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The following is the next set of Jon’s sermons in The Lord’s Supper series. I apologize that I cannot find my notes on this segment of Jon’s sermon, which I copied while he was preaching. I know I have them, but I just cannot find them anywhere. If you saw all my files and piles, you would probably make the same comment a homeschooling mom made when she was here many years ago trying to organize all my paperwork. After only a little while, she grabbed my hand, looked me in the eye, and addressed me as “you poor thing,” and then proceeded to tell me she had no idea how bad it really was and that she really could not help me. See, I have a vast number of notebooks and tons of papers filled with notes. Notes for every CHEF event, notes for the conference, notes for probably fifty articles I have started, notes on every one of Jon’s sermons hurriedly written while he speaks (one day I intend to teach myself shorthand), notes for the business, notes of ideas I have for businesses, notes of all the things I have to do, notes on people I need to call…it’s really quite daunting.     

I had both Sonia and Jedidiah help me look for the notes for this section of the Lord’s Supper, but they could not find them either. I am terribly sorry! However, Joye is ready to send this segment, so I am going ahead and sending it without his additional comments. The next segment (which will be forthcoming as soon as I add the notes I took while he was preaching) will cover the significance of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Feast of Weeks. This will be a marvelous lesson for you to do with your children in preparation for Easter.  

ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD’S GRACE

       A.     Why did God deliver the sons of Israel? The following verse tells us that the sons of Israel cried out for help, but it does not specifically say that they cried out to the One True God for help. However, God is always faithful to His covenant.               

               1.     Exodus 2:23-25 “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.”        

               2.     Exodus 6:5-8 “Furthermore, I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD.’”        

              3.     Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”       

              4.     Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”       

              5.     Hebrews 7:22 “So much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.”       

              6.     Titus 1:1,2 “Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”       

              7.     Genesis 15:13-16 “God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions…. Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.’”       

              8.     Exodus 12:41 “And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.”       

              9.     Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”      

     B.     As a matter of fact, when we examine other verses about the Israelites’ stay in Egypt, we come to realize that they were serving the Egyptians’ false gods. With this knowledge, we can better understand the significance of the inclusion of the sons of Israel in the first three plagues, as they were equally guilty of the same sins. Furthermore, their exemption from the last seven plagues clearly defines God’s Divine grace, for it was not due to any merit on the Israelites’ part, but because of His covenant of grace.       

              1.     Exodus 22:20 “He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed.”       

              2.     Leviticus 17:7 “They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations.”       

              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.     Ezekiel 20:5-31 “And say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On the day when I chose Israel and swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I swore to them, saying, I am the LORD your God, on that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands. I said to them, ‘Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.’ But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live. Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes and they rejected My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; and My sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I resolved to pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to annihilate them. But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out. Also I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands, because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their idols. Yet My eye spared them rather than destroying them, and I did not cause their annihilation in the wilderness. I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols. I am the LORD your God; walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and observe them. Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’ But the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths. So I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness. But I withdrew My hand and acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. Also I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them among the lands, because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were on the idols of their fathers. I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live; and I pronounced them unclean because of their gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might know that I am the LORD. Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed Me by acting treacherously against Me. When I had brought them into the land which I swore to give to them, then they saw every high hill and every leafy tree, and they offered there their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering. There also they made their soothing aroma and there they poured out their drink offerings. Then I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah to this day.”’ Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and play the harlot after their detestable things? When you offer your gifts, when you cause your sons to pass through the fire, you are defiling yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” declares the Lord God, “I will not be inquired of by you.”’”’”       

              5.     Isaiah 1:5,6 “…The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds…”      

     C.     God’s deliverance is free and unmerited; it cannot be obtained by more work on our part. Although the Israelites believed when their deliverer first appeared, even bowing low to worship God, as soon as circumstances became difficult, they refused to trust in Him. Many people love the message of a Savior, but as soon as afflictions or persecution or sicknesses arise, they, too, refuse to trust in God.        

             1.     Exodus 4:29-31 “Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”       

             2.     Exodus 5:6-9,20-21 “So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, ‘You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, “Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.’ … 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.     Exodus 6:5-9 “Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD.’ So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.”      

     D.     Created in God’s image, all men everywhere are culpable for their sins; therefore, both the Egyptians’ sins and the Israelites’ sins were an obnoxious stench in the nostrils of God. Indeed, God tells us that all mankind’s corruption is worthy of death, even the Israelites’ corruption, yet God in His rich mercy saved them by His grace that He might manifest the riches of His grace in kindness toward them, and in fact towards us as well. It is a gift, not of works, that none of us can boast. We are His workmanship.        

              1.     Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”       

              2.     Romans 5:12 “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.”       

              3.     Romans 1:18-21 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”       

              4.     Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.”       

              5.     Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”       

              6.     Ephesians 2:3-10 “Among them we, too, all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”      

     E.     God set the Hebrews apart from the Egyptians.        

             1.     Exodus 5:3 “Then they said, ‘The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God…’”       

             2.     Exodus 8:22,23 “But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the LORD, am in the midst of the land. I will put a division between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign will occur.”       

