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November 12, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: John 19-21
Audio: John 19-21

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Memory Verse of the Week

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”
(Exodus 34:6 ESV)

Exodus 34 (ESV)

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lordhad commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The Lorddescended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”

10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

11 “Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 12 Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst. 13 You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods.

17 “You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal.

18 “You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt. 19 All that open the womb are mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep. 20 The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed.

21 “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest. 22 You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end. 23 Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year.

25 “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning. 26 The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

27 And the Lord said to Moses, “Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.

34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

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  1. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." Exodus 34:6

    The Mercy and Grace of God

    Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve.

    Grace is God blessing us even though don't deserve it. 

    Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy. 

    Truth is, we all deserve God's wrath. No one deserves His grace. If we did, it would not be grace!

    God is often criticized for being unfair or unjust. The flood, the plagues, and the reality of hell are often stumbling blocks for people who reject the Bible and God Himself. Sadly, some pastors and teachers who claim they are Christians and believe they value the Bible distort or outright reject these truths even though they are in the pages of Scripture.

    In an attempt to make God more appealing and remove the tension we might feel between God's love, mercy and grace and His holiness, justice and wrath, countless people create a false god and worship it rather than the God of the Bible. Few people today worship a gold calf but many worship the false god of love and acceptance rather than the God of righteousness.

    The Apostle Paul wrote about this in Romans 9:14-14, "What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.'"

    Paul goes on to say in Romans 9:19-20a "You will say to me then, 'Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?' 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?"

    We have to resist humanizing God and projecting our human experiences on Him. Our character is so flawed and our understanding so limited. God is so far beyond us. God's ways are not our ways. God's wrath is not our wrath. God's love is not our love. The character traits of God that He gives to His children (and nurtures throughout our Christian lives) are nothing but a vapor compared to the vastness of all that God is. The mercy we are able to express and the grace we give to people does come from God but they can't compare to the fullness of His mercy and grace.

    We spent some time at church yesterday discussing the gospel and how incredible it is that even though we do not deserve God's mercy or grace, the "good news" is that God the Father provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. Despite our sin, God had mercy on all those who believe and by the gift of His grace, He gave us faith in the Lord Jesus so we would have eternal life and avoid His wrath and judgment. 

    That's the foundation of the gospel and that is GOOD NEWS!

    I have been working on summarizing the key points of the gospel in a way that hopefully helps us know the gospel better. It should also make it easier for us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Plus, it's a good reference to go back to often because the message of the gospel can get lost in all the static and distractions of life (and ministry) even if you've been a Christian for many years. 

    Gospel 24/7 Infographic (click to enlarge)

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    Gospel 24/7 Bible references

    Romans 3:23 – All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

    2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation.

    Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

    Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Acts 2:21 – Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Matthew 16:24 – If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

    John 3:36 – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

    Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Romans 5:11 – More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation

    Hebrews 10:24-15 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

    2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

    Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

    Acts 20:24 – But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

    Have you experienced God's mercy and grace through faith in Jesus Christ?

    Have you been cleansed by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God?

    If you're unsure, I pray God would give you eyes to see and ears to hear. 

    I pray as you have viewed the Gospel 24/7 Infographic, God has moved in your soul and is at work in your heart right now.

    I pray that you recognize you are a sinner and have sinned against a holy God.

    I pray that you repent of your sin and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation.

    I pray that you confess Jesus as Lord and believe that he died, was buried and has been raised from the dead.

    I pray that you deny yourself and give up everything that keeps you from following Jesus.

    I pray you experience the joy of having peace with God and the incredible journey of God's sanctifying work in your life as you become more like Christ and learn to walk in the Spirit.

    I pray you find fellowship as a member of the body of Christ in a local Christian church. If you are in North Kingstown, we hope you visit with us Sunday mornings at 10am at West Bay Christian Academy (click here for directions).

    And finally, I pray that you would fulfill the Great Commission – GO and make disciples and share the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ with the world. 

    Be fruitful and multiply in Jesus' name and for His sake, Amen!

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