Though Israel was unfaithful to God, his promises to Abraham remained in effect. Through Christ, God circumcises the hearts of those who trust him, fulfilling his promise of giving Abraham a great nation who would bring blessing to the world.
In Deuteronomy 30, the nation of Israel is reminded of God’s faithfulness to them and were urged to choose life by loving God and obeying his commands. We face the same choice today.
In order to fulfil God's plan to bless the nations through Abraham's family, the church should reach out to those outside of God's family to bring them in.
Content Advisory: There’s nothing lewd or inappropriate in this sermon, but we do talk about sex, so use caution when listening with little ones.
The Seventh Commandment summarizes all of God’s commands about marriage and sexuality. We often focus on ‘how far is too far’ and miss God’s intention for sex. God’s purpose for humanity is that we be a people who live in relationship with him, and being fruitful and multiplying is central to this vision. The seventh commandment condemns those who deviate from this vision by separating marriage from sex and childbearing.
The sixth commandment is more than a command simply not to murder. It is an acknowledgement that everyone is made in the image of God and is worthy of our respect and blessing. Everyone, including those you may consider your enemies.
The Sabbath is a gift to God’s people. It reminds us that God alone redeems and provides for us. It also provides us an opportunity to worship God with his people.
When Jesus calls disciples to follow him, he calls them to pick up their cross - an ancient instrument of torture - every day. Following Jesus is a whole-life commitment. That’s why we are commanded to love (or be loyal to) God with all of our ‘very muchness’. And when we truly understand who God is and what he’s done for us, devoting our lives to him will be the natural response.
Every day, a ancient Jewish person would recite the Shema, a creed found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 that forms the core of Old Testament theology and religion. This week, we look at the first half of this creed, focusing on who God is and what his name means. He is the god who is. At the Exodus and at the cross, God showed that he is above all other gods, yet he is our God.
Is it fair for God to choose Israel as his people and remove other nations from the promised land so his people could live there? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew looks at what it means to be chosen by God and how God is gracious in dealing with unrepentant people.
God's commands in the Pentateuch are not a series of hoops to jump through in order to earn God's favor. They ARE God's favor, but our hearts must be changed by God in order to participate in God's blessing.