After a year in the wilderness, Moses sent twelve spies to expolre the Promised Land.  They alla greed that the land flowed iwth milk and honey and that it was inhabited by strong people in fortified cities.  Ten spies, looking from a strictly human perspective said that it would not be possible to take the land and they incited the people to return to Egypt.  Two spies, looking with the eyes of faith, said that, with God, the land could easily be taken.  The Israelites chose trust in their own abilities.  We are each faced with the choice of faith or faithlessness but without faith it is impossible to please God. 

00:0000:00

The sacrifices described in Leviticus 1-7 are earthly pictures of the heavenly reality and specifically of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  The sacrifices address sin but the peace offering specifically addresses restored felllowship with the Lord and with each other and provides for a meal to be shared.  Others speak of a pleasing aroma.  Are our lives a pleasing aroma to the Lord or do they stink.  Jesus death on the cross was the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our sin to restore fellowship with God.

00:0000:00

Our sin requires that we be separate from God because his glorious holiness would destroy us.  Even our "no big deal" sins actually violate several of the 10 commandments by setting us up as gods ahead of the true God, lying about his character and misrepresenting him in a way that takes his name in vain.  Sin incurs a debt for which God's justice demands payment.  The price is death symbolized by blood.  God instituted animal sacrifices which ultimately point to the perfect atoning sacrifice of Jesus.

00:0000:00

February 11, 2018 Sermon

00:0000:00

We often think if God as being mean for  giving us the law to obey but he had thoroughly demonstrated his love long before the law was given.  The law itself is a reflection of his love, providing a set of common-sense rules for living in the household of God.  Jesus gives us the only example of someone who kept the law perfectly but he does not fit our model of someone who keeps the law.  He seemed to be relaxed and focused on others unlike the Pharisees who were supposed to be the best at keeping the law in their day.  Jesus satisfied the requirements of the law so that we no longer need to be slaves to it but it remains the loving, household rules for the family of God.

00:0000:00

Wake discusses our propensity to turn away from God as seen through the Israelites creation of the golden calf.

Discussion questions:

  • What could have protected the Israelites from falling into temptation?
  • What protects you from temptation to doubt God today?
  • What keeps God' righteous anger and judgment from consuming you and I today?
00:0000:00

The theme of fear is woven throughout the story of the Exodus and crossing the Red Sea.  There are three large categories of response to God: no fear (Pharaoh), superstitious fear without yielding to his Lordship (some Egyptians) and true fear of the Lord (Moses, Rahab, etc).  Fear of the Lord is a natural response to his awesome nature.  It is the source of wisdom because it puts things in their propoer persepective.  It causes us to see that the Lord is in control and is more awesome/fearful that anything else that might concern us.  It leads us to worship.

00:0000:00

In the tenth plague that God brought against Egypt, death came to all of the first born.  It did not discriminate based on race.  The Israelites were only protected by the blood of the lamb.  The natuse of our sin is such that we deserve death.  God's nature is holy (he can not tolerate sin) and just (he must punish sin) but his plan, due to his love for us, was to sacrifice his first-born son.  The Lamb of God shed his blood so that the death angel would pass over us and we would not have to pay the price.  Don't miss the opportunity to benefit from God loving plan of protection and forgiveness for us.  

00:0000:00

In Exodus 5, Pharaoh asks, "Who is Yahweh that I should obey him".  In chapters 5-10, God answers that he is the Lord God Almighty but repeatedly showing his superiority over the Egyptian gods.  The process also brings hardship for the Israelites.  God's path for our lives does involve trials (I Peter 1:3-7).  However, in Exodus 6 God comforts Israel with the reminder that he is the almighy God who keeps his covenant.  He also promises liberation, redemption, adoption and an inheritance, all of which are foreshadowing of his promises to all believers.

00:0000:00

Joseph would have had plenty of reasons to say that God's way was not working very well.  However, he continued to live a life of obedience and faith in that face of hardship and God ultimately revealed his plan to save Joseph's family and many others through his suffering.  God wants us enough to allow suffering to bring us into deeper relationship with him.  Although Joseph was obedient and God used him significantly, it was Judah, Joseph's brother with the sordid past, that God chose to be the ancestor of Jesus.  Our shame is real but God's plans are not thwarted.  

00:0000:00

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »