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JON’S SERMON EXODUS 12:5-7, PART THREE

II.Exodus 12:5-7 “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”

A. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. How strange it must have seemed to the Israelites for the whole congregation to kill their lambs at twilight and then put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts and lintel when they should be getting ready for their Exodus. I don’t know how long it takes us to get ready for a trip, but it would take us longer than one night. We would probably be yelling out the window, “Just a minute.”

God’s will is often in total opposition to man’s way of thinking. Indeed, to the carnal mind, God’s Word is strange. In the early ‘80s when I told my co-workers that my wife and I were discipling our children at home, they thought it very strange. God’s way is peculiar to the world.

Think of the gospel that says those who believe shall be saved by grace, yet how many religions place additional requirements on their followers. “There is a way that seemeth right to a man but leads to death,” so let us then pay particular attention that only those who obeyed God’s directives would be saved. The faith they had placed in the Egyptian State all their lives must now be placed in God. They were to be obedient to His Word and not the State’s!

1. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

2. Exodus 5:18-21 “‘So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks.’ The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, ‘You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks.’ When they left Pharaoh’s presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them. They said to them, ‘May the LORD look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.’”

3. Joshua 24:14 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

4. 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD.’”

a. We have no reason to boast, do we? And yet we often puff ourselves up, yet there is absolutely nothing that we have that was not given to us by Christ.

5. Jeremiah 9:23,24 “Thus says the LORD, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things’ declares the LORD.”

6. Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

a. Do your children hearken unto your counsel? Do they listen and cheerfully obey? Parents must train their children to listen and obey.

7. Hebrews 11:28 “By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.”

a. This is going back to the understanding of killing the lamb and putting the blood on the doorposts and lintels. It was not by what seemed right in their own eyes, but by faith that they kept the Passover. And now by the blood of Christ, we are covered from the destruction of death.

b. Where does faith come from? It comes from God! God gives faith. It is not because we have done anything. It is nothing that we have done. That was a hard one for me because so many pastors talk about getting faith. What do we do, just go out and grab faith? No more than we grab redemption or a new birth. We do not grab it; God gives it.

B. I find it incredible that these rebellious people obeyed, when they did nothing but complain throughout the desert. Can’t you see their heels digging in as they struggle against God’s commands? I certainly can because we are no different from them except through God’s living Spirit working in us. Indeed, the reason they obey in this is that God put it in their hearts to do so.

C. In reference to the preceding verse that “by faith he kept the Passover,” A. W. Pink in Gleanings in Exodus comments (on page 85): “It was at such a moment that Moses heard from God what he was to do. To sense and sight it must have seemed most inadequate, and quite unlikely to accomplish the desired result. Why should this last plague be expected to accomplish what the nine had failed to do with all their accumulating terrors? Why should the mere sprinkling of the blood have such a marvelous effect? And if they were indeed to leave Egypt ‘that same night’ why should the people be burdened with all those minute ceremonial observances at the moment when they ought to be making preparation for their departure? Nothing but ‘faith’ could be of any avail here. Everything was opposed to human understanding and human reasoning.

With all the consciousness of ill-success upon him, nothing but unfeigned faith in the living God and what he had heard from Him, could have enabled Moses to go to the people and rehearse all the intricacies of the Pascal observances, and tell them to exercise the greatest care in the selection of a lamb on the tenth day of the month, to be slain on the fourteenth day, and eaten with (to them) an unmeaning ceremony. It called for no ordinary confidence in what Moses had heard from God to enable him to go to his brethren who, in their deep distress, must have been ill-disposed to listen; for, hitherto, his efforts had only increased the hatred of their oppressors, and their own miseries as bondmen. It would to human sight be a difficult if not impossible task to persuade the people, and convince them of the absolute necessity of complying with all the minute details of the observance of the Passover ordinance.

But this is just where faith came in. This was just the field on which it could obtain its greatest victory. Hence we read that, ‘through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood’ (Heb. 11:28), and thus every difficulty was overcome, and the Exodus accomplished. All was based on ‘the hearing of faith.’ The words of Jehovah produced the faith, and were at once the cause and effect of all the blessing.”(Dr. Bullinger)

D. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. Although thousands upon thousands of lambs were to be slain, throughout this entire chapter these lambs are always referred to in the singular. For there is only one Lamb by which all men must be saved. Most men try to enter according to their way through their own making, but there is no way around heaven; those who enter must do so by the front door.

