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.

 

Who is Willing *Ex. 35:4-5; 20-29

Exodus 35:4-5, 20-29
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+35%3A4-5&version=NKJV;NIV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+35%3A20-29&version=NKJV;NIV
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Who is willing
The question is posed
Free will is exposed
Do you want to bring
To the Lord an offering
Who is willing

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God spoke what needed to be done through His servant Moses. God then gave His people free choice by saying: whoever is willing can bring material offerings or skills and abilities as an offering to the Lord God in order to fulfill God’s purpose.
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God is kind – He’s the One who gives wealth, talents, skills, knowledge and abilities to people. The people are to use these gifts to benefit others.

Selfless Love *Ex. 33:7-23

Exodus 33:7-23
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+33%3A7-23&version=NKJV;NIV
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This is a wonderful ending to a chapter that started out so sad. Because of the extreme sinful behavior of God’s people, God didn’t even want to see them or be with them. The people mourned and repented when they heard God’s words about them.
Moses again intercedes on behalf of the people. God answers Moses with a yes; His Presence will go with the people throughout the rest of their journey.
Moses, realizing the magnitude of his responsibility of being a leader of a multitude of people, asked God to teach him God’s ways, that His favor would be with them, and to remember the people are God’s chosen. God was pleased with Moses selfless response and agreed to go with them throughout their journey.
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We, too, can intercede on behalf of others. God is please when we do so. We can make a huge difference in people’s lives when we look outside ourselves and ask God’s blessings over them.
We are all on a journey, which eventually comes to an end here on earth. How we go through this journey is what really matters. God’s example of selfless love by giving us Jesus Christ His one and only Son is powerful and benefits all who take hold of it. Jesus, Himself, also is an example of selfless love. He gave up everything to become human only to give up His life for the salvation of all mankind. Wow!!! What selfless love – nothing can match that or even come close.

God’s Mercy *Ex. 32

Exodus 32
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+25&version=NIV
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This is a very sad chapter in one way, but it also shows God’s mercy, patience, kindness, power, and might. It also teaches us several things. There are 4 major points that pop out for us to glean from:
1) Patience in waiting
2) Peer pressure; going along with the crowd
3) Taking responsibility for one’s own actions; not blaming others for our own behavior
4) Intercession; praying to Yahweh on behalf of someone else

