The Affliction of My People
A Sermon on Acts 7:30-33
“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. (ESV)
What comforts you? What truly gives you security? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Acts 7:30-33, and presents one of the most comforting truths one can know: that God has acted in history for his people. God knows of our suffering and pain, the sorrows and hardships of life, and he knows of the oppressive nature of the world and our enemy, the devil. Our great hope of the Gospel is that God in Christ Jesus came down from Heaven and delivers his people. We see this in the Old Testament when the people of Israel are suffering under the cruel bondage of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. God raises up a deliverer, Moses, and through him leads Israel to freedom. This is continuous throughout the entire Bible. We see God’s faithfulness manifested again and again as He provides a way to deliver His people. It is in Christ Jesus that we find true freedom over the bondage of sin and the destruction of the enemy's forces and work. When Jesus came to redeem his people from their sins, he came to establish a new Kingdom where there is no oppression and evil, and where there is no eternal suffering. All who believe in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God are freed from their sin and may partake with him in the new Creation and in the Kingdom of God.