Ex 3:7                                    I Have Heard the Cry of My People                    6/21/2009            ßà   

  • The Call of God to a Shepherd (Ex 3:1, Gen 25:2, Ps 78:70-71, Am 7:14-15, John 10:14-16)

 

 

 

#1.       The Burning Thorn Bush (Ex 3:2-5, Luke 6:44, Gal 3:13, Matt 12:36)

 

 

 

  • Holy Ground (Ex 3:5-6)

 

 

 

#2.       I Have Seen the Affliction of My People (Ex 3:7-9, Ps 106:44-45, Mic 7:18)

 

 

 

  • I Have Heard Their Cry (Ex 3:7,10, Acts 7:34)

 

 

 

#3.       I Am Come Down to Deliver Them (Ex 3:8-9, 1Cor 2:2, Matt 22:41-46, John 6:38, Ex 6:6-8)

 

 

 

  • Do We Have Such Compassion? (Ex 3:10, Matt 12:30, John 4:35-36)

 

 

 

#4.       Ten Assignments (Ex 3:11-22)

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 3:1 (2X). Last week we have seen that the children of Israel came into Egypt, and they were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied very greatly. And the Egyptians were afraid of them, and the Egyptians enslaved them, and the Egyptians tried to slow the growth of the Israelite population by oppressing them, but even severe oppression did not work to slow the growth of the children of Israel. Then God gave them a baby, who was rescued by the daughter of Pharaoh, and she called the baby Moses. And Moses lived in the palace of Pharaoh 40 years, and Moses increased in Godly wisdom and in stature. Moses was not only trained as a warrior and a leader of a mighty army, but Moses learned to think for himself. Moses began to despise the life of luxury and sin in the palace, and to long for leadership to lead the army of the children of God out of their slavery in Egypt. But then the great disappointment came: They did not want him as their leader. And so, Moses left the Egyptian civilization entirely, and he wandered in the desert as far as Midian. It means that Moses, after having left Egypt, wandered for many days across the Sinai Peninsula, around the Gulf of Aqaba, and into Arabia, for there is where the Midianites lived. And there is where Moses was introduced to a priest of Midian, named Reuel, also named Jethro, and Moses married one of Jethro’s daughters, Zipporah, and he fathered two children with her, Gershom and Eliezer.

Who is Midian? We read in Gen 25:2 that Midian was one of the sons of Abraham by his second wife Keturah. The tribe of Midian grew exceedingly, like the tribe of Israel did, and they occupied land east of the Dead Sea, southward all the way into Arabia. Which God did they serve? Midian learned about Jehovah God from Abraham, and that is why Moses could speak with Jethro about what Jehovah had done for them. But the tribe of Midian did not have an extensive knowledge of who God is, for only the nation of Israel had a man like Moses who could compile the words of God in what is known as the Pentateuch. And herein we can see the exclusivity of God’s salvation program. In the picture that God is painting in the story of Exodus, only the children if Israel were the elect children of God, the children of the promise, the children on whom God’s favor rested. Only the rescue of the children of Israel out of Egypt was a picture of God’s eternal love and mercy for His children. There was no other tribe in the world who could be called “God’s Children.” But from Heb 3 we know that God only develops this historical background for us to give us a picture of how He deals at any moment in time with those who are truly His children, those who were chosen in Christ from before the foundation of the world.  And so, when we look for the spiritual meaning of Midian, they represent those who are with us in the same church today, but they worship another god, who is not the God of the Bible. The exclusivity of God’s salvation program dictates that only God’s elect are given the faith unto salvation from God the Holy Spirit, for only the elect of God are made “born from above” by God the Holy Spirit. And exactly how this process of being “born from above” for each individual plays out in history is shown to us in parabolic language in the Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. Their exodus is a delivery out of the hands of bondage to sin and Satan, and into the hands of Christ, who has purchased them on the cross.

  • The Call of God to a Shepherd (Ex 3:1, Gen 25:2, Ps 78:70-71, Am 7:14-15, John 10:14-16)

Now we enter a time that is 40 years after Moses left Egypt. By this time Moses is 80 years old. He lived 40 years in the palace of Pharaoh, and 40 years as a humble shepherd. We read in Ex 3:1,

Ex 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.

