Read - Exodus 6:13-27
Message - Alan Burke
Today were still on the genealogy, we could spend many weeks thinking of each name and what we learn but we’re going to draw one further thing out of these verse. But before we do that remember what we thought about on Wednesday as the genealogy focused on the family of Levi and therefore on Aaron. We thought about how this genealogy was here to teach us more of how salvation is God’s work, the choosing of choosing of Moses and Aaron were all part of the work of God to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. It wasn’t because they deserved it but reminding us that God plan of salvation that begin in the past God would indeed be fulfilled. This genealogy grounds the saving work of God in the past and looks forward to the future. God had been at work, he had covenanted himself to Abraham, promised him an offspring that all the earth would be blessed though, he was promising him the coming saviour Jesus Christ. Even in the days of Moses and Aaron, God was working out his plan to send a saviour to deliver his people from their sins. For God saves sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, it is his work from beginning to end.
Those who are listed among it were ordinary people, the Israelites as a people were ordinary people, even if we didn’t know anything else about them, we would know that they were very much like us. They were men and women created in the image of God. They were fallen sinners in desperate need of God’s grace. And like us through faith, they were included in God’s saving plan. Whether we know who they are is not nearly as important as whether God knows who they are. “the Lord knows those who are his” (2 Tim. 2:19). It is clear from the opening verse of Exodus (1:1) God knew them his people are a people that are chosen by Him, they are known by name and individually numbered, God knew and knows each one of his people.
You may not be a of great renown by the worlds standards, you may feel forgotten sitting in the house the day, longing for things to go back to normal, you may be looking back at the last eighty years and wonder what did you achieve, you may be looking forward to what you could achieve, but what matters is now who you are but whose you are.
So who are you? I ask that as we close who are you? You may have researched your family tree, you may know that you are the son of David, the son of Cunningham, the son of William, you may know your family tree back hundreds of years and already see it expanding in the future with children and grandchildren but who are you? Are you counted among the people of God though faith, think of this family, your spiritual family, think about the membership list not of this church but the membership list in heaven, the Lambs book of life, is your name written there? For if you know Christ then you have been saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) and know that nothing can change this, you are secure for Salvation is the work of God.
Q 14 What is sin?
Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God. (1 John 3:4)