Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Cold Heart Toward Jesus -- A Reminder from God

  • God chose a pagan idolater living in a pagan culture, led him here and promised to make him the father of a nation (vv. 2-8).
    •  “The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia…” (v. 2).
    • “God sent him to this land where you are now living (v. 4).
    • “God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land…” (v. 5).
  • God used the evil action of our patriarchs and the brother they despised to save them from extinction (vv. 9-16). 
    • “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him…” (v. 9).
      “Then a famine struck…and our fathers could not find food” (v. 11).
    • “After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family…” (v. 14).
  • God raised up a man, whom our ancestors rejected, to rescue them from slavery (vv. 17-38). 
    • “Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not” (v. 25).
    • “I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt. This is the same Moses whom they had rejected…. He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God Himself…” (vv. 34-35).
    • “This is that Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will send you a prophet like me from your own people’” (v. 37).
  • God brought judgment upon our ancestors when they rebelled against Him and turned to other gods (v. 39-43).
    • “But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back
    •  to Egypt” (v. 39).
    • “…and held a celebration in honor of what their hands had made” (v. 41).
    • “But God turned away and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies” (v. 42).
  • God never was confined to our Tabernacle and Temple (v. 44-50). 
    • “It (tabernacle) had been made as God directed Moses” (v. 44).
    • “David…asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built the house for Him” (vv. 46-47).
    • “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men” (v. 48).


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