The Wisdom of Men
A Sermon on Acts 7:17-20
“But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive. At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God's sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house, (ESV)
How can you know God's plan for your life? Are you willing to trust and follow Him even when the outcome is unclear? God’s plans are often different then mans, for His ways are above man’s ways. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unfolds Acts 7:17-20, this fact is seen as God calls Israel out of the land of Egypt and bondage. He does so by blessing them to grow and multiply so that they are oppressed by Pharaoh. In their suffering they turn to God and asks Him to deliver them out of the suffering and bondage. God does so through his servant Moses. In a similar way, God uses the presence of sin and the law to cause men to flee from their sins and to turn to Christ. This is the reason for many of the hard circumstances in life. It is to make us turn from our own efforts and turn to the God who alone can save us. This salvation is not of the world or man’s wisdom, but it is only found in Christ and in His redeeming work on the cross of Calvary and victory from the grave.