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 Peter & Moses

Key Idea: God's Power Perfected in Weakness

Summary: Hope you all are someplace nice and warm…sipping a cup of hot tea or toasting your toes in front of a comfy fireplace. I just finished reading an interesting article about Stan Lee (inventor of Spiderman, Hulk, Avengers, etc.) At 92, he says, “you should’ve known me when I was a peppy 91.” I hope to be peppy in my sixties. Ha!!!

Last week, we enjoyed some time focusing on how God uses weakness to display His strength.

We started off with Peter and his past failures. His outright denial of the LORD in His time of need and his impetuous personality did not seem to make him a fitting “spiritual hero.” Not to mention, his times of confusion and lack of understanding until the very end…yet, the LORD Jesus singled him out at least three times.

1. He prayed for Peter that Satan would not get the best of him. Then added, that when he had “turned around” that he should strengthen his brothers. (Luke 22:31-33)

2. After His resurrection, He told the first person to see Him to go tell His disciples AND PETER, what she had seen and tell them to go to Galilee and wait for Him there. (Mark 16:7)

3. In John, we’re told how the LORD Jesus sought after Peter after his failure!! This was the third time that Jesus had manifested Himself to His disciples. Peter had already been confronted with the Living Christ, yet turned back to fishing. We’re not told why, but it is easy to surmise that he felt like a failure, and therefore, ill-equipped for the job.

This time, Jesus prepares a breakfast of fish on the sea shore. After they had eaten, He gives Peter three opportunities to affirm his love for HIm. Then tells Peter to tend His sheep and "follow Me.” (John 21)

The LORD Jesus chose to use Peter in spite of his past failures and his weaknesses!! It is Peter who gives the sermon after Pentecost in which 3,000 people are converted in one setting and added to the Kingdom of God. (Acts 2:14-42)

The second person we looked at was Moses.

Moses also had his past failures and had left Egypt as a wanted man. Not only that, he was not gifted as a speaker for he claimed to be “slow of speech.” What kind of God would send a wanted man back to Egypt, to the very people who wanted him dead?!! What kind of God would call on him to speak when he was not eloquent and slow of speech?!! Why would the King of Egypt listen to him??

Because Moses was not going alone, God was with him!!! God would be with his mouth and give him the words to say.

God used the weakness of Moses to demonstrate His power. And for a man slow of speech, he sure did a lot of talking!!! Exodus, Leviticus,Numbers and Deuteronomy all full of statements in which the LORD said to Moses, and Moses said to the people.

Lastly, we looked a the country of Israel, itself.

God strategically places HIS LAND (the size of New Jersey) smack dab in the middle of powerful world empires, like Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and Persia…WHY? SO THAT HE CAN DEMONSTRATE HIS POWER IN WEAKNESS!!

“And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, Paul was able to say, “Most gladly therefore will I boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Amen! Amen! Amen! LORD, may we turn to You in our weaknesses which are many…O LORD be our strength. May our weaknesses draw us closer to YOU and may YOUR power rest upon us!

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