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Sermon Quotes: "The Past Comes Alive"

“A fierce delight and pride in the great march of God gleams through every line of this little poem-a masterpiece whose flights of verbal fancy would have excluded it from any hymn book but this. Here is the exodus not as a familiar item in Israel’s creed but as an astounding event: as startling as a clap of thunder, as shattering as an earthquake.” Derek Kidner

“No human mind has ever been able to equal, much less to excel, the grandeur of this Psalm.” Charles Spurgeon

“The song begins with a burst, as if the poetic fury could not be restrained, but overleaped all bounds. The soul elevated and filled with a sense of divine glory cannot wait to fashion a preface, but springs at once into the middle of its theme. Israel emphatically came out of Egypt…” Charles Spurgeon

“Now Mt. Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of the kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.” Exodus 19:18

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mark 14:36

“When the Lord Jesus sang this psalm in His earthly life, and most probably at His final Passover, he expresses faith that there is no obstacle whatever that can stop the covenant God rescuing His people. There was no obstacle at the Exodus; there will be no obstacle now. Jesus Himself proved that to be true, as He offered Himself as the true Israel for the sins of His people, and became for them the true Passover (1 Cor. 5:7). As now He leads His church in singing this song of triumphant faith, we too feel our faith excited to fresh confidence that the God of the Exodus, the God of Sinai, the God of wilderness provision, and the God of the Jordan crossing, will bring us His people in Christ out of slavery to sin, through the wilderness of the world, made holy to love His Law, and all the way into the promised land, which is the New Heavens and New Earth. Nothing and nobody in heaven or earth can stop Him.” Christopher Ash

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, of famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39

“The psalm ends on the note of his quiet creativity and care: his power directed to the point of need, transforming what is least promising into a place of plenty and a source of joy.” Derek Kidner

“Surely nothing is impossible for our Creator and Redeemer. Therefore, we should trust him fully, and praise him eternally.” Allen Ross