Exodus 13:17-15:21: How Seas Teach us About Salvation
[Exodus 13:17-22 ESV] 17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” 20 And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
[Exodus 14:1-31 ESV] 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.” And they did so. 5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, 7 and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly. 9 The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” 15 The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” 19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the LORD threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
[Exodus 15:1-21 ESV] 1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name. 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5 The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. 6 Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries; you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble. 8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’ 10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? 12 You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them. 13 “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode. 14 The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia. 15 Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed; trembling seizes the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. 16 Terror and dread fall upon them; because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone, till your people, O LORD, pass by, till the people pass by whom you have purchased. 17 You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O LORD, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established. 18 The LORD will reign forever and ever.” 19 For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
Why the Exodus? Why did God deliver Israel from the Egyptians? It’s a question you have to ask because the deliverance that Israel experiences here from Egypt is compared throughout the rest of the Bible to the, the, the, the deliverance that you and I experience from sin and death. Judgment. So why does God deliver us? Why does God save us? And I think the text here has an answer for that question. Exodus chapter 14 verse three the Pharaoh will say, of the people of Israel, they are wandering in the land. The wilderness has shut them in. And God says, I will harden Pharaoh’s heart. He will pursue them and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his hosts and the Egyptians shall know that I, I am the Lord. And they did so. And then the end of the chapter ends very similarly, not with the Egyptians knowing, but with Israel. Knowing verse 30 then the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians. And Israel saw that the Egypt, the Egyptians, dead on the seashore, Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord. They believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. Why does God deliver?
It’s for himself. This is a theology in the word of God that teaches that the greatest good is the glory of God. God is jealous for his glory, for his name. The reason why it’s okay for God to be jealous for his glory is because he’s worth all the glory. You and I don’t get to be jealous for glory because we are not. We’re all glory. Do you understand the difference over and over and over again in the word of God, it says that God saves God, delivers God forgives for his own name sake for himself so that people will know that he is powerful so that people will know that he is gracious, that he is loving that he forgives sins, but he will by no means a quit. The guilty singing is a very important part of our gathering as believers. It has been for 34 centuries. This is the first praise song right here. Exodus 15 people throughout time have recognized the value of song as being the language of the soul in the biblical story. Music without words was used to soothe a troubled and anxious soul. One entire book of the Bible is dedicated to music the solves. It’s the largest book in the Bible.
They have high poetic content, vivid illustration, heart-wrenching struggles, and honestly, at times you get to the end of them and you say, Oh, that’s it. There’s no pretty resolution. It’s just hope in the Lord, even though times are dark, music is a very important part of what we do here. As we gather together, we believe in the primacy of preaching. We believe that the word of God has to be the the focus of what we do. So we open the word of God each week and I declare to you what the word of God says, and it’s your opportunity then to receive the word of God by faith.
And yet music has been a part of God’s people passing on the faith between God’s people, encouraging and inflaming the faith of God’s people for 3,400 years. Starting with Exodus 15 there’s no doubt that this song was not scribbled down quickly with little forethought. This song was written intentionally and it teaches us about God and it teaches us about how to sing to God. In fact, Exodus 15 I can’t explain this to you enough, this entire story, you understand this entire story was read altogether once a year for Israel to here. You think it takes forever for Caleb to read three chapters, right? Heal does a great job with the reading, but you think, man, can we just jump to the preaching? Timothy Paul tells Timothy to give attention to the reading of the word. That’s why I said as a goal this year to read all of Exodus for you and I knew as we took it in big chunks. You can’t break it down into a verse at a time like you can’t with other portions of scripture. You need to see the whole story and how it develops and I wish you could read it all at the same time. All of the Exodus becomes a palette by which the rest of the biblical authors will, will, will use to draw.
They’ll use the language of the plagues of Egypt to describe other judgments later on and they will use the language of the deliverance out of Egypt, including the crossing of the red sea to describe your salvation from sin and death. So you better understand it. You better understand it. He has transferred us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of his beloved son. What do you think that is delivered, I should say delivered is the word that’s used. I never noticed the the, the many times water comes up in the word of God being delivered through fire or water. What is that all over the Bible. So as you read this, I want you to see and receive the word of God and see that this points us to a great and mighty God that extends beyond these four walls, a great and mighty God that extends beyond what your mind can imagine. A great and mighty God that extends beyond Norwalk and Martinsdale and South de Moines and Iowa. He is the God of all creation, who has chosen to deliver a specific group of people, not because they were worth anything because he’s worth everything.
