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When Moses was about to die, his final words to the nation urged them again and again to love the LORD their God and remain faithful to him. As a prophet of God, he knew that the people would not remain faithful to their God. They would enter the land, God would bless them as he promised, and yet, as they grew fat and secure, they would forget their God and turn to false gods. Still, he urged the people not to turn from their God, as in the Scripture call to worship for this Lord’s Day from Deuteronomy 32:3-4: For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. This passage illustrates well the divide between true and false religion, even today. Those who reject God demean and malign the LORD. They accuse him of being unjust or even perverse. But those who know the true God of Israel, especially through his only begotten Son Jesus Christ, know their God. They ascribe to him greatness. They have found that he is a Rock, and that all his works and ways are holy and just. So this Lord’s Day, as people redeemed by the blood of Christ, may your own heart be steadfast in your faith in this God. May you be ready to proclaim God’s goodness and ascribe greatness to our God through his Son Jesus Christ.
In the prayer service this Lord’s Day, we’ll turn to 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 and Paul’s prayer of thankfulness for the Thessalonians. We’ll review Psalm 46 (Red 84).
The sermon this Sunday is about how God leads his servants. We will look at how God leads Moses after the encounter with the burning bush at Mt Horeb back to Egypt, and consider how God leads us in similar ways. So, while the end of chapter 4 teaches about Moses’s journey back to Egypt after God’s revelation of himself at Sinai, it also teaches about the character of our God with his people. The passage teaches us that God encourages, teaches, and chastises those who belong to him. As we think of how God does this for Moses, I believe you will be encouraged as we see how God lovingly leads and cares for you who have believed in his Son Jesus Christ.
Call to Worship: Deuteronomy 32:3-4
Hymn 302 [Red] Great God of Wonders!
Congregational Reading: Psalm 58:1-6
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] Jesus Lives, and So Shall I
Hymn 54 [Blue] For the Beauty of the Earth
Scripture Reading: Exodus 6:14-30 & John 3:22-36
Hymn 171 [Blue] Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart As I said, we see in our text that God teaches his servants. The theme of teaching comes out several times in this old hymn by George Croly. In the second verse, we pray, “I see Thy cross—there teach my heart to cling.” In the third stanza he asks the Spirit to teach him the reality of God’s presence, endurance in struggles, faith, and patience for prayer. In the last stanza we pray again that God’s Spirit would teach us, this time to love him with a holy, heavenly affection. Yes, brothers and sisters, we need God to teach us. For us believers, he does this through the Spirit (1 John 2:27; cf. John 14:26).
Sermon: The Pleasures & Perils of Serving Yahweh from Exodus 4:18-26
Hymn 307 [Red] How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Conservative Declaration 8: Art 11 & 12, taught by Eric White