How would you describe the bible (Honestly!)? Intimidating? Confusing? Irrelevant? What if you had a lens that helped unlock the power in every passage? In this series we will be exploring the DNA of the Bible; the two simple, interwoven threads that carry God’s message throughout the bible from start to finish: Covenant and Kingdom-this week in the life of Moses.
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The DNA of the Bible: Covenant and Kingdom in the life of ___________
July 24, 2011
The two grand themes that are like tightly woven, interconnected threads that carry the message of God throughout the whole bible are: Covenant and Kingdom.
Covenant has to do with:
- ___________: Above all else, we are made for _________ with God
- ___________: Who are you in _______ _______?
Kingdom has to do with:
- _____________: What are you called to do?
- _____________: How do you ____________ the Father and King?
Covenant and Kingdom in the life of Moses….
In Moses’ first encounter with God we see (from Exodus 3-4):
God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”… Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”… Ex. 3:4-5
Covenant Relationship-God ___________ a relationship with Moses, that is not based on Moses’ goodness or seeking.
Covenant Identity-In the midst of hiding, God ______ him and _______ him.
I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt… Ex 3:10
Kingdom-God calls Moses to ___________ on God’s behalf.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh… And God said, “I will be with you… Ex 3:11-12
God shows that our ___________ should come through the security of being in a covenant relationship with God.
What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”… God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” Ex 3:14
Covenant Relationship: For those who ask, God _______ to show us more of who he is.
As God is calling him to do this Moses is probably remembering those piercing words from many years ago….” Who made you ruler and judge over us?” Exodus 2:14 So Moses tries to escape, again…
..Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Ex 4:12
Identity-Identity is always given from the _________ before it becomes reality on the ________. God is initiating a process of covenant relationship that will answer Moses burning question “who am I?”
…So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. Ex 4:20 He is no longer the __________ prince, fleeing from his fears and foes, hiding out from life in the desert. He now __________ to the place of the wounds, in the identity of one known by God, with staff of God in hand (representing that the Lord’s power is his weapon.) in order to do God’s kingdom work.
Lastly, Notice that when God gives (through Moses) the 10 commandments, they are ________God has initiated a relationship, saved them, and given them a new identity. Out of relationship flows ____________. Obedience is meant to flow out of our identity. If we attempt obedience to commands without the foundation of identity, it becomes a legalistic, exhausting attempt to earn relationship.
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