God is very consistent, from the garden to Abraham, then Moses and to Israel then to Jesus and ultimately leading to the marriage between the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of earth God's desired one singular thing, a personal relationship with all people. The story of the Exodus is a picture of how God ultimately works in every individual life to lead them out of their slavering to sin and into a life of freedom through the Savior. When we understand what He wants, we see how important we are to His work.
Part 6 - What Does God Want?
Do you remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her crew finally meet the Great and Powerful Oz?
Now think back to Exodus 3 when Moses first met God. There were several similarities between these two stories but also some striking differences.
God doesn't just want you to WORSHIP Him on the weekend, He wants you to WALK with Him all week long
God is POWERFUL - God is PRESENT - God is PERSONAL
Exodus 19:2-6 CEV
2 ...two months after leaving Egypt, they arrived at the desert near Mount Sinai, where they set up camp at the foot of the mountain.
3 Moses went up the mountain to meet with the Lord God, who told him to say to the people:
4 You saw what I did in Egypt, and you know how I brought you here to me, just as a mighty eagle carries its young. 5 Now if you will faithfully obey me, you will be my very own people. The whole world is mine, 6 but you will be my holy nation and serve me as priests.
Moses, that is what you must tell the Israelites.
Exodus 19:16-19 CEV
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning. A thick cloud covered the mountain, a loud trumpet blast was heard, and everyone in camp trembled with fear. 17 Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had come down in a flaming fire. Smoke poured out of the mountain just like a furnace, and the whole mountain shook. 19 The trumpet blew louder and louder.
Exodus 20:1-2 CEV
1 God said to the people of Israel:
2 I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves.
After all the plagues, God's presence on the mountain is what totally terrifies the people
Exodus 20:18-19 CEV
18 The people trembled with fear when they heard the thunder and the trumpet and saw the lightning and the smoke coming from the mountain. They stood a long way off 19 and said to Moses, “If you speak to us, we will listen. But don’t let God speak to us, or we will die!”
Exodus 40:33-38 CEV
33 Finally, Moses had the curtain hung around the courtyard.
The Glory of the Lord
34 Suddenly the sacred tent was covered by a thick cloud and filled with the glory of the Lord. 35 And so, Moses could not enter the tent. 36 Whenever the cloud moved from the tent, the people would break camp and follow; 37 then they would set up camp and stay there, until it moved again. 38 No matter where the people traveled, the Lord was with them. Each day his cloud was over the tent, and each night a fire could be seen in the cloud.
Through His people ALL people would come not just to worship Him, but to walk with Him
If we don't stop seeing worship as a weekend thing we'll never learn to walk with Jesus through the week
John 1:14 CEV
The Word became a human being and lived here [lit, "tabernacled"] with us.
We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.
God no longer dwells in a house made of brick or stone but in hearts made of flesh and failure
God has called YOU who are you calling so that ALL people might find real life.
Next Sunday: Out of Darkness Part 7 - How to Remain
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