How many of you have almost died? (Five of the guys indicated that they had. There were a variety of causes, drowning, bullets, tornao and one in utero. They told their story quickly.)
Ex. 1:15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Moses was targeted to be killed, his parents hid him, and eventually came up with a plan that they hoped would work. Many other infant children were killed. He was spared.
Why do you think you were spared and are healthy athletes today? There is a reason. You might not know the answer yet, but there is a reason.
I almost drown a number of years ago. My son saved me. I know one reason was so that I could enjoy being your Chaplain and telling you the truths of God. I know some of God’s reasons for me being alive.
Moses was reminded every day someone said his name. Moses means “delivered from the water”, or “saved out of water”. As we will see in future talks, delivering and water will be a part of Moses’ life.
I want you to know there is a reason you are alive, why some of you survived a near death experience. I believe God has his reasons – think about that.
Submtted by Ken Cross
How many of you have your biological Dad involved in your life? ( ___%)
One role that a Dad should have in a child’s life is to impress upon him/her that choices have consequences.
When you make a decision with the idea that the world revolved around you – you will learn that it doesn’t quickly.
A good Dad, should model and teach humility, kindness, wise leadership and many other things – right? A good Dad is to pass down stories and teachings that relay when he messed up and the consequences. The times when he was so full of himself that he caused trouble and he passes down the wisdom learned.
But what if you had a Father figure whose word was law – really. Moses’ adopted grandfather was Pharaoh – his word was actually law. The real life consequence of breaking his grandfather’s law, Pharaoh’s law, was immediate death!
So basically the law was: “Do what I say or die!”
This is what Moses observed and as the grandson, he had limited power but much more than most. It did not pay to get in the way of the grandson of the Pharaoh. Do you get the scene?
Here is the first event recorded that Moses did on his own in the book of Exodus!
Exodus 2:11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
What a leadership style Moses learned from Granddad Pharaoh.
This was a big failure in Moses life – even though he was doing what he had observed.
There is no wrong way to do the right thing,
the end does not justify the means.
When you think there is no other way except abusive power or violence –remember that was the justification for killing Hebrew babies, slavery and the death of some of your friends!
The consequence of Moses’ decision was 40 years looking at the south end of a north bound sheep on the far side of a deserted desert.
Did you understand?
We tend to reflect the training or lack of training of our parents, and of course we can mess up situations in spite of great parental models!
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, Is there hope for us when we have learned the wrong way to do things for so long? We have failed, in many ways like Moses. We can identify – you had a plan for him, help us to see your plan for us individually.
Help us to learn humility, even playing this sport and being on this team. Help us to learn that our decisions have consequences!
Submitted by Ken Cross