MOSES: A Baby of Promise. A Type of Christ – Sermon for 12-14-16 -Exodus 2:1-10 – (Advent MW 3)


Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 2:1-10
 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
P: O Lord have mercy on us.
C: Thanks be to God.
Epistle Lesson: Romans 9:14-18
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
P: O Lord have mercy on us.
C: Thanks be to God.
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 2:16–18
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
            18       “A voice was heard in Ramah,
      weeping and loud lamentation,
                  Rachel weeping for her children;
      she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
P: O Lord have mercy on us.
C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 106:16-23
      16 When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
      and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
      17 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, 
      and covered the company of Abiram. 
      18  Fire also broke out in their company;
      the flame burned up the wicked.
      19 They made a calf in Horeb 
      and worshiped a metal image.
      20 They exchanged the glory of God
      for the image of an ox that eats grass.
      21 They forgot God, their Savior, 
      who had done great things in Egypt, 
      22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
      and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
      23 Therefore he said he would destroy them— 
      had not Moses, his chosen one, 
      stood in the breach before him, 
      to turn away his wrath from destroying them. 
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; 
As it was in the beginning is now and will be forever. Amen. 

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