16 “On the third day,when morning came,there was thunder andlightning, a thick cloud onthe mountain, and a loud
trumpet sound, so that allthe people in the campshuddered.” Exodus 19:16 HCSB
The thunder and lightningserved to get the people’sattention and todemonstrate to them thatthey were entering into acovenant with anextremely powerful God.
His holiness demands ourrespect and reverence aswe encounter Hispresence.
How God revealedHimself: Isaiah 6 1 Kings 18 Acts 2 Revelation 4
Isaiah’s Call and Mission Isaiah 66 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated ona high and lofty throne, and His robe[a] filled thetemple.2 Seraphim[b] were standing above Him; each onehad six wings: with two he covered his face, with two hecovered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called toanother:Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;His glory fills the whole earth.4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound oftheir voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.5 Then I said:Woe is me for I am ruined[c]because I am a man of unclean lipsand live among a people of unclean lips,and because my eyes have seen the King,the Lord of Hosts.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was aglowing coal that he had taken from the altar withtongs.7 He touched my mouth with it and said:Now that this has touched your lips,your wickedness is removedand your sin is atoned for.8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:Who should I send?Who will go for Us?I said:Here I am. Send me.
Elijah at Mount Carmel1 Kings 18:20-3920 So Ahab summoned all the Israelites and gathered theprophets at Mount Carmel. 21 Then Elijah approached all thepeople and said, “How long will you hesitate between twoopinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, followhim.” But the people didn’t answer him a word.22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I am the only remainingprophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. 23 Lettwo bulls be given to us. They are to choose one bull forthemselves, cut it in pieces, and place it on the wood but notlight the fire. I will prepare the other bull and place it on thewood but not light the fire. 24 Then you call on the name ofyour god, and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The Godwho answers with fire, He is God.”All the people answered, “That sounds good.”
25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Since you are sonumerous, choose for yourselves one bull and prepare itfirst. Then call on the name of your god but don’t light thefire.”26 So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, andcalled on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying,“Baal, answer us!” But there was no sound; no oneanswered. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar theyhad made.27 At noon Elijah mocked them. He said, “Shout loudly, forhe’s a god! Maybe he’s thinking it over; maybe he haswandered away;[a] or maybe he’s on the road. Perhaps he’ssleeping and will wake up!” 28 They shouted loudly, and cutthemselves with knives and spears, according to theircustom, until blood gushed over them.
29 All afternoon they kept on raving until the offering of theevening sacrifice, but there was no sound; no one answered,no one paid attention.30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near me.” So allthe people approached him. Then he repaired the Lord’saltar that had been torn down: 31 Elijah took 12 stones—according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, towhom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel will beyour name”— 32 and he built an altar with the stones in thename of Yahweh. Then he made a trench around the altarlarge enough to hold about four gallons.[b][c] 33 Next, hearranged the wood, cut up the bull, and placed it on thewood. He said, “Fill four water pots with water and pour iton the offering to be burned and on the wood.”
34 Then he said, “A second time!” and they did it a secondtime. And then he said, “A third time!” and they did it athird time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; he evenfilled the trench with water.36 At the time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah theprophet approached the altar and said, “Yahweh, God ofAbraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that Youare God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that at Yourword I have done all these things. 37 Answer me, Lord!Answer me so that this people will know that You, Yahweh,are God and that You have turned their hearts back.”38 Then Yahweh’s fire fell and consumed the burnt offering,the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the waterthat was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, theyfell facedown and said, “Yahweh, He is God! Yahweh, He isGod!” 1 Kings 18:20-39
Acts 2:1-212 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were alltogether in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of aviolent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled thewhole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, likeflames of fire that were divided, appeared to them andrested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled withthe Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, asthe Spirit gave them ability for speech.5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men fromevery nation under heaven. 6 When this sound occurred, acrowd came together and was confused because each oneheard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they wereastounded and amazed, saying,[a] “Look, aren’t all thesewho are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it that each of us canhear in our own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live inMesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus andAsia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts ofLibya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews andproselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speakingthe magnificent acts of God in our own languages.” 12 Theywere all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another,“What could this be?” 13 But some sneered and said,“They’re full of new wine!”Peter’s Sermon14 But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, andproclaimed to them: “Men of Judah and all you residents ofJerusalem, let me explain this[b] to you and pay attention tomy words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as yousuppose, since it’s only nine in the morning.[c] 16 On thecontrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 And it will be in the last days, says God,that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity;then your sons and your daughters will prophesy,your young men will see visions,and your old men will dream dreams.18 I will even pour out My Spiriton My male and female slaves in those days,and they will prophesy.19 I will display wonders in the heaven aboveand signs on the earth below:blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.20 The sun will be turned to darknessand the moon to bloodbefore the great and remarkable Day of the Lord comes.21 Then everyone who callson the name of the Lord will be saved.[d] Acts 2:1-21
Acts 2:36-4736 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certaintythat God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, bothLord and Messiah!”Forgiveness through the Messiah37 When they heard this, they came under deepconviction[m] and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles:“Brothers, what must we do?”38 “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each ofyou, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of yoursins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 Forthe promise is for you and for your children, and for all whoare far off,[n] as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 Andwith many other words he testified and strongly urged them,saying, “Be saved from this corrupt[o] generation!”
