Professing Themselves Wise
A Sermon on Acts 7:20-29
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, and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.
“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. (ESV)
Sin impacts everyone! No one can escape the devastating reality of the fallen world. What began in the garden with Adam and Eve, continues to corrupt everyone today. This corruption and depravity applies to all of men’s faculties, especially his mind. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes, this accounts for the fundamentally wrong perceptions of God that fallen humans have. They are unable to understand God and His attributes. They are unable to receive His revelation made clearly seen in nature and uniquely revealed in Scripture. But there is a unique danger when the church loses sight of the Gospel it is to proclaim! All too quickly even the church can be drawn aside from proclaiming the pure milk of the Word and begin delivering only a message of moral conformity or comfort and ease. When the church does not understand the root of all unbelief in the corrupted mind and nature of men, it will fail to see how great the need for the Gospel is. The antidote, as Lloyd-Jones proclaims, is to diligently study the Word and boldly preach the Gospel. For this alone is the power that can restore and renew the hearts and minds of men! This is the message we must proclaim.