*God Never Wastes an Experience*
One day a mom and Dad checked the mailbox.
In the mailbox was a letter from their daughter who was away at college.
They opened the letter very excitingly and here is what it read;
“Dear Mom and Dad just thought I’d drop you a note to clue you in on what’s been going on in my life.
I’ve just fallen in love with a guy named Jim.
He’s a great guy who quit school after the eleventh grade to get married.
About a year ago, he got a divorce, and his ex-wife took the children.
We’ve been together for two months and plan to get married this summer.
Until then, I’ve decided to move into his apartment.
I sold my car to help him make his mortgage payments.
By the way, I’m not sure, but I think I may be pregnant.
At any rate, I dropped out of college last month, but I plan to go back and finish sometime in the near future.”
On the next page she continues, “Mom and Dad, everything I’ve written so far is a lie.
None of it is true.
However, it is true that I got a C in French, a D in Chemistry, and my money has run out.”
That’s a pretty smart girl huh?
She understood that even bad news can look like good news, depending on your perspective.
That’s exactly what we want to talk about today.
We want to talk about how we look at the things in our lives.
Whether we are looking at circumstances in our Christian life with a biblical perspective.
Perspective that is based solidly on the truth of the Word of God.
A biblical perspective can change the whole outlook of the experiences in our lives.
This message in part comes from Lon Solomon.
Lon is senior pastor of a church I was a member of back in Virginia at McLean Bible Church.
Today’s sermon is entitled,
*“God Never Wastes an Experience”*
We’re going to use an incident out of the life of Moses as our springboard today.
We’ll see what happened to Moses and then we’ll bring it all together to see what difference it should make in our lives.
Here’s a recap of Exodus one the second book of the Bible.
The Israelites, the ethnic group who are descendants of Abraham, have grown into a massive nation inside Egypt.
Because of that, the Pharaoh at that time, Tutmoses I, has set out to reduce the number of the Hebrew population.
After a couple of failed attempts, one involving Hebrew midwives who were to commit what amounted to infanticide, Tutmoses authorizes every Egyptian citizen to kill on sight each and every Hebrew baby boy.
That brings us to Exodus 2 when Moses is born and its open season if you will on Hebrew boys in Egypt.
Now I know some of you can sympathize with “open season”.
When you lose its open season wherever you go when you win they love you.
But unless you’re a Hebrew boy in Egypt about 1525 B.C. your life isn’t in danger.
How’s that for a parallel?
The birth of Moses was one of the most important events in all of Hebrew history.
This little child was to become the greatest man of God to live during the 2000 years between Abraham and Jesus Christ.
As soon as Moses was born scripture says that his mother noticed something special about him.
She felt a sense of spiritual destiny about him which explains what she did in verse 3. “But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch.
Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”
Now when Moses’ mom cast this little boy into the Nile, well, the odds were pretty stacked against little Moses.
I mean if a loyal law abiding Egyptian citizen found him, he would be drowned on the spot.
/This brings up an interesting topic because the Bible tells us in Romans 13:1-2 that we are to abide by the laws of people placed in authority.
Was Moses’ mom breaking the law of the land by not killing or handing over her son?
Well suffice to say that she was in keeping with the spirit of the law; get rid of the child, and she did.
But more importantly for you and me when man’s laws contradict God’s commands, we are to follow what God has laid out for us in His Word.
*~** /So not only were the odds stacked against him from being drowned by an Egyptian but he was also at risk of being lunch if a crocodile found him in the Nile./
Yet aren’t you glad we serve a God who is bigger than human odds?
A God who is sovereign over the laws of man?
Look at what happens next.
Read verse 5. 5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank.
She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it.
6 She opened it and saw the baby.
He was crying, and she felt sorry for him.
“This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
This was an amazing thing God did here.
Pharaoh's daughter was certainly aware of the edict her father had given regarding Hebrew baby boys.
She certainly knew that above all people his daughter would be expected to carry out that edict and drown that child right on the spot.
/Not only did she not carry out the edict but she felt compassion on baby Moses.
She took pity on Moses./
*~** This was but another example of a sovereign act of God.
This was God’s exercise of power over his creation, in this case the heart of Pharaoh's daughter.
Proverbs 21:1 tells us that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord...” certainly the heart of the king’s daughter was in the palm of God’s hand acting for the good of his purposes.
Look at what happens next, verse 8 reads.
8 “Yes, go,” she answered.
And the girl went and got the baby’s mother.
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.”
So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
*~** /Pharaoh's daughter, says to Moses’ mom, ‘Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you’./
Talk about another sovereign act of God.
By God’s wonderful grace, Moses’ own mother now gets royal permission to not only save his life but to nurse him and nurture him, and she gets paid for doing it!
Because of Egyptian history we actually know the name of Pharaoh’s daughter her name is Hatshepsut.
I like to call her Hot-Cheap-Suit that’s how I remember.
Now you might be asking what does that have to do with anything Harry?
Well for quite some time scholars did not believe that Hatshepsut actually found Moses in the Nile.
The palace they found was 100 miles away from the Goshen Delta where archaeologist believed the Hebrew settlement to be.
There was no way they would believe Hatshepsut would ride a chariot 100 miles to take a bath.
(Archaeological Proof) In 1993 Dr. Manfred Bietak, who is an eminent archaeologist and professor of Egyptology at he University of Vienna in Austria, was over in Egypt doing archaeological work.
He discovered a huge palace complex at Tel el-Daba dating from the time of Moses.
This palace was right along the Nile river in the Goshen Delta where the Israelites were living.
It is entirely logical that the Pharaohs’ daughter would have walked out and taken a bath in the Nile and seen the basket with baby Moses.
In other words, we found this royal palace from the time of Moses right where the Bible says it was supposed to be, right there in the Goshen Delta next to the Hebrew settlement.
Tel El Daba, Tel El Shaba, Tel El Shwaba what does that have to do with anything today?
I’ll tell you what it has to do with.
The Bible for thousands of years has been historically correct, and contemporary scholarship has been historically catching up because they’ve been wrong.
The more we dig out of the ground, the more the bible proves to be correct.
Archaeology continues to validate that the Bible is an authentic an true representation of the truth of God and His word.
Verse 10 says that when Moses grew older Pharaoh’s daughter, Hatshepsut, took him to become her son which amounted to adoption.
Moses was probably around 3 years old at the time and Hot-Cheap-Suit was probably about 10-13 years old when she brought him into the palace.
This is significant; Moses would be treated in every way as one of the royal family, with all the rights, privileges and respect appertaining thereunto.
As a matter of fact Moses would receive the best education money could buy at least at the time.
Please note that the only people in Egypt who were given an education at this time were royalty.
So, because Moses was adopted by Pharaohs’ daughter he was taught reading, arithmetic and medicine.