Summary: 1. Rededicate yourself to the Lord (vs. 6-8). 2. Get ready to see the Lord (vs. 9-11). 3. Give reverence to the Lord (vs. 12-19).
Moses on the Mountain with the Lord - Part 2
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - June 9, 2010
BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION
*One of the first movies I ever remember seeing as a kid was Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments.” I think it’s one of the best movies of all time. It was amazing to see even a little of what it must have been like for Moses when he met with the Lord.
*This summer we are looking at a much better source than Director Cecil B. DeMille. This summer we will look into the Word of God to see Moses on the mountain with the Lord. Most people think Moses only went up the mountain one or two times. But the Bible tells us that Moses went up seven times to meet with the Lord. (1)
*Each of these meetings has a message for you and me. Last week we looked at the first meeting, and in vs. 4 God confirmed His salvation by saying: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
*Then in vs. 5&6, God challenged the Children of Israel to obey Him, and He called them to be His people. And in vs. 6 the Lord commanded Moses (and us) to communicate His Word. With this background in mind, let’s read vs. 6-19.
*Moses’ second trip up the mountain shows us three things all of God’s people need to do.
1. First: rededicate yourself to the Lord.
*In vs. 7, “Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him.” And in vs. 8: “Then all the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.”
*God’s people said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” There’s the standard: The Word of God.
-And the people said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
*This wasn’t the only time the Children of Israel would say those words. For example, in Exodus 24:3, “Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, ‘All the words which the Lord has said we will do.’” In fact, we find this phrase 6 or 7 times in the Old Testament.
*Why the repetition? -- Why did they tell the Lord again and again, “Whatever You say, we will do it.”? -- Because they weren’t doing it.
-They needed to honestly rededicate their lives to obeying the Lord.
*Listen to the Lord’s complaint almost 900 years later in Jeremiah 42:
19. “The Lord has said concerning you, O remnant of Judah, ‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Know certainly that I have admonished you this day.
20. For you were hypocrites in your hearts when you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to all that the Lord your God says, so declare to us and we will do it.’
21. And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, or anything which He has sent you by me.
*Every believer needs to dedicate and rededicate their lives to the Lord.
*Paul Powell tells the story of a well-known preacher from years ago. His name was Carter Jones. Carter had a small room in the attic of his home that he used as a place of prayer. When he was especially burdened, he would make his way up the winding staircase to that room to spend some quiet moments with God. The members of his family knew that when he went to the attic room for prayer. They were not to bother him under any circumstances.
*One day, under some heavy burdens, he climbed the stairs, went into the room, and knelt beside the chair to pray. But he had hardly started when the door swung open and there stood his little girl. The moment his eyes met hers, she knew she had done wrong.
*She knew she shouldn’t be there. But she said, “Daddy, you’ve been so busy lately I haven’t seen you much. And I just wanted to tell you that I love you.” And with that she threw her arms around her father’s neck, gave him a big hug, wheeled around, and was gone as quickly as she had come.
*Still on his knees, Carter wiped a tear from his eye and said, “Father, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time for you. I just want to tell you again that I love you.”