And so we look at the incomparable warrior God in chapter 15 he starts with that phrase, the Lord is my strength and my song and he has become my salvation. And I read that. I’m like, I’ve heard that before. Where have I heard that before? Exodus 12 quotes that. Exactly. I’m sorry, not Exodus 12 Isaiah, of course I’m talking about, I say you guys should know that Isaiah 12 when he’s looking forward to the moment when Israel will be delivered from her enemies, what does he refer to? What does his mind go to? His mind goes to this here moment of deliverance from Egypt. The incompatible. What were your God? This is my God and I will praise him. My father got it. I will exalt him. The Lord is a warrior or a man of war. I prefer warrior here cause there’s no man.
There’s no word for man here in this, in this phrase. And I don’t want you to get the idea that he’s saying that the Lord was human at this point. He’s not. He’s a warrior. He’s a mighty fighter. The Lord is his name. And if that is revolting to you, if you hold back that and you say, I don’t want to believe our trust in a God who is a warrior, because I know that’s my instinct. Humble yourself. You need a warrior God to defeat your enemies. You need a warrior God to defeat your greatest enemies. Your greatest enemies are not outside you. So if you’re thinking, well, God’s going to fight my battles and destroy all them on the other side of the political aisle, God’s going to fight my battles and he’s going to destroy them over a different nation. You’re thinking too small. The Lord is a warrior who fights and wins against sin and death for you and I.
He’s an incomparable God. What does he say? Pharaoh’s chariots is he? He pictures this crossing of the red sea again and as hosts they were cast into the sea is chosen officers. 600 of them that could have laid waste to the people of Israel. They’re sunk in the red sea. The floods covered them. They went down into the depths like a stone. Your right hand, O Lord, glorious and power. Your right hand O Lord shatters the enemies. By the greatness of your majesty, you overthrow your adversaries. You send out your fury. It consumes them like stubble. At the blast of your nostrils, the waters pile up.
Just the flood stood in a heat. The deep congealed at the heart of the sea. The enemy said, Oh, I will pursue. I will overtake. I will defy divide the spoil. My desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword. My hand shall destroy them. Picture there what you’re supposed to picture there, what the new Testament authors take from there. They say that sin, death, sane. I will conquer you. I will take you will be mine. I will master over you. You will serve me and then you will die. Your sinful desires say, and God said, and Moses says, you blew with your wind, the blast of your nostrils and the sea covered them. They sank like led in the mighty waters. I get attached anchor quotes. No floats, sinks to the bottom, the incomparable warrior God who is like you will go. Or who was like you own Lord among the gods. Barrow ain’t got nothing on you.
The Egyptian gods, the God of of Oh frogs and flies and cattle productivity, the gods, a sex, money and power, which every culture from all times serve in different ways at different times. No, they’ve got nothing on God. Who is like, you. Oh Lord. Oh Yahweh, the one who’s revealed his name to Moses as the covenant. Faithful God who is like you, the God we know today who is like you. No one. You’re majestic in your holiness. You’re so high. You’re so above us in your majesty and power that we cower. Awesome and glorious deeds, doing wonders. Miracles, having control of creation. Hardest thing it to do your will whenever you want. You stretched out your right hand in the year, just swallow them up.
The incomparable God. He’s a mighty warrior in this passage and you have to receive that. He’s also a God who intends to bring Shalom. He intends to bring peace. There will not be war forever, but he’s going to have to win a victory first and then verse 13 we see more about who God is. Who is God? You have led in steadfast love first. He is a leading God. You read, you heard the passage. What is he doing in the wilderness? How does he represent himself? He’s a pillar of fire by night, a pillar of cloud by day leading the Israelites through the wilderness in the way they should go. If only I could think, no, I’m not going to go there yet. Second, you have led them in your steadfast love. This is covenant, faithful, covenant, keeping love, those whom the Lord loves. He never lets go up depths and riches of God’s love are enough to swallow up. Even the deepest of sins never lets you go.
He’s a covenant keeping God. You have led in your steadfast love, the people whom you have redeemed. Oh, that’s an interesting phrase. The people whom you have redeemed, he’s bought with the life of something very costly. He’s bought them from Egypt, he’s bought them from slavery. He’s bought them so that now they can come and serve him. He’s redeemed them through great sacrifice. What’s he going to do? Terrorist falling. On all the enemies of Israel eat. And ms [inaudible] is mentioned, the listy as mentioned, but what’s he doing? Verse 13 says, you have guided them by your strength to your Holy, a bold verse 17, you will bring them in and plant them on your mountain. The place. So Lord, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary. Oh Lord, which your hands have established. This is fascinating.
