'Exodus' Tagged Posts

'Exodus' Tagged Posts

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a shiny lake – but it keeps melting away as you approach it.    It’s just a mirage. Light bends differently in the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken or disconnected.  Same principle: Light…

BACK TO BASICS

Our journey through Exodus brings us to the Ten Commandments.  It may seem like a back to the basics, but as each generation passes, one cannot assume that this baton has been firmly placed into the hands of the generation that follows.  Even among those who bear the name Christian, one often encounters a stunning ignorance of even the ABCs of Bible knowledge, of law and gospel, of the most famous passages.   Perhaps this is why an old gal shakes…

“LOOK! YOUR KING IS COMING!”

We break from our Sunday morning sermon series on Exodus to ponder the fulfillment of what the prophet Zechariah foretold:  “Look! Your King is coming.” Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the applause of the crowds is the starting pistol for what we have come to call Holy Week.  The “Hosannas!” of the crowds are soon followed by the cries of “Crucify Him!” only days later. “Your King is coming!” is the theme of the entire Old Testament…

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST…”

In the 24th chapter of Exodus, at the foot of Mt. Sinai, Moses splashes ”the blood of the covenant” on the people of Israel.  He thus foreshadows both  the finished work of Christ for us and also the fellowship of Christ with us. Then, in a scene unlike anything else in the Old Testament, except for the visions of Ezekiel, Moses and Aaron, and Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, along with the seventy elders of Israel, ascend the mountain.  …

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a lake – and then keeps melting away as you approach it. It’s just a mirage.  Light bends differently on the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken or disconnected.  Again, light bends differently through…