Sermons on Genesis
Exodus 3:1-6 describes the calling of Moses in an extraordinary event. God reveals Himself as omnipotent over creation as He speaks to Moses from a burning bush which is never consumed. God calls “Moses, Moses” with the repetition of the name signifying affection. He instructs Moses to remove his sandals because the holy God (without equal / without sin) is in this place. Moses responds in fear and humility; God responds with reassurance and sends Moses out to serve him.
“Jacob, Jacob.” God spoke with affection to Jacob in a moment of deep spiritual significance and tells Jacob not to fear as he prepares to enter the land of Egypt. God reassures Jacob that He will keep His promises and prove His faithfulness. Like Jacob, we need a faithful God and God is faithful. Our response must be to embrace God’s promises and act in obedience.
God is always worthy of our trust and obedience, even when His dealings with us are baffling from our perspective. Abraham believed the promises of God in spite of the perplexity of God’s command to sacrifice his son, Isaac. The Lord responded to the obedience of Abraham by calling out “Abraham, Abraham,” and providing a substitute sacrifice. Like Abraham, let us be reminded that no one ever trusted God in vain.
Genesis 3 chronicles Adam and Eve’s disobedience, guilt, and punishment. All of mankind’s enmity (opposition) to the serpent (Satan) is predicted. God also promises the eventual crushing of Satan through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Believers in Christ today can resist temptation—we are no longer slaves to sin. In the future Satan will be completely and ultimately destroyed. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said…
In Genesis 15, God reassures Abraham that He will be faithful to His covenant. The faithfulness of God is part of the perfection of God’s character. He is totally dependable and trustworthy. When we do not understand God’s timing or our confidence in His faithfulness is weak, it is helpful to remember that God can never act in a way that is inconsistent with His character.dd