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The Punishment of God — Part 1

After interceding for Israel before God, Moses comes down from Mt. Sinai to find the Israelites engaged in a festival of idolatrous debauchery. After smashing the tablets of God’s commandments and obliterating the golden calf, he confronts Aaron with his sinful failure of leadership. Through this text, we are taught much about how we are to deal with our own idols as well as how NOT to respond to biblical confrontation.

Church Discipline

What does the Bible teach about church discipline? Discipline is one of the most difficult aspects of the life of a local church. This sermon explains the kinds of sin that warrant church discipline, the responsibility of the church to perform church discipline, the biblical motives of church discipline, and the effects of church discipline.

Conditions Ripe for Idolatry

As Moses completes his 40 days on Mt. Sinai with God, the people down below grow impatient and turn back to the pagan practices of Egypt. They command Aaron to make them an idol, and they worship the golden calf as the god who delivered them from Egypt. In these six verses, we find five common conditions that facilitate humanity’s fall into idolatry and rebellion.

The Conversion of Jacob

One of the most interesting conversion stories in the Bible is found in the life of Jacob. In this sermon, we explore how God isolated Jacob, wrestled with Jacob as an individual, and brought him to personal conversion, which left him permanently changed.

The Intercession of Moses

The people of Israel are in open idolatry and rebellion against God at the base of Mt. Sinai. God’s wrath is kindled against them and He reveals His intentions to Moses. He does so to challenge Moses to take up his role as the mediator of Israel, which Moses does, appealing to God and interceding for the people as a type of Christ.

Suffering, and Substitutionary Atonement

In the midst of our suffering, Peter offers the substitutionary atonement of Christ as an encouragement to us. Because Jesus suffered in our place in order to bring us to God, when we suffer well, and for doing good, we will inherit a blessing. This truth should encourage us in our suffering, because in it we see that Jesus had to suffer, and that He delivers us through suffering. Jesus shows the power of suffering for doing good, in that through His godly suffering, Jesus brought us to God.

In Conclusion, God’s Provisions

Moses has been on the mountain with God for 40 days and 40 nights. As that time ends, God provides Moses with three final things: The Promise of Gifted Laborers, a renewed warning to Keep the Sabbath, and the Tablets of the Law written in stone. In these three things, we are privileged once again to see the perfection of God’s provision as well as His redemptive grace.