Sermon Quotes: "The Best and Worst of Times"
“To a modern reader such an opening might not seem consistent with high literary style. It was, however, not only good style but entirely welcome in the ancient setting, where a group of refugees of mixed ethnic origin, many of whom were young enough to be learning their national traditions for the first time, were being reminded of God’s plan through a people descended from Abraham and heirs to the promises first made to him.” Douglas Stuart
“God is careful to keep his promises to the people who matter to him.” Dale Ralph Davis
“Joseph and his brothers had just one thing going for them, and that was their God. What was important about these people was that they were God’s people. And what a God they had! He was the God of the everlasting covenant, who turned what they meant for evil-namely, selling their own brother into slavery-into good (Gen. 50:20). He is the same God we will meet throughout the book of Exodus. The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin (Ex. 34:6-7).” Phil Ryken
“And I will make you a great nation, I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3
“Then the Lord said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.” Genesis 15:13-14