Sermon Quotes: "You Gotta Serve Somebody"
“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 that God’s primary purpose is for that rapturous enjoyment of each other’s presence.” Victor Hamilton
“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
“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 humanity 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