Summary: If thy presence
What A Difference His Presence Makes Exod 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Introduction: I. THE SCENE OF THE PROMISE - IN THE LIFE OF MOSES. A. NOTICE HIS DILEMMA Israel's Sin 32:30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin. 31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin––; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
B. NOTICE HIS DISAPPOINTMENT. 32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. 35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
C. NOTICE HIS DISCOURAGEMENT 33:12-13. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. II. THE SOURCE OF THE PROMISE - DIRECTLY FROM GOD. 14 he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. III.THE SECURITY OF HIS PROMISE - GOD KEEPS HIS WORD. Look at v. 14, “..I will give thee rest.” IV. THE SIGN OF HIS PROMISE The Ark of God represents : God's Provision God's Protection God's Promise, God's Presence God's Power God's Peace God's Praise V. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS PROMISE Moses Response 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Moses Recognised :- I. GOD'S PRESENCE IS AN ESSENTIAL PRESENCE 15 If thy presence go not with me carry us not up hence.
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*If you are going to eat, you must have food. A. His presence is essential to know success in the Christian Life. You cannot succeed on your own. Spiritual victory is not us but Him. B. Essential to know success in the Christian Church. Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst" (Matt.18:20).Ex.33:18, "Show me thy glory." C. Essential to know success in the Christian Battle. Ex. 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
II. GOD'S PRESENCE IS AN EXHILARATING PRESENCE
1 Chr 16:31-33 says: 31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth. 32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. 33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth. Luke 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. III. GOD'S PRESENCE IS AN EXULTING PRESENCE