“And They Saw God”

Nov 8, 2020 | Exodus, Messages, Sermon Videos

So we’re gonna take a moment and pray and jump into our scripture reading for this morning, and then are a Sunday morning sermon to try to be an encouragement to you. With the election happening this previous week, I thought it would be appropriate according the 1 Timothy Chapter 2, for us to take an extra moment to pray for those who are in leadership positions in our country, and to pray that God would allow us to submit to them well, and then that we would… That God would allow us to live godly and peaceful life here as we share the Gospel with those around us and seek others good and love and care for them. So let’s take a moment and pray, and then we’ll jump into our scripture reading. Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love. I thank you that you’re good to us. I thank you that you’re sovereign and we can trust you, I thank you for your justice and righteousness. I thank you for the many ways you guided us to this point in our lives, and I thank you for the many ways that we know you’ll guide us from here on out.

 Lord, I do want to pray, Lord, specifically, for those in leadership positions that have been elected, God, I want… I pray that You would bless them in their efforts to lead our country, I pray that they would lead it well with justice and righteousness, and I pray that through that you would allow people here in America and specifically us here in our community, to live in a godly life, a peaceful life, where we can promote your Gospel, and as we do those things that you be glorified, Lord, please help us to have a good attitude and honest attitude, submissive attitude to those who have been elected in leadership positions, and I pray that through all of that, we would trust that ultimately, you are the one who grants authority. Now, as we go to look into your word, in Exodus chapter 24, I pray that you would open our eyes, open our hearts, so that we can see glorious things. We ask these things in your precious name. Amen.

So our sermon this Sunday morning will be in Exodus 24. I’m gonna give you just a moment to get there on either your mobile device or your hard, copy of the Word of God, Exodus chapter 24, if you turn there with me, we’ve been continuing a sermon in the Book of Exodus sermon series.

 And we’re not gonna be able to get through it. By the end of this year, I’ve decided to just be okay with that, but we’re gonna do a couple more weeks here probably in it, move into the Christmas season and then try to finish it up early next year, is our goal. This week we are in just an amazing passage, Exodus 24, I’m gonna read it out loud for us, it’ll be up there on your screen as well, and then we’ll jump into our sermon this morning, Exodus 24.

 

[Exodus 24:1-18 ESV] 1 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” 3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.” 4 And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank. 12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever has a dispute, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

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They were with God, they beheld. God is what it says in the middle of that chapter. That is absolutely stunning. I Just want you to stop and think about.

 

It’s often been said that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, and depending on what they mean by relationship, that is very true, in fact, it’s the core of our faith is that there is a God, the God of the universe, the God who created all things, and that God desires a relationship with humanity that is absolutely stunning. A Christian knows God. They know who he is. They’ve had an encounter with him.

 

If you do not know God as you listen today, I want to encourage you to listen to kind of how this passage unfolds. Honestly, this passage gives us kind of a pattern for encountering God, and it goes through several different things that anyone who has ever had a real encounter with God goes through, and we’ll cover those in a minute, and if you are a Christian today and you are believing God, you do know God, you’ve encountered him, He’s glorious in your sight. I challenge you, I challenge you this morning to allow this pattern to once again light a fire in your heart, to once again light a fire in your mind to love God with everything you are, so we’re gonna follow this pattern out today and it… It includes four things. It includes cleansing. Commitment, a new identity. And then Joy. Cleansing commitment. A new identity and joy. And the first thing that I just wanna point out is the cleansing, the cleansing, the DNA of the Israel. I want you to think about the stuff that the Israelites are made from.

 

This book so far has had 73 chapters… The Book of the Word of God has had 73 chapters describing where the Israelites came from all the way back to the first Adam and Eve, the first humans. And so, as we follow the story, we can see really quickly the DNA, what they’re made from, and from the very get-go, you see people who are unfaithful, people who wanna define for themselves what is good and what is bad, and… The father of the nation of Israel is the man, Abraham and Abraham, though he passed the test, that one key juncture in his life and many other junctures in his life, he lied and he deceived others, and he was selfish in his intent, and it could have caused great damage to those around them, and then you see his child doing some of the same things, and then his child, Jacob being the deceiver, a man who was wicked in many different ways, and then his children, his sons, and the way that those sons sold, one of their brothers into slavery. And that takes us to the end of Genesis is, if you follow the genealogy up far enough, you see what they’re made of, they’re made of people who are unfaithful, people who are liars, people who are selfish people who don’t care and have blood on their hands in many cases, particularly those who are weaker around them, and then you come to Exodus and you follow the story of Exodus and God’s doing this great deliverance for the people in Exodus.