I was talking to a neighbor of Candy’s mom about Christ. He does not read his Bible nor go to church, but thinks that his good deeds—that of cutting his elderly neighbor’s grass—will get him to heaven. I asked him why he thought that good deeds would get him to heaven and then proceeded to tell him that he can only know for sure the way to heaven by reading God’s own Word about how man secures heaven.

1. John 10:8,9 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

a. Although sheep become intermixed while grazing on various hillsides amongst other herds, when they will hear the voice of their shepherd, they will depart from the others and follow him. Though many shepherds call out to their sheep at the same time, each flock gathers together at the heels of their own shepherd. I find that very interesting, don’t you? The truth of God’s Word is all around us even when it comes to herding sheep.

2. John 10:3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

3. John 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.”

4. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

a. Children are supposed to see their heavenly Father through their own fathers. We are to be Christ like, so that our children will follow the Shepherd.

5. Psalm 118:20 “This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.”

a. Don’t you love how the Old Testament is harmonious with the New Testament? Some think that Christ is just in the New Testament, but we know differently, for we diligently study the whole of God’s Word. Consequently, we know that Christ is in every Word and on every page of the Old Testament.

6. Isaiah 35:8 “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but I shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

a. What way? The way of holiness! Only those who are holy can come before the Lord. “Take off your sandals,” God says, “for you are standing on Holy ground.”

7. Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

8. Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

a. Isn’t that a grievous thing? Think of all the people who have started on a different road, thinking that they were on the right road. We must be on the right road, and the only way to know the right road is to study the entire Word of God.

9. Matthew 7:13,14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

a. This, too, is very grievous! Just like Candy’s mom’s neighbor who is so sure of his salvation because he cuts his neighbor’s grass and takes her to the beauty shop and shovels my in-laws’ driveway in the winter, yet so resistant to our encouragement to read scriptures. What does scripture say? Works without faith is dead. He is a dead man walking in the land of the living.

E. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. The blood of the covenant was not to be placed on the threshold to be stepped over or trampled underfoot.

1. Hebrews 10:29 “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

a. Do we trample underfoot the Son of God, or are we covered with His blood? How much do we concern ourselves with God’s Word? Do we see the correlation between following God’s Word here and following God’s Word in our own lives?

F. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. The mark or seal of the Lamb, the seal of approval so to speak, is Christ. Only if applied properly will it serve as our protection against God’s wrath. Like doorposts, it is the first thing that all shall see—the Spirit of the Lord—in us. As we seek the kingdom of God, His will shall be foremost in our minds and in our actions so that a visible difference is clearly seen between those within the house of His protection and those without.

1. Revelation 7:2,3 “And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.’”

a. Have you been sealed, or will you be one of those who hear the Lord say, “I know him not”?

2. Ezekiel 9:4-6 “The LORD said to him, ‘Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.’ But to the others He said in my hearing, ‘Go through the city after him and strike, do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary.’ So they started with the elders who were before the temple.”

3. Romans 8:5-11 “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

4. Hebrews 10:14-18 “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them, after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them.’ He then says, ‘And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.”

5. Hebrews 9:14 “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

a. Do these verses give you an understanding of what God is doing in the Exodus? They do for me.

6. Matthew 7:16-20 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.”

a. We must train our children to discern people by their fruit. If someone claims to be a Christian, there should be visible fruit that reflects Christ. This is one of the blessings of living in a community, where walking with people over years reveals their fruit.

nchorG. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. Notice that they were not safe from death until they applied the blood to the doorposts and the lintels, representing that Christ’s merits must be applied to our lives. The reason for this is that only perfect obedience is acceptable to our Holy Father, and since we are totally unable to be perfectly obedient, God sent His Son to justify the ungodly. So it isn’t just the shedding of Christ’s blood that justifies us, but Christ’s total obedience in every thought, word, and deed. Christ is our righteousness.

1. Romans 2:13 “For it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.”

a. Boy, this contradicts the theology of quite a few churches, doesn’t it?

2. Leviticus 18:5 “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.”

3. Deuteronomy 27:26 “‘Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

4. Galatians 3:10-14 “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.’ Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for ‘The righteous man shall live by faith.’ However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, ‘He who practices them shall live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’—in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

5. Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

6. Romans 3:19-26 “Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

7. Galatians 4:4, 5 “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

8. Romans 5:6-19 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One Man, Jesus Christ abound to many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners. Even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”

9. Romans 8:3,4 “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

10. 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”

11. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

12. Jeremiah 23:5,6 “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch’ and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The LORD our righteousness.’”