Moses was very disappointed with the response he received from the children of Israel. He had 40 years to think about his failed aspirations of leadership, and by now he had completely settled in his mind that he was going to be a shepherd until he died. Moses had received a blow to his pride, and he has built up resentment against the children of Israel. If they refused the excellent opportunity he had given them to escape out of Egypt, if they prefer to act that stupid, then let them rot in their miserable condition, and let them die in slavery. And so, Moses had it settled in his mind never to go back to Egypt again. But God had other plans for Moses. 40 years earlier Moses was a proud man. But now he had become a humble man, and according to God he was just right for the job. Moreover, Moses had now experience as a caring shepherd. Moses has experienced to be gentle with those ewes that are with young. Moses has experienced to give love and care to the little lambs. In fact, Moses knew each one of his flock by name, and they knew him. Moses was a gentle and humble shepherd. He was exactly the shepherd God was looking for. And then we remember that God has a tendency to choose shepherds to lead His people along the narrow way that leads to eternal life. For example, we find in Ps 78:70-71,

Ps 78:70-71  He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

And God also selected Amos to be a shepherd to His people. We find in Am 7:14-15,

Am 7:14-15  Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

And God also made the Lord Jesus Christ to be a Shepherd for His people. We find in John 10:14-16

Joh 10:14-16  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

And so, the call of God to a shepherd like Moses was exactly how God operates. Let us look now at how God called His servant Moses, and how God’s appearance is full of symbolism. We read in Ex 3:2,

#1.       The Burning Thorn Bush (Ex 3:2-5, Luke 6:44, Gal 3:13, Matt 12:36)

Ex 3:2-5  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. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 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. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

First of all, the Angel of the Lord in verse 2 is called “the LORD” and “God” in verse 4. This proves that the Angel of the LORD is not an angel, but is a theophany, an appearance of God in some kind of form. God called Moses personally out of the fire. Secondly, why did God choose this type of disguise? In verse 4 God called to him out of the midst of the bush. God chose to appear in the form of a prickly bramble bush. From three OT references and from one NT reference we understand that the bramble bush is a cursed bush. For example we read in Luke 6:44, “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.” Thirdly, in verse 8 God spoke of delivering His people out of the house of bondage, and bringing them into a good land flowing with milk and honey. This is the figure of speech of salvation: taking us out of the house of Satan and bringing us into a land where the Gospel is flowing abundantly. Therefore, since salvation is in view, Christ is also in view. And thus, the bramble bush represents the Lord Jesus Christ. Put a sticker here in Ex 3, for we will be returning there many times, and please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Galatians, Gal 3:13 (2X). Fourthly, if Christ is in view, then the cross of Christ is also in view. The bramble bush was engulfed in a flame of fire, and fire usually represents Hellfire. When Christ went to the cross He had to endure what we would have to endure for our sins, which is an eternity in Hell. And thus, to satisfy the righteousness of God the Lord Jesus Christ had to suffer the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for our sins. Anything less than that would not suffice to satisfy the righteousness of God. All this is in complete agreement with other parts of Scripture. For example we read in Gal 3:13,

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Christ has been placed under the curse that we deserved for our sins. God made that abundantly clear by hanging Him on a tree. God waited in history until the Romans came on the scene in the land of Palestine, and the Romans brought with them the cruel way of execution by crucifying that person on a wooden cross. This is what it means to hang Him on a tree. It means that He was under the curse of God. In the final judgment those who are under the curse of God will be cast into Hell. If Christ had to pay for our sins something equivalent to the penalty that we deserve, then He had to pay the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. That is why Christ appeared to Moses as a cursed thorn bush which was burning in a flame of fire, but the bush was not consumed, for Christ is also God, and God cannot be consumed. If Christ is not God, then we do not have a Savior, for only God is able to give Christ the strength to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. Therefore, it is a horrible idea to believe that Christ paid for the sins of all mankind. This is a doctrine spawned by Satan. If Christ had to pay for the sins of all mankind, then He had to endure a hundred times more than He needed to endure. And what for? Why would Christ be required to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for people who themselves are going to Hell? Why would Christ have to endure Hell for the sins of those who shall be accountable for their own sins? For the Lord Jesus said in Matt 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Every sin, even as small as an idle word, shall be held accountable on the Day of Judgment. But the sins that were committed by the elect of God have already been paid, and they will not be remembered on the Day of Judgment. Let us now consider the message that Christ brought to Moses. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus,

  • Holy Ground (Ex 3:5-6)

Ex 3:5-6  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 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.

