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
The Kingdom of God: Daniel's Vision Of Change
Text: Daniel 7: 9-14
9 “As I looked,
“thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
and the books were opened.
11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Led By: Min. Carlos Whitfield
Preaching: Rev. Larry Jones
Sermon Title: "The Care for Mercy"
Text: John 8: 3-11
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
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