Formed In The Desert
In this conclusion to our study on Exodus, the people of God come together with their resources to build a temple for his glory. And what they give is more than enough.
Chaplain John Richardson explores the Israelites quick tendency to turn away from the very God who has delivered them. Exodus 32-24
In Exodus, we find that God provides a place where He can meet with His people. The Tabernacle and its furnishings were a process of how that could happen. Because of Jesus, we too have a place where no shame, sin, or guilt should keep us away so that we may draw near to Him.
Most of us don’t care much about what the law says until we need it. God knew that his people would need his law for their good. In Exodus 21-23 we discover God’s heart for the vulnerable, his justice for society, and his protection for our hearts.
The giving of the Ten Commandments was a holy moment between God and Israel. 3500 years later the 10 Commandments are still a hot topic. In this message we process what the 10 Commandments are and what the impact in the life of a Christian is.
Christ is our daily bread who satisfies our eternal, spiritual need. When daily life distracts us from our relationship with God, the enemy can creep in. Practice thanksgiving, honor your relationship, and trust Him for tomorrow.
No one likes the scenic route when you want to be on the direct route. Yet that is exactly the way God led the Israelites. And the long way was a form of his grace to them. If you are on the long route, you’ll be encouraged by this message.
It’s the tenth plague over Egypt and God is going to set His people free. But, how He does that is a critical part of the story. Passover and the feast of the unleavened bread are not just for the Israelites, but preparing us for Jesus.
A fight has been building between God and Pharaoh for the future of the Hebrew people. God could have taken one knock out punch and it would have been over. But in this fight he wanted to teach the world something about himself.
As Moses responds in obedience to God, things don’t go the way he expects. In fact, things got worse. Moses experiences disappointment and frustration with God. If you are or have been in a similar place, this part of Exodus will encourage you.
As God calls Moses to confront Pharaoh, he comes up with every excuses he can think of. We can do the same thing as God calls us forward. This encounter is a great way to be reminded our excuses before God will always fall apart.
The birth of Moses was in the middle of a painful and difficult season for the Hebrews. Yet God was not absent from them. He was already unfolding a plan to deliver them.