The place whereon thou standest is holy ground, because God is there present in a special way. When Joshua met the Captain of the army of the Lord, He said to Joshua in Jos 5:15,

Jos 5:15  And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Again, the place whereon thou standest is holy ground, because God is there present in a special way. The temple of God is there. Another example is shown at the time when the entire nation of Israel had to cross the river Jordan, which represented Hell, so that they could enter the Promised Land. The priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant walked to the river Jordan. As soon as the feet of the priests touched the edge of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan River instantly receded for several miles, so that the children of Israel could safely cross the Jordan on dry ground. Moreover, when we are saved, God dwells in us in a special way. Is then the ground on which we stand holy? Absolutely yes! And that is why we must remember not to go to those places which we can identify as the backyard of the devil. We must be careful not to make the backyard of the devil holy ground. And that is also the reason why we must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for the temple of God may not be contaminated with the temple of idols. Let us now continue with Christ’s message to Moses.

#2.       I Have Seen the Affliction of My People (Ex 3:7-9, Ps 106:44-45, Mic 7:18)

Ex 3:7-9  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; 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. 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.

Christ said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in the house of bondage.” And

even though their predicament is of their own making, I have compassion on My people, and I want to help them. In the beginning I made Adam good. But Adam listened to the voice of his wife, and she has listened to the voice of Satan, and so Adam experimented with the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which had as a consequence that he plunged all his posterity into slavery for Satan. And like I had mercy on Adam, I would like to be merciful to these sons of Adam, for they do not know what they are doing. They were born in the house of bondage, they have lived all their life in bondage to sin and Satan, they do not know any better, but they do know that they are suffering in the house of bondage, for their suffering has increased lately. They are helpless people, because they cannot help themselves. They cannot set themselves free from the oppression by Satan and his host; just like the children of Israel were in the land of Egypt, and Egypt was surrounded by deserts and a great sea, and so the children of Israel could not liberate themselves from this great house of bondage. In like manner these helpless people cannot help themselves. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 106:44 (2X). We have here a Psalm where God portrays the nation of Israel totally as His people, His elect. And God says of His saving work that “He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power to be known.” And then God writes in Psalm 106:44-45,

Ps 106:44-45  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

He remembered for them His covenant”, which means that God remembered the covenant that He made before the foundation of the world with all those whose names He put in Christ. He remembered them according to the multitude of His mercies, for we have a merciful God. God says in Mic 7:18,

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

O yes, our God delights in mercy. But the stubbornness of man causes Him to be merciful only to those whom He chose to reveal His covenant. The mind of natural man simply cannot conceive of a salvation that is absolutely free, because God’s grace is absolutely free.

  • I Have Heard Their Cry (Ex 3:7,10, Acts 7:34)

Ex 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;

When we look back on our own lives, and we remember the time when our heart was finally open to receive the words from God, we remember that most of the time it was after we have been chastened severely, and we have exhausted all other avenues. Then, when the slave drivers have done their job, only then are we willing to listen to God’s words. Only then did we consider that perhaps someone else might have a better idea. And then we have to admit that God was wiser than we thought, and that God did have a better idea how we should run our lives, and that God did have a better idea how we should be merciful toward others, and that only God can instruct us how we should worship Him.

But now we are confronted with God’s demand that we must let others know what He has done for us. We must become missionaries to other people who have not yet heard that God can be merciful. And this was essentially what God told Moses, for God said to Moses in Ex 3:10,

Ex 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.

Moses, I have heard their cry, and it is serious. I will send you to the children of Israel with messages from Me, and My Holy Spirit shall do the work in their hearts so that they will believe you. And I will send you to Pharaoh who initially will not believe you, but who will later let you go after that he has felt my power. When Stephen recounts the acts of Moses, before he gets stoned to death, he says in Act 7:34,

Ac 7:34  I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

Moses, you must be my missionary. You must bring My messages to the children of Israel, and they will hear, for their slave drivers have done their job. The people are now desperate to hear someone with a message of deliverance from this bondage that we have endured all our lives.

#3.       I Am Come Down to Deliver Them (Ex 3:8-9, 1Cor 2:2, Matt 22:41-46, John 6:38, Ex 6:6-8)

Ex 3:8-9  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. 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.

