The Law was accompanied by the Gospel. God would cause His name to be honored and He would bless His people.

Scripture: Exodus 20:22-26

ESV Text: Exodus 20:22-26

Exodus 20:22-26 (Listen)

Laws About Altars

22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’ (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 20

     22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. 25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 384:
Oh, How Great is Thy Compassion

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1. Oh, how great is Thy compassion, 
Faithful Father, God of grace, 
That with all our fallen race 
And in our deep degradation 
Thou wast merciful that we 
Might be saved eternally! 

2. Thy great love for this hath striven 
That we may from sin be free 
And forever live with Thee; 
Yea, Thy Son Himself hath given 
And extends an earnest call 
To His Supper unto all. 

3. And for this our soul’s salvation 
Voucheth Thy good Spirit, Lord, 
In Thy Sacraments and Word. 
He imparts true consolation, 
Granteth us the gift of faith 
That we fear nor hell nor death. 

4. Lord, Thy mercy will not leave me,- 
Truth doth evermore abide,- 
Then in Thee I will confide. 
Since Thy Word cannot decive me, 
My salvation is to me 
Well assured eternally. 

5. I will praise Thy great compassion, 
Faithful Father, God of grace, 
That with all our fallen race 
And in our deep degradation 
Thou wast merciful that we 
Might bring endless praise to Thee.