 

And what do you see? Well, you see them doubting, you see them complaining, you see, as soon as they leave Egypt, they’re hungry, and so they start complaining about where God has brought them to and all of stuff, and then you know, maybe further on in the story about how they become unfaithful, and they worship a false God again, and really that becomes a pattern that they will follow throughout the rest of their lives.

 

This is the DNA, this is what they’re made from, and I want you to understand that even though this is Israel-like DNA, this is representative of all humanities, DNA, you and I have a tendency to worship idols, we have a tendency to… Yeah, we like God when things are going well or when we need somebody to pray to because things are going poorly, but most of our life we in worship to other things, whether it’s worship of family, worship of money, worship a pleasure, worship of whatever that might be. We’re unfaithful to God, and

Many of us have blood on our hands, many of us have been angry at others, are taking advantage, used and abused others for our own good, have selfish motivation in our heart, many of us are wired in our heart, the same exact way as the Israelites here are so don’t… When you read this passage and you see that the Israelites, oh, they needed cleansing, which we’re gonna get to in just a moment in this passage, don’t immediately think, well, that was them because of the bad things they did. But I’m a pretty good person. I think it’s the Proverbs that say, every person, every human, wants to declare their own righteousness, to clear their own goodness, and our temptation constantly is that we want to feel like, Well, I did this good and this good and this good, and we ignore all the ways that we’re corrupted, we ignore all the ways that were tainted, and that’s where we see ourselves in this passage. We carry the same DNA in our hearts, but I want you to see what the Israelites do here. What Moses does for the Israelites here, if you look at verse number 11, in Verse 11-6, Moses took half of the blood after he killed the oxen, He put it in basins, half of it, he threw against the altar, then he took the Book of the Covenant Reddit and the hearing of all the people, and they said, all that the Lord has spoken we will do. And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you. And in cordage with these words, So he’s sprinkling it on the people, and what does the sprinkling of blood from this dead animal signify? Well, it signifies that the people physically… It’s a picture that the people physically have had their sin atoned for, their sin has been taken and placed on this animal who suffered and died in their place, and now that animal’s blood has cleansed them from the guilt that they have before God. And that allows the people of Israel to enter into a relationship with God. Just

 

An amazing moment here, I wonder how many of the people had the blood sprinkled on them, I wonder if it was just like a smattering or if it was… He went around and it took him a long time as he sprinkled blood on the people, either way you look at it, it’s this powerful moment of… Yes, you’ve been guilty. Yes, you’ve been sinful.

 

Yes, you’re made from wicked stuff, you have sin in your heart, but now you’re cleansed, but now your guilt is taken away, but now you stand before me. Pure. I think that’s just an amazing moment here that MOSES does with the people, and we have actually some reality in the New Testament about how this… What this pictures, Hebrews Chapter 9 says, When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect, and he entered once for all into the holy place is not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by the means of His own blood. The securing eternal redemption. Now, you know what the Israelites? They had to be sprinkled, they had to have their sins a tone for on a yearly basis, and sometimes even more often, and here it says, No, the blood of Jesus Christ, the life blood that’s drained from his body, secures eternal redemption, an eternal freedom from the guilt that you have for your sin, secures an eternal cleansing for you so that you stand V4 God. Holy and pure goes on and it says, If the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer sanctify the purification of the flesh.

 

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without blemish to God. Purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Now, that’s just a loaded passage, but this passage here, what you have in Exodus is a sprinkling of blood that happens on the people, and that signifies that though their hands were symbolically full of blood for the way they’ve treated others, for the way that they’ve been unfaithful, to God, symbolically the case now, that blood as hit their skin and has lost their flesh, clean from the guilt that they have so that they can stand in the presence of God, and that opens… What happens is they go up and they’re able to be with God and eat with him and be close to him, and this passage in Hebrews is gonna describe it in a different way, it’s gonna say, Look, if symbolically the blood of the goats and helpers and all of this would cleanse them so that they can physically come into God’s presence then you today know that the blood of Jesus Christ has washed you clean of all your guilt and you stand before God to serve Him today.

