Chief of Sinners though I Be, Jesus Shed His Blood for Me!

Feb 21, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 19, 413, 342, 158
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, I am glad and thankful to be here this morning to honor You, and to receive blessing from Your Holy Word. Be with me in my worship and bless my fellow believers and me, for Your mercy’s sake. Teach us, encourage us, strengthen us, and enable us to flee temptation and honor You in all that we say and do. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 91

First Reading: 

Deuteronomy 32:48-52; Deuteronomy 4:1-12, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

As a result of his sin at Meribah (see sermon text), Moses would not enter the Promised Land. As a gift from God’s mercy, Moses was able to see the Promised Land before dying. Moses experienced the consequence for his sin, however, that did not cancel out the great things God had accomplished through him nor did it disqualify him from eternal life because Moses’ sins were forgiven through the coming Christ.

God recorded the ups and downs in the spiritual life of the Israelites as an example for us, so that we learn to stand guard against the sin into which they fell. The Children of Israel drank water from a rock in the wilderness. Those who put their trust in God drank from a greater Rock. Through faith they drank from the Water of Life—Jesus!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 4:1-11

When we hear about Moses’ and the Israelites’ sin we can understand how it happened because we face the same kinds of temptations. This is also true for Jesus. He faced the same kinds of temptations as we do. Jesus was just as much tempted as we are, but He did not fall into sin. Jesus’ shows us how to send the Devil away from us.