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Sermon Quotes: "Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment"

“Exodus 32 is simultaneously one of the low points and one of the high points in Israel’s history.” Don Carson

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” Ex. 20:4-5

“They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image. They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous things in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.” Ps. 106:19-22

“The point that cannot be escaped is that God’s wrath is not some minor and easily dismissed peripheral element to the Bible’s plot-line. Theologically, God’s wrath is not inseparable from what it means to be God. Rather, his wrath is a function of holiness as he confronts sin. But insofar as holiness is an attribute of God, and sin is the endemic condition of this world, this side of the Fall divine wrath cannot be ignored or evaded. It is not going too far to say that the Bible would not have a plot-line at all if there were no wrath.” D.A. Carson

“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 1 Cor. 10:6-7

“Anything can be an idol, and everything has been an idol…anything in life can serve as an idol, a God-alternative, a counterfeit god…What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give…It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving ‘face’ and social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in Christian ministry…If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, and identity, then it is an idol.” Tim Keller

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Cor. 10:14

“I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God. God remains gloriously all-satisfying. The human heart remains a ceaseless factory of desires. Sin remains powerfully and suicidally appealing. The battle remains. Where will we drink? Where will we feast? Feast on God.” John Piper

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“Divine love triumphed over divine wrath by divine self-sacrifice…The biblical gospel of atonement is of God satisfying himself by substituting himself for us.” John Stott

“He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

“How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, He pleads for us; and then when we are not praying, He is advocating our cause, and by His supplications shielding us from unseen dangers…We little know what we owe our Savior’s prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the ways whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise Him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon the earth. How shall we thank Him because He never held His peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon His hands, and carried our names upon His breastplate.” Charles Spurgeon