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How does one respond to the God of heaven’s covenantal presence? The logic of Exodus 25 is that, if you are a member of the covenant nation, one of the proper responses to such a gracious privilege is that you bring an offering. But this offering is not simply a matter of responding to God’s grace, but what God demands to prepare a place for him to dwell among his people. Nonetheless, it is right for those who know the true God to give back to God of the wealth he has already given us. And this is the spirit that Psalm 96:8-9 captures: Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! The offering here is likely some sacrificial offering, but the principle is the same. Those who know the glory of God and love him count it a joyful act of reverent worship to bring their God an offering. This is part of the beauty or splendor of holy worship.
The lesson for the prayer service will be one final look at the prayer of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2. We’ll begin the service singing “Not All the Blood of Beasts” (Gray 220).
In the worship service, we will look at the God’s command to Israel that they give to the tabernacle. The text is a stirring picture of the kind of generosity God’s grace ignites in the hearts of his people. The passage also introduces us to the sanctuary or tabernacle, where God will dwell with his people. In ch 25, we begin a whole new section of Exodus. It’s worth noting that we’re on the “home stretch” of the book, but with plenty of wonderful truth to proclaim. The sermon for this Sunday will answer How, What, and Why Israel was to bring an offering to God.
Call to Worship: Psalm 96:8-9
Hymn 302 [Gray] A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Congregational Reading: Psalm 54:4-7
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 356 [Red] Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Hymn 182 [Red] With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 9 & Romans 2:1-11
Hymn 243 [Gray] Take My Life This well-loved hymn by Frances R. Havergal reminds us that we owe God our everything. It’s not only “my silver and my gold” that we give God, it’s “my life,” “my love,” and even “myself.” Such whole-hearted devotion is the only right response to God. We must give him everything. We must take up our cross and follow Christ. We must love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. God is not interested in a portion of us, but in our all. The happy Christian is the one who joyfully responds to this great demand out of a burning heart of love and worship.
Sermon: Bring an Offering from Exodus 25:1-9
Hymn 33 [Gray] O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea
In Sunday School, I complete the series on spiritual growth with review and some final instruction concerning the role of the Spirit in our sanctification. Read Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines, chs 6 & 11 in preparation of this final lesson.