What are God and Jesus waiting for

Advent: what are we waiting for? What is our expectation?

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1 December 15, 2013; Andreas Ruh Exodus 3: 1-4, 17 Advent: What are we waiting for? What is our expectation? Simeon and Hanna waited longingly for the promised Savior. (Lk. 2,25-38) We are no longer waiting for the birth of Jesus! That Jesus Christ comes again! Because we are waiting for what we longingly hope to be fulfilled soon, that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will appear in all his divine glory and greatness. Tit. 2,13 Is that really our longing? That God's greatness and glory may be seen among us. Your kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Mt. 6:10 soon establish your rule with us. Let your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. H.f.A. Mt. 6:10 In a society that no longer needs God, where faith no longer seems relevant. Within my very personal limits and challenges. In my satiety (God grant us a holy dissatisfaction). In my habit that the supernatural rarely happens among us. Moses' way to supernatural life! 40 years at the Egyptian court - he received the best training at the time and proved himself in it. Moses was thoroughly trained in all the sciences of the Egyptians and was highly regarded in everything he said or did. Acts 7.22 This leads him to believe that he himself, in his strength, could do justice to his people and God cannot use it like that! Even so, God invested 40 years of training in Moses! 40 long years as a shepherd without possessions in the desert A murderer on the run A stranger without rights or property A servant who tends sheep. What does this do to Moses? (The names of his sons give it away) Gerschom = I have become a guest in a strange land Eliëser = My God is help "- For Moses had said:" The God of my father was my help. He saved me from Pharaoh's sword. "Exodus 18,4 Moses is grateful, but does he still have expectations? What did Moses have to learn in his encounter with God? God gives him a very strong illustration: Burning without admitting I would like to cause it through you. - Not in your strength. - But not without you! -Cooperation Cooperation with God is only possible in the awareness of his holiness. Do not come closer! commanded God. Take off your sandals, because you get up holy ground! I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. Ex. 3,5-6 We don't have to be afraid of God, but Awe. An awareness of the privilege of being in one's service. God has a concern for his people God is a God who sees, who hears, who understands. The Lord said, "I have seen how bad mine is People of Egypt go and I have also heard them about theirs Complain about oppression. I know what they have to suffer there. "Exodus 3: 7 I want to do it through you!" That is why I came to save them from the power of the Egyptians. I want to bring them out of this land and bring them to a good, big land. So go to Egypt, Moses! I am sending you to Pharaoh, because you are to bring my people Israel out of Egypt! "Exodus 3: 8 + 10 Moses does not trust himself to do this task! 5 times he refuses this assignment. Who am I? God answered:" I will be with you. "(3:12) What should I say who you are?" I am your God, who is there for you. "(3:14) People will not believe me! Three signs of his power (Snake, leprosy, blood. 4,2-9) I can't speak well! "Go now! I am with you and tell you what to say. "(4:12) Send someone else! God is angry. I will give you Aaron. I want to be with you!" (4:15) Summary: What did Moses have to learn? That God had bigger plans, as he still believed himself to be! Being dependent on God. Understand what it means when God says: "I will be with you!"

2 year motto: "Live supernaturally"! God's possibilities within my limits!

3 Advent = arrival, expectation What are we waiting for? What is our expectation? Simeon and Hanna waited longingly for the promised Savior. (Lk. 2,25-38) We are no longer waiting for the birth of Jesus!

4 Advent = arrival, expectation What should we wait for? What should our expectation be? That Jesus Christ comes again! Because we are waiting for what we longingly hope to be fulfilled soon, that our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ will appear in all his divine glory and greatness. Tit. 2,13 Is that really our longing?

5 Advent = arrival, expectation What do we want to wait for? What should our expectation be? That God's greatness and glory may be seen among us. Your kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Mt. 6:10 soon establish your rule with us. Let your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Mt. 6.10

6 Advent = arrival, expectation What do we want to wait for? What should our expectation be? That God's greatness and glory may be seen among us. In a society that no longer needs God, where belief no longer seems relevant. Within my very personal limits and challenges. In my satiety (God grant us a holy dissatisfaction). In my habit that the supernatural rarely happens among us. "Live supernaturally"! God's possibilities within my limits!