 

How beautiful is that. I’m reminded of passages. One of my favorite verses is in the Bible, one that I quote often in my sermons, 1 John 1-9, If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and what? To cleanse us from all unrighteousness. You can be cleansed from your sin today, the

 

Guilt that you have in your heart, you are made of the same DNA, you’re unfaithful to God, you don’t love Him with all your heart.

 

You often lie, you often use and abuse others for your own good, you’re selfish in your ambition, you’re conceded, in your mind, you seek your own ego, and yet God says you can still be before Him, He’s made a way by washing you clean from the guilt of your sin, so the first kind of step in the process of having an encounter with God is always, it’s always your cleansed from your sin. Cleansed from your sin. That can happen. In fact, God extends an offer to you today, he says that If you’ll confess, He will cleanse if you’ll come to Him with your sin, not making excuses, if you’ll come to Him with your sin, not trying to hide some sins that you don’t wanna deal with, and said, If you just come to him with the burden and the weight of all your guilt before him, he will forgive and cleanse. How awesome is that?

 

So the first step in this, in this pattern of having an encounter with God is that your cleansed from your sin, the second step in this encounter is that you really take on a new identity. You take on a new identity. Now, I wanna be careful with this because I think, honestly, a lot of what’s sold to people today is, Hey, don’t you want this kind of new identity, in fact, most of the car commercials that you see out there, you see that car commercial and they’re not selling you a car, they’re selling you achieving this identity as a person who’s free or a person who has this much wealth or whatever, and

 

Honestly, a lot of the sexual revolution that’s out there today, it’s seeking… It’s pushing a way of thinking that’s about having it, this identity, are discovering who you really are by fulfilling whatever sexual desires you have, discovering who you really are and your gender discovering who you really are in the career path you choose, whatever it might be, people out there are seeking a strong identity, and oftentimes, if we’re gonna be honest, they’re disappointed with who they are, I mean, often times they look at who they are and they’re like, Man, I’m a nobody, I’m disappointed, and that’s what’s so Loring by so many of these commercials or whatever that are selling you a strong sense of identity.

 

And I wanna tell you today that this passage is actually promising the Israelites that I think by extension you, a strong identity that’s built around who you are to God, who you are to God. So this passage, I explain this to you a few different times, 19-24, chapters 19-24 of acids are its own section. One through 18 is its own section, and then we’ll explain how the rest of the book is gonna be broken down, but 19-24 is its own section, it’s actually written in an ancient treaty format, it’s very clear, and

 

We have a lot of examples of these kind of ancient treaties that are out there between normally a powerful King and a people that he’s trying to bring into his people, so maybe it’s like a city state that’s over here, he’s powerfully comes to the land, he says, Look, you can join my kingdom, I will offer you protection, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the trade routes and prosperity and everything like that, but I’m gonna expect you to provide this much money in taxes or this many men, if we go to war or whatever like that.

 

This is a very common, it’s called a cesarean vassal treaty, and chapters 19-24 almost exactly maps on to these kind of trees, and it follows a very specific pattern where the first… If the kind of the preamble is announcing what the basis of your relationship is, how do you know one another, and then it works from there to water called Covenant stipulations. So I expect you to do this for me, I will do this for you. Type thing.

 

And then that truly would then move in normally, it ends, not always, but normally it ends with some kind of a meal together that they would enjoy, and 19, 24 follows exactly that. 19 announces the relationship that they have, then you know, Exodus 20 is the Ten Commandments, and chapters 21 through 23 give some explanation, some case studies about what righteousness would look like, so it’s more covenant stipulations, and then 24, we have this amazing meal that happens where they eat and they drink together, and they commit to one another, it’s almost like a wedding ceremony in Chapter 24. Well, who does? God announced that the people of Israel are now… Well, he announces it in chapter 19, verses 4-36, you yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians. How I bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.

 

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the Earth is mine. You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. And that says, these are the words, you shall speak to the people of Israel.

