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Last week we were working through the times of the Judges, Prophets, and Kings. This took us from the book of Judges, all the way to the end of the Old Testament. During the span of those years, the Israelites seemed to be on an endless cycle of self destruction. Forgetting their Creator and Savior, they would drift from the truth and into the worship of false gods. In divine discipline, God would give them over to this way of life, which would always lead to horrible destruction. Foreign nations would harass and battle with them. This would often end in their capture and enslavement, where they were drug off to faraway lands. Their situation would become desperate, and then their leaders would remember who they were. Finally, they would cry out to God once more. Ture to his character, God would answer and raise up a leader. He would RESCUE them and return them to the land of promise.

Direct download: 2017-1126_Hope_Story_Ingvoldstad.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Forty years have passed since God delivered the Israelites out of the clutches of Pharaoh. The exodus generation, those who had seen the many signs and wonders of the Lord, now had died off. Even their great leader, Moses, had given over to the curse of death. A man named, Joshua was appointed by God to lead the Israelites into the land of promise. Joshua was a commander, and God commissioned him to sweep across the new land and drive out the wicked tribes who lived there. The Israelites were to completely remove their presence from the land.

Direct download: 2017-1119_Hope_Story_Ingvoldstad.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

The law has been given. God has established in very clear terms what He expects from His chosen people. These 613 laws govern how Israel is supposed to behave toward God, toward one another, and even toward animals and other creation. God gives these laws and expects Israel to follow them, yet God knows that they will fail regularly, so He includes laws for that, or more precisely, He formalizes the sacrifice system. This is a way that the Israelites can show that they understand they have failed to obey the law (sinned) and express remorse, as well as have their sins covered through the death of an innocent animal. As we saw in the last lesson, this system anticipated something greater, something that would be able to completely repair the broken relationship with God. Somehow, the promised rescuer would repair this brokenness once and for all. Now the people will be led around the wilderness as God prepares and tests His people, and reveals the condition of their hearts.

Direct download: 2017-1112_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

The crashing waters of the Red Sea have settled. The nation of Israel, about 2 million people, look on in unbelief and awe as the God who led them out of slavery just destroyed the entire Egyptian army. They are now a completely free people! As the last line of their magnificent rescue song rings out, "The Lord will reign forever and ever" (Ex. 15:18). We can imagine the promises to Abraham, so many hundreds of years before, now echo anew in their hearts and minds. They will be made a great nation, they will receive a beautiful land of promise, and they will be used by God to bless the whole earth. But they are not at that promised land yet, and God has some work to do with them before they will be ready to enter it. God is going to establish a new covenant with them, the Mosaic Covenant. It will be defined by the giving of the Law to the people. In this section we see the themes of God, Man, Sin, Death, and Faith.

Direct download: 2017-1105_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 7:30am PST

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