7 Advent = arrival, expectation What do we want to wait for? What should our expectation be? If God intervenes graciously, we can take important steps forward in the next year! Thankful for what God has done among us this year. Well-engineered new building project, which we agree on. Concrete steps in the financing of the new building. New ways in teenage and youth work that are making circles. Ski camp, children's week and new impulses for the young crowd. People find their way back to Jesus and new people decide to live with Jesus.

8 God's possibilities within my limitations! Who do you think experienced God's supernatural intervention most in the Old Testament? I think it's Moses. How does it come about that God could use Moses like this?

9 Moses' way to supernatural life! 40 years at the Egyptian court - he received the best training at the time and proved himself in it. Moses was thoroughly trained in all the sciences of the Egyptians and was highly regarded in everything he said or did. Acts 7.22 This leads him to believe that he himself, in his strength, could do justice to his people and God cannot use it like that! Even so, God invested 40 years of training in Moses!

10 Moses' way to supernatural life! 40 long years as a shepherd without possessions in the desert A murderer on the run A stranger without rights or property A servant who tends sheep. What does this do to Moses? (The names of his sons) Gerschom = I have become a guest in a strange land Eliëser = My God is help "- For Moses had said:" The God of my father was my help. He saved me from Pharaoh's sword. "Exodus 18: 4 Moses is grateful, but does he still have expectations?

11 Egyptian prince self-assured pride shepherd in the desert unsettled Breaking up

12 Moses' path to supernatural life! What else did Moses have to learn in his encounter with God? God gives him a very strong illustration: burning without burning. I want to do it through you. Not in your power. But not without you! Cooperation

13 Moses' path to supernatural life! What else did Moses have to learn in his encounter with God? Cooperation with God is only possible in the awareness of his holiness. Do not come closer! commanded God. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground! I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. 2.Mo. 3,5-6 We don't have to be afraid of God, but in awe. An awareness of what a privilege it is to be in his service.

14 Moses' way to supernatural life! What else did Moses have to learn in his encounter with God? God has a concern for his people God is a God who sees, who listens, who understands. The Lord said: "I have seen how bad my people are in Egypt, and I have also heard them complain about their oppression. I know what they must suffer there." 2.Mo. 3.7 I think God tells us that too: "I've seen, I've heard too, I know!"

15 Moses' path to supernatural life! What else did Moses have to learn in his encounter with God? I want to do it through you! "That is why I came to save them from the power of the Egyptians. I want to bring them out of this land and bring them to a good, large country. Therefore go to Egypt, Moses! I am sending you to Pharaoh, for you shall my people Israel lead out of Egypt! " 2.Mo. 3,8 + 10 God wants to build his kingdom also through us!

16 Moses' path to supernatural life! Moses does not dare to do this job! He refuses this assignment 5 times. Who am i God replied, "I will be with you." (3:12) What should I say who you are? "I am your God who is there for you." (3:14) People will not believe me! Three signs of his power (snake, leprosy, blood. 4,2-9) I can't speak well! "Go now! I'll be with you and tell you what to say." (4:12) Send someone else! God gets angry. I give you Aaron. I want to be with you! "(4:15)

17 Egyptian prince confident pride shepherd in the desert unsettled breakup leader of the people humble dependency "I am with you!"

18 Moses' way to supernatural life! What did Moses have to learn? That God had bigger plans, as he still believed himself to be! Allowing oneself to be used in dependence on God. Understand what it means when God says: "I will be with you!" Obedience, Step with expectation, trusting that God will act supernaturally.

19 Advent = arrival, expectation Dare to take expectant steps in the trust that God will act supernaturally. That God's greatness and glory may be seen among us. Within my very personal limits and challenges. In our task as a church!