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Sermon #5209

It is God Who Acts

A Sermon on Exodus 3:3


Exodus 3:3 ESV KJV
And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” (ESV)

Sermon Description

Christians must be careful not to turn to God only when they are disturbed by an experience or to satisfy curiosity. This is what Moses did at the burning bush, but God arrested Moses’s cares and attention. In this sermon from Exodus 3:3 titled “It is God Who Acts,” Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones addresses this fatally casual approach to God. He states how often Christians address God out of exhaustion or need. He corrects this by saying that Christians must always begin with God as He is the root of all things. What a transformation would take place if Christians applied God to their experience rather than appealing their experiences to God. Indeed, Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that the main business of Christianity is Christ’s death on the cross that brings His people face to face with God. God is so pure that He cannot look upon sin, but because of salvation the Christian can enter His presence. Not only this, but God’s plan for salvation is certain, as seen in this passage. He sees the Christian’s sorrows and acts as He did for the Israelites. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages turning to God in full attention as His purposes are good and He has cared for the greatest need so that His people might dwell in His presence rather than address Him only when they must.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. God reveals himself to Moses through the burning bush.
  2. Moses approaches the burning bush out of curiosity and a desire to understand the phenomenon. This is a dangerous attitude.
  3. God calls out to Moses to change his attitude. Moses must remove his shoes because he is on holy ground.
  4. God first reveals truths about himself to Moses. This is always God's pattern. He reveals his nature and character.
  5. God reveals his name to Moses - "I AM WHO I AM". This signifies his eternal, self-existent nature.
  6. God reveals his power, majesty, holiness, and righteousness to Moses. His holiness means he cannot tolerate sin.
  7. God also reveals his compassion, pity, and purpose to Moses. He has seen the affliction of his people and comes to deliver them.
  8. God reveals that Pharaoh will not let the people go at first. But God will strike Egypt with wonders and force Pharaoh to release them. God's plan will not be thwarted.
  9. This pattern of God revealing himself and his purpose and then delivering people from bondage is the gospel message. God sees our sin and struggle, knows our sorrow, and sends Jesus to defeat sin and Satan and set us free.

Old Testament

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.