Over the past 6 weeks I've been preaching on the Church in the Wilderness.
We are just like the Israelites - saved from the kingdom of darkness, saved through the waters of baptism, headed for our promised hope. But in between we are in a time of testing, hardship and discipline.
We're no longer in Egypt. But we're not yet in the promised land either. Instead we must go through many troubles to enter the kingdom of God.
In the meantime we have the assurance of His blood, empowerment by His Spirit, provision for every need, guidance for the day and a Leader who, unlike Moses, has made it into the promised hope as our Fore-runner, Champion and Priest.
It's not an attempt to plumb the depths of Exodus and Numbers. It's really just trying to get our expectations for the Christian life straight. We are in the Wilderness. Christ is in the Promised Land. We are in Him.
Co-ordinating those truths in our hearts and minds is a large part of living wisely in this overlap of the ages.
Here are the sermons:
Introduction: What's the wilderness all about? (1 Cor 10; Deut 8).
Passover: The LORD's salvation through judgement (Exodus 12-13).
Red Sea: Not just sheltered - brought out (Exodus 14-15).
Provision: He gives us today our daily bread (Exodus 16-17).
Presence: The LORD is with us (Numbers 9; Genesis 15).
Leaders: Moses falls short but Jesus is our great Joshua (Num 27; Heb 3-4).