Summary: GOD GUIDES HIS COVENANT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO POSSESS HIS PROMISES
GOD GUIDES HIS COVENANT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THEIR
PILGRIMAGE TO POSSESS HIS PROMISES
I. (:1-7) THE HEART SONG OF GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE
Who is addressed here as God’s covenant people?
"seed of Abraham" = "His servant"
"O sons of Jacob" = "His chosen ones"
What should be their Heart Song?
A. Praise Him with a Spirit of Thanksgiving
"give thanks to the Lord"
"Sing to Him, sing praises to Him "
B. Seek the Lord with a Spirit of Gladness
"call upon His name"
"Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad"
"Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually"
C. Testify to His Deeds and Character
"Make known His deeds among the peoples"
"Speak of all His wonders"
"Glory in His holy name"
"Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth"
Why is God deserving of this type of recognition"
"He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth"
II. (:8-15) THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF GOD’S COVENANT PROMISES = THE BIRTH OF GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE
A. The Covenant Made with Abraham
"To you I will give the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance"
1. "To you" -- privilege of being the chosen children of God
2. "give" -- privilege of receiving a gracious gift
3. "the land of Canaan" -- the goodness of the gift
4. "inheritance" -- privilege of inheritance
B. The Nature of the Covenant = Promise
"the word" of God
"commanded" by God
"a statute" of God
C. The Covenant Confirmed to Isaac and Jacob/Israel
D. The Covenant Not Time Restricted
"He has remembered His covenant forever"
"The word which He commanded to a thousand generations"
"To Israel as an everlasting covenant"
E. The Covenant Ambitious in its Scope
How could a great nation come from one man (Abraham), or from "a few men in number"? "Very few"!
How could they end up possessing a land to which they did not even have squatter’s rights? "strangers in it "
How could they end up as possessing and inheriting this land when they had no home to call their own? "they wandered about from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people"
F. The Covenant People Protected by the King of Kings
"He permitted no man to oppress them"
"He reproved kings for their sakes"
"Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm "
III. (:16-24) THE INCUBATOR STAGE IN THE STRENGTHENING OF GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE
God uses seemingly hopeless circumstances to test and refine His people for
greater fruitfulness and strength
A. The Problem of the Famine
"And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread"
B. The Problems Faced by Joseph
1. "sold as a slave" by his own brothers
2. falsely imprisoned and seemingly forgotten -- Situation looked Hopeless
the Lord’s timetable = the key
Key phrase: "the word of the Lord tested him".C. The Opportunities Granted to Joseph
"made him lord of his house"
"and ruler over all his possessions"
became the wise man over the king’s wise men
became the refuge for the children of Israel in the time of famine
D. The Results = Fruitfulness and Strength
1. Fruitfulness: "He caused His people to be very fruitful"