 

Now, this passage, these words are almost verbatim quoted in 1 Peter about us today in the church, that we’re God’s treasured possession, a holy nation, were given a new identity, you’re no longer primarily what you’ve accomplished in your life, you no longer only for me, a parent or you list your last name there, that’s not only who you are because you’re a family member of that family.

 

It’s not about what job you have, it’s not about what you’ve done in your past, those labels aren’t your primary identity anymore, who you are is who you are in relationship to God, and ultimately what that is, is his special possession, you’re His special people called to serve in. So let me give you an example of this in weddings. One of the things that happens is you take on a new identity… One of my primary earthly identities is that I am husband of gene. That changes how I interact with everyone. It changes how I interact with other women. It changes how I interact with the people that are around me, because I’m a husband first, and that means that I dedicate the best of my time to love and to serve my wife, and she’s the most important earthly relationship to me, and it’s the same way with our relationship with God, but just to a much greater degree, we are in right relationship with God, and that changes everything about who we are, every relationship, every other identity is now colored by the fact that we have a right relationship with God. Another illustration is, we’ve been…

 

Ultimately now, we have been pulled into orbit around God, he has a pull on our life, and yes, there may still be moons to other identities that circle around us that we carry to this day, but ultimately our orbit is controlled by our center of gravity, that’s God. So that means you and I today, though we just took part in a patriotic season where we vote… That means we are not Americans, first and foremost. I am not husband first and foremost, I’m not father first and foremost, I’m not past. Your first and foremost, I’m not. You fill it in. That’s not who I am, I’m a child of God. I’m his special… Part of his special humanity, called to serve him, and then that affects every other identity, so that doesn’t mean that… Well, because I’m special, I don’t have to do anything around the house. Now, it means that because I’m special, I’m called of God, I then now take and love others with the same love that I’ve been loved with, so now I love my wife, I love my spouse, and yes, I love my kids. And yes, I’m an American, and yes, I take part in that, but ultimately, I am God.

 

That’s what we orbit around, so a new identity and look, this is really a strong… I think a strong thing, a really strong help for some of you, because if you’re listening here this morning, I’m sure you’ve struggled with identity, I think pretty much everyone does, maybe you look in your past and you’ve been abused and hurt in your past, and you have you carry with you to this day a sense that I’m trash, I don’t deserve anything.

 

I’m awful on the worst, I’m this or that.

 

And you have this idea in your mind that this is just who I am. This is just what I deserve, and I wanna tell you today that the Bible says, No, that’s not who you are. Now, because you have been cleansed from your sin and called into a right relationship with God, that is not who you are, you are God’s treasured person. I love that. That’s beautiful. And some of you today have been trying to build an identity either successfully or unsuccessfully, some of you have been trying to build an identity on your career, the amount of money you make, whatever it might be, and it’s been disappointing, you’ve been unsuccessful in setting out what you dream you could do. And I wanna tell you today that you can instead of building your identity on that, you can still work for those dreams, but you build your identity on who you are in God, and that gives you peace when you’re unsuccessful, and some of you have been successful in your jobs, and yet you found it un-fulfilling and unhelpful, and I wanna tell you today that you have an opportunity to build your identity and the fact that you’re a child of God, and that can give you great security today.

 

Great security today. So that’s cleansing. And then second was a new identity. Third is commitment. The third is commitment.

 

Twice in this passage, the Israelites commit. In Verse 3, they say all the words that the Lord has spoken, we will do. And then in verse 7, They say, all that the Lord has spoken, we will do, and we will be obedient. And I wanna tell you, I want you to understand that there is no relationship with God without commitment. There is no relationship with God without commitment. Can you imagine somebody getting up for their wedding vows and sitting there and texting some other woman or man wall there in the middle of their wedding vows committing their life to someone else.

