Our senior pastor moved on to Deuteronomy 33 this past Sunday, March 26 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. For the last few weeks, he’s preached through Moses’ song in chapter 32, and now we see Moses’ last words of blessing in chapter 33. Like John Wesley’s last words, “The best of all is: God is with us,” Moses also wants to bless God’s people with his last words. Truth comes with blessing and blessing always must come with truth, as we saw from Moses’ stark words and images in chapter 32. His telling the truth about the sin nature of God’s people wounds them, and then his last words of blessing bring the salve needed to heal those wounds. In the same way, we must not blast more effectively than we bless. Truth and blessing must always be together. The heart of the Lord is to bless his people so we can be a blessing to others. Though we don’t know what our last words will be, our everyday words should be full of blessing and truth. Listen to the whole sermon here.
We continued learning from the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 this Sunday, March 19 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. In verse 4, the name of the Lord is set forth as a reference point for comparison of the darkness of the world to the light of God and His character. Throughout the song, we are reminded that the Lord knows the truth of our hearts and the depth of the corruption and sin inside of us. We must consider our response to Him who has loved us from eternity past, who created us and whose Spirit helps us in our weakness. How do we repay the Lord? With gluttony on His goodness? With rejection? Or with humility toward His discipline which calls us to tear down our idols, our wrong thinking, and our misplaced trust? Do we find joy in the saving atonement of Christ who covers our sin?
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, March 12 looked at Moses’ song from Deuteronomy 32, focusing on the reference point for our lives, the name of the Lord, and a quick grammar lesson on linking verbs. We see that Moses in his song established God as the first truth and point where the Israelites can always point to, and we see that rightly ordered lives always begin with praise. Listen to the whole sermon here.
As we moved into Moses’ song in Deuteronomy 32, our senior pastor emphasized the importance of songs in our culture and in our learning, during his sermon on Sunday, March 5. Paul commands us in Colossians 3:16 to let the Word of Christ dwell richly within as we sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs. Moses begins his song before the people of Israel singing to all: heaven and earth, unashamed and without fear. We, however, feel guilt, shame, and fear, and it’s hard for us to imagine being naked and unashamed, like Adam and Eve were. Listen to the whole sermon here.
As Moses preached to the Israelites in the desert, he used chiastic form to help them remember the most important truths. At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 31 on Sunday, February 26 as he explained this important literary structure named for the Greek letter ‘X’ (chi). We see that Moses put the most important truth in the middle of his preaching: God’s glorious presence dwelling with his people, near his people in the cloud in the tent as described in verses 15 and 16. Listen to the whole sermon here.
The pews were filled at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, February 19 as we heard a message from Deuteronomy 31:1-8. We studied the three phases of Moses’ life and examined his seemingly downward trajectory of worldly success. Moses, who as a baby was rescued from death and raised in Pharaoh’s good graces, fell from glory when he committed murder in Egypt. He then became a fugitive shepherd until he was called back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites. After 40 years of wandering in the desert with the Israelites, he was denied entry to the Promised Land. Moses kept his faith in the Lord’s leading, but also made a few telling mistakes. The life of Moses is a reminder that our hearts are deceitful. We need the power of the Gospel and the example of the ultimate servant, Jesus, to direct our steps across the Jordan and into the eternal presence of God our Father. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In his sermon this past Sunday, January 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, Pastor Craig emphasizes that there are some truths that are so pervasive in Scripture, some truths that are so important to us and our lives as Christians, that we must never take our eyes off of them. Deuteronomy 30:1-10 exemplifies one such truth—a truth that is not only vital to our lives and our church, but also to the lives of those around us and our community. We must. We cannot. But we shall, through Christ. With this truth, we see that God, knowing that His people will sin so radically and so pervasively, establishes a way for our redemption. That redemption is only found in Christ. In Deuteronomy 30:6, specifically, God promises to do for us what we must do, but cannot do for ourselves, and in that promise we can and must dwell always. Listen to the whole sermon.
In Deuteronomy 30:1-10 as Moses is speaking to Israelites, he is letting them know three things about God and their future in the Promised Land. One, God knows all and is always in control. Two, God will always fulfill his promises, whether they are blessings or curses. Three, God desires his people to follow him with their whole hearts and minds.
As Pastor Craig taught us on Sunday, January 15, God knew the Israelites would wander from him and sin against their God, even to the point of building altars and idols in the temple of God! As a result of their future disobedience, Moses told the Israelites that they would be dispersed among nations. Imagine, they had not even entered the Promised Land and here Moses was communicating from God already about their being exiled!
Yet, God’s grace was also demonstrated. In this passage God, in his infinite wisdom and grace, was speaking to them words of reassurance, which would ring true in their ears after their betrayals. In this passage Moses says that when they return to the Lord, “the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back” (v4). In verse 10, Moses also says to the Israelites that “The LORD will again delight in you…if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Today it is important for us to acknowledge another aspect of God, which is that he does not change. God still desires us to turn to him with all our whole heart and soul after disobedience and sin and to obey him once again; and just like he did with the Israelites, He will always show us grace and mercy and bring us home to him. Listen to the whole sermon here.