Meeting God

December 30, 2018

 

Text:  Exodus chapters 19 & 20

 

Camped at the Mountain   (19:1-2)

               After three months of travel to the Sinai region

               They camped before the mountain

               God spoke to Moses

 

The First Hike: The Promise of Gpd  (19:3-5)

               If you Obey My Voice

               If you Keep My Covenant

                              Then You shall be My possession

                              Then You shall be a kingdom of priests

                              Then You shall be a Holy Nation

 

The Second Hike (?)  (19:7-9)

              The message given to Moses

                               God will come in a thick cloud

                               The people will hear when God speaks

 

The “Next” Hike  (19:10-15)

               The Instructions given to Moses

                              Prepare the people for God’s arrival

                              The Lord will descend on the mountain in three days

 

On the Third Day  

               The Lord arrives:  (19:16-20)

                              The spectacular arrival scene

                              Moses called up to the top of the mountain to meet
                                       with God

               Moses given a warning for the people  (vs. 20-25)

                              Tell the people: Don’t come near

                              Tell the Priests: Don’t come unprepared

                                             Moses concerned about the prests

                                             The Lord instructs only Moses and Aaron
                                                     to come up

 

God speaks to His people   (20:1-17)

               God establishes His Covenant with His People

                              The Requirements of God

 

The People fear the Voice of God  (20:18-21)

               The People saw the lightning, heard the thunder and
                         saw the mountain smoking

               They heard the sound of the trumpet

               They stood at a distance

 

God instructs Moses   (20:21-24:2)

               The mode of worship: Sacrifice

               Many other requirements given

 

The Covenant Ratified  (24:3-8)

               Moses tells the people the expectations of God

                              The People agree

               Moses writes down the requirements

               Moses prepares the sacrifice

                              The Covenant is read

                              The People agree

                              Moses sprinkles the people with blood

 

Today’s Takeaways

               God speaks to us

               God has clear expectations of us

               The Covenants of God are sealed in blood

               The Lord is Mighty, Awesome, Holy and Worthy
                  to be Feared and Obeyed

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