It would be despicable and disgusting, and yet that’s often how people who have a relationship with God, treat God. Many times they act like, Yes, Lord, I’ll do what you say, or, yeah, Lord, I wanna be a Christian, I wanna be a disciple, whatever it might be. And yet, then they act as if they’ve never made a commitment to him, commitment is the foundation of a relationship with God. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re always gonna be perfect with God, you might still sin, you might still struggle, but God calls each one of us to make a commitment to him, and this is all over the New Testament. Some of the more clear ones are Romans chapter 12-1, I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable. Earlier on in that same book, he says, Do not submit or do not give your bodies to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but give your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness. These are commitments. You’re saying here, God, I’m yours. I will do what you want, I will serve you. You’ve cleansed me, you’ve called me as your own, now, I am called to serve you. And so what do you want from me? I’ll do that, I’ll do that. Today, there is no room for you not to be all in, there’s no room for you to make excuses, you cannot make an argument as to why this command shouldn’t have to apply to you. God calls you to offer yourselves to him, to commit, to be all in. He is quick to forgive those who mess up after the commitment, he’s quick to forgive those who come to Him and repent and ask forgiveness, but He commands us to root out every sin, every irritability, every sense of ego, every selfish desire, every lustful thought, every disrespectful attitude, every lazy tendency, we may continue to struggle against sin, it’s going to be a reality in our life, but are we in the battle… Are we in the battle? The Bible is relentless, it writes to you so that you may not sin, but then it assures you that if and when you do, you have forgiveness and advocate with the Father, you have that cleansing, cleansing for your soul that you desperately need the forgiveness of the guilt and the shame of your sin before God, so that you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again.

 

I’m curious how many people might be listening to this even right now, and saying, You know what, I’m not committed. I’m not all in. I’ve dipped my toe in the water, I come to church, I like singing songs, I like feeling good, I like when Pastor tray talks about the new identity that I’m God’s child, but I have not responded in commitment. I’ve never said Everything you’ve committed in your Word, I will do, I will be, I will live righteously. I’ve never really given my life to you. We’ve been bought with a price, the price of the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, now glorify God in your body. The last point, we looked at how we are cleansed, we looked at how we’re given a new identity, we looked at how it requires commitment on our part, the last point is the joy, the joy, the joy this passage is just… It’s just unbelievable. It’s just unbelievable. And you have to sit in it because one of the things that biblical authors do is when they’re not writing poetry, when they’re writing narrative, a lot of times they’re something called terse, they’re quick… They say it directly, then they move past it quickly, and if you’re reading too fast, you’ll miss it.

 

So I wanna read this again, and I want you to just think about these words, Moses sin are an Adab and a boy who… In the 70 of, the elders of Israel went up and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet, as it were, a pavement of satire stone like the very heaven for clear-ness, and he did not lay His hand on the chief men of the people of Israel. They beheld God and ate and drank. That’s all we get. What was on the menu? I don’t know later biblical authors, when they meditate on this and they look forward to the day when God’s people will do this with him again, they talk about eating well, meet that’s full of marrow so really tasty like wagyu beef and well-aged wine. They talk about that celebration, like it will be a time full of joy and sweetness and blessing this and… Did God eat with them? Was this a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus? I think it was based on some hints in the passage, but I’m not sure, and they saw him in his physical form and they ate with him and… What was it set up like was it set up like a big dinner hall with a huge wooden table running down the middle, and just like turkeys and beef and mashed potatoes and stuffing and cranberry sauce. Just aligned the middle of the table and the 70 elders, eight ravenous ly and they laughed hard and they beheld God, and they were joyful and at peace. What was that moment like? The

 

Beauty is that this moment actually becomes a picture of what it will be for us one day with God, and that picture is developed by many biblical authors, including the prophets and then different actual parables of Jesus, but if we move farther even forward to the culmination we find it in Revelation, and it’ll be up here on the screen for you to watch as well. This is Revelation chapter 19, verses 1 through 9. Just notice the parallels in this passage between the passage in Exodus 24.

 

After this, I heard what seemed to be allowed voice of a great multitude in Heaven crying out, Hallelujah. Salvation and Glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the Earth with her immorality. Is avenged on her the blood of the servants. Once more, they cried out Alleluia. The smoke from her goes up forever and ever, and the 24 elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God, who was seated on the throne, saying Amen Alleluia. And from the throne came a voice saying, Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great. Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters, and like the sound of the mighty peels of thunder, crying out, Hallelujah for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns. Let a three choice and exalt and give Him glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come and His Bride has made herself ready. And it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen. And bright and pure. And the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

 

And the angel said to me, Write this, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the lamb. And he said to me, WordStar the true words of God. Notice the elders being there, but it’s not just the elders that are there this time, it is also… All the great multitude are invited to the marriage supper of the lamb. And who is the lamb? In Revelation, it’s Jesus Christ. And what is Ephesians 5 say that His church is… It says that Jesus Christ churches his bride, and we’re there at the marriage supper of the lamb, celebrating with our God. And he doesn’t end there. That introduces it, he’s gonna tie up some loose ends, but he also connects this a few other passages later on in Revelation, with Exodus 24, he says In a 20… Revelation 21, 1 through 4, then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first. Seven, The first surfed passed away and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a lot of voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.

