Mary, Pregnant with Immanuel

As we heard read for us earlier during the lighting of this week’s Advent candle, the focus of the fourth Sunday in Advent is Mary, Jesus’ mother, who while a virgin miraculously conceived and gave birth to Jesus, eternal God who took on human flesh in order that we might …

Thank God for His Firstborn!

This morning’s sermon will be the last on Moses until after the new year as next Sunday we transition to Advent and join in looking forward to the day that our gracious Christ, God’s Messiah, eternal Son of the Father, came to earth in the form a babe in a …

The Passover Sacrifice

We noted last week that beginning with the fourth plague, the swarm of flies, it’s likely that the Israelites were spared being subject to the remaining plagues:[1] With the tenth and final plague as well, the death of the firstborn, the people of the LORD would be spared. However, this …

Darkness & Mourning

One of the voyages taken by the Dawn Treader, a sailing ship in the third tale of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia children’s series, takes its crew to a Dark Island. Initially those on board thought that the island was “a great dark mountain rising out of the sea.” But …

A Severe Mercy

Whereas the purpose of the hailstorm plague we considered last week was for the benefit of Pharaoh’s faith, so that he and the other Egyptians might know that there was no one on earth like the LORD and that his name might be proclaimed in all the earth,[1] the purpose …