The book of Exodus is one of those books that we learn about in Sunday school when we learn all about Moses, his time in the desert, leading the children of Israel out of captivity, and the parting of the Red Sea. This is many times the extent of our understanding of the book, but what if there was to the book than that? Many years ago I sat down to study Exodus in a way to find uncommon lessons. These lessons were written in a journal and have been stored on the shelf. Today I share with you some of those lessons. Here are 13 uncommon lessons from the book of Exodus.
By the way, these lessons are only from the first five chapters of Exodus.
13 Uncommon Lessons from Exodus
- The world will try to kill you before even know you are called for something great. (Ch 1)
Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of captivity. Before Pharaoh even knew this, and even before Moses knew it himself, he was attempting to kill all the male children in the land. The Bible tells us the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. His goal is to destroy anything and anyone that is called of God.
- If God has called you, He will protect you. (Ch 2)
God knew Moses was destined to lead the Israelites out of captivity. He also knew Pharaoh would try and kill him. God protected Moses for the purpose of fulfilling that calling. If God has called you to a work He will protect you until you get to it.
- Be willing to help out those who are in need of something only you can do. (2:17)
Back then and in this land (still) women were considered second-class citizens. Shepherds came and tried to drive away, but Moses came and stood up for them. These women would have had no way to argue against these men due to societal rules, but Moses did for them what only a man could do in that day, which was stand up to the other men. Be willing to stand up for those who need your help.
- Even if you don’t know your family, God can still use you for great things.
Moses was put in a basket in the reeds on the Nile when he was three months old. He was raised as Pharaohs grandson, and did not know his parents or family. Some of you have been wounded by your familial past and that narrative has kept you from fulfilling who God has for you to be and do. Your family past does not matter. God can still use you.
- God can meet you in the desert and change your life. (Ch 3:1-2)
Moses ran to the desert to hide from his past. He wanted to hide from murdering the Egyptian guard, and get away from the life he knew was a lie living in Pharaoh’s house. Moses ran to the desert, but that is exactly where God met Him. God met him in his hiding and called him back to his purpose. I too have had times of running from God and hiding in shame or anger, yet every time God has found me and brought me back to my purpose. Has he ever done this for you?
- God will call you to something so big that it will fail without him. (Ch 3:8)
Imagine if Moses had gone to Pharaoh in his own power. He barely got pharaoh to concede with the power of God on display. Moses surely would have failed if he tried it on his own ability. – This whole life of living as a disciple of Jesus is the exact same way. If we try to live the Christian life in our own knowledge and ability we will fail. It is a matter of living by Christ’s life. That “something big” doesn’t have to be something the whole world sees. It may just be something that impacts your world, but your greatest impact will only come by allowing God to be the head of it.
- God will prepare you in advance for what He wants you to do. (Ch 4)
Before God took Moses to Pharaoh He prepared Him for the work ahead. He showed him the signs he would do in front of Pharaoh – Whether you realize it or not, in every situation and circumstance in your life God is preparing you for the days that lay ahead of you.
- God can use tools from one profession to glorify him in another.
Before Moses went back to Egypt he was a shepherd in the desert for forty years. He learned how to lead. He learned how to deal with disobedient “sheep.” He learned how to use the rod and staff for the signs that God performed, and he used them in leading the Israelites into freedom.
- God will make a way to communicate his message through you. (Ch 4:14-16)
Moses was not eloquent in speaking. He was slow in speaking, and most likely had a stutter. God used Moses’s brother to be his mouthpiece. – If God desires to use you to speak a message he can use any means necessary to communicate his message. He did after all use a donkey at one point to speak to Balaam.
- Sometimes God might call us back to places we thought we would never return to.
Moses ran away from Egypt for a number of reasons. He ran to the desert with the thought to never return to that place. God had other plans. He called him back to free his people. – Sometimes God calls us to return to places we thought we would never return to in order to use us to impact those still there.
- God hears our cries for help. (Ch 2:24; 4:31)
This is one thing we can be assured of: our prayers do not fall to the dust, but they arise to God and he hears our cries for help. He sees our afflictions. He sees our hurts and troubles. Not a single detail of our lives evades his attention. He is working all of the details out for our good. He is molding and shaping us as living stones to be built into a spiritual house for Him. Even when it seems like God has completely ignored your prayers and cries for help, be assured He is working and contending for His children.
- When you start to do something for God things will get hard…things will get worse before that get better. (Ch 5)
When Moses began the work to try and free the Israelites, Pharaoh became crueler. He increased the workload of the Israelites still requiring the same quota. Moses questioned why God would send him, and his people would have to suffer. – Many times when you begin a work for God, the enemy will raise up resistance against you. Temptation will increase. Backlash will rise. The burden may become crushing. The devil desires to squash any work of God. IF you are called to a work, be prepared for spiritual resistance.
- Sometimes the people you are trying to help will hate you for what you are doing. (Ch 5:20-21)
That same resistance you face from beginning a work for the Lord may come from the very people you are seeking to help. The Israelites were angry with Moses for coming to “free them.” The only result they were seeing was increase labor and cruelty. Be prepared to face resistance and backlash from those you are trying to help.
These are by no means hard and fast rules that will happen every time, but be prepared to encounter similar lessons that Moses faced. I pray these uncommon lessons speak to you where you are in your current walk with the Lord, or in your ministry. Again these are only from the first five chapters of Exodus.
Can you see any other uncommon lessons in Exodus? I’d love for you to share them below.