Prologue: The Top Ten
The Top Ten Pt 1
6.19.11 Integrity Bud Wrenn
1) The three periods of 40 years each in Moses' life.
Acts 7:23-34 (NLT) 23 “One day when Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his relatives, the people of Israel. 24 He saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. So Moses came to the man’s defense and avenged him, killing the Egyptian. ….27 “But the man in the wrong pushed Moses aside. ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ he asked. 28 ‘Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian. There his two sons were born. 30 “Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. …..
Theme: God is always preparing us strategically for significant Kingdom impact.
2) The ten plagues
Exodus 7:1-7 (NLT) 1 Then the LORD said to
Moses, “Pay close attention to this. I will make you seem like God to Pharaoh,
and your brother, Aaron, will be your prophet. 2 Tell Aaron
everything I command you, and Aaron must command Pharaoh to let the people of
Israel leave his country. 3 But I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn
so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 Even
then Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you. So I will bring down my fist on
Egypt. Then I will rescue my forces—my people, the Israelites—from the land of
Egypt with great acts of judgment. 5 When I raise my powerful hand
and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.”
Theme: In His sovereignty, God is even willing to play on our terms.
3) Defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim
Exodus 17:8-13 (NLT) 8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. ...... 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
Theme: God often works in ways that make His participation obvious.
4) Landmark visit with Jethro his father-in-law
Exodus 18:13-23 (NLT)….. 14 When
Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked,
“What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this
alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” ….17 “This
is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed.
18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. ….19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, ……select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”
Theme: Success comes more through collaboration than individualism.
5) Why 40 years in the wilderness?
Numbers 14:26-35 (NLT) …. 29 You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. 30 You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 “‘You said your children would be carried off as plunder. Well, I will bring them safely into the land, and they will enjoy what you have despised. 32 But as for you, you will drop dead in this wilderness. 33 And your children will be like shepherds, wandering in the wilderness for forty years. In this way, they will pay for your faithlessness, until the last of you lies dead in the wilderness. 34 “‘Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years……
Theme: God's discipline will always be developmental.