A Generous and Growing Church41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, andthat day about 3,000 people were added to them. 42 Andthey devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to thefellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.43 Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders andsigns were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now allthe believers were together and held all things incommon. 45 They sold their possessions and property anddistributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.[p] 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meetingtogether in the temple complex, and broke bread from houseto house. They ate their food with a joyful and humbleattitude, 47 praising God and having favor with all thepeople. And every day the Lord added to them[q] those whowere being saved. Acts 2:36-47
The Throne Room of HeavenRevelation 4:1-114 After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door.The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpetsaid, “Come up here, and I will show you what must takeplace after this.”2 Immediately I was in the Spirit,[a] and a throne was setthere in heaven. One was seated on the throne, 3 and the Oneseated[b] looked like jasper[c] and carnelian[d] stone. Arainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded thethrone.4 Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on thethrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with goldcrowns on their heads. 5 Flashes of lightning and rumblingsof thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches wereburning before the throne, which are the seven spirits ofGod.
6 Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was alsobefore the throne. Four living creatures covered with eyes infront and in back were in the middle[e] and around thethrone. 7 The first living creature was like a lion; the secondliving creature was like a calf; the third living creature had aface like a man; and the fourth living creature was like aflying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had sixwings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Dayand night they never stop,[f] saying:Holy, holy, holy,[g]Lord God, the Almighty,who was, who is, and who is coming.9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, andthanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who livesforever and ever,
10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on thethrone, worship the One who lives forever and ever, casttheir crowns before the throne, and say:11 Our Lord and God,[h]You are worthy to receiveglory and honor and power,because You have created all things,and because of Your willthey exist and were created. Revelation 4:1-11
Exodus 19:18 HCSB18 “Mount Sinai wascompletely enveloped insmoke because theLord came down on it infire.
Its smoke went up like thesmoke of a furnace, andthe whole mountainshook violently.” Exodus 19:18 HCSB
The people of Israel weregranted a theophany – aphysical manifestation ofYahweh upon the earth!
Micah 1:2-4 HCSB2 “Listen, all you peoples;pay attention, earth andeveryone in it!The Lord God will be awitness against you,
the Lord, from His holytemple.3 Look, the Lord isleaving His placeand coming down totrample the heights of theearth.
4 The mountains will meltbeneath Him,and the valleys will splitapart,like wax near a fire,like water cascadingdown a mountainside.”
Yahweh showed Himselfto the people in bothwonder and awe in thetheophany whichaccompanied theirmeeting.
Three descriptions standout of this theophany:1) fire,2) thick smoke, and3) the mountain shakingviolently.
Mount Sinai served as atemporary sanctuary forthe interval of thetheophany and it waslikened to the tabernaclein the wilderness.
Both at the base of mountSinai and in the court ofthe tabernacle (where thenon-priests were allowed)smoke and fire would beseen from the presence ofGod.
When Yahweh appears,He does so with anexpectation of holiness onthe part of His people.
*God did not stay at themountain but He movedwith the people in thepillars of cloud and fire.*He constantly remindedthem that He went beforethem.
We don’t only meet Godhere at church but Hegoes with us in oureveryday activities.Ask Him to keep youreyes open to His presenceso that you will see Him
in the smallest events ofeach day.*Open my eyes, Lord!
With our fine china we setaside certain pieces forspecial occasions.*Those pieces are handledwith care, kept clean, anddistinguished for a specialpurpose.
That’s what it means to beholy, to be set apart.God separates from theworld that which Hechooses to devote toHimself for His purpose.We are called to holiness!
He will use a small vesselbut He will not use a dirtyvessel.
*God declared that thosepeople who faithfullykept his covenant wouldbe His special possession,kingdom of priests, andholy nation.
*Remember that God’sgrace does not excuse usfrom holy obedience;instead it sets the stage forour obedience.
*Determine to accept yourrole as part of God’s holypriesthood.*Understand that wealways must approachGod on His terms.
*Understand where Godputs boundaries, andmark those boundaries inyour own life to avoid theunholy and to embracethe holy.
*Before coming toworship, practice thediscipline of confessionand repentance, preparingto meet Holy God.
*Come to church with theexpectation that you willmeet the holy God.*God’s character has notchanged.
On a scale of 1 to 100(100 is the highest level),what level of holiness isexhibited in your dailylife?
There are two events thatoccur during glorification,these are "the receiving ofperfection by the elect beforeentering into the kingdom ofheaven," and "the receivingof the resurrection bodies bythe elect".
Glorification as a term ismodified by its target, aka,who is being glorified, Godor the Christian?The third stage of Christiandevelopment isGlorification.
Open Doors publishes alist of the top 50 countrieswhere persecution ofChristians for religiousreasons is the worst.
