Mountain Top Experience #3 Exodus 19:20-25

Exodus 19:20-25
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+19%3A20-25&version=NKJV;NIV
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This theme, Mountain Top Experience comes from the Book of Exodus chapter 3 and chapter 19. There are 4 parts to this theme.
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Part #3
The third mountain top experience Moses had with God was again for the benefit of His people. It was a warning the people needed to hear in order to protect themselves. God is not common and cannot be treated as such. It was a warning about behavior, limits, and boundaries. Every action leads to consequence, whether good or bad, there is always a consequence. God used Moses to intervene so that the people God loves would be kept safe. God is holy and has standards and boundaries. God’s Word hold true – back then, now, and forever more. His Word is eternal. It will never die. If we abide by what God says then all will be well; but if we choose to ignore what God says then the consequence of our action will eventually be disastrous.
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First, God raised up a leader to save all of His people.
Second, God gave His people a choice to choose whether or not they wanted to obey God.
Third, God set up boundaries to keep His people safe and free from harm.
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We, too, have choices to make. Some are leaders and some are followers. Some choose to obey the Lord God and some do not. Some stay safe within the boundaries and some crossover. Many, many choices – every day – every second of the day. What will your choices be?
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Lord God of Israel, thank you for Your Word. Thank you for loving us so much that You gave us Your Word, which is true and everlasting. Help us to support and not cause hardship to the leaders You raise up to govern over us. Help us to choose life, Your way, Your Word; You. Show us our limitations and help us to stay safely within the boundaries that You have set up for each one of us. Bless each one who reads this with a special blessing.

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Mountain Top Experience #2 Exodus 19:1-19

Exodus 19:1-19
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+19%3A1-19&version=NKJV;NIV
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This theme, Mountain Top Experience comes from the Book of Exodus chapters 3, 19, and 24.  There are 4 parts to this theme.
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Part #2
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Moses did exactly as the Lord God instructed & directed him to do. The Hebrews were now safe and free from their enemy. After about three months of travel, Moses experienced his second mountain top experience with God on Mount Sinai.
The first mountain top experience was to tell Moses how God was going to lead His people out from the bondage of slavery through Moses. The reason for Moses’ second mountain top experience was that God wanted Moses to give a message from Him to His people. God wanted to remind His people that it was by His hand they are now safe and free from bondage. And that He loves them and wants to provide and protect them. God wants to bless them and treat them as a “treasured possession” – people of great worth and value.
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3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, 6 you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
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Moses became the mediator between God and His people. Moses told God’s people what God said, and all the people said they agreed to God’s terms. God gave Moses further instructions for the people. This mountain top experience was also to confirm that God Himself had chosen Moses to be the leader of God’s people. It was not something that Moses wanted or even asked for, but was God’s choosing. God would use Moses to govern the multitude and confirm Moses’ position before all the people.
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So both mountain top experiences were for the benefit of God’s people. The first time was to bring God’s people out of bondage and into safety and freedom. The second time was to confirm that Moses was indeed the man whom God chose to be their leader
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Review:
1. Moses first mountain top experience was for God to tell Moses the purpose for his life. Moses was to deliver the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery & bondage.
2.The second mountain top experience Moses had with God to commission Moses as the leader over all God’s people.

Mountain Top Experience #1 Exodus 3

Exodus 3
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3&version=NKJV;NIV
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This theme, Mountain Top Experience comes from the Book of Exodus chapters 3, 19 and 24.  There are 4 parts to this theme.
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Part #1
Moses went up the mountain and met with God, not once, nor twice, not even three times, but more than four times. The first time God revealed Himself in a burning bush on His holy mountain. Moses, intrigued by the bush that was inflamed but not burning, went up the sacred mountain and met God there. This was Moses first of several mountain top experiences with God.
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   It was not Moses ideas to meet with God; it was God’s plan. God created the situation and Moses responded. Moses was doing what he did every day when He saw the bush burning. It was his job to shepherd the flock of sheep.
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Moses did not know God. Moses knew of God, but really didn’t know Him personally. The reason God called Moses to this mountain top experience was to impart into Moses the purpose for his life; to tell Moses why he was born. The reason Moses was born was for one purpose alone. God had ordained him from birth to be Israel’s deliver. Moses was to deliver Israel, God’s chosen people, from Egyptian bondage and slavery.
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This first mountain top experience was where God spoke and said, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  When in the presence of God, His holiness……..well, it cannot even be explained in mere human words. So God revealed His holiness to Moses and how Moses was to respond to God’s holiness. There is a certain way we are to act when in the presence of God. God is not common, so we shouldn’t treat Him or His Name as such. God is holy. God needed to teach Moses this first, because Moses was going to be Israel’s spiritual leader as well as their physical leader.
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We need to have the right posture when in the presence of The Almighty; God. We need to be aware of who He is and who we are. He, God Almighty, is the Creator and we are His creation.
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God not only gave Moses instructions on how to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage, but the Lord equipped him as well. God will not call someone to do something and then not give them the means to do it. God gave Moses explicit instructions on what to do and what to say. So Moses first mountain top experience was for God to tell Moses the purpose for his life.

