05 November 2010

YAG 12th Retreat Session 5

YAG 12th Retreat Session 5
Text: Exodus 4:18-26

Rev. Dr Charles Tan
12th Retreat: Spiritual Leadership I

Message Notes

Session #5
Friday, 5 November 2010
Theme: “Spiritual Leadership I ”

1. Informing his father-in-law          Exodus 4:18

a) Going to Egypt

b) To see his brethren

c) No mention of God’s Calling!
2. Jethro’s blessing

Go in peace.

Exodus 4:18c

3. Moses brings his family with him          Exodus 4:20

a) Wife

b) Two sons

4. A further word from the Lord          Exodus 4:19-23

a) The death of the Pharaoh who wanted to kill Moses

b) Reminder to perform the signs

c) Hardening of the heart of Pharaoh

d) Special message to Pharaoh from the Lord

Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I say to you, let My Son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.

Exodus 4:22-23

i) Identification

ii) Association

iii) Demand

iv) Admonition (word of warning)

5. Difficulty between Moses and Zipporah          Exodus 4:24-26

a) Illness of Moses          Exodus 4:24

b) Zipporah’s circumcision of their two sons          Exodus 4:25

c) Her disagreement and consequent anger          Exodus 4:25-26

d) Submission to God

e) Moses was spared!          Exodus 4:26a

f) Zipporah and their two sons did not go down to Egypt with Moses. An opportunity of a lifetime was missed!

6. Reasons for this firm action from the Lord

a) Expectations of a leader

b) Example of a leader

c) Essential Abrahamic Covenant sign to be honoured          Cf. Genesis 17

7. Cost of Discipleship          Luke 14:25-35

a) Sacrifice

b) Cross-bearing

c) Following Jesus

d) Counting the Cost carefully