How to Prepare for Sunday Aug. 25th at The Crossing

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Dave Cover continues our series in Exodus this Sunday with a sermon, “Do You Fear Pharaoh?” from Exodus 1:15–2:10: 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

2:1 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

There are two stories here, clearly linked by the issue of children and the growing Israelite population, and Pharaoh’s attempts to suppress them. But there’s an even deeper link at the level of motivation. Why do the Hebrew midwives and Moses’ mother do what they do? Why does Pharaoh oppose them? When there are conflicting authorities in our life, how do we choose whom to obey? These stories may feel in a way removed from our day, but actually the motives they uncover, and the dynamics of the heart, are hugely relevant for us today.

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

Here is our King (chorus only) [lyrics] – David Crowder

Come Ye Sinners [lyrics and listen] – words by Joseph Hart; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

Here I am to Worship [lyrics and listen] – Tim Hughes

Jesus Paid it All [lyrics; listen] – Elvina M. Hall; arranged by King’s Kaleidoscope

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyrics; listen] – words by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand [lyrics; listen] – words by Samuel Stennett; music by Christopher Miner

See you on Sunday!

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