How to Prepare for Sunday Oct. 13th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

On Sunday Keith Simon continues our sermon series in Exodus with “Grace Found in a Genealogy” from Exodus 6:13–27. The passage reads, 13 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.
14 These were the heads of their families:
The sons of Reuben the firstborn son of Israel were Hanok and Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. These were the clans of Reuben.
15 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These were the clans of Simeon.
16 These were the names of the sons of Levi according to their records: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
17 The sons of Gershon, by clans, were Libni and Shimei.
18 The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived 133 years.
19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.
These were the clans of Levi according to their records.
20 Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.
21 The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg and Zikri.
22 The sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan and Sithri.
23 Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu,Eleazar and Ithamar.
24 The sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These were the Korahite clans.
25 Eleazar son of Aaron married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas.
These were the heads of the Levite families, clan by clan.
26 It was this Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said, “Bring the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions.” 27 They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt—this same Moses and Aaron.

When you come to a genealogy in the Bible, be honest, what do you do? Maybe just skip over it all together? Or at best, skim through it very quickly? So why does God put something so boring in the Bible? What does he want us to get from a genealogy?

One thing is to think about the process of editing. We edit what we write or say in order to improve it. We cut out what isn’t convincing, or is badly worded, maybe add something, to make the overall piece better. What would it look like to edit a genealogy? What would we cut (or add) if it were our genealogy to improve it? Does God edit genealogies in order to improve them? What does our desire to edit our genealogy, or our own story, say about us?

Join us Sunday for a sermon that might just get you to read those boring Bible genealogies and even help you to see how they apply to your life.

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

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

O Help My Unbelief [lyrics; listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Justin Smith

Jude Doxology [lyrics; listen] – Cam Huxford (hear some of the story behind the song)

Doxology [lyrics] – Thomas Ken

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

See you on Sunday!

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