I like Romans 8, especially the climax of vs 37-39.
But I most commonly refer back to Matthew 22:36-40.
I have really enjoyed a sermon series through the Exodus. There are so many parallels through this book of Jesus and His redemption, it is a wonderful book.
On thing that escaped me that was presented I found to be amazing.
Exodus 17:5-6 “The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.””
A bit of back story, basically the Israelites keep testing God. They are complaining about bitter water, God purifies it for them, them complain about not having food, God provides.
So we are back to not having water. You would hope they would have remembered the bitter water, but no. This time they are not just complaining, so bad this time, they are about to start a mutiny. Moses fears being stoned. So God tells Moses, to take his judgement stick (this is the staff that turned the Nile to blood, they understood this as a stick that brought judgement to Egypt) and gather everyone. I would have to assume that every Israelite who gathered was fully planning on being destroyed right there and right then when Moses gathered them (which they probably deserved). Instead, Moses was instructed to take this ‘judgement stick’ (reserved to pour out the wrath of God on them) BUT, instead of using it on them, He uses it on Himself! He absorbs the wrath of God, the judgement, the sins of Israel, and blessing comes out of it.
Vs 6. God was standing by the rock, Jesus is also referred to as our Rock. Strike the rock, NOT the Israelites.
Jesus is our Rock and salvation. He took the judgement of God, that belongs to us, and in taking that staff of judgement, the blessing of the forgiveness of our sins ran forth, the everlasting water flowed out of Jesus.
Psalms 95:8 "“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,”
They had hard hearts, what can make a heart of stone a heart of flesh?
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
The only thing that can turn a heart of stone into a heart of flesh is the love of God, through Jesus.
Romans 2:4 “not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
And the story of the waters of Marah in Exodus 15. This is right after they sang praises of God. So nothing wrong was done her by the Israelites. Yet, God still gives them bitter water. God had no reason to punish them, so why the bitter water? Was this a punishment? This it the bitter providence of God. This is God saying, that though you may experience bitterness, you can always trust me. Sometimes we experience bitter things, but we need to trust in God, and He will make it sweet.
I am not even getting in the Passover narrative, which many are familiar with as a parallel of Christ atoning for us and delivering us, that is more well known. But I never heard the waters of Massah before as yet another parallel. There is some great stuff in this book.
I have also always loved Job. This is the first book I learned of God’s goodness as truth. That He IS good, His goodness isn’t circumstantial. “Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”” Job teaches us to trust Him. We are not God, we cannot know His ways, we were not there when the foundation of the earth was, we can not tame Leviathan, we cannot do better than God. We just need to trust Him.
Outstanding idea for a thread, great passages shared so far! Thanks!