Pharaoh was in the hand of the Lord. He was raised up and hardened by the Lord. The absolute sovereignty of God over the ruler of Egypt marks the preview to the 10 plagues (Exodus 7:1-13), and introduces the perennial struggle that goes on through the world’s history. The battle was not between Moses and (more…)
The question ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey him?’ lies behind every sin. Only in Scripture is found the knowledge that will make one wise to salvation (2Tim.3:15). God took on flesh (1Tim.3:16), and one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God (more…)
Like all God’s children, Moses had to learn to trust and obey (Exodus 4:15ff). God ensured he did. Moses would return to Egypt with Aaron as helper, trusting God’s Word and power (symbolized by the staff) to bring into reality His promised purpose. Their message would be one of judgment and salvation, and it (more…)
What does it take to move a person from unbelief to faith? God! God alone! In Exodus chapters 3 and 4 Moses is moved by God from unbelief to faith for the task he was commissioned to undertake. Excuse was replaced with assurance of God’s power, presence, and provision for whatever lay ahead. The message of (more…)
The end of another year gives us pause to remember the way the Lord has led, and to equip. In 2017 we celebrated the events of the Reformation 500 years ago, and reflected on the timeless significance of the 5 solas. Church history is important. Since 1830, Toberkeigh has known unusual privilege, from where at (more…)
The choice of Moses to identify himself with the Hebrew people in Exodus 2:11-15, though courageous, appears to be motivated more from presumption and frustration than faith. Even royal status, with its privilege, prestige, or power, or being ‘mighty in words and deeds,’ do not qualify anyone to be lord or judge over (more…)
Exodus opens (1:8-2:10) with an unforgettable scene of brutality, ‘the seed of the serpent’ oppressing ‘the seed of the woman.’ (see Intro) God’s chosen people are being fruitful, and multiplying, and filling the land of Goshen (cf. Gen.1:28), and the enemy (of God) wants to control their expansion.
This week a few of us attended the second gathering (see 1st) of Disciple Makers Network run by PCI in First Ballymoney. By teaching, reflecting, discussing, video, and example we explored biblical principles and practices of disciple making through both an individual and congregational lens.
Today in our morning service we began a series in the book of Exodus, so, to stir up reflection on installment 1…
The first word of Exodus (‘And’) introduces the central theme of the book: the outworking of God’s covenant plan revealed to Abraham (Gen.12:1-3, 15:13-16; 17:1-8), in particular the (more…)
It could be said that the Reformation was chiefly about this fifth ‘sola’ slogan: soli deo gloria. Surrounded by detractors to the glory of God in Christ, the Reformers called the Church, all people, to give glory to the triune God alone, for he alone it is who saves from sin: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the (more…)