Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry His Word with us wherever we go.
As we look at the Old Testament together, we’ll commit Acts 13:17–23 to memory. In this sermon, the apostle Paul gave a short summary of Israel’s history to show how God has always loved and provided for His people. As followers of Jesus, this passage reminds us of God’s grace toward us—that this same love and provision on display in the Old Testament is our story, too.
We’ll memorize this passage one short section at a time, starting this week with verse 17.
17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors, made the people prosper during their stay in the land of Egypt, and led them out of it with a mighty arm. 18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness; 19 and after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 This all took about 450 years. After this, he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 After removing him, he raised up David as their king and testified about him, “I have found David the son of Jesse to be a man after my own heart, who will carry out all my will.”
23 From this man’s descendants, as he promised, God brought to Israel the Savior, Jesus.
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