Archive for September 22nd, 2015

September 22, 2015

Shining Face of Moses, Sabbath Regulations, Contributions for the Tabernacle (Exodus 34:29-35:19)

Chuck CainOn September 20, 2015, the adult Sunday School class studied Exodus 34:29 through 35:19.

The last verses of Exodus 34 record the seventh and final descent of Moses from Mount Sinai. He brings with him the tablets of the testimony. His face shines as a result of his time with God and the lingering effect of his having been shown God’s glory (33:18). This appearance serves to authenticate Moses as mediator and leader, God’s presence and guidance, and the Law. Based on 2 Corinthians 3:7 through 4:6, in the face of Moses we see the glory of any person who meets with God by faith through his word. That is, being with God has a transforming effect on people. Also in this passage we see the glory of the gospel as the old covenant fades away.

In chapter 35 we see Moses resuming his discussion of the sabbath after he was rudely interrupted after 31:18 upon his finding Israel engaged in idolatry. Moses then proceeds to announce God’s commands regarding the tabernacle. He solicits contributions and craftsmanship from the Israelites. He orders the manufacture of the the tabernacle, particularly listing the seven articles of furniture (35:12-16). Note that this is the third such listing. The first was in chapters 25-30, and the second occurs in 31:7-9. There will be seven such listings before Exodus is concluded.

Note that Aaron has apparently been forgiven his sins and his lame excuses recorded in chapter 32, for according to 35:19 he is to be consecrated as high priest. This plus God’s renewed promise to dwell with his people shows that there is always hope for sinners.–Chuck Cain

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September 22, 2015

Ears to Hear (John 8:39-47)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, September 5, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Ears to Hear” from John 8:39-47.

The only way to have God as your Father and to have Christ as a Brother is through faith in him as your Lord and Savior.

1. Children of a Different Father—The Jews show by their works that they aren’t children of Abraham, because Abraham believed God when he spoke.

2. True Sons of God—Those who have God as Father will hear, love and believe the words of Jesus.

3. Faith Comes from Hearing—Christians have God’s revelation in full in Scripture. We have an advantage over those who lived during Jesus’ earthly ministry.

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