Sermon Quotes: "Worth Remembering Again"
“Within the context of Exodus this section provides an exceptionally important introduction to all that will take place in the rest of the book…Verses 1-2 set the scene chronologically and geographically for the events that will be narrated in the rest of Exodus, God’s speech to Moses in verses 4-6 sets the scene theologically for the covenant that will be formally ratified in chapter 24, binding the Israelites in exclusive loyalty to YHWH.” T. Desmond Alexander
“But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12
“These chapters (19-24) depict one of the great defining moments of Israelite history and of Old Testament and biblical theology…Centuries of planning and timing now come together in a single moment. The sense of drama could hardly be higher.” Paul House
“This was a formal speech, as the style of language indicates. God addressed his people using their proper titles because he was setting forth the terms of their relationship. To use the biblical term for it, he was renewing the covenant, his binding love commitment to his people…Really everything else in the Old Testament-indeed everything else in human history-can be explained in terms of the covenant relationship described in these verses.” Phil Ryken
“The phrase suggests God’s primary purpose is for that rapturous enjoyment of each other’s presence.” Victor Hamilton
“The magnitude of what God offers the Israelites should not be overlooked. As fleeing slaves, they find themselves in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula without territory to call their own. YHWH, however, promises them that they shall be his ‘treasured possession.’” Desmond Alexander
“Israel’s covenant has a profound purpose: she will become God’s ‘treasured possession…a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’ (Ex. 19:5-6). In Israel, the world was supposed to witness living in rightly ordered relationship to God, one another, and the rest of the world. This is how God’s treasure would look. This is how a kingdom of priests-those mediating God’s presence was to live before the world. This is how a holy nation was to reflect God’s holiness back to him.” Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum
“In Jesus cross and resurrection, redemption from sin has finally come in its complete sense. In Christ, an even greater exodus from slavery has occurred. In Christ, you and I experience an exodus more miraculous than Israel knew as she walked between walls of water.” Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum
“It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him.” John Piper
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9
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