At one moment, the shepherds are afraid they’re going to perish; the next, they have abundant cause for the highest happiness. And, perhaps best of all, the good news is good news from the most High God, a powerful proof that he loves his people. Though in context, the good news is for all the people—that is, all the Jewish people—this good news will in due time come to us all the world. The point of the angel’s message is that the birth of Jesus is God’s good news for sinful people. According to the angel’s words, there are three ways the birth of Jesus is God’s good news for sinful people.
As people who have put our faith in Jesus Christ, who have been graciously chosen by God for eternal salvation, we, like Moses, must trust the wise providence of our invisible God. This is what Moses had to do in these events, and that’s what we must do, even when God leads in ways and through circumstances we do not understand. How do we do this? Moses gives us three examples of how to do this. This week’s sermon is about the second example.
Through Moses’s pilgrim wanderings, we see the reality that God is sovereign over the lives of his servants. We are not Moses, and none of us have his calling. Yet, in our own lives, as people who are chosen by God to be his own special possession, as the elect of God, we must trust the wise providence of our invisible God, even when God’s providence leads us to places and circumstances that to us are unexpected and confusing. How can we do this? Moses gives us three examples in our passage to us of how we ought to trust the wise providence of our invisible God.
What we read in Exodus 2 is how one family responds to Pharaoh’s brutality, and how God uses this response to set in motion the events that will lead to real deliverance for the people of Israel. The key idea in this passage is that God in wise providence provides salvation through the simple faith of his people. To show this, I want to draw your attention to three key elements in the story of Moses’s birth: