Intro: Tonight we come to the end of Ch. 20 where we see the peoples reaction to Gods giving of the Law
A)We started this section you might recall in Ch.19 w/ the Lord telling Moses to remind the people of His Heart
B) HowHe delivered them out of bondage and how He bore them up on eagles wings
C) See God wantedHis Law Awesome Holiness to be seen in light of His Loving Heart the two always go together
In 1 John 5:3 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
1)this is how youLive in the love of God to the Fullest ..
So the people hear the Lord speak they hear the thunderings / the trumpet blaring/ they see the lightning flashing / mountain smoking
A)Their reaction is Moses dont let God talk to us any more they trembled & stood a far off !!!!!- You talk to God . Tell us what .
Isa encounter w/ the Lord Woe . Woe is me Undone .
B) Listen that is the purpose of the Law is to show us that we areUNDONE we are BANKRUPT need a Savior / we need a Mediator
So after God speaks the People are Stunned
C) This illustrates the power of the word of God in our lives
Divides between the soul & Spirit / Joints & the marrow
1)It Pierces me / penetrates to the Core of my heart / if a person is caught up in the flesh /- it makes them feel uncomfortable
E)Because of that some peoples reaction is like the people of Israel here dont let God speak to us
1) I dont want to go to Bible study Challenged
One of the reasons why so many FEEL GOOD churches today
A)Not going to talk about sin / not going to talk about responsibility / a lot of people like that tell me how great I am / how be better
B) Wife I dont want to go to that Church always feel convicted / or makes me feel uncomfortable
C) People go from Pastor to Pastor not heeding the word Because it attacks the area of their flesh they dont want to Change
D)But in some ways studying the word is like working out/ process is uncomfortable reminded need lose weight / weak / sweat
E)But I always feel better afterwards so glad that I did
So the Peoples reaction is fear but Moses responds v.20And Moses said to the people, "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin."
A)Now this almost seems like a Contradiction / dont be afraid but the Lordhas come to test you, that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin."
B) God doesnt want us to be afraid of Him / but He wants us to have a Healthy Fear of Him Rev. / respect for the Lord
" The fear of the Lord is that affectionate reverence, by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Fathers law.
b)A Healthy dread of doing anything that would displease Him because we love Him so much
C)Why would the Lord want His fear to be Before us ?
So Both knowledge and wisdom, the ability to use knowledge, starts by fearing the Lord.
D)Matthew Henry points out that not only means our days will be more in number, but they will be more full, in the sense of joy and gladness.
Solomon had it all. He had all the money, power, and women he could ever want. Yet as he came to the end of his life he declared all was vain.A)Solomon realized that there was only one chief end to man, and that was to fear God, keeping His commandments.
B)The wisest man to ever live looked back on his life and this was his ultimate reflection. We too must learn what it means to fear the Lord.
Psalm 34:11 "Come, you children, listen to me;I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
David was a famous musician, a statesman, a soldier; but he does not say to the children, "I will teach you to play on the harp, or to handle the sword or spear, or to draw the bow, or I will teach you the maxims of state policy;" but I will teach you the fear of the Lord, which is better than all arts and sciences, better than all burnt-offerings and sacrifices. That is it which we should be solicitous both to learn ourselves and to teach our children
Proverbs 8:13 The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil -
A)Moses declares God wants to put His fear in You that reverential Awe so that you dont sin !!!!!
B)He knows the damage that sin can bring He hates sin / wants to keep us from it / think twice about it
II Chronicles 14:14, "Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar,for the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them."
C)it resulted in victory for Israel
D)the Lord came upon them, that is, a fear which God struck them with to such a degree that they had no heart to withstand the conquerors.(from
Here after the Law is heeded an ALTAR is needed
A)When a person really hears the Law of God you realize I am a sinner and I need a Savior Sacrifice is needed to take away sins
B)NOTE THE DIVINE FLOW God gives the law & then He instructs build an ALTAR
C) At the foot of Mt. Sinai after the Law is given that which would be a school master mans need God says Make an altar
D) Sacrifice of Burnt offerings / Peace ./ all pictures of Jesus see when we get there
Notice the details concerning this Altar It was to be an Altar of earth or an Altar of Stone
A)The altar wasnt to be of gold or silver it wasnt to be ornate or fancy Architecturally it was to be simple why?
B)So that the focus would not be on the Altar but on the Sacrifice
C) Interesting that most of the Typology in the N.T. about Jesus is from the Tabernacle not the Temple (God didnt want Temple allowed Solomon)
D) Cant wait to get to that section Longest single section in scripture 12 Chapters at first glance seems boring Building instructions
E)But what was the Tabernacle ? It was a Tent very simple / very basic
The same thing is true about Church Buildings / Worship / Programs
A)Keep it simple - focus on Jesus
B)Sometimes distracted by fancy Art / Architecture Some Churches are known more for their incredible Structures
C) In Worship the goal is to see Jesus Musicians & singers Invisible
D) Ornate Building additions / and Complicated / showy / Performance oriented Music / In some ways it is like a cover up
1)creating a sense of glory & grandeur / because Gods presence not there
So the Lord says make it out of earth or stone and dont even Chisel it not manufactured by man
A)Indicating that the Lord desires that our worship would be simple
Marked by SIMPLICITY
B)The second thing that the Lord points out about our worship is that it would be marked by Humility
1)No steps to the Altar so that people would see your nakedness
C) The pagans made altars that were high priest would climb stairs in those days wore Robes see Rear ends
D) The higher you go the more your FLESH is seen !!
We have a tendency today to develop steps to the Altar
A)12 step program is a good example ( now I know some people who have been helped thru it )
B)But what those type of programs do is they put a lot of attention on me my effort my progress
C) Self Dependency instead of a God dependency I am going to Kick this I am in the program I am climbing higher & higher
D) The higher we climb the more our FLESH is seen
Listen the way to the Lord is not by climbing up any Ladders or steps
A)Not man going up / but in God coming down
B)The 2nd Chapt. Of the book of Philippians. Describes the marvelous & gracious descent of the Lord Jesus who was in the form of God ..equal w/ God
1)He made Himself of no reputation,
C)Evident from His descent there are no steps for man to climb Religion vs. relationship
D) Salvation comes thru one Step Lord have mercy on me a Sinner
So the Lord says dont make it w/ steps I dont want your nakedness to be seen but the Sacrifice
A)Jesus / nothing more / nothing less/ nothing else
B) Behold him who bore our sin
C) So finish this Chapter on the Law of God / next week goal Ch.21-23 law of Moses
1) Note tonight Between the two the Lord says an altar is needed