7/30/2019 8:51:04 AM
July 28, 2019
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon Series: “The God of Living Water”
Sermon Text: Exodus 15:1-13
Other Readings: Exodus 14:1-31; Hebrews 11:1, 2, 24-29; Matthew 14:22-33
- What’s a good estimate of when the Exodus happened?
- Some may have difficulty thinking of God as a warrior (v. 3) who unleashes his burning anger on people (v. 7). How does verse 9 help explain why God fought here with his burning anger?
- How did God unleash his burning anger at the cross?
- Explain how Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are part of God’s “unfailing love.” (Use Martin Luther’s Small Catechism for help.)
- Moses and the Israelites sang as a way to express their joy. What are some of your favorite hymns to sing? Besides singing them in worship, when else would be good times to sing them?
- There are many guesses out there, but about 1400 B.C. is a good estimate based on dates and chronology the rest of the Old Testament gives us.
- Pharaoh and the Egyptians were actively trying to oppose God and his people for their selfish gain. It is not like they were innocent. God’s wrath is meant for his enemies who oppose him.
- God unleashed his anger when he made Jesus suffer hell. Jesus took on all sin and rebellion against God, and the Father looked at Jesus as sin itself. So, he unleashed his anger on Jesus. The good news for all mankind then is this: God’s anger has been appeased. We are forgiven! He doesn’t want to destroy us as he destroyed Pharaoh.
- Both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sacraments which offer, give, and seal our forgiveness of sins. Baptism is a seal on you that you are God’s child; that fact never changes or fails you. The Lord’s Supper is given “for you” when you feel your guilt and want to receive forgiveness. It never fails because Christ says we can use it whenever we want! The sacraments are God’s promise that he has forgiven our sins and still does forgive them. That forgiveness, of course, leads to eternal life and salvation.
5. The hymns will vary from person to person. Some suggestions outside of worship might be: at family gatherings, during family devotions, before bedtime with your children, during a hospital visit with your pastor, etc.