Mt. Calvary COGIC Bible Study Dec. 8th

 

 

We will begin this lesson in Exodus 3:1 “Now Moses kept the flock

of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the

flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God,

[even] to Horeb.”

 

It appears that Moses, after forty years, was still working for his

father-in-law. Jethro and Reuel, as we said in the last lesson, were,

probably, the same person. Jethro means “his excellence”, which is a

title, and Reuel was his name. Here, we see Moses leading this flock

away from so many of the neighbor’s flock, to a place where,

probably, very few came.  The Mount of God, called Horeb here, was,

probably, Sinai.  At least, they were in the same range. This flock,

mentioned here, are, probably, sheep.  We see Moses for the last forty

years living a very peaceful life, settling down, and having a family,

and actually changing from a youthful forty to an old man of eighty

years. At any rate, he has had plenty of time to think about his life.

 

Exodus 3:2 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame

of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the

bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed.”

 

This appearance here, in my opinion, was actually the Spirit of the

Lord Jesus Christ. We know that the baptism that Jesus brings is the

baptism of fire, and also, Jesus is the Lord.  This was not a regular

fire, but the fire of the Spirit, because a regular fire would have

burned this bush up. This had to be the fire of the Spirit.  In

Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he

that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy

to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:”

This fire, I believe, is the Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

 

Exodus 3:3 “And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this

great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”

 

For this shepherd, it would not have been unusual to see a bush

catch on fire and burn up, but to see one on fire that did not burn up

had caught Moses’ attention, and he went to investigate this phenomenon.

 

Exodus 3:4 “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God

called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here [am] I.”

 

Here, we see the call of Moses to a very great task.  God calls to

each of us, but some of us do not answer, “Here am I”.  Notice, here,

that the Spirit of God can appear in any form. God is a Spirit, We see

in John 4:24 in Jesus’ own words, because it is printed red in the

Bible, John 4:24 “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must

worship [him] in spirit and in truth.” You see, God does not have to

conform to what we believe.  We believe, when He does it His way.  We

see, here, the Spirit of God speaking to Moses from the bush.

 

    Exodus 3:5 “And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes

from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy

ground.”

 

This, to me, is something that we all forget from time to time.

In the presence of God is holy ground. I feel that our place of

worship, is a holy place, and should be approached with great respect.

The actual room in the church where the preaching takes place, I

believe, should be treated with great respect. There should be no

eating, or drinking, or even really loud talking. This one place, I

believe, should be set aside as a special place to come and talk with

God. Our society has gotten far too casual with God. God deserves our

respect and worship.

 

Exodus 3:6 “Moreover he said, I [am] the God of thy father, the

God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid

his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.”

 

Here, again, we see that this was, probably, the one we know as Jesus,

because He is the God of the faithful. Abraham was the father of the

faithful, as we see in Galatians 3:6 “Even as Abraham believed God,

and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:7 “Know

ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children

of Abraham.” Probably, Moses had been taught by his Hebrew mother to

reverence God.  Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

 

Exodus 3:7  “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction

of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason

of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;”

 

The Lord was telling Moses that He was aware of the terrible cruelty

these taskmasters had shown the Israelites.  God is not unaware of

our problems. He not only knows, but cares. If we cry out to Him for

help, He is always there to answer.  In the case of these Israelites,

they were a long time asking, but now God had heard them and was about

to free them.

 

Exodus 3:8 “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of

the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land

and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place

of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the

Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”

 

Notice, here, that it was God who would deliver them.  Moses was the

instrument God used, but it was God who delivered. This desert land of

Egypt had become a real heartache.  By this time, they had cultivated

the land around Goshen to the extent that the land was not producing

like it first did.  God was promising these descendents of Abraham a

better life. This promised land that God was promising is about 11,000

square miles, and would be large enough to handle this approximately

three million people.  However, it is a very small area compared to

other countries.  It is approximately the size of one of the smaller

states here in the U.S.  This land, when God was speaking to Moses, was

already occupied by ungodly people.  This was, however, the land that

God promised Abraham a few hundred years before. God had given these

people, who were in the land, a space to repent of their evil ways; and

they had not, and now the Israelites were to claim their inheritance.

