How to Prepare for Sunday Oct. 27th 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 Dave Cover continues our sermon series in Exodus with “Snakes Alive” from Exodus 7:8–13. The Scripture reads, “8 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.”

The confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh, but really between Yahweh and Pharaoh, starts again in Exod 7, after the first encounter seemed to go wrong for Moses and the Israelites (listen to the sermon Things Get Worse Before They Get Better on Exod 5). Moses and Aaron do one of the signs which God gave to Moses in order to vindicate that God really was sending him to lead the people out of slavery (Exod 4:1–5, 29–31). But the sign doesn’t have the same effect on Pharaoh. In fact, Pharaoh’s magicians do the same thing! Yet even more strangely, Aaron’s snake swallows Pharaoh’s magicians’ snakes. What is going on here? What is God doing and showing about himself, not just to Pharaoh but to us today? Join us as Dave unpacks this passage and points to the place that God should have in our lives.

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

Holy (Jesus You Are) [lyrics and listen] – Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, and Jonas Myrin

The Gospel Song [lyrics and listen] – words by Drew Jones; music by Bob Kauflin

Suffering Servant [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

Onward Go [lyrics] – words by Henry K. White, Frances S. Fuller-Maitland, and Christopher Wordsworth; additional words by David A. Cover and Patrick Miller; music by William H. Pontius

See you on Sunday!

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