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Exodus 33:12-14

Exodus 33:12-14


Sermon: God Our Leader In-Charge

Bible Passage: Exodus 33:12-14


I. Background of the Passage 

  1. There was an uncertain future for the people of Israel because they failed God miserably
  2. At the most crucial period of the Exodus Journey, there was a fear of God not being their leader and protector
  3. The people that Moses was leading proved to be an extremely difficult people to handle


II. Moses’ position/resolution

  1. If God was not going to be present in the Promised Land, Moses did not want to be there even though it is a land that is flowing with milk and honey
  2. Moses became fearful and confused about the way-forward
  3. While conscious of God’s favour upon him, Moses intercedes on behalf of His “stiff-necked people” for God’s favour (33:12-13 & 32:31)


III. About God in this passage

  1. God made Himself available to be approached in times of fear and uncertainty (v.12)
  2. Despite the failure of the people, God looks favourably upon them who failed miserably in their walk with God—GRACE
  3. God promises to be their leader (verse 14)


IV. Theology of the Passage 

  1. God is gracious, forgiving, and willing to help His people to move on with their life
  2. Personality, strategy, and money of an individual or a group ALONE cannot reach where one/they needs to go
  3. What God started, God has to continue, and bring it to final destination


V. How is Moses’ situation, prayer, and God’s promise applicable to us

  1. Surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matt 28:20)
  2. I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matt 16:18)
  3. You have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Eph 2:20-22)


Take Away

Let’s work along with Jesus who is building His Church

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at