Contributed on Nov 20, 2021
An overview of the three main themes/promises of Genesis, with a transition to how Exodus shows God planning to fulfill his promise.
This morning we begin a new series on the book of Exodus. And I have to say, I'm excited about this. Just spending one week in Exodus was enough to make me incredibly happy. I think this will be interesting, and helpful spiritually. Now, I'm going to be up front about something. I ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2021
A sermon on how dictators make foolish choices, and how God can overcome through faithful people.
Last week, we began our series on the book of Exodus. Let's start today, by rereading verses 1-14: (1) And these are the names of the sons of Israel-- the ones going to Egypt: With Jacob, each with his house went: (2) Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, (3) Issachar, Zebulun, and ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2021
Moses is a picture of what "justice" is, in a true OT sense.
If I asked most of you to describe your spouse, or your boss, or a friend, you'd probably give me a list of their qualities. They're funny. Smart. Organized. Stubborn. Easy going. That's how we normally think about people-- with adjectives. But a few of you, maybe, would lean ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2021
What God does in the world, He mostly does through you.
Our story today is a special one-- it's of when God, and Moses, meet. But this is not just a meeting. It's also a calling. Now, some of you may know parts of this story. I'd encourage you this morning to pretend you don't. Assume that you are missing something, that there is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2021
Exodus 4 paints a picture of what a genuine relationship with God should look like. God values us, and our input, and He's flexible in how He carries out his plans.
Today, we continue reading about when God and Moses meet. And, again, this is not simply a meeting. This is a commissioning. A calling. But what we've seen, is that Moses has no interest in being called. He has questions, concerns, and protests. In a perfect world, I would've been ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2021
(1) How to Say Goodbye; (2) God Wants you to Serve Him; (3) God took circumcision seriously; (4) Why we praise God.
There are parts of the Bible that lend themselves more to teaching/preaching than others. Today's passage, Exodus 4:18-31, doesn't lead to a smooth sermon. It's a series of four short stories. Each of these stories has its own little buildup and conclusion. Each of these stories has ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2021
Pharaoh seemingly wins round 1. And Moses challenges God about this, and calls on Him to fix that.
This morning, we find ourselves working in Exodus 5. Before we jump in, I just want to help you in two different ways. First, one of the things I have to do, for biblical stories to hit me the way they should, is try to put myself in the shoes of people involved in the story. And I assume you ...read more
Contributed on Dec 6, 2021
In covenanting with us, God self-limits himself. He has committed to us, and here, He reminds Moses about how this works.
Last week, we ended on what was maybe the low point of the book of Exodus. Yahweh had commanded Moses and Aaron to go, and tell Pharaoh to let his people go. And they did. But when they spoke to Pharaoh, he resisted, hard. He didn't acknowledge Yahweh, and he wouldn't let the people go. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2021
God's end goal for Egypt, and the world, is that all will acknowledge and revere Him. And our calling, is like Moses' calling. God does this through us. Bonus discussion of Exodus 7:1, a key passage for Mormons and Word of Faith movement.
Let's start this morning by rereading Exodus 6:1-13. This will help us get sucked back into the story, and I'll teach you a cool little thing about how biblical narratives work. (1) and Yahweh said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh, because with a strong hand ...read more
Contributed on Dec 22, 2021
Being stubborn can be a good or bad thing, depending on: (1) if you're right, and (2) if you are stubborn in the right way, with love, and gentleness.
Let's start today by simply rereading Exodus 7:1-7: (7:1) And Yahweh said to Moses, "Look! I have made you God to Pharaoh, while Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. (2) You shall speak all that I command you, while Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh, and he will ...read more
Contributed on Dec 26, 2021
When people hit rock bottom, they will tell God anything-- sincerely. But what happens after God helps them?
Let's start today by rereading a portion of last week's plague, the Nile River turning to blood. Starting in Exodus 7:19: (19) and Yahweh said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, Take your staff, and stretch out your hand upon the waters of Egypt-- upon their rivers, upon their canals, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2021
Mocking God: telling him one thing, and then doing another.
Let's start today by reminding ourselves about the frogs, and where things stand with Yahweh, and Moses, and Aaron, and Pharaoh. Exodus 8:1 (I didn't realize how different the Hebrew numbering was until I'd finished last week, and I'm too lazy to change it; my bad; English Bibles ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2021
When we were kids, we knew the right answer, and lived the right answer. Now, though? Yahweh is The One Who Decides What Happens Next.
Let me start this morning, by asking two questions. These aren't rhetorical. Feel free to answer: Up to this point in Exodus, what plagues have we seen? (1) The Nile, and every body of water, turn to blood. (2) Frogs, everywhere. (3) Flies. (4) Gnats. And when we focus on Yahweh, what ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2022
(1) Maybe the best way to appreciate how "big" God is, is to go outside. (2) Maybe not all the Egyptians are forever, hopelessly, stubborn.
Before we start reading our passage this morning, think about the worst storms you've ever been in. Try to remember the biggest rain storms, and the thunder, and the hail, and the blizzards. When I do this, I tend to think about four stories, two of which I'll share. One day, when I ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2022
Teach your kids, that God is a Big God. Help them start from a higher place of faith and confidence, than you did.