And how does God plan to deliver His people out of the hand of the Egyptians? First of all He will send the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of all His elect, for none will be delivered if they still bear the guilt of their sins. None will be delivered if they are still on the way to Hell. And thus we can see that again the cross of Christ is in view. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul exclaimed in

1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

All pertinent things pertaining to deliverance and salvation lead to the cross of Christ. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 22:41 (2X). There is no salvation without the cross of Christ. The Lord Jesus also knew this, and therefore during His life on this earth the Lord Jesus prepared the religious rulers to become envious of Him to such an extent that they wanted Him dead. In addition, He prepared them what to ask Him when they arranged the mock trial from where they finally send Him to the cross. We read in Matt 22:41-46,

Mt 22:41-46  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?  And no man was

able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Here the Lord Jesus indicated that Messiah was a descendant of David, and at the same time He was God the Son, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, who was portrayed in Daniel chapter 7 as the Son of man who received authority and power and an everlasting Kingdom which shall not pass away. When the Lord Jesus claimed to be this Son of man, the religious rulers could accuse Him of blasphemy, which could cost Him the death penalty. But here in Matt 22 we see that the Lord Jesus deliberately led the Scribes and Pharisees to think in this direction, to make certain that He had to go to the cross. The Lord Jesus said in John 6:38,

Joh 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Therefore were His actions such that after a 3½ year ministry He would be crucified. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 6:6 (2X). It is hard for students of the Scriptures to grasp the spiritual meaning of the Exodus out of Egypt. But it is simply this: God gave us a portrait of deliverance from Egypt and from Pharaoh, which actually means that God brought deliverance from sin and from Satan. This means that the message of Christ crucified must be brought by and evangelist, “for faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”, which is equivalent to God sending Moses to tell the children of Israel that their deliverance is at hand. And thus, God says in Ex 6:6-8, 

Ex 6:6-8  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

Notice that God says in Ex 6:6, “and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments”, where both the stretched out arm and the great judgments refer to the cross. This is how God saves in the NT era, and this is likewise how God saved in the OT era. But are we willing to be used by God to accomplish this delivery? Please turn again to Ex 3:10 (2X).

  • Do We Have Such Compassion? (Ex 3:10, Matt 12:30, John 4:35-36)

Ex 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.

The command Moses received seems somewhat subdued and weak, as if Moses could get away with refusing to go. Moses could not get away with it, for Christ laid down this principle in Matt 12:30,

Mt 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

This is plain speech. But some people still do not understand it. The Lord Jesus said: If you are not with Me when I gather the souls of men, you are against Me. If you are with Me, most likely you are not against Me. But if you are not gathering with Me, you will be scattered, and you will be hopelessly confused. And you will lose any insight in the Gospel you might have had. Come, show compassion for those who are dying without Christ, for they are going into a Christless universe where Satan will be their tormentor and Satan knows no mercy. Christ is asking us, Will you be My instrument? Will you be the one whom I can call My ambassador? Will you be honored to be ruling at My side? In the Gospel of John the Lord Jesus observed that the fields were already ripe unto harvest. We read in John 4:35-36,

Joh 4:35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Joh 4:36  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

And this is indeed true. Anyone who has ever witnessed, and has observed how God has prepared the souls of men to receive the Gospel, has rejoiced in this. God prepares His work beforehand, so that we just walk through it and we receive the honor of having done our work faithfully.

#4.       Ten Assignments (Ex 3:11-22)

Ex 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?

But God did not come to Moses unprepared. God laid out before Moses a definite plan of ten action items. And these ten action items will be to Moses a sign that he is doing the job right.

#1.            You shall bring the whole nation of Israel here, and worship Me here on this mountain.

Ex 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

#2. You shall mention My Name; I am the one who existed from everlasting.

Ex 3:13  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

Ex 3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

#3. You shall mention My name as I have been known by your forefathers.

Ex 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

#4. Speak to the elders of Israel, and bring them the Good News.

Ex 3:16 ¶  Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

#5. And give them My promise that I will deliver them out of the affliction of Egypt.

Ex 3:17  And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

#6. And they shall believe you, for I will send My Holy Spirit to convince them.

Ex 3:18  And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him,

#7. And then you shall go to Pharaoh and ask him to release you.

The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.

#8. But Pharaoh will not let you go, not even by a mighty hand.

Ex 3:19  And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

#9. But after I have smitten Egypt, he will let you go.

Ex 3:20  And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

#10. And when you leave Egypt, I will make sure that it will be a glorious exodus.

Ex 3:21  And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:

Ex 3:22  But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

This is My promise, for I have planned this entire scenario in great detail. And this will be a great demonstration of HOW I plan to deliver my people, the Gentiles, out of the hands of sin and Satan. We should rejoice that we have a God who makes His plans with incredible detail. We should rejoice for such great power, and for the honor of choosing us to be His instruments of peace.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.