SBS Sermon Notes Note 02/01
1. Yahweh's Love
No one in the entire universe, except perhaps Yahweh's Son, is able to
fully measure the Almighty's love for His creation, for mankind and
particularly for the nation of Israel. That is something that the redeemed
host will experience and study through eternity: and even so I do believe that
we shall never really fathom the full extent of it.
Love: The most widely used word in the language; a word that is the theme
of millions of letters, books, songs, movies and plays; and yet perhaps the
most misunderstood word ever to be voiced by the lips of men and women. Let us
consider 'love' this morning.
| I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
2. What Love is not / What Love is
God is Love:
|Love is Not
|1 Corinthians 13:4
| Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5: Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6: Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.
|What Love Is
| Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
|1 John 4:16
| And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
|conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine
|joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; and
| And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.
|1 John 4:7
| Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8. He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.
3. Love that Redeems
In his love and in his pity he redeemed them.
Redeem: Hebrew = gaal = to buy back, to recover a thing by payment
or by doing something, to clear a debt by paying it off.
Note the following stages in the process of redemption as recorded in
- Yahweh is here introducing Himself: I am the LORD
- His plan of action: I will bring you out from under the burdens of
the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage
- How the plan will be implemented: And I will redeem you with a
stretched out arm and with great judgements:
- Initial Aim: 7. And I will take you to me for a people and I will be to
you a God
- Final Result: And ye shall know that I am the LORD your God...
4. Redeemed from what?
But, you may well ask, what are we humans redeemed from? The answer is: humanity
is redeemed from sin and its eternal consequences - death! These are symbolised
by Egyptian/Babylonian slavery; which to the ancient Israelites seemed like an endless,
- Redeemed from Egypt & Babylon
Note: Egypt represents the place of slavery to sin, the place where a
believer first accepts the Lamb's blood and from whence he/she is delivered by
the blood of the Lamb (the Messiah).
| And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and
the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and
their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
| And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people
which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for
I know their sorrows;
| Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of
singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye,
The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
Babylon stands for areas of subsequent
backsliding, captivity and punishment. Newly converted believers come out of
Egypt; returning exiles come out of Babylon. Yahweh saves both. Redemption is
possible in both circumstances.
- Redeemed from Adversity / Distress / The Enemy
|2 Samuel 4:9
| And David answered Rechab ... As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity.
|1 Kings 1:29
| King David said ... As the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all
- From Death / Grave
| Oh Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself...10 I will be thy King...
14. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them
from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy
destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
| But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave.
5. Yahweh's Agent of Redemption
The Almighty's Agent of redemption is His only begotten Son Yeshua (Jesus). He is the way the truth and the life. If you want to be redeemed then you must believe in Yeshua the Redeemer
of the Lost.
| For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the
world through Him might be saved.
18. He that believeth on Him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
| For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24. Being
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
How was Redemption made possible?
Our redemption was made possible by the Redeemer's death on Mount Calvary.
He paid the price. He died in our stead. It is not possible to be forgiven of
sin or be redeemed from the power of sin without an acceptance of that divine
provision. Sin is a fatal disease, infinitely more deadly than AIDS or leprosy.
No sinner can cleanse him/herself from sin; or escape the penalty of sin. If
you desire forgiveness you must go to God in repentance and faith and request
mercy. You will then be granted pardon through the merits of Yeshua the
Redeemer's blood. That is how our redemption is made possible. There is no
other way. Without faith in the shed blood of the Messiah, the Lamb of God, forgiveness is not possible. All the animal sacrifices specified in the Torah (the law of God) teach that fundamental truth.
| Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
| In whom we have redemption through His blood ...
6. Redeemed for what?
Why does the Almighty seek to redeem mankind? What is His ultimate purpose?
The answer, the full weight of which I can only dimly appreciate, is found in
this passage of scripture.
It is virtually impossible to fully appreciate this astonishing message.
Now are we the sons of God. or even that phrase we shall
be like Him. Pause awhile and try to appreciate your high and
infinitely holy position as a 'son or daughter of the King of the
universe.' The very concept of that royal position beggars the
imagination. But it is true nonetheless, and one day we shall understand it to
the full. Meanwhile let us rejoice in the fact that in His great Love Yahweh, the Almighty God of Israel
has adopted us into His Royal Family. Praise His Holy Name for such astonishing
|1 John 3:1
| Behold (look, consider) what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew Him not.
2. Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we
shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
7. The Day of Salvation
'To every thing there is a time' said king Solomon and that applies to
the process of salvation.
Fundamental facts to remember:
|2 Corinthians 6:2
| For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day
of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold,
now is the day of salvation.
When the Saviour returns to this earth, we shall begin to really understand the
meaning of the word redemption. Suffice it at this moment to know that our
redemption is by the grace of God; the grace which is prompted by
Yahweh's amazing love - in my estimation the greatest characteristic the
Almighty possesses. For all eternity we shall learn about and marvel at the
multiple virtues of the Most High, His abilities and power, His position and
authority, His likes and dislikes etc. But somehow I feel that we shall never
fully fathom the depth, the height, the length, the breadth and the full extent
of Jehovah's great love. That is a boundless domain, wider than the
spiritual universe of motives, thoughts and deeds: an area for study,
contemplation, appreciation and wonder throughout the endless cycles of time!
- Mankind is in the slavery of sin and scheduled for eternal death.
- Mankind is totally incapable of redeeming itself.
- Yahweh in His great love doesn't want anyone to perish, so He has
prepared a way of escape. That way is Jesus Christ the Son of God. All who believe in
him will not perish, but be redeemed and live for ever.
- The Day of Salvation is now! Beware of putting off your salvation
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Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
Updated: May 1999