Devotionals

  • February 17: Sin and Sacrifice

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Leviticus 5-7; Psalm 39; Matthew 17:14-27; Acts 24 Leviticus 5-7: We now have descriptions of the burnt offering (Lev. 1, 6:8-13), the grain offering (Lev. 2, 6:14-18), the sin offering (Lev. 4:1-5:13, 6:24-30), the guilt offering (Lev. 5:14-6:7, 7:1-7), the ordination offering (Lev. 6:19-22), and the peace offering (Lev. 3, 7:11-21, 28-36) (7:37). These are the offerings that God commanded Moses on Mount Sinai (7:38), and are recorded for us though they were not spoken to us. We live on the other side of the cross, in a different age, under a new covenant, where these offerings are fulfilled in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And those in Christ are now all a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:5), declaring God’s praises to the world around us (1 Peter 2:9), all with access to God through Jesus, our great high…

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    Sermon Video: Love, Sex and God

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on February 14, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Love, Sex and God” in the sermon series “Biblical Answers to Life's Big Questions.” Taken from Hosea 1, this message is structured around three parts: a situation, a sign, and a solution. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    February 16: Sacrifice

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-4; Psalm 38; Matthew 17:1-13; Acts 23:12-35 Leviticus 1-4: Leviticus is a book of the Bible that many people, when they start to read, quite soon give up! It appears a little obscure, overly detailed, and (frankly) irrelevant. In context, Moses is giving instructions to the Levites, the priests. Having established the tabernacle where God’s glory appeared (Exodus 40:34-35), he now instructs the priests how to administer all the different sacrifices for God’s people. And its main message may be simply divided into two sides of the same coin: God is holy, and therefore he also in his mercy provides sacrifices for our sins that we might be forgiven. Plus, the shape of this book within the overall panoply of the Bible, its place in the story arc, is not much in dispute: these sacrifices functioned to point towards a fulfillment. The very detailed,…

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    February 15: Glory!

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 38-40; Psalm 37:23-40; Matthew 16:13-28; Acts 23:1-11 Exodus 38-40: At first glance these chapters seem yet more instructions, of a rather arcane kind, about how to construct the tabernacle and make priestly garments, instructions that, while perhaps of antiquarian interest, have no real pertinence spiritually today. However, there is a repeated refrain throughout these chapters, and a described result as a consequence at the end of these chapters, that brings out the intended meaning and lesson of these words. The repeated refrain, often in these precise words, if not mild variations of the kind, is frequent enough—multiple times—to be sure that the narrator is intending to draw our attention. “As the LORD had commanded Moses,” so they did. Each activity, precise detail: “as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Here is a people who are obeying, to the letter, with precision and faithfulness, exactly what…

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    February 14: Instructions

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 35-37; Psalm 37:1-22; Matthew 16:1-12; Acts 22 Exodus 35-37: Moses now assembles the people and gives them instructions concerning the Sabbath (35:1-3), the Sabbath rest that ultimately points, as the book of Hebrews instructs us (Heb. 4:9-10), to the Sabbath rest that we can have by faith in Jesus. These instructions are serious and are to be kept. Next come instructions about a “free will offering” (35:4-29), an offering which is given out of the overflow of gratitude of the hearts of God’s people, not under compulsion, for (as Paul puts it) God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). They give freely, as their spirits move them, to the work of God, and they give so much that in the end they have to be told not to give (36:2-7). Instructions are given to the chief artisans in the production of the tabernacle,…

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    February 13: Unveiled

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 34; Psalm 36; Matthew 15:21-39; Acts 21:27-40 Exodus 34: Two new tablets of stone are to be made, and on them God will write his commandments once again as before (34:1-4). It is a repeat, though this time God, in answer to Moses’ prayer, shows Moses his glory. “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation” (34:5-7). In other words, God is both loving and holy, and both “sides” of his character, his holiness and his compassion, are true representations of who God is. How can these two aspects of God’s “personality” be reconciled? How…

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    February 12: Golden Calf

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 32-33; Psalm 35; Matthew 15:1-20; Acts 21:1-26 Exodus 32-33: Disaster! Aaron presumes to solve the problem of the people’s impatience at Moses’ apparent delay by giving them gods to worship (32:1-3). He makes a golden calf, and when they see it, they say that these are “your gods” who brought them up out of Egypt (32:4). They have become “relativistic pluralists,” worshipping multiple gods (32:6) and somehow or other thinking they can include “the LORD” among those gods, saying “tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD” (32:5). Such ideological/theological chaos leads to social chaos, as is always the case. They “break out of their bounds,” and lose all discipline, shape, and cohesion as a people. The LORD is angry (32:7-10). They have broken fealty with him, and he is ready to rain judgment upon them. Moses, however, intercedes, and God relents from his wrath…

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    February 11: Written by God

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 30-31; Psalm 34; Matthew 14:22-36; Acts 20:13-38 Exodus 30-31: These last two chapters before the infamous golden calf end with the delivery of two stone tablets to Moses (31:18). God describes how the tent of meeting is to be organized and gives instructions for the Day of Atonement (Ex. 30), a day whose fulfillment is found in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins. There is then Oholiab and Bezalel, gifted with knowledge and all craftsmanship, who are commissioned to make the ark and the furnishings and the mercy seat (31:1-11). Bezalel is “filled with the Spirit of God” (31:3), showing that such indwelling and infusing of God’s Spirit is related not only to more narrowly defined “spiritual” matters but practical matters like building. God gifts carpenters as much as preachers, mechanics as much as lecturers, and both have their role…

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    Sermon Video: Climate Change, the Environment, and God’s Hope for Nature

    By Josh Moody

    Below, on February 7, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Climate Change, the Environment, and God's Hope for Nature" in the sermon series “Confident.” Taken from Romans 8:19-22, this message provides three views of the world, each with massive implications for how you live your life in the most practical of ways. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

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    February 10: Priests and The Priest

    By Josh Moody

    by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 27-29; Psalm 33; Matthew 14:1-21; Acts 20:1-12 Exodus 27-29: These kind of details seem only interesting to those who love drawing pictures of bygone ceremonies with precise detail. It is hard (at first glance) to establish the relevance of these matters. Why are they here? What do they say to us today, to a people without this kind of ritualized priesthood, and without all the necessary ceremonies that constitute the ordination of that role? Hebrews 5 is a good commentary. It tells us that what was remarkable about these Old Testament priests was not only that they offered gifts and sacrifices for sins, for people in relation to God, but that they also had to offer sacrifice for their own sins (Heb. 5:1-3). They were then far from being a perfect priest or intermediary between people and God. However, the book of Hebrews reminds…

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