These are the Names

The book of Exodus begins with the line “And these are the names of the sons of Israel…” In the Hebrew Bible the name of the book of Exodus is an abbreviation of this line, simply “names.” Exodus 6:14-27 is clearly an echo of that opening sentence. The word “these” is used once in Exodus…

Psalm 82 and Human Gods

The Psalms refer to men as “gods” in a number of places, and Jesus defends His own deity on the basis of Psalm 82. “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods… I said ‘You are gods,’ and all of you are sons of the Most High. But you shall…

Being God

When Moses protested that he was not a good public speaker Yahweh said that Aaron could be his spokesman. Yahweh would make Moses “like God” to Aaron (4:16). As God speaks to Moses and instructs him, Moses would be like God and speak to Aaron and instruct him. Later, when Moses again protests that he…

I am Yahweh

Yahweh’s speech at the beginning of Exodus 6 is arranged chiastically: A. I am Yahweh (6:2) B. Promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (6:3-5) C. I am Yahweh who brings you out (6:6a) D. I will rescue you (6:6b) E. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm (6:6c) D’. I will take you as…

Feast of Forgiveness

Every week we celebrate this meal as a ministry of forgiveness. Specifically, Jesus gave this cup to his disciples and told them that is was for the remission of sins. I just want to take this meditation to emphasize this point. Consider this an extended, underlined absolution and assurance of pardon. When you take this…

Worship as Defiance

Every week we gather here for worship in defiance. We gather here as revolutionaries. And this service of worship is our revolt. Here as we proclaim the Triune Name, as we sing the Psalms, hear the Word of our King, feast at His table and receive His blessing, we do so in defiance of all…

Eighth Sunday in Trinity: Exodus V

IntroductionGod’s claim on the lives of his people is always public, and there are always competitors to His authoritative voice. And when we obey and the voices collide, the faithful frequently suffer. How do you handle the challenges of obedience? To Feast and SacrificeNotice that the dialogue is set up to present Yahweh speaking directly…

Proverbs 29:3-7

29:3: “Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.” This proverb returns to some of the basic themes from the beginning of proverbs. Here we have a comparison and contrast between certain kinds of love. In the first instance, love attaches to wisdom which is described as a…

Passover Warfare

Every time we gather at this table we are celebrating the great and glorious Passover of Jesus Christ. We lift up the blood and body of Christ, reminding God that we are covered in the blood of Christ. And as we do this, proclaiming our Lord’s death, the Angel of Death passes over us and…

Seventh Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 4:1-31

Opening Prayer: Almighty and gracious Lord, we humble ourselves before you now and ask that you would deal with us. We thank you that you do not deal with us only where we should have been, but you come and meet us where we are. Empower your word and remake us. And as we are…