The 2013 list has thefollowing countries as itstop 4 offenders:1) North Korea2) Saudi Arabia3) Afghanistan4) Iraq
Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer,
1 Corinthians 1:30-3130 “But it is from Himthat you are in ChristJesus, who became God-given wisdom for us—ourrighteousness,sanctification, and
redemption,31 in order that, as it iswritten: The one whoboasts must boast in theLord.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
2 Corinthians 7:1“Therefore, dear friends,since we have suchpromises, let us cleanseourselves from everyimpurity of the flesh andspirit, completing our
sanctification in the fear ofGod.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
Ephesians 4:20-2420 “But that is not howyou learned about theMessiah, 21 assuming youheard about Him andwere taught by Him,because the truth is in
Jesus. 22 You took off yourformer way of life, the oldself that is corrupted bydeceitful desires; 23 you are beingrenewed in the spirit of
your minds;24 you put on the new self,the one created accordingto God’s likeness inrighteousness and purityof the truth.” Ephesians 4:20-24
A. Bible timing from Ramses to Mt. Sinai is 44 days:The Bible tells us that it was a 44 day journey from Goshen toSinai. They left Goshen on Passover (14th day of the firstmonth) and arrived at the Wilderness of Sin on the 15th dayof the second month and arrived at the Wilderness of Sinaion the 1st day of the third month. This equals 44 days.It took 24 days to travel 490 km to the Red Sea and theyspent 8 days camped there waiting for Pharaohs army tocome. It took 20 days to travel 260 km to Sinai after the RedSea including 7 days camping in the wilderness of Sin and 2days battling the Amalekites at Rephidim.Exodus 12:51 tells us Israel was driven out of Egypt byPharaoh on Passover night (Nissan 14): "In the first month,on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LordsPassover."
Leviticus 23:5. "Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron atnight and said, "Rise up, get out from among my people,both you and the sons of Israel; and go, worship the Lord, asyou have said." Exodus 12:31. "And on that same day(Passover) the Lord brought the sons of Israel out of the landof Egypt by their hosts." Exodus 12:51Exodus 16:1 tells us that when they entered the Wildernessof Sin on the 15th day of the second month (Iyar 15). Thismeans they were only 15 days away from reaching the Mt.Sinai. "Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregationof the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which isbetween Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the secondmonth (Iyar 15) after their departure from the land of Egypt."Exodus 16:1
Exodus 19:1 tells us they ended the trip when they reachedthe Wilderness of Sinai on the 1st day of the third month(Sivan 1): "In the third month (Sivan 1) after the sons of Israelhad gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day theycame into the wilderness of Sinai." Exodus 19:1B. Jewish solar calendar had 28 days per month: 44 Days
F. Calculating the day of the week they crossed the Red Sea:SundayIn a most natural calculation backwards from the wildernessof Sin, we discover something incredible, that they crossedthe Red Sea on a Sunday. This would fit the New Testamentantitype of water baptism very well. Paul tells us in 1 Cor10:1-4 that passing through the Red Sea with the wall ofwater on either side and the cloud over head was an antitypeof our full immersion into Christ for the remission of oursins. Israel was "baptized into Moses" and Christians areBaptized into Christ. The Hebrews were saved from theslavery of Egyptian bondage, Christians are saved from theslavery to sin. Any Hebrew who refused to cross the Red Seaand be Baptized into Moses would be killed the Egyptianarmy.
Likewise anybody today who is not water baptized will belost in hell because their sins are not forgiven. See theseverses: Mk 16:16; Acts 2:28; 22:16; Rom 6:2-4; 1 Pet 3:21 andtake this on line interactive study on water baptism.Rom 6:3-4 tells us that our baptism is a symbol of the deathburial and resurrection of Christ and that we are raised fromthe dead to new life when we rise from the waters ofBaptism. Since Christ was raised from the dead on a Sundayand since water baptism is a symbol of this resurrection andsince the crossing of the Red Sea was an antitype of waterbaptism, it is most natural to expect that God wouldorchestrate, through his power and providence, that Israelwould be baptized into Moses on a Sunday.Israel crossed the Red Sea on a Sunday.
Hebrews 2:10-1110 “For in bringing manysons to glory, it wasentirely appropriate thatGod—all things exist forHim and through Him—should make the
Source of their salvationperfect throughsufferings. 11 For the One Whosanctifies and those whoare sanctified all have oneFather.
That is why Jesus is notashamed to call thembrothers,” Hebrews 2:10-11
All who truly have faithin God follow the way ofholiness. Hebrews 12:14HOLINESS –The state or quality ofbeing holy.
The God of the Bible is thevery essence and sourceof that which is holy.Three attributes whichdemonstrate that God isholy are:
 The fact that He ismorally pure.Example: God alwaysspeaks the truth. God is righteous.
 As God is righteous,He always acts in amanner that is just.Example: Because God isrighteous and just, Hecannot overlook sin andmust punish wrong.
However, God is merciful;in His great love forhumanity, He wanted togive people a chance toavoid eternal punishment.
By allowing His Son JesusChrist to sufferpunishment for our sins,God can justly forgivesinners who repent oftheir sins and accept JesusChrist as their Lord.
When a person lives in amanner consistent withthe divine will of God,that person is in a state ofbeing holy: that person isliving a life of holiness.
Isaiah 43:21 HCSB21 “The people I formedfor Myself will declare Mypraise.”