What’s he talking about? What? Mountain? They’re not at Sinai yet. They’re not in Jerusalem yet. Where the temple will eventually be established. I think you could argue this is a referring back at least partially picturing. Okay. He, the Eden, the ideal where God is with his people in a state of perfection and flourishing. And then I think you take that forward and say that’s what God intended at Sinai, but the people were too afraid to go up. That’s what God intended in Jerusalem, but the people were not covenant, faithful, covenant, faithful. He intended them to take them and plant them, put the roots in the ground and let them grow and flourish. He’s Holy abode.
You know the song. How great is our God? Darkness tries to hide and trembles at his voice, trembles at his voice. How great is our God phrase like that and songs we sing are actually singing that one next week that comes back to a, a passage like this where the enemies of God are terrified because they get an idea who God is. So who is God? He is a loving God. He is a leading God. He’s an incomparable God. He’s a warrior. God, you want to go on here? He’s a terrifying God. He’s a God who is with his people. He’s a manual. He’s a guy who needs to be served as the sanctuary would indicate he’s a God who verse 18 will reign. He’s a King. God who is God over and over again. Who is he revealed to be?
As you’re reading [inaudible] the Bible, you’re going to come across often a phrase, especially in the profits, the arm of the Lord. Have you seen that or heard that before? The arm of the Lord. Every instance of it, I’m, I’m 98% sure every instance of it. It comes back to this moment here when the arm of the Lord delivers people from delivers the Israelites from I’m 98% sure that’s the case. The arm of the Lord always involves judgment. The arm of the Lord always involves some kind of mighty deliverance. I started studying this out when I was reading Isaiah and I was like, Hey, arm of the Lord, what does that refers to? To Exodus at all? I’m like, nah, probably not, and then I, I went back. I said, you know what I’m going to lease do? I’m going to at least read the first 16 chapters of Exodus 15 chapters of Exodus to really try to get an idea whether or not a lot of the same words are used.
I was scared. How often I was finding connections. Yes, it’s all over the place. Isaiah, the only way he knows how to talk. You guys know what’s happening in the story of Isaiah [inaudible] 600 years later in Israel’s history, Isaiah knows for a fact that part of Israel is about be taken into captivity, never seen or heard from again. The other part is somewhat faithful, on and off, and they’ve got a chance to survive it. But then God reveals to him as the books, as the book develops, it reveals to him that Israel, the part of Israel where that was located around Jerusalem at that time this part was known as Judah. They would also be taken into captivity by Babylon later after Isaiah’s life, decades and decades later.
And as Isaiah begins to grapple with this idea of a new Egypt coming and conquering them and enslaving them, do you know where he turns? Do you know what language he turns to again and again? Oh God, that you would please deliver us again like you did in Egypt. But there’s a problem in Isaiah census. It maybe better than any other author. To that point. The problem is that he knows that if Israel is delivered out of the hands of the Syrians and the Babylonians again and they’re brought back into their land, that they would still be unfaithful. They would still have sin, they would still just so big and thus they would still wind up back in captivity and so I say a begins to picture and see a greater problem. There’s a greater problem. The enemies of mankind are not just a Syria, they’re not just Babylon, their spiritual powers.
I say it talks about them and he S and he realizes they’re the sinfulness and the unfaithfulness of the people. The fact that the people no longer even act like Israel. He calls them over and over again, sodomites or Egyptians, the two worst foes in the old Testament, and it compares them time and time again to that same and he realizes that if he is, if they are going to be able to be with God, there is going to need to be a greater than Moses deliverer who comes, who takes care of not only the piece that’s out there in the world and subjugates all proud, arrogant nations. He’s gonna also have to be a King. A deliverer takes care of the problems that are in my and your hearts. And that is why he begins. Isaiah 53 with to whom has the arm of the Lord didn’t. Do you know the passage, Isaiah 53 who believed what he has heard from us? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Who has seen God’s deliverance?
What does God’s deliverance even look like? Is it big? Is it powerful? Is it mighty? Is it going to be like the 10 plagues? No. Who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to? He grew up before him like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, no beauty, that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by man, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and as one from whom men hid their faces. He was despised and we esteemed him not. Who’s going to be this? Moses are better than Moses deliver, who can take care of not only the external enemies that we face, but the ones inside of us not going to look like anybody special. He’s not going to be a King. Is that going to be a Prince like like Moses was?
He’s not going to be someone people looked to naturally. In fact, he’s going to be a man of sorrows. He’s going to be despise. He’s going to be one who people hid their faces from. We’re ashamed up. How was the deliverance gonna come through? Someone like that. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our soul. Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. Our sins upon him was the punishment or the chastisement that brought us peace and with his wounds we are healed. I was just talking to someone before the service about Isaiah one. Isaiah one talks about the wounds and the festering sore is that the Israelites have because of their sin, maybe not literally, but poetically. Their sins have left them wounded and this passage says 52 some chapters later that there is coming one who will take those wounds.