Point 1: First, this is a time of waiting on God – to be patient when “things” don’t look or seem as they should be. Yes, a time of waiting; not being able to have or get what is wanted soon. Because of impatience, sin was rampant and ran rapidly throughout the whole community.
Note: Unfortunately, we are no different. They were impatient; couldn’t wait and had to have their own way. We, too, want our way and we want it right now, so we don’t wait.
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Lord, God of Israel keep us from judging Your people. Instead open our eyes to see the truth. Speak to each one of us and show us what we need to learn from this example in Your Word. There are different types of people in this chapter. Show us Lord which group do we (each one of us) fit into.
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It didn’t take long for the people to forget what God did for them through Moses. God delivered them from Egyptian slavery, bondage, and oppression by using Moses. He parted the Red Sea making a way, where there was no way, leading them to safety. Here they are. The people at this time knew of God, but they didn’t really know God.
Their impatience lead others to sin gravely before Yahweh.
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Lord, keep us from being impatient and causing others to sin. Open our eyes to see the value of waiting patiently. Thank You Lord for Your kindness, patience, and forgiveness. Strengthen us against sin, so that we will do what’s right in Your eyes and not sin before You. Thank You Lord.  Amen.
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Point 2: Peer pressure: vs. 1-6. Notice in verse 1 that not one or two men went to Aaron, but Scripture says, “The people gathered around Aaron.” Just think: being pressured by one person is hard enough and two people is even harder. But how much more difficult it is to avoid peer pressure when you are surrounded by a group of people who are not happy and want their own way. It feels intimidating and overpowering to say the least.
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Lord, it’s easy to see the Hebrews’ sin. It’s easy to see the sin in others, but it’s not so easy to see my own sin. Where am I giving into peer pressure when I shouldn’t? Show me, Lord, where I need to change. Lead me into repentance that I may not sin against Thee. Thank you that Your Holy Word: “If we confess our sins He (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and lead us in the way everlasting.” 1 John 1:9   Also, Psalm 103:10-12  “As far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Lord, You speak a lot about sin and forgiveness throughout the whole Bible. Thank you for Your love, patience with us, and forgiveness. Wash us clean and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
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Point 3: Blaming others for my own actions; not taking responsibility for what I say or what I do. It’s somebody else’s fault. We hear this all the time. Do we say this? Do we think this? Really, we need to see things as they really are and not make excuses for our behavior. Excuses, excuses, excuses. It’s the blame game. Knowing we’ve done wrong, but not wanting to admit it. Accountability – taking responsibility for my own words and actions and not blaming others.
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Look at vs. 21-25. Moses is confronting Aaron saying, “What did you do! You led the people into great sin!” Aaron immediately blames the people. It’s their fault. He takes no responsibility whatsoever for any wrong doing/sin.
In fact, Aaron does the opposite by first blaming the people and then blaming the fire for producing the idol; “it just came out.” Aaron not only collected the gold from the people, had the gold melted down, he then fashioned the gold to become a golden calf idol. If that was not bad enough, Aaron then proceeded to build an altar, where the people began worship, sacrifice, and revelry to this golden statue calling it their god who delivered them from Egypt’s slavery, bondage, and oppression.
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Lord, may we be a people, Your people, who do not shirk responsibility. May we be a people who admit our wrong doing and take responsibility for our own actions and not blame others or things for our own behavior. Thank You.
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Point 4: Intercession vs. 11-14 & 31-34. Not once, but twice Moses intercedes for the people of God. The first time, God warns Moses about what He is going to do to the people because of their great sin. Moses immediately intercedes for them, not because the people deserve anything, but because of God’s promise – mercy and grace.
God always gives warnings before He is about to punish people for their sins. (We see this throughout the Bible; over and over again.) God gives warnings for a reason. God’s desire is that none should perish, but He gave us freewill. However, when we pray for others we can make a difference in their lives by interceding for them. There is power in praying to the Most High God – Yahweh. He is full of love, grace, and mercy. Who do you think put the desire to pray for others on your heart?  Was it not God?
Note: God always answers prayers with either a yes, no, or wait. God always hears; God is always listening whether we realize it or not.
When Moses actually sees the sins of the people, he is appalled and first confronts Aaron. Next, Moses confronts the people by giving them a choice. Either they chose the Lord and serve Him alone, or not. But they had to choose. They could not worship both. The choice was theirs to make. Once the choice had been made, Moses then went back to God and pleaded for their forgiveness of sin. Moses pleaded for God’s mercy and God granted it.
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Sin should never be taken lightly. There are consequences. Sin is a serious matter. Why do you think Jesus died on the cross and became our atoning Sacrifice? As Scripture says in Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Thank You Lord!
Lord, like Moses, may we intercede on the behalf of other people when they need it. And may we be selfless and concerned only with following and pleasing You.
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To conclude, there are 4 major points
1) Patience in waiting – impatience bring disaster
2) Peer pressure; going along with the crowd brings disaster
3) Taking responsibility for one’s own actions; not blaming others for our own behavior is the right thing to do; all else is sin
4) Intercession; praying to Yahweh on behalf of someone else will make a difference and can save lives

Talents & Abilities *Ex.31:1-6

Exodus 31:1-6
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+31%3A1-6&version=NKJV;NIV
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God is a giver. All things come from God. Skills, talents, and abilities are gifts from God. We think we are so good at….. But, it is really God who gets the credit for what we have and what we are able to do/accomplish.
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Jesus even told a parable about talents in the New Testament. Three men were given different amounts of talents. After some time, they had to give an account for what they were given. Two of the men used their talents wisely, however the third man just buried his talent in the ground – not using it at all. There are consequences for what we do with what God gives us, as seen in
Matthew 25:16-30
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV;NIV
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What has God given to you? What is your talent? If you know what it is, then are you using it for His glory? If you don’t know what your talent is or if you are unsure- Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
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God gives. God gave. God wants us to know Him and the gifts, talents, and abilities that He has given to each one of us.