There are two ways to live. We are either in the way of the righteous or in the way of the wicked. Psalm 2 urges us to take refuge in Christ negatively, from the perspective of the wicked who defy God. There are four reasons here to take refuge in Christ.
In Psalm 1, the Holy Spirit presents the substance of life very simply. There are two ways to live. The same choice is before us in Psalm 2. In Psalm 2, the two ways are presented with emphasis on the wicked and their foolish rejection of God. We either rage against Christ or take refuge in Christ. We either oppose God with the nations and perish, or trust in God and enjoy divine blessing. This Psalm presents several reasons to take refuge in Christ.
Psalm 1 presents things very simply. There are two ways to live. One results in blessing, the other in destruction. These two ways are set before Israel and the whole world. We can either live the Word-centered life from God or the sin-centered life fro now. As this Psalm indicates at the beginning of the inspired Psalter, this matter is especially important as we go to worship God. That you too would choose the life of the righteous, justified believer, I want to see from this Psalm three aspects of the righteous man.
Title: The Glory of the LORD Filled the Tabernacle
Passage: Exodus 40
Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin
Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service
Date: April 28, 2019
The main character of this chapter is God. This narrative about the Tabernacle is given to help men know God. This has been a theme of Exodus. In 6:7, the Lord said, “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.” This story about the Tabernacle helps us know God. Such knowledge demands certain responses of us. So how does the Tabernacle reveal God to us?
The focus throughout these chapters is on the people as they get to work on the sanctuary. We will pay special attention to how the Scriptures present Israel in these chapters. As you consider look at Israel’s example, you should ask yourself a question. If Israel is acting thus about the Tabernacle which pointed to Christ, how much more should these things be true of me, a follower of Christ himself? How should God’s people respond to his grace?
In this passage, we see at core that Moses represents God to the people, and he does so primarily through the ministry of the Word. This passage is about mediation and proclamation. It’s about God’s Man and God’s Word. We must glory in the Word of God, even when it comes to us written by men.
The verses before us this morning give something of a positive plan for Israel to retain covenant fidelity to Yahweh. Yes, the program echoes the covenant laws of Exodus 23, but they show that Israel’s covenant with Yahweh has two key facets. Israel must reject false gods, but they must also be devoted in heart and hand to Yahweh, the true God.
In the beginning of Exodus 34, God told Moses to make two new tablets. this is a signal really for what will follow in chapters 34-35:3. At the core of Exodus 34 is a reestablishment of the covenant God gave in Exodus 20-23 and ratified in chapter 24. Verses 6-7 are crucial. But they are part of a bigger picture in this passage related to the covenant, which still hangs in the balance. This passage shows the effects of God’s grace. As the text continues, we begin to understand more the relationship of God’s grace to his dealings with Israel.
This passage follows God’s allowance in 33:17 that God would still dwell with his people Israel despite their heinous sin at Sinai. This passage reveals who God is and why he does not abandon Israel. As it shows us who God is, this passage is meant to drive us to worship.