Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Good morning, friends.
Yesterday, we saw a multitude of wonderful things about God. But the first one Moses learned was that He is holy. All of those things are true of a Holy God. We continue considering God’s holiness this week.
Begin again by giving God your attention. List the things on your mind. One at a time, say to each one, “God is in charge of you for the next hour.” Finally, turn your attention to your Father in Heaven. Say “Hi.” Ask Him to bless your visit. Tell Him that you want Him to make you like Him.
Spend several minutes being still, with your attention turned towards Him.
Remembering: Remember that God’s first message to Moses was “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” The God with Whom you are speaking is holy.
Context: While Moses had heard God’s voice beginning in C. 3, the nation of Israel had not. For sure, they had seen his wonders (the 10 plagues, His Shekinah glory, His deliverance of the nation from the army of Egypt in the Red Sea, His manna in the mornings, and water from a rock). But on the morning of Exodus 19-20, they were finally going to hear God’s voice for themselves.
Read Exodus 19:1-6.What things do we learn about God’s plans for His people in these verses?
Read Exodus 19:16-25. What things do we learn about God from these verses?
Read Exodus 20:1-2.What do God’s people learn is already true of their relationship with God? (Note: These commandments do not describe how to get a relationship with God. They are how God’s people live who already have a relationship with Him.)
In Exodus 20:1-17, God speaks the 10 commandments to the people. Read Exodus 20:18-21. How were the people doing after hearing God speak 17 verses directly to the nation? What does this tell us about God?
Here’s the quandary of getting to know God: The first thing you realize is that He is holy! Apparently for those who have physically encountered Him, this is a terrifying reality, because we also realize that we are not holy. Yet here God is, calling Israel “His people” and telling them He is “their God.”
This holy God is reaching out to His people who are not Holy, and planning to make them “a holy nation” and a “royal priesthood.” As yet in the Bible story, we don’t know how he’ll do it. (The tabernacle and sacrifices are next in Exodus, both of which point to Jesus, God’s “dwelling” on earth and His final sacrifice.)
Response: Consider these things as you talk with God.
- Has God’s character changed? Acknowledge that He is Holy.
- Confess ways you are aware that you are not holy. What are things you’ve done, said, thought about, or wanted that you know are not holy? Confess each one to Him and ask His forgiveness.
- Believe that it is God’s intention to make you like Him, progressively in this life, and fully when you see Him. Ask Him to give you a new heart. Ask Him to make you holy.
- Thank Him for His grace, because all of this is His gift!
- Ask Him to bless you and those you know with a love for God’s holiness.
Who are two people you know who don’t know Him? Pray for them that God would open their hearts and give you a chance to love them.
What things are before you today that you need the Lord’s help with? Ask His leading and help that in each of these things, He would be honored!