A friend of mine asks brilliant questions. In his own words, he doesn't always have the right answer. But he often has the right question. And he asked me the other day, "How can we teach our kids and grandkids to understand that God is a Big God?" His question put a bug in my ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2022
God doesn't treat all people the same. Also, bonus discussion of OT slavery-- it's not what you think.
The last few weeks, I've found myself struggling with the relentless nature of God's plagues. I don't really even have words to explain how working through this has affected me. But when you find yourself thinking about the plagues off and on during the day while you work, and then ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2022
The Passover is not "our" festival. But there are things about it, that we should learn and carry over to how we "observe" the Lord's supper.
This morning, we find ourselves in Exodus 12. Here, Pharaoh is about to finally, forever be popped like a tick. Every Egyptian firstborn, from human to cow, will be killed. After this, Yahweh will give his people freedom, and lead them toward the promised land. Now, Yahweh knows that we ...read more
Contributed on Jan 16, 2022
God set up all of Israelite life, so it'd be a constant reminder not simply of God, but of God's power. Why?
Let's start today, by reminding ourselves of where we are in Exodus. At this point, Yahweh has killed the firstborn of every Egyptian-- from human, up to cattle. Pharaoh has released God's people from their servitude. And Yahweh gave favor to the Israelites, so that they could ask for ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2022
Here at last, the people truly "see" God's hand, and "trust" and "revere" God. Now, anything is possible.
Today, I want to try to respect our story, by treating it in its entirety. We should hear it all at once. And it's important for the story, to start it, not in chapter 14, but at Exodus 13:17. This marks a transition ("and then"), and there's something here that we need to ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2022
When God rescues, our natural response is to praise. And here, that's exactly what happens.
Let's start today by rereading part of last week's story, at Exodus 14:15. At this point in the story, the Israelites are seemingly doomed. They're trapped between the Sea of Reeds, and the Egyptians. And Moses himself apparently cries out to God, asking God to do something: (15) ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2022
If you're actually/fully obeying God, will He heal you?
I apparently needed a break from Exodus, which I didn't expect (did Psalm 9-12). But I'm learning to not fight it, and just go with it. [And I'm hoping this is the Spirit leading me, somehow]. This week, I felt like I was maybe ready to try Exodus again. Let's start by ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2022
God breaks his people from a slave mentality, and teaches them a better way to live.
Let's start today by rereading last week's little passage, Exodus 15:22-27: (22) And Moses led Israel from the Sea of Reeds, and they went out to the wilderness of Shur, and they walked three days in the wilderness, and they didn't find water, (23) and they came to Marah/Bitter, and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2022
How you answer that question, determines how you will go through life. Here, God is teaching them how good life can be, if God is with you.
This morning, we will read two separate, but connected stories from Exodus 17. And as we read, eventually, we are going to find ourselves focusing on one main question: "Is God with us, or not?" In the first story, we will see what life looks like, when you don't know for sure if ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2022
There's something to be said for giving allegiance to Yahweh, the one greater than all gods.
Today's story is mostly going to be about Jethro, the priest of Midian, and Moses' father-in-law. It's been a few months since we've mentioned his name. So let's start by simply rereading Exodus 4:18: (18) and Moses went, and he returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and he ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2022
Moses is a model of a great leader. His willingness to heed Jethro's advice, saves him from burnout, and the people from a DMV life.
Let's start today by reading verses 13-14: (13) and then, on the next day, Moses sat to "judge"/exercise authority for the people, and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening, (14) and the father-in-law of Moses saw all that he [was] doing for the people, and he ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
If we think about our relationship with God in terms of covenant, we will be far better off.
Let's start today by reading Exodus 19:1-4: (1) In the third month of the sons of Israel going out from the land of Egypt, on this day they came to the wilderness of Sinai, (2) and they set out from Rephidim, and they came to the wilderness of Sinai, and they camped in the wilderness, and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2022
And what does God expect from his people? The ten commandments, within their frame of God's apocalyptic appearance at Mount Sinai.
Today, we are going to work through "kind of" a big section in Exodus. It's maybe a mistake, to do it this way. We are going to fly high over some of God's most basic, well-known commands, and they deserve to be explained better than I'm going to. But the passage as a ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2022
Exodus puts two pictures of God, back to back. In #1, God is glorious, and "big," and scary. In #2, God also offers to come and be present in worship. Is this offer something we should want?
Christians often have negative attitudes about sacrifice in the OT. There's maybe four reasons for this: (1) We don't really understand sacrifice very well at all. It's foreign to us, and confusing. And I include myself in this. (2) We maybe know that the OT has a number of really ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2022
Unpacking what the burnt offering is, how to do it, why, and what we can learn as Christians from it. Using Exodus 20:4 as a launch point, as part of my Exodus series.
Today, I want to start a two week rabbit trail on the topic of OT sacrifice. I should warn you, up front, that this is the most complicated thing I've ever tried to work through in biblical studies. I'll do my best to explain it as simply as possible, and hide as much of the hard stuff as ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2022
Do what you have to do to pay the bills (vs. 1-6). And the "law of the daughter," which protects vulnerable women from being mistreated
Laws on "servitude" (Exodus 21:1-11) The past five weeks, we've explored five different rabbit trails connected to Exodus, one way or another. We talked about burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings. Then, we talked about three keys, of sorts, that help us understand how to read ...read more