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Preview and Input

Tuesday is sermon preview and input day.  I appreciate the several comments that were made last week, and still come in on the topic, “What do we most need to know about God?”  I will again be speaking on that question this week. 

I began by saying that the first thing we needed to know about God is that God can be known, and that the greatest purpose of our life is to know God.  Yet, it is so easy to pursue every sort of thing other than actually that of knwoing God.  Even religious things.  A.  W. Tozer wrote a book, The Pursuit of God, and he issues a challenge to a busy, religious life that has plenty of God-activity in it, but little God.  Yikes!  We get great at building the altar, but has anyone noticed that there’s no fire, he asks. 

May we be hungry for God.

This week I will consider a second thing to know about God:  God is a Redeemer.  Now, ‘redeemer’ is a religious word that doesn’t instantly connect, but it still becomes a helpful handle to explain a ton about God, and about our relationship with God.  It’s actually the first thing that Moses learns about God, before he even knows who God is.  It’s the truth about God that sent Jesus Christ here.  It’s the truth about God that got Jesus in so much trouble with the religious leaders.  It’s the truth about God that made the apostle Paul welcome suffering.  It’s the truth that explains why you and I are here.

It’s the truth that make it clear that God cares about us, I mean, really cares about us.

 

Questions: 

What Bible passages or stories stress the fact that God is a redeemer?

How is it most clear to us that we need a redeemer?

What in our lives needs redemption?

Why is God a redeemer?

What are the implications to our lives that God is a redeemer?

What in our world needs redemption?

 

Share your thoughts, questions, comments.

Comments

  1. Curt Lowndes says:

    I'm not sure if this is too late, but I figured I'd give it a shot anyway.  A bible passage that has taught me a great deal about God as Redeemer is Exodus 3, specifically vv. 7-9.  As you said above, this is where Moses first encounters God.
    I think what I love about this passage is that God is so acutely aware of the suffering which the Israelites are enduring in Egypt.  God says, "I have certainly seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and their cry of distress I have heard … I know their pains."  Before God redeems the Israelites, scripture reveals that God is intimately aware of their situation.  God has seen and taken note of their suffering and has listened to their cries for help. The verb used when God says “I know” is the same verb used when a man “knows” a woman and the result is a child.  In other words, there is an extremely close bond between God and His people.  The relationship is so good that God can say God knows their pain.  God is united with them.  God’s knowledge of the suffering comes from his experience with his people; it’s firsthand.
    I think it’s important to know that part of the redemption process is God journeying with us in whatever it is we are redeemed from, and later in scripture this is shown even more prominently in the Incarnation.  God knows exactly what we’re going through because God has gone and is going through it with us.  God redeems us by coming to us and experiencing what we experience.  How wonderful!

  2. Before I read Curt's response, I also thought of the exodus. This event seems to color all that follows in the story. It is interesting how even the NT writers articulate redemption under Jesus as analogous with exodus.

  3. I did not articulate anymore on exodus because Curt said it so well. Ditto here.