A Mighty Minute - Song of Moses
Lesson Text: Deuteronomy 32:3–6, 10–14, 18
Key Verse: "Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.”
As the book of Deuteronomy comes to a close, Israel’s leader, Moses, was on the verge of death. As a result of the impending change of leadership, Moses spoke publicly for the final time. The result is several smaller speeches and songs that serve as the dramatic conclusion to Moses’ ministry. At first Moses reminded the Israelites to remember and accept the stipulations of God’s covenant. This covenant was based on God’s love for His people and their responding love and commitment to Him. A failure to adhere to God’s requirements would result in dramatic negative consequences for Israel. In addition, Moses’ speech included a statement on his successor, a recitation of the law, and a prediction of the future. In the midst of Moses’ speeches, he presented a song for the people. The song is reminiscent of psalms that celebrate the people’s relationship with God. Just as the psalms were meant for singing, so was this song of Moses. The three divisions of the song speak to the scope of the Israelites’ relationship with God. God’s loyalty is contrasted with their sinfulness. As a result, negative consequences are certain. However, forgiveness, healing, and protection can still be attained. Throughout church history, believers have expressed their joys, doubts, fears, and hopes in songs. These songs of worship have shaped believers into spiritually mature disciples of Jesus. Singing should not be a kind of sedative that numbs us. Rather, our singing should include repentance with praise and self-examination with satisfaction. Only in that way can singing shape us as people of God. On the surface, the nature of the song in today’s lesson is rather cynical; it highlights the failure of the people of Israel. Yet the song’s pointed nature leads to a declaration of hope. God’s salvation will transform and sustain, if only people remember His steadfast commitment to them. As a result, God’s people can sing of His mighty deeds, all while confessing our own failure to appreciate them. That same sort of forgetfulness can plague Christians today when we forget that our salvation is a gift from God as He draws us into His kingdom. We did not earn that citizenship; it was given to us freely. God sustains us when we recite the story of our faith and live out its implications in our lives.
Next Week’s Lesson: The Call Of Gideon – Judges 6:1-2, 7-16
Evangelism: Encountering & Experiencing Stories
Text: Acts 3: 1-10
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Led By: Dr. James Alexander
Please Use Below Guide for Bible Study Prep:
Preaching: Rev. Dr. James Alexander
Sermon Title: ""
Text: Mark 5:1-5
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
This is a paragraph. Use this area to add any information you want to share with users. Just click "Edit Text" or double click here to change the text and make it your own. You can also adjust the paragraph's font, size and color so it fits your website’s theme.
This is a great place to tell users a story about your website and let them know more about what you offer. You may want to share information about your company's background, your team, or the services you provide. Be sure to keep the tone and voice consistent throughout the site so users become familiar with your brand.