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Sermon Quotes: "Numbering Our Days in 2016"

"This community lament has some unspecified disaster as its background.” ESV Study Bible

“It was composed on one of the occasions when the people of God were being struck dead as a judgment on their sin.” Eric Lane

“He alone is self-existent. God is the only one who can say, ‘I am who I am.’ The grand difference between a human being and a Supreme being is precisely this: Apart from God I cannot exist; apart from me God does exist. God does not need me in order for Him to be. I do need God in order for me to be. This is the difference between what we call self-existent Being and dependent being. To say that God is self-existent simply means there was no time when God started to exist. He has always been. He is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. He is independent, self-sufficient and secure. God, and God alone, has the power of being within Himself. He is who He is, ‘I am who I am.’ That God is self-existent means that he is unique. He alone is eternal.” R.C. Sproul

“God is addressed as our sovereign and our shelter. We are his to command, though He is also ours to enjoy.” Derek Kidner

“Though we are aware of the fleetingness of life, we remain unimpressed because in our stupidity we remain bound to our transient existence as if we could live for two thousand years. Therefore Moses seeks to awaken us by elevating our thoughts to the eternity of God for whom a thousand years are but as yesterday when it is past. The minds of those who imagine they are guaranteed a long life are in a state of stupefaction, until meditation on the heavenly life rids them of their foolish fancy. A watch in the night lasted three hours, therefore a thousand years to God is comparable to a brief period when men scarcely know whether they are asleep or awake.” John Calvin

“But why death? Death is God’s limit on creatures whose sin is they want to be as gods. We are not gods; and by death we learn that we are only human. Death is God’s determination to limit our arrogance.” Don Carson

“The numbering of days is a lesson not in elementary arithmetic but in life-changing theology” Michael Wilcox

“It has been well worth facing the unwelcome facts of time, wrath and death, to have been moved to such a prayer and such assurance.” Derek Kidner