13. Philippians 3:9,10 “Not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

14. Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

15. Isaiah 53:3-12 “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”

16. Philippians 2:6-11 “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

17. Hebrews 5:8,9 “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”

18. John 17:4,19 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do…. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.”

19. Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

H. So it is not enough to know that Christ’s blood was shed for His people, it must be applied to our lives. This is accomplished by applying the Word of God to our lives.

1. Romans 10:2-10 “For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down), or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).’ But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

2. Romans 4:11,12 “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.”

3. John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

4. Romans 1:16,17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’”

5. 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

6. Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

7. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.’”

8. 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

9. Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

10. John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth.”

11. John 15:3 “Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you.”

12. Matthew 7:21,24,25 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.… Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

13. Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and My deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

14. Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.”

15. Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

16. Revelation 17:14 “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is the Lord of lords and king of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

I. Praise God that He is the rock of our salvation and that it is He who sustains us. In Communion with God, John Owen writes (pages 24,25): “He very poignantly reveals the wonderful loving faithfulness of our Rock! Whom God loves he loves to the end, and he loves them all alike. On whom he set his love, it is set forever. God’s love does not grow to eternity or lessen in time. God’s love is an eternal love that had no beginning and that shall have no end. It is a love that cannot be increased by anything we do and that cannot be lessened by anything in us.

The love of God in itself is the eternal purpose and act of God’s will. This is no more changeable than God himself. If it were, nobody could be saved. But God’s love does not change and therefore we are not consumed in his wrath. Does God then love his people while they are sinning? Yes! He loves his people but he does not love their sinning. Doesn’t God’s love change towards them? Not the purpose of his will to love them, but the working out of his gracious acts and disciplines towards them is changed. He rebukes them, disciplines them, hides his face from them, smites them, fills them with a sense of his indignation, but woe to us if he should change his love, or take away his kindness from us! Those very things which seem to suggest that his love to us changes in fact come to us from his love to us. ‘But won’t this encourage sin?’ To suggest such a thing is to admit you have never tasted the love of God. The doctrine of grace may be turned into an excuse for doing evil but the principle cannot. And we may further affirm that God’s detesting and loathing sin in his people is not inconsistent with the acceptance of their persons and this being chosen for eternal life.

Our love to God ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes, increases and decreases. We lose our first love, and we grow again in love. Unlike Christ, we are never the same yesterday, today and forever. What poor creatures we are! How unlike the Lord and his love! Like Reuben, we are ‘unstable as water and so cannot excel.’ One moment we appear to stand. Like Peter we say, ‘Though all men forsake you, I will not!’ Then we fall and deny Christ.”

(pages 28,29):“The love of the Father is eternal. He loved us from the foundation of the world. Before we ever existed or had done the least good, he though of us and loved us and delighted in us. It was then before the foundation of the world, that the Son of God rejoiced at fulfilling his Father’s delight in him (Proverbs 8:30).”

Proverbs 8:29-31 “When He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men.”

“…So the Father delighted in the Son for this very reason, that through his Son, his purpose to redeem and to show kindness to the sons of men would be shown. It was from eternity that the Father purposed in his heart to bring us to eternal happiness.

The love of the Father is freely given to us. He loves us because he wanted to love us. There was, there is, nothing in us to give God any reason why he should love us…But that which was in eternity before we existed, must of necessity be absolutely free if it is given to us for our well-being. This free choice of the Father as to whom he would love, and that he would love them, gives life and being to his love. It also gives the reason why he loves and gives value to his love. (Romans 9:11; Ephesians 1:3,4; Titus 3:5; James 1:18)”

Romans 9:11 “For though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls.”

Ephesians 1:3,4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.”

Titus 3:5-7 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

James 1:18 “In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.”

“…The love of the Father is unchangeable. Though we change every day, yet his love does not change. If anything in us or on our part could stop God loving us, then he would long ago have turned away from us. It is because his love is fixed and unchangeable that the Father shows us infinite patience and forbearance. If his love was not unchangeable we would perish (II Pet. 3:9).”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

J. The Israelites’ dwellings represented our bodies in that He writes His law upon our hearts and puts His word in our mouths and dwells among us.

1. Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they shall be my people.”

2. Isaiah 51:16 “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”

3. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

K. Now let us sing the hymns “Nothing but the Blood” on page 158 and “There Is Power in the Blood” on page 159.