 

Exodus 3:9 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of

Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith

the Egyptians oppress them.” Exodus 3:10 “Come now therefore, and I

will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people

the children of Israel out of Egypt.”

 

God is always in sympathy with the oppressed.  He was even more in

sympathy with the Israelites, for they were His covenant people. God is

always against those who are cruel to others, and that certainly was the

case here. These Egyptian taskmasters had been very cruel. Here, we

see God telling Moses exactly what his (Moses’) call was. He was to go

to Pharaoh and represent all the Israelites. Moses was commanded of

God to bring them out of Egypt.  Sometimes, the things that God calls

us to do seems very near impossible to carry out; but we must remember

that when God calls us to do a task, He will see to it that it is

possible for us to do it.

 

Exodus 3:11  “And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should

go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel

out of Egypt?”

 

Here, we see Moses, humble, believing that he was not capable of

doing this job that God had called him to do.  Some have called Moses

the most humble man who ever lived, except for Jesus. One of the

reasons God calls anyone to service for Him, is because He realizes

that within themselves they cannot do the job.  God doesn’t call

someone to work for Him, because he can already do whatever He has

called him for.  God wants to work through us.  The only thing we

need to do, is be willing to be used of God. One of the very first

things those working for God must realize, is that within ourselves we

do not have the power, or know-how to accomplish the job at hand. We

must totally submit ourselves to God.  It is His power in us, not our

own power, that gets the job done.  God just wants a willing vessel. He

will furnish the ability and power (from Him) to accomplish the task.

I say one more time, the most important attribute God is looking for is

someone who knows they can’t do the job. They must know that God,

working in them, gets the job done. All He wants us to say is “Here am

I, send me”. A willing, humble heart is what God is looking for. If we

are proud of ourselves and self-sufficient, He can’t use us. Moses

knows that he tried to help an Israelite brother and had to flee for

his life. He knows that this venture will fail if Moses has to depend

upon himself. God had made a good choice. Moses knows his need for God

working in him. We, too, must realize to accomplish anything for God,

we have to just be an open vessel. We must receive from God ourselves,

and use this power from God to work.  God does it. We just furnish the

body. The nearer we are to God, the more we feel capable of doing the

things He has called us to. In our weakness, God is strong. Our

sufficiency is of God, and not ourselves.  I cannot say it enough. We

are not capable within ourselves to do anything for God. We must allow

the Holy Spirit of God to work in us and through us. The power is

God’s power, not our own.

Exodus Chapter One (Mt. Calvary Bible Study)

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Exodus 1:2 “Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,”

 

Exodus 1:3 “Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,”

 

Exodus 1:4 “Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.”

 

We see Reuben mentioned first, because he was the oldest son.

Reuben displeased his father greatly when he practiced incest with his

father’s concubine, Bilhah.  This is a terrible sin, and Reuben was

disinherited for this sin.  (Genesis 35:22) Simeon and Levi, as you

recall, were not much better.  We recall the cruelty of these, and the

embarrassment they caused their father.  We see in these sons of

Jacob, really, a group of men with many faults.  They really were not

very likely material for the spiritual leadership that God had called

them to.  We see here, already, the symbol of God choosing people of

low estate to do mighty jobs for Him.  God will take this lowly lot

(except for Joseph and perhaps Benjamin) and cause them to be the

heads of the twelve tribes of Israel.  As I said, again we see in this

that God takes worldly people and changes them into the leaders of His

church.  Twelve is a symbolic number, three means the trinity of God,

and four is the universal number; so we see in these twelve that God

is the God of the universe.  We see throughout the Bible, and

particularly in Exodus, the number twelve being a representative

number of the whole.

 

We see, in this list, the names of the wives’ children first.

