Whom God Chooses
Scriptures: Exodus 2:11-14, Luke 1:31-38
Throughout the course of time, God has chosen some very interesting people to carry out his message. People who we wouldn’t even usually give a second look to. Let alone think that God could use them. Because after all, they don’t look like me or act like me. Do you understand that God is in the life changing business? Do you understand that there are going to be those whom you can’t reach because you can’t relate to them? Why do you think God made us the eclectic group that we are? Think about this…think about the people God used in scripture. Some should have never been alive, but God used them. Some were so looked down upon by society, but God used them anyway. We are going to look at some of my favorite examples in scripture for this.
Let me set the stage for you. You will all know where I’m going as soon as I start with the story, but I want you to think about this, really think.
We’re in Egypt, Joseph had died, the Israelites were enslaved, and the Pharaoh that was on the throne was worried that the Israelites would rise up and overtake his kingdom because there were so many. So Pharaoh tried to get rid of the Israelites by throwing them in the river.
So by now you know the story we’re talking about. This is the story of Moses.
Look at Exodus 2:11-14 with me.
11Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13He went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, “Why are you striking your companion?” 14But he said, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”
So Moses was put in this basket, scooped out of the river and taken back to his mother for a short time. So I want you to think about this played out…Moses should have been killed by being thrown into the river, but God had other plans. God used Pharaohs daughter to save Moses and raise him. So how do you think it was for Moses growing up? He grew up with Pharaoh’s daughter as his mother. Do you think that he had everything all the other princes had?
He probably had a lot of the things that other princes had, but do you think that he was ever truly considered to be Egyptian?
I want you to think about this for a moment. Think back to the story of Joseph.
Joseph had been elevated to such honor that he was in charge of all Egypt…the only one who was above him was pharaoh. But still a lot of times ate alone because they knew he wasn’t true Egyptian and for him to eat with the Hebrews would have been considered wrong because of his status.
So getting back to Moses, do you think that he was given everything the Pharaoh’s biological son received? Answer is, we truly don’t know how Moses was treated. I’m sure he was treated well because after all, Pharaoh’s daughter was the one raising him. However, Moses most likely always knew he was an Israelite. How can I make this determination? I can make this determination by looking at their culture. Pharaoh’s daughter told Moses’s mother to nurse the child and she would give her wages. So back then, they usually would nurse till around three years old, give or take. In that amount of time you can pretty much rest assured, that they were pouring into young Moses, as much as they could. For when he grew up, he knew he was not Egyptian, he knew he was Hebrew.
So at the point he saw the Egyptian beating the Hebrew, Moses took action. And in that action Moses killed a man. He became a murderer and when he became a murderer, Pharaoh wanted to kill him. So Moses ran and started a new life in Midian. The years passed and then God calls.
We go through all that to the point of Moses’s calling. Now I want you to think about something else. This shows God’s mercy. Moses was a murderer. What is our normal thought process about people who murder?
Society will tell you they must be punished. They must be held accountable. And where that is true, they must be put to death. We have to realize how much God can use the willing. Moses didn’t murder out of malice. He didn’t wake up that morning thinking he was going to throw away everything he ever knew. He saw a brother being mistreated and tried to help and in that help the Egyptian was killed. Even with all of that, Even though Moses messed up big time, God still chose him. He could have chosen anyone He wanted to, but the Lord chose Moses.
I want you to now turn with me to Luke 1:31-38 if you would please?
This is the story of how Mary was chosen by the angel Gabriel.
Now let’s think about this…God chose this little girl who was probably around 13-15 years old. Again, in their culture, that is about the age when girls got married. It says in the prior scriptures that she was betrothed to Joseph. So she was already betrothed before the angel ever showed up…she was set to be married to this guy. Before this, we’ve never heard of this guy…he was just a simple carpenter. Look at this with me if you would?
31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledb the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.”
38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
So now, poor Mary, at this young age has been told you are favored by God and you will birth the Son of God. What in the world would be going through your mind at the point you were told that?
Why do you think every time an angel shows up they have to say “don’t be afraid?” If an angel showed up to you, you’d have to be told don’t be afraid too. I know I would. But think about this for a moment…the angel said “You are favored.” What kind of family experience did Mary have, that when the angel said that she was favored…she would have believed him. She must have had a wonderful understanding about God, or did she? Truth is again, we don’t know. All we can go off of are her reactions. Look at her response…she had some questions, understandably so. She was just told she was going to give birth to a son and He would be the Son of God. Look at what she said…38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
You know Mary could have said no. I mean, she had just been told that she was going to raise the Son of God. How many of you would feel a little bit of pressure? The point of all this is that God will call and choose whom He wants whether we think they can do the job or not. It’s just not up to us to decide. The problem with us is, we look at people from the outside and see their past and who they are. The difference is, God looks at the heart and sees that person’s potential and if they are willing. There are many examples throughout God’s Word, of him using people who others thought shouldn’t have been. Thank the Lord that it’s not up to us to choose who God uses. Because if it was up to us, things would surely turn out differently. So what has God called you to do and are you willing to listen?
I pray that you are blessed by this message and I pray that you really think about how we look at people, when God calls them we tend to look at the outside and make a judgment on people. It is not up to us to decide whom or when God calls that God’s choice. We as humans tend to think that we know better than God sometimes, the problem with that is we can get in the way when God is trying to do sometimes. Sometimes we need to get out of the way and allow God to do what God wants. God can and will use anyone that He chooses and that is willing remember God is a gentlemen and will not force himself on you. Remember we are saved by grace God gave you grace when you first came to Him and He continues to give you grace. How about we give the same grace to people that are seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ as He gave us.
God Bless you.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism