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The Old Testament prophets often prophesied that Lord God who sent his people Israel into captivity would come again and them sometime in a glorious future kingdom. One such example of this is Isaiah. But Isaiah foretells not only the restoration of the Jewish people, but of the Gentiles as well. Through Isaiah the Lord God declares in Isaiah 56:8, The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.” God has a plan to save all the nations. In fact, the previous verse makes this very point: For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Again, the world-wide implications of God’s plan of redemption is boldly proclaimed. God’s house will be for all peoples. This is what we have been saved for. We have been saved to be true worshippers of God with all the saints of all the ages in glorious, future age to come. Having been granted the promise of eternal life and a kingdom inheritance, we give God our worship now as we wait for the glorious appearing of Christ Jesus.
In the prayer service, we’ll sing the hymn we’re learning this month, “Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee” (Gray 87). The lesson will come again from David’s prayer of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 29.
This week, our journey through Exodus continues with two additional components of the Tabernacle system, the bronze altar and the courtyard. The courtyard presses home even more powerfully the holiness of the God who has covenanted with Israel. The altar, however, shows the way the people will approach the God who dwells among them. Together, these two parts of the Tabernacle teach us a wealth about ourselves, our sin, and our God.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 56:6-8
Hymn 272 [Red] Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound
Congregational Reading: Psalm 26:6-12
Hymn 220 [Gray] Not All the Blood of Beasts This wonderful hymn by Isaac Watts uses the spiritual meaning of the Tabernacle to explain how Jewish worship pointed to Christ. In the first verse, Watts speaks of both the altar and its sacrifices: Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain could give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain. Only the Lord Jesus Christ and his death on the cross could really take away sin. For all those who believe on his name, salvation is theirs.
Hymn 315 [Red] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 13 & Romans 4:1-12
Hymn 358 [Red] Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Sermon: The Court & the Altar from Exodus 27:1-19
Hymn 199 [Gray] Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
In Sunday School, Dr. Eric White will continue his series on the Psalms of Ascents. This week, he looks at Psalm 125.