Joseph’s name is excluded because he was already in Egypt.  You

remember from Genesis that his brothers had sold him as a slave.  The

servant girls’ children were listed last. In fact, Leah’s children

were even named before Rachel’s child, because Leah was Jacob’s first

wife.

 

We looked before into the meaning of their names in Genesis so we

will not belabour that point here.

 

Exodus 1:5 “And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob

were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt [already].”

 

This is just speaking of the families of Jacob and his sons and

their families in Egypt.  We remember from the lessons in Genesis that

Joseph realized that his being sold into Egypt was part of God’s plan

for the provision of the covenant people.  They must be preserved at

all cost.  Joseph (a type of Christ) forgave his brethren and provided

for their needs.  Joseph had left specific instructions not to leave

his bones in Egypt, but to carry them to the Promised Land to be

permanently buried.  He believed God would keep His promise and

deliver His people.

 

Exodus 1:6 “And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that

generation.”

 

They were to be 430 years in Egypt, and all of the 12 brothers had

died and now a new generation was carrying on in the place of their

fathers.

 

Exodus 1:7  “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and

increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and

the land was filled with them.”

 

God’s blessings were not just material in nature.  Children are

blessings from God.  Especially, Hebrews, believe that many children

mean that God has blessed you abundantly.  They believed it was a

curse not to have children.  They were no threat to the Egyptians

when there were just 70 people, but now that they were near 3

million, it is a totally different story.

 

Exodus 1:8 “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew

not Joseph.”

 

As we said, as long as Joseph was alive, the Pharaoh remembered

what he (Joseph) had done for Egypt.  With the new leader, there was

no memory of this.  He had not known Joseph, and he had not lived

during the famine; and he felt no obligation to this mass of

foreigners living in his land.

 

Exodus 1:9 “And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the

children of Israel [are] more and mightier than we:”

 

Exodus 1:10 “Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they

multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war,

they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and [so] get

them up out of the land.”

 

Here we see fear gripping this new ruler.  These Israelites were

growing in such numbers that he actually feared that they would

overthrow the Egyptian government.  He believed that they might even

join in with Egypt’s enemies and turn against Egypt; after all, they

were foreigners.  He wanted to be sure this will not happen.  We will

see in the next few verses that this monarch believed if he could work

them enough, they would stop multiplying and would be too worn out to

mount up against the government.

 

Exodus 1:11 “Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to

afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure

cities, Pithom and Raamses.”

 

 

This meant that they were forced to labor for the government by

cruel overseers.  These treasure cities were actually encampments of

war materials handy to be used to squelch any and all attacks that

came against Egypt.  The word “Pithom” means abode of the sun.

 

Some believe that the miracles of Moses took place in this same Raamses. This forced labor, as we said, was to keep them worn out so they couldnot fight against Egypt.  This ruler in Egypt was also using this free labor to build mighty monuments.  We will see as we go on in this book of Exodus, how we Christians were in bondage to the world of sin

before our Deliverer comes and sets us free.  This cruel ruler here

afflicting these people ( physical Israel), shows us of our great

affliction by Satan until we receive the free gift of salvation

through our Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

When you are WEAK…Then you can be STRONG!


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 II Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

     Paul's weakness in his flesh just allowed the spirit to work in
him more fully. Paul knows that there will be no mistaking where his
strength comes from. II Timothy 2:12 "If we suffer, we shall also
reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us:" Paul,
knowing this, was happy to suffer for Christ's sake.

     II Corinthians 12:11 "I am become a fool in glorying; ye have
compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in
nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing."

     Even though Paul had this weakness in the flesh, he still used
all of his time to further the kingdom of God. He, even more than the
other apostles, fulfilled the great commission. Mark 16:15 "And he
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature."  Paul went to many countries and carried the gospel
message. He, also, did it the way Jesus had commanded. Matthew 10:8 "
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give."  All of these signs of ministry
followed Paul.

     II Corinthians 12:12 "Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought
among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds."