             3.     Exodus 11:5-7 “And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well. Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.”       

             4.     Deuteronomy 7:6-7 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.” 

THEIR FATHER WHO BOUGHT THEM

       A.     Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.       

               1.     Deuteronomy 32:5-14 “They have acted corruptly toward Him, they are not His children, because of their defect; but are a perverse and crooked generation. Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you. Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the LORD’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The LORD alone guided him, and there was no foreign god with him. He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he ate the produce of the field; and He made him suck honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock, curds of cows, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, and rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the finest of the wheat—and of the blood of grapes you drank wine.”      

     B.     God abhors all sin, for He is Holy! Sin must be punished by a Holy God, thus atonement must be made by the blood of the Pascal lamb.

              1.     Revelation 15:4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; for all the nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”

              2.     1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

              3.     Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You can not look on wickedness with favor…”

              4.     Psalm 145:17 “The LORD is righteous in all His ways…”

              5.     Deuteronomy 10:12,13 “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”

              6.     1 Peter 1:16 “…You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

              7.     Psalm 5:5 “…You hate all who do iniquity.”

              8.     Psalm 7:11 “God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day.”

              9.     Psalm 19:8,9 “The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.”

             10.   Hebrews 9:22 “…without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”      

     C.     The difference is the Passover lamb.       

             1.     Exodus 12:27 “You shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes….’”       

              2.     Exodus 12:1-28 “Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, “On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. 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. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the LORD’s Passover. For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.”’ Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. And when your children say to you, “What does this rite mean to you?” you shall say, “It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.”’ And the people bowed low and worshiped. Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.”                      

                   a.      Had the Israelites not placed blood on the lintels and followed carefully God’s commands, death would have visited them as well. They were not exempt, nor are we exempt from the judgments of God if we are disobedient. We must work together to be obedient, or else death comes.                       

                   b.      Cut off seems severe, doesn’t it? At least compared to how most of our society looks at sin today. Because as we have compromised, we have lowered our standards of acceptance. This is the month of April, yet we have apples in our refrigerator that are still firm from last fall’s picking, but none with bruises. Bruises destroy an apple, yet the destruction does not stop there, for it also affects all the apples around them. This gives us more understanding of what sin does to our lives and also imparts a better understanding of the reason God tells us that it is better to pluck out an eye or cut off a hand than allow it to cause us to sin.                       

                   c.      The Egyptians had 400 years of grace, and now was their time of reckoning. In our time of grace, are we living our lives for ourselves, or are we living to glorify God? We possibly have 80 years of grace. What are we doing with it? Through the years we have made changes in our diet, not that we may live longer to hang on to life, but that we may be healthy enough to continue to teach and share what we have learned so that we have a stronger family, a stronger church, and a stronger community.                               

               1.     Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.”                              

               2.     Romans 2:4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”                               

               3.     Revelation 3:3 “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.”                              

               4.     Ecclesiastes 9:12 “Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.”                               

               5.     Isaiah 66:4 “So I will choose their punishments and will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight.”                              

               6.     Proverbs 1:24-26 “Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes.” 

REDEEMED

       A.     God redeemed the Israelites by purchasing them with the atoning blood of the Passover lamb. He took them as His people to be their God, and He led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And He fed them with manna from heaven and quenched their thirst with water from a rock. This is true for us as well! God has redeemed us by purchasing us from our bondage of sin with the atoning blood of Christ—our Passover Lamb. He leads us, feeds us with the Living Bread of Life, and satisfies our thirst with rivers of living water.               

                1.     Exodus 29:45,46 “I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the LORD their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the LORD their God.”              

                2.     Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”              

                3.     1 Corinthians 6:20 “For you have been bought with a price…”              

                4.     2 Corinthians 6:16 “…I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”               

                5.     1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God…” 

TO DEMONSTRATE HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS

       A.     Everything that God does is done for His glorification to demonstrate His righteousness.               

                1.     2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”              

                2.     1 Corinthians 5:7 “…Christ our Passover…”              

                3.     Exodus 12:11 “…it is the LORD’s Passover.”              

                4.     Genesis 22:8 “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son…’”               

                5.     2 Timothy 1:9 “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”              

                6.     Romans 3:24-26 “Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins preciously 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.     Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” 

OUR BONDAGE AND THE FUTILITY OF OUR WORKS

       A.     Just as Adam and Eve labored to sew fig leaves to cover their transgressions, so, too, the Israelites labored, but it never released them from their bondage. This points to the fact that no matter how hard we work to cover our transgressions, we can never attain salvation by our own efforts; for it is God who justifies the ungodly, so that no man can boast in his efforts. “For we are His workmanship, created for good works which He prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”               

                1.     Romans 4:2-8 “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will not take into account.’”              

                2.     Romans 11:6 “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”              

                3.     Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” 

MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH

       A.     Just as the Hebrews had to trust in the promise of Passover by placing the blood of the lamb on their doors, so we must trust in the promises of eternal life by placing our faith in our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. Deliverance comes only through the work of Jesus Christ—the finished work of Jesus Christ.               

                1.     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.’”              

                2.     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.”              

                3.     Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”              

                4.     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.”              

                5.     John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”