We are currently engaged in a three week sermon series about key characteristics of important Old Testament individuals. For the last week of the series it is important to recall the general ideas presented in the previous sermons. To help remember these things, I intend to summarize the main points from those sermons for you.
FAITH OF ABRAHAM
The main points for why Abraham’s life can be called a life of faith are as follows: (1) He chose to leave his home (2) He chose to be called Abraham (3) He chose to offer Isaac to God. These points are by no means all that describes the growth that Abraham went through. I tried to instill that these acts of faith were along a road of wavering trust in God. For example he also chose on two separate occasions to lie about his relationship with Sarah to try and avoid his own death. This did not show faith, but faithlessness. Also when he took Hagar and produced a child at Sarah’s request, he showed a wavering trust in God’s plan.
The emphasis though was that if you look at the overarching decisions in his life, he did have faith in God. That faith led him to action and allowed him the blessing of being the “Father of the Faithful”.
STRONG WILL OF MOSES
In the evening we discussed a few issues from the life of Moses that showed him to be strong willed. Those issues were as follows: (1) Killing the Egyptian (2) Interceding for the people (3) Accepting the consequences for his actions. The first thing that showed that Moses’ strong will was his boldness in trying to redeem his people by himself. When he killed the Egyptian taskmaster and hid his actions, he was moving towards his desire to be identified with his Hebrew kin. This was not the time for them to be redeemed because when he realized that his people knew of his actions and were not ready to be under his leadership he fled to Midian and became a husband and a shepherd for his new father-in-law.
In the second case we learned that when the people rebelled against God and His law, Moses was willing to stand in between God and the people and intercede on their behalf. This obviously was done to impress upon the readers the need for someone to stand in that gap and plead our case as our advocate. This was ultimately fulfilled by our Lord Jesus (1 John 2:1).
Finally we made note that at the end Moses life he exalted himself above God when bringing water from the rock. It was seemingly a minor act of faithlessness, but it was important enough to bar Moses from crossing over into the promised land. The lesson from this is that Moses was strong willed, so much so that he accepted the consequences for his actions and allowed God’s recompense to take effect.
Those points were made last week and this is simply a reminder so that when we continue forward we can hopefully all be on the same page. I encourage you to dive deeper into these individual’s characters and see who they really are in the text. There is so much more there for every one of these individuals.