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Even a casual reader of the Bible understands that the Old Testament has a special focus on the chosen people, the seed of Abraham. Yahweh wants his chosen people to know and glorify him alone as God Yet that concern ought not completely overshadow another, equally valid, if less emphasized, concern: that the nations would know that he alone is God. This second concern is found clearly in Psalm 66:1-4, our call to worship for this Sunday’s worship services: Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! It is all the earth that is to worship God with joy. Then, in v 4: All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. God is not only after Israel’s worship, but, through Israel, he demands the devotion and praise of all the earth. Following this high call to the nations to submit to the God of Israel, the Psalmist continues to recount the Lord’s marvelous deliverance of his people in the Exodus from Egypt (see v 6)! The events we are considering from the book of Exodus are intended to glorify the name of the Lord in both his chosen people, the sons of Abraham and in all the nations. This Scripture theme fits perfectly with some of the points that I’ll be making in this Sunday’s sermon.
In the prayer service, we’ll return to the prayer of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 19. To begin the service, we’ll review Psalm 66, “Let All the Earth with Loud Rejoicing” (Red 94).
As I said above, the sermon this Sunday looks at the LORD’s intention to use the Exodus to bring glory to himself. The key verse is 7:5, where the Lord says, “The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” Yahweh is not a parochial deity. He is the one true God of all the earth. He wants to be known in Israel, but he also wants his name to be known and confessed in all the earth. This emphasis is what we find in our first catechism question’s answer, The chief end of man is glorify God and to enjoy him forever. That chief end is for all nations, even in the Old Testament.
Call to Worship: Psalm 66:1-4
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name This hymn by Edward Perronet and John Rippon is especially appropriate, considering the subject matter of our call to worship and sermon. One of the things I plan to discuss in the sermon is how the Exodus is a call to both Jews and Gentiles to know and glorify Yahweh as God. That is the very idea of this hymn. The first verse calls angelic powers to bow before Jesus Christ. The second verse calls martyrs to worship him. Then the “seed of Israel’s chosen race” is urged to acknowledge Christ Jesus, followed by the Davidic kings. But it is not only the Jewish people with whom the hymn is concerned. In v 5, the nations are called to worship Christ as well: Worship is demanded of “every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball.” God’s holy program to bring glory to himself is at work in both the nation Israel and the church.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 65:5-8, 13-15
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] Arise, My Soul, Arise
Hymn 20 [Blue] We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-20 & John 6:60-71
Hymn 291 [Red] All Glory Be to God on High
Sermon: The Chief End of Egypt from Exodus 7:1-13
Hymn 332 [Blue] My Jesus, I Love Thee
There will be no Sunday School tomorrow.