Instead, we’ll take our sin upon him and it’s through his death, through his punishment, though he didn’t do anything deserving. It’s through that that you and I will be healed. It’s through that. That victory ultimately is one. It’s through that that are enemies, death and sin and God’s judgment are ultimately done away with so that you and I can be delivered into the land of promise so that you and I can be delivered. It had God’s blessing so that you and I can be delivered into God’s presence and that my friends, what brings it around? Who is God? He is a loving and a leading God. Do you remember that pillar of fire and cloud in the wilderness? X two and he’d divided tongues of fire, appeared to them and rested on each one of them representing the Holy spirit. And what does Galatians five say?
The Holy spirit leads us. What about his steadfast love? Anyone who does not know God or does not know love does not know God because God is love. We know that love because God has demonstrated his love for us and that wall. We are still sinners. Christ died for us. What about being redeemed? We are justified by his grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. What about being delivered and planted on a Holy mountain? A place where God’s sanctuary is what we will be with God. The writer of Hebrews says, you have not come to what may not be touched, what may be touched, I’m sorry, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a Tempest. You haven’t come to Sinai. The sound of a trumpet of voice of words here is begged. No further messages. Be spoken to them. You haven’t come to Sinai?
No. You have come to Mount Zion today. You have come see you today. Your feet are planted on Mount Zion today. No matter if you live halfway across the world to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable angels in festal gathering to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven to God, the judge of all the spirits of the righteous made perfect to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, the faithful love of God and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the word of Abel. What about deliverance from our enemies? [inaudible] Two 15 he disarmed the rulers and the authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him, rulers and authorities there are talking about demons, oppressive, evil forces that try to [inaudible] push you and form you into a world’s pattern instead of God’s will.
What about being planted and fruitful like an Eden? Jesus says, I’m the true vine. My father is the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit. He takes away every branch that does bear fruit. He prunes that it may bear more fruit already you are clean because of the word I’ve spoken to you. Abide in me and I am you as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine. Neither can you unless you abide in me. What about a sanctuary? What about coming to Holy place with God? First Peter chapter two as you come to him, a living stone Riddick rejected by men, but in the sight of God, chosen and precious. Precious, so you’ve come to Jesus, the cornerstone. You yourselves like living stones are being built up into a spiritual house to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. What about final deliverance?
Then comes the end. When he delivers the kingdom to God, the father, after destroying every ruler and every authority and every power for he must reign until he has put all on these unders beat. I need you to see this. Exodus 15 becomes the very language. Yeah. The colors by which your salvation is picture. I want to invite you two fold invitation. Number one, if you are not trusting, you have not been delivered from your sentence, do you have not been delivered from death? If you’ve not been delivered from God’s judgment, you can be today. Don’t stay in Egypt. Don’t stay in Egypt. Be set free from slavery, from sin, and from punishment. God offers that deliverance through you to you through a better Moses. His name is Jesus and Jesus is the one who delivers from sin. Jesus is the one through his death on the cross and his resurrection that gives you hope, so turn to him today and turn from your sin.
Second, I want to invite you today to see [inaudible] in comparable to God who is like you will Lord among the gods who was like you, majestic in holiness, awesome and glorious deeds doing wonder. You stretch out your right hand and the earth swallows. You’re in a nice, I will sing to the Lord for he has triumphed gloriously. The Lord is my strength and my song and has become my salvation. This is my God, I will praise him. My father’s got and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war. The Lord is his name. I you to see this. I want you to see your majestic and Holy and glorious God. I want you to worship. Put a song in your heart this week. Sing about the powerful deliverance of our God. Let’s pray. Yeah, there are people in here who are still trapped in their sins. They’ve, they’ve decided to stay back in Egypt and I pray that you deliver them now for that they would walk out,
They’d see your deliverance, they’d see your majesty. Be humbled before you bow down. Before there’s someone who does not know your deliverance. I pray that they would know it and taste it. Now for the first they were humble, their hearts believe and trust the gospel and turn Lord, if there are Christians here who are not battling sin the way they are, pray that they would leave. Huh. I pray that we would get a majestic in glorious view of who you are and honor your name because of it bothering to pray. And these, I ask these things in your [inaudible] preciousness. Amen. Would you stay with me please?
I appeal to you. Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God this week, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God, Holy and acceptable. This is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind so that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, unacceptable, and perfect. I’ll be up here for a few minutes after the service. If anyone would like to talk or pray, I was welcomed that opportunity. Don’t forget youth group tonight, here at the church as well. So peace here at the church. Thank you so much for being here this morning. You are dismissed.