The Power of Sin
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)
We cannot save ourselves! There is only one way to be reconciled to God and avoid the eternal punishment of hell. Only those who repent of sin and believe in Jesus Christ will be saved. But those who reject the Gospel receive condemnation. Who would refuse salvation? Referencing Acts 7:20-29, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows what compels men to reject the only way of salvation that God has given to this broken world. It is the sinful nature and mind of man that leads him to reject God in his blind prejudice. For sin has corrupted every aspect of man. He is not able to rationally judge the truth of Christianity and the Gospel; instead controlled by blind prejudice and hate. This is why it is only by a divine calling to salvation that anyone believes and is saved. This is what we see in the story of Moses. Moses is called by God to leave Egypt, but he encounters opposition from his own people. This hostility is not because of any reasonable objection to Moses. But it is this blind and prejudiced unbelief being worked out in the life of sinful men who do not know God. This is why it is so vital that the church in all times is faithful to the message that has been entrusted to them by God.