 

Just like God was with the elders in Exodus, he will dwell with them and they will be his people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death shall be no more, neither child that will be more. There be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away, and then the next chapter, Revelation 22 says, Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life. Brightest crystal flowing from the throne of God and the lamb through the middle of the street of the city, on either side of the river, the tree of life with the 12 kinds of fruit yielding its through each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything a curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship Him. They will see His face and His name will be on the foreheads, the night will be no more, they will know, they will need no lamp of… No light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

 

That’s the great day we look for… Now look, I want you to listen to me, I want you to listen.

 

Everyone who’s had an encounter with God has had a burning bush moment, everyone who’s had an encounter with God has had an Isaiah sixth moment, everyone who’s had an encounter with God has had a Sinai moment, but it may not be what it will be. One day in heaven, and yet it’s still an encounter with God, you know it when it’s happened to you, you haven’t seen God with physical… Yes, but you know you’ve seen him, you knew maybe facts about him before, but now you know him, you’ve had this experience with the God of the universe who created you, He’s cleansed you from your sin, he’s made… You know, He’s called you to commit your life to Him, and you respond by knowing he’s with you… This is Matthew 28, I will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s given His Holy Spirit to you as a down payment, so that His spirit is always… Always with you. Always with you. It’s A down payment. It’s not the full payment. There is coming a day. One day in the future, when we will be with God, when we will see His face and all of our disappointments, all of our sins, all of the curses of this world, all the death and sickness that we endure will be no more, and we’ll see God face to face and we’ll worship Him and will enjoy a giant celebration dinner better than any Thanksgiving dinner that we experience now, and we look forward to that day, and yet today, those who are truly Christians have also had an encounter with him. They may not have seen him with physical eyes, but they do know him, they’ve been changed, they’ve been set on a different trajectory, they’re new people and they know it, that can be yours today, if you don’t know God, if you don’t… If you haven’t had this kind of experience with God, today, I invite you, go confess your sin to Him, He’ll forgive you for your sin, commit your life to obeying Him and be quick to ask forgiveness when you’ve messed up.

Know that he’s made you a new person a new creation, a new identity, a holy person, a saint, to for Him, His beloved child, enjoy that rest in that today and take joy that you can just revel in a precious relationship with Him, and then know that one day in the future, it will all be worth it, it will all be worth it. Sorrow lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning. You’ve gone through the pain and the difficulty of the race now, but it will be worth it when you make it to the finish line, you’ll enjoy that celebration with your Savior for all eternity and will be worth it.

 

So don’t give up, don’t quit, keep going, keep that vision of who God is in your mind, draw close to him every day, have that encounter with him, know that he cleanses you from your sin, know that He’s given you a new identity, rest in Him and commit your life to him today and take joy in those things, and let that you day by day on this race, until you make it one day home with him. Let’s

 

Take a moment and pray as we close… Father, I know so many of us are weary. So many of us are tired. Father, I ask that you would please fill your people with your spirit, give them a wonderful understanding of the glories that wait for them, give them a wonderful understanding of your presence, refresh them in that, and then re-commit their heart, uphold them with a willing spirit, Lord. And if there’s anyone listening here this morning that doesn’t know you, I ask that they would today turn to you, confess their sins and be transformed. The father, I them. Fill your people with your spirit. I thank you so much for all that you’ve done for us. In your name, I pray. Amen. Thank you so much for joining us for this live stream sermon. I hope it was an encouragement to you. If you need anything, don’t be afraid to reach out to me. You can email me, Pastor Trey at Redeemernorwalk.org. We can set something up. I look forward, I hope, and I look forward to being able to join together again in a gathering next Sunday morning as we try to resume our normal ministries.

Thank you so much. We’ll see you later.

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