     Paul did heal the sick and cast out devils. In all of the
ministry the Lord Jesus brought, the most important thing was to
preach the gospel. On the trip to Rome, when Paul was shipwrecked, the
people thought Paul to be a god, when he threw the poison serpent off,
after it bit Paul. Paul had to tell the people not to worship him.

    

The Violent Take it By Force

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Anger and aggression without the leading of God is evil, anger and aggression WITH God gets results. God never meant for his people to be SPINELESS! 365 times the Bible tells Believers to FEAR NOT. The Bible often refers to us as SOLDIERS, what do soldiers do? They FIGHT. Christ soldiers have to fight also, but the weapons of OUR warfare are NOT carnal, our primary weapon is the WORD of God and PRAYER, unfortunately the Body of Christ knows very little about the Word of God because it has been HIGH-JACKED by false prophets and teachers that have convince the Church that the primary message is money and prosperity. The Prosperity message has weakened…no CASTRATED the CHURCH. We focus on what “God can do FOR US” not what WE CAN DO FOR GOD!

Every Believer in America needs to repent and ask God for forgiveness and mercy for neglecting to do His will, and the primary thing is the evangelization of this world, we lift up Preachers, Politics, and Prosperity in America NOT JESUS!!! Repent while we can saints.

We have allowed the devil to divide us by RACE, Political Parties, and Denominational DOGMA that has very little to do with the SIMPLE PLAN of Salvation!

When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the church, he did so not to create a denomination, as some believe. Martin Luther wanted to correct anti-biblical practices being promoted in the church. The main theme revolved around the practice of “selling indulgences”. What the church was doing was convincing people that they could “pay” their family members out of purgatory. The church did this primarily to finance the Popes greed and desire to finance the Cistene Chapel in Rome. Now we Protestants read this stuff in Church History books and we gasp, yet how many of us “enlightened” Spirit-filled Protestants that know of Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers in our Protestant churches that “sell blessings” today. We have become what we “Protested” years ago….a corrupted church. Time to rise up and attack the forces of darkness with prayer and SOUND BIBLE TEACHING!

M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

 

 

We Need a New Reformation

 

When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the church, he did so not to create a denomination, as some believe. Martin Luther wanted to correct anti-biblical practices being promoted in the church. The main theme revolved around the practice of “selling indulgences”. What the church was doing was convincing people that they could “pay” their family members out of purgatory. The church did this primarily to finance the Popes greed and desire to finance the Cistene Chapel in Rome. Now we Protestants read this stuff in Church History books and we gasp, yet how many of us “enlightened” Spirit-filled Protestants that know of Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers in our Protestant churches that “sell blessings” today. We have become what we “Protested” years ago….a corrupted church.

M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

The Vision for THE Church (It’s Time to Run)

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Habakkuk 2:2 
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

WHAT is the Vision?

The first thing God shows you is He shows you the What?  He shows you what He’s going to do.  The big mistake we make once we have a sense of what God wants to do is trying to accomplish it on our own. Inevitably we fall flat on our faces and come crawling back to God saying, “Oh, God.  I’m so sorry.  What did I do?  Did I miss the vision?  You told me what You were going to do and I went out and tried to accomplish it and fell flat on my face.  Did I miss the vision?”

 

WHERE are you planted?   What is your present assignment?

 

And God will say to you, “No, you didn’t.  You just didn’t wait for part two.  I told you what I was going to do but you didn’t wait to find out How I was going to do it.”  When God shows you how it always seems to be the opposite way that you thought. And once you see the What and the How you’re still not finished.  There’s a third part of the vision.

 

HOW is not our concern it is GOD’s

God will provide the resources and the means to make the VISION come to pass!

 

WHEN??? Timing is everything

God shows you When.  The longer that I’m alive and the longer I walk with the Lord and the longer I’m in ministry the more I’m convinced that God’s timing is perfect.  He is never a minute early, He is never a minute late, He is always right on time.  These are the three parts to getting God’s vision – What, How and When.  And you must wait for all three parts for God to work in your life. (When the door opens you MUST enter in)

Rev. Dr. Mark H. Stevens