Faith of our Fathers: Moses Exhibits Great Faith

Exodus 12:21-30

I had visited a cafe one day with my friends. The
waiter recommended that we try their special
coffee. We agreed and soon the coffee arrived. As
we drank the coffee, we realized that it tastes like
dirt and mud. Disgusted by the fact, all of us
complained immediately. The alarmed waiter
rushes over and says, “Well Sir, it was freshly
ground coffee!”

Last week we weren’t able to meet in person, but the
message was about Moses and how he demonstrated
faith through believing that his reproach was greater than
riches. He gave up the comforts of Pharaoh’s palace and
all the benefits that come with it to be with his own
people. He had faith that God would take care of him just
as He promised.

Today we are going to take a look at how Moses showed
great faith by keeping the Passover.

Let’s begin by refreshing our memory with our focal
verses for this series, Hebrews 11:1-2,6

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of
old gained approval.”
“And without faith, it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is
and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

Let’s look at how the Hebrew writer describes Moses’
faith.
Hebrews 11:28 “By faith he kept the Passover and
the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who
destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.”

The Passover account is found in Exodus 12.
The first 14 verses describe how God explained the
Passover to Moses and Aaron.
He gave them specific instruction on what they were to
do in order to avoid the angel of death who was to
destroy every firstborn of every household in Egypt.

He spoke to Moses about the Lamb – what God required
God required a male lamb, unblemished, 1 year old.

He spoke to Moses about the Blood on the doorposts and
lintel.

He expected the blood to be placed on both doorposts
and the lintel so that when He saw it He would pass over
It was a sign so that God knew which house would follow
His commands

He spoke to Moses about the continuation and
observance of the Passover as a memorial and
ordinance.

He told Moses and Aaron that He wanted Israel to
celebrate the Passover through all generations. He
designated it as a permanent ordinance.

In Exodus 12:21-30 Moses exhibits his faith in God by
explaining the first Passover to the people of Israel.

Moses had faith that God would preserve His people

He trusted God and took Him at His word believing that
when God makes a promise God keeps a promise.

Let’s think for a moment about the context.
God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let his
people go. Pharaoh refuses and God sends plagues.
He turned the water into blood, He sent flies, frogs, boils,
locusts, hail, darkness, caused cattle to die, and now God
is about to kill every firstborn in Egypt.

God is showcasing His power so that the nation of Egypt
will believe that He is God. But they just don’t get it.
They have hardened hearts and will suffer God’s
judgment.

We know Moses isn’t perfect, but he showed faith that
God would preserve them and pass over them, sparing
them while casting judgment on everyone else in Egypt,
even Pharaoh.

I want to spend just a few moments talking about the
lamb, the blood and the memorial of the Passover.

The lamb represented a substitutionary sacrifice – the
lamb would die so the people could live.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 5:7 “…For Christ our
Passover also has been sacrificed.”
He is the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the
world.
The blood which covered the doorposts represented the
blood sacrifice which covered the sins of man.
It was a symbol of what Christ would eventually do on
the cross at Calvary by the shedding of His blood for the
remission of sin.
Hebrews 9:12-14 “and not through the blood of
goats and calves, but through His own blood, He
entered the holy place once for all, having obtained
eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and
bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who
have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the
flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without
blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead
works to serve the living God?”

The blood of Jesus covers our sin and gives eternal life to
those who trust Him as savior.

The memorial was established so that God’s mercy and
grace would be ever present for generations to come.

It was established so that when the children ask why
they observe this rite, they can remind them
‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who passed over the
houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt’

Most Christians don’t observe Passover like the Jews, but
we do observe the Lord’s Supper. It’s a reminder of what
Christ did on the cross. Jesus commanded that we break
bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Him.
It’s one of the two ordinances that we observe in the
Baptist church. Lord’s Supper and Believer’s Baptism.

His body was pierced for our transgressions and His blood
was shed so that we could be forgiven of our sin. He
took our sin upon Himself so that we might be reconciled
to God and made righteous.

We are going to observe the Lord’s Supper this morning.
But before we do, let’s talk about the second part of
Moses’ faith.

The Hebrew writer mentions it in Hebrews 11:29:
“By faith they passed through the Red Sea as
though they were passing through dry land; and
the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were
drowned.”

One of the things Moses is most widely known for besides
God speaking to him at the burning bush is leading Israel
through the Red Sea as if on dry land.

This story is found in Exodus 14:13-31.
Let’s read Exodus 14:13-16

Moses had faith that God would Protect His people

I like his confidence, don’t fear, stand by and see the
salvation of the Lord!
If that isn’t faith I don’t know what is!

They were trapped. There were thousands of Egyptians
trying to kill them on one side. The mighty Red Sea on
the other side. They had no place to go.

Let’s see what happens.
Exodus 14:17-31

Moses took God at His word.
He stretched out his staff and watched as God did
something unexpected. It seemed like a hopeless
situation. But God used Moses’ faith to lead the nation of
Israel to safety.

But God does even more than we can think or imagine.
Moses had faith, but God gets the glory!!

APPLICATION

Listen to God –

It’s impossible to obey God if we don’t
listen to Him. We must listen to Him as we pray and read
His word. God is not silent if we come to Him seeking
Him and asking for His guidance.
In what ways is God speaking to you?
Are you listening for His still small voice?
What will you do when you hear it?

Trust Him to Keep His Word

When God makes a promise He keeps that promise
No question, no doubt.
God does what He says He will do.

Sometimes when we listen to God He tells us something
that seems scary or dangerous.
Our job is to obey because God’s ways are higher than
our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

God will keep His word, will you obey Him when He calls?