Jesus' life was inextricably linked to fulfilling the Ten Commandments. Our lives are linked to them as well. Jesus summed them up for us. Love God and love your neighbors. And when we fail in this, we confess our sins, receive absolution and forgiveness, and pray for the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep on trying.
It seemed entirely foolish for God to take Israel into the desert but can you see? He leads us, sometimes, to what seem like foolish places, to places where we cannot provide for ourselves, so that he alone can provide what we truly need. And then, there in the desert, mere intellectual assent gives way to belief which becomes sincere devotion, adoration, and worship.
In this Sunday's sermon, we consider Israel as she stands trapped between Pharoah's chariot army and the waters of the Red Sea. Up until this point in time, their identities have been completely defined by someone else, by the demands and schedules and whips of their taskmasters. They do not know what it looks like to be free!
Today we were challenged to keep the Sabbath holy.
This Lord's Day, we consider that at the center of God's story of salvation is the image of a lamb that is slain and yet conquers. This lesson preached upon was Exodus 12:1-14.