There was little in the Old Testament priesthood which spoke of joy. All of our entrances unto God were bought with the blood of the innocent, and the whole system was designed to keep us at a safe distance from God… close enough to worship when commanded, far enough to escape destruction… But of joy, deep and profound; of joy, strong and insurmountable; of joy, empowering and uplifting; of joy beyond us and within us very little was known in the Old Testament. But in the coming of Christ, joy is both the commandment AND the reality. It is the flavor of our experience with Christ, for just as His life is ours, His joy is ours!
This passage begins with the Ark in the hands of the Philistines. But what they thought was their victory in taking the Ark turned out to be their destruction. Yahweh must be honored and glorified because he is holy. His presence is death to the wicked, but life to those who are in Christ.
Matt and Alan get back into the Gospel Community series as they explore the theme of the household of God in 1 Timothy.
The Family of God is a family of:
Co-Laborers or Contenders
Where do we stand?
Sheep or antichrist?
Proclaimers or perishing?
Receiving or rejecting?
Rejoicing or replacing?
Moses was a prefigure of a coming Christ, whereas we proclaim He has come and will come again.
The story of redemption is God sending servants — His messengers — to feed, lead, and meet the greatest needs of those who trusted the messengers He sent. Prefigures of a coming Christ, like Noah, Joseph, and Moses — were sent before them to keep them alive. We are proclaimers not prefigures — witnesses that have been sent to testify He came to feed, lead, and meet the greatest needs. We bear witness to our Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd, and Chief Shepherd. Who, as our good shepherd, came for His sheep, who, as our great shepherd, is committed to His sheep, and who, as our chief, shepherd is coming for His sheep. For what? To feed, lead, and meet our every need.
Summary bullet points from the transcription of the message.
• God's promises and deliverance in Exodus and Acts.
◦ God's promises are always fulfilled, as seen in Exodus and the life of Jesus.
◦ God's promise to be with His people is reiterated throughout history, authenticating their message.
• God's power and protection in the story of Moses.
◦ Pastor Nick praises God's power, citing how He altered the unchangeable biological makeup of a thing and healed leprosy.
◦ Pastor Nick highlights how God's work in the lives of the Israelites was often hidden from their perspective but revealed through divine intervention and protection.
◦ The Israelites' perspectives were gradually changed through God's work, Psalm 105, causing the Egyptians to mistreat and misuse them,
In this passage we see that because the Lord is holy, you need a holy priest. Eli and his sons show the shortcomings of sinful priests. In Samuel we see a better priest, but he too was imperfect and finite. Christ alone fulfills the role of priest on our behalf. As we go to him, we must repent, honor him, and live holy lives. Jesus is our perfect mediator.
Pastor teaches his family a selection from "the Proverb of the day." In this verse of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the parent-child relationship is one in which grace to believers produces gospel joy.
We expand upon our previous comments on Luke 3:14 and discuss the fact that there is NO apostrophe in "Veterans Day" and the fact that TWICE in one verse, God calls government servants (whether police or military) "ministers of God".
Also Reference: Romans 13:7