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.
Even though Israel disobeyed and failed to trust the God who had saved them from Egypt, he remained faithful to the promise he made to Abraham and still brought Israel to the promised land of blessing.