 

Over & Over *Deut. 15

Deuteronomy 15
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+15&version=NKJV;NIV
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Do what is right and God will bless you. God is saying this over and over in this chapter. Do not be tightfisted. Give and give freely; not begrudgingly. God sees. God knows. God hears. Honor God’s Word and He will honor you. Give and it will be given to you.
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Lord God of Israel, You are Creator of heaven and earth and all that is within them You have created. Everything is in Your hands. Everything was created for your pleasure. You have given to us freely. Help us to be generous and give with right motives. May we not be tightfisted nor grudgingly give, but on the contrary may we be joyful givers and give to those who are in need. Help us to trust in the truth of Your Word – the Holy Scriptures. Thank you! In Jesus Name we ask. Amen.

 

Enticements *Deut. 13

Deuteronomy 13
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+13&version=NKJV;NIV
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Don’t be deceived. Let not someone lead you astray by deceptive enticements. Temptation looks invitingly sweet, pleasurable, and it might be so for a little while, but then reality strikes and no longer is this “thing” sweet and pleasurable – for now it brings on a harshness and pain that is irrevocable.
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When these deceptive thoughts or words come to you stand strong and extinguish them immediately – give them no room in your mind or heart. Some (most) temptations can seem overpowering. Immediately call on the Name of the Lord God. He will give you the strength and power to overcome. Why will He do this? Because God loves you and desires you to have the best; not to be destroyed.
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Lord God above all, You hold all things in Your hand. When temptation comes our way give us the strength, courage, power to squash it completely, rendering no effect on us. Open our eyes to see tempting enticements for the ugly, horrible, and hurtful things they really are. Help us to overcome temptations and stand victorious in You. Thank you. In the Name of Jesus Messiah. Amen

Guarantee *Deut. 12

Deuteronomy 12
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+12&version=NKJV;NIV
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God wants what is best for His people. He tells them over and over, so there can be no mistake. His instructions are very clear.
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God’s people are about to enter into the Promised Land. Again, the Lord God reminds them if they are willing to follow the way He has prepared for them without adding or taking away anything from what God’s said, then they will be blessed and prosper.
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The points to remember are: Be careful to do as the Lord requires. Remember it is the Lord who brought you here and it is He who is giving this land to you, so don’t forget Him, His way, or His Word. Worship the Lord God of Israel alone. Raise nothing above Him; put Him first. Do not worship the Lord God like pagans worship their gods and idols.
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Go to the Lord and ask Him to lead you to where He would have you worship Him, which church or temple. He will direct your steps. It is there that you should give all your tithes, offerings, sacrifices, special gifts, and vows. By doing this the Lord guarantees His blessings; everything He’s called you to do will be blessed. You and your family will rejoice in everything the Lord has done for you. What an awesome promise God is giving to His people.
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There is one warning, which we all need to heed: Do what is right in the eyes of the Lord God. Do not be wise in your own eyes nor do as you see fit. Instead follow the Lord and He will lead you into your inheritance to dwell in safety and rest.
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God loves His people and wants them to be happy, flourish, and enjoy life. His promise is not to be added too or to be subtracted from. It is exact; exactly how the Lord Almighty wants it to be.
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Proverbs 3:5-8
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Be Careful *Deut. 11:22-32

Deuteronomy 11:22-32
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+11%3A22-32&version=NKJV;NIV
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God continually warns His people to “be careful” in what they do and how they act. Follow God, the Lord God of Israel and blessings will flow. However, if you choose not to abide by the Bible then blessings are withheld and a curse will follow if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from His way by following other gods.
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Blessings and curses are set before His people. Warning after warning God gives to be careful about our words and behavior. He longs to bless His people. God is holy and sets a good standard for His people to follow. The standard is for our sake, our benefit, so we can live a blessed life. When we sin – for no one is perfect – quickly repent; ask God’s forgiveness and sin no more. God is gracious, faithful, and ever forgiving of true repentance.