The Three Signs Of Moses

MF Blume

February 18, 2001 am

Exodus 4:1-9  And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What [is] that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand [was] leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his [other] flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour [it] upon the dry [land]: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry [land].

Let us speak about the first sign as we begin this message today.
Exodus 7:7-12  And Moses [was] fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent.  And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
Imagine two old men, one aged eighty and the other aged eighty three, going before Pharaoh and commanding him to let Israel free from Egyptian slavery.

God told Moses to throw his rod down before Pharaoh when Pharaoh should seek proof of this miraculous God.

God gave these instructions to Moses a while before this as we read in Exodus 4:1-5

We find that when Moses did throw down the rod, and it became a serpent, that Pharaoh called his magicians and they repeated the same wonder.

The first mention of the serpent in the Bible was the serpent that Satan possessed when he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The rod of Moses that became a serpent speaks of Jesus Christ. Jesus also said:
John 12:32-33  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Moses was told to lift up the brazen serpent on a pole when vipers had bitten and poisoned the people in the wilderness due to disobedience. Since the serpent represents the sin that came into the world through the lies of the serpent, Jesus is represented as becoming a serpent on the pole when He hung on the cross because we read that He became sin. And when He took our sins, He gave us His righteousness. Now, Moses' rod thrown down on the floor represents Christ who became sin for our salvation. And Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing. But what happened next was unique! All the sins that you commit or have problems with, were taken into Jesus Christ on the cross and crucified with Him! God told Moses that this was the first sign to give to Pharaoh. And the Lord said that if they will not believe these two signs, then pour water from the Nile on the ground and the Nile will become blood.

The life of the Egyptians was represented by the Nile River.

There is judgment on the world and them with the world. After we are set free from Egypt and its king, Pharaoh, representing the Devil, we must see this second revelation of how we, ourselves, are also cleansed. And the truth must get into our souls that we have been changed by the salvation of Christ. People continue to do some filthy deeds after salvation because they do not realize that God changed their lives and that they do not have to continue doing the things they used to do as sinners. Paul realized that the Romans were Christians who felt that they had to sin every now and then.

He told them, in Romans 5:20-21, that where sin did abound, grace did much more abound.

We read verse 2 and holler, “Hold on a minute!!  Screeeeech!!  Put on the brakes!!!  Stop right there, Paul!  What do you mean we are dead to sin!? What do you mean we do not have to live in sin and do not have to commit sins?”

He probably would reply, “I am glad you asked that!”

Do you realize what Paul said?

Now, this only applies to those Baptized into Jesus’ death. That is the problem with so many Christians. Our children took math and learned what was termed the “facts.” The facts are that we were baptized into Jesus’ death when we were baptized. The soul that sins must die, the Bible teaches. And Romans 6:11 uses the term “reckon”, indicating to us that we can work this out much like using mathematical facts, so that we will arrive at a solid conclusion and be convinced of it. And when you see this conclusion after working it out for yourselves, you will agree with Paul’s next words:
Romans 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
“LET” is word that sheds a whole new light on the entire situation. When you realize that you are powerful, and greater than the obstacle that has always resisted you successfully, then you will not allow it to resist you any more. You might find it hard to imagine how you could conquer sin when it attacks you, after having been defeated by it in days gone by since your salvation.

This is rather humourous, and its an awful thing to think that I did this, but it brings out a point to help you understand how our minds can work sometimes.

You see, he was more powerful than I was due to his size the very first time I beat him up. That is the way it is with sin. You can be bound with the ways of the world after God delivers you out from the world. And he cannot grab us either. And the third sign was pouring the water from the Nile River out and this means of life for the Egyptians became death. The world needs to lose its appeal to you, that it holds so many of you with today.