Author: Stephen

  • The Promise of God’s Salvation

    Numbers 21 “God is just and will punish sin, but He is also gracious and will provide a way of salvation.” TGP I. God sends snakes. A. The consequence for sin is always death B. An individual response is demanded. II. The serpent image was detestable. A. Moses broke the second commandment. B. Snake watching is facing what we have done. III. Jesus became that detestable image. A. This is a clear case of Biblical…

  • The Rebellion of God’s People

    Numbers 13-14 Claiming the promise of God requires faith, obedience, and courage. I. Not trusting God is an act of rebellion. Numbers 14:9-10, cp. Isaiah 1:2, Hebrews 3:12-14 II. Obeying God is a watershed experience. A. Criticism is contagious. B. Joshua & Caleb trusted God’s promise. III. Wandering with God sure beats wandering without him. A. Their sins were pardoned but not unpunished. B. Their children learned in the dessert that God could be trusted.

  • A Picture of Atonement

    Leviticus 16 I. Yom Kippur was an opportunity for a fresh start. A. Known & unknown sins were covered. B. Intentional sins were not covered. C. Two goats displayed God’s justice and mercy. II. Yom Kippur kept the Jews from being stuck in sin. A. We want things to be normal but God wants things to be right. B. God’s wrath stops the tailspin of our lives. III. Easter is better than Yom Kippur. A.…

  • A Place for God’s Presence

    Exodus 35-40 Why the manatee? I. Worship is a response to God’s mighty deeds. (36:2-7) A. The people gave their gold and Oholiab and Bezalel gave their skill. B. Whatever we have to give is enough. II. Obedience leads to joy. (39:42-43) A. God’s way is better. B. God’s tabernacle/temple is a place for us to be with him. III. God’s presence makes a place holy. (40:34-38) A. The Church is God’s living temple. (1…

  • An Image of Idolatry

    Exodus 32 Fear has a way of keeping us in bondage even after Christ has set us free. But idols we make can’t help us. I. Why did they make a golden calf? A. They felt abandoned by God. B. We too might make idols when God seems distant. II. Why did Moses and God get so mad? A. They spurned God’s love by giving his glory to another. B. Whenever we imagine God differently…