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Old Testament Overview - Moses—Failure the Backdoor to Success

From Egypt to Mt. Sinai (From success to failure)(the first 40 years):

His Success
1. His parents' faith (Hebrews 11:23)
2. God's blessing (Exod. 2:2; Hebrews 11:23; Acts 7:20) (Josephus the historian said he was a very handsome man and had a reputation as a great military leader. Moses, Getz pp. 22, 24)
3. His faith (Hebr. 11:24-26) (He left the riches of Egypt to seek after God's plan for his life.)
His Failure
1. Moses, the ineffective redeemer (Exod. 2:11-13; Acts 7:23-26) (Moses undoubtedly thought that his training and reputation would enable him to deliver his people from Egypt, but he failed!)
2. Moses, the failure (Exod. 2:14-15; Acts 7:23-25) (Moses flees into the desert, a beaten and misunderstood fugitive.)
3. Moses, the shepherd (Acts 7:30) (40 years of shepherding sheep in the wilderness was quite a change from his days of glory.)

From Mt. Sinai to Egypt (From failure to success)

His Weakness (Exod. 3:11, 13, 4:1, 10) (Due to his rejection by the people of Israel and the 40 years in the wilderness, Moses goes from being a self-confident man to being a man lacking in confidence.)
His Strength (Exod. 3;12, 14, 4:2-9, 12) (Moses' insecurity contrasted with God's security. Moses: "Who am I?"  God: "I Am Who I Am."

From Egypt to Mt. Sinai (From Success to Greater Success)

Growth in God's Strength
#1  (4:29-31) The Israelites receive him this time (the opposite of their rejection 40 years before).
#2  (5) The Pharaoh and the people of Israel reject Moses, but this time Moses runs to God.
#3  (6:1-9) God spoke to Moses and Moses speaks to Israel; but they do not listen.  It shakes Moses' confidence. See 6:12
#4 (6:10-12, 28-30, 7:1-13) Moses speaks to the Pharaoh with faltering lips, but God supports him.
#5  (7:14-10:29) Because of the plagues, Moses' confidence in God grows. (The victory over the magicians helped—especially when there were sores on them!) (Moses would accept no compromise with the Pharaoh – 7:25, 8:2, 10, 11, 24)
#6  (11:3) God exalts Moses.
#7  (11-12) The Passover: God teaches us where we can put our confidence—in the blood of Jesus. See I Corinthians 5:7
#8  (14-17) Moses' strength of character grows as he meets opposition and obstacles, and as God takes him through them.
#9  (15) Moses gives God the credit—Moses' name is not mentioned in the song of triumph. See 15:6
#10 (17:8-18, 18:1-23) Moses has become a great leader—one who relies on God, 17:8-18; and one who listens to others, 18:1-27

Old Testament Overview Studies

Old Testament Overview
Table of Contents
Old Testament Overview Outline
Old Testament Overview Genesis
Old Testament Overview Exodus to Deuteronomy
Old Testament Overview Furniture of the Tabernacle
Old Testament Overview Dress of Priests and High Priest
Old Testament Overview Dress of High Priest
Old Testament Overview Canaan: What Can it Teach Us?
Old Testament Overview Israel, God's Kingdom
Old Testament Overview Moses—Failure the Backdoor to Success
Old Testament Overview The Mosaic Covenant
Old Testament Overview The Ten Commandments
Old Testament Overview The Offerings
Old Testament Overview Uncleanness
Old Testament Overview The Priesthood
Old Testament Overview The Festivals
Old Testament Overview The Nazirite Vow
Old Testament Overview Joshua to Ruth
Old Testament Overview Prophecies of the Redeemer—Genesis to Ruth
Old Testament Overview I and II Samuel
Old Testament Overview Saul and David Compared
Old Testament Overview Jonathan and David Compared
Old Testament Overview The Davidic Covenant
Old Testament Overview I And II Kings
Old Testament Overview Israel's and Judah's Kings
Old Testament Overview Divided Kings who Divided
Old Testament Overview Criticisms of God's Actions in the Old Testament
Old Testament Overview Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
Old Testament Overview Ruth and Esther Compared
Old Testament Overview Job to Song of Solomon
Old Testament Overview Proverbs: Wise Man or Fool?
Old Testament Overview Isaiah
Old Testament Overview Jeremiah
Old Testament Overview Daniel
Old Testament Overview Hosea
Old Testament Overview Joel
Old Testament Overview Amos
Old Testament Overview Obadiah
Old Testament Overview Jonah
Old Testament Overview Micah
Old Testament Overview Nahum
Old Testament Overview Habakkuk
Old Testament Overview Zephaniah
Old Testament Overview Haggai
Old Testament Overview Zechariah
Old Testament Overview Malachi