people bowed low and worshiped. Exodus 12:26-27 (NASB) – Slide 14
Now it came about at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, ... Pharaoh arose in the night, with all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.’ Exodus 12:29a-30 (NASB) Pharaoh told Moses to leave with his people. – Slide 15
The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, ‘We will all be dead.’<br/> The Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. Exodus 12:33 & 36 (NASB) – Slide 16
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