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Sunday School Lession 2009 07 05


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Sunday School Lession 2009 07 05

  1. 1. July 5th, 2009
  2. 2. Announcements • • Please complete a survey if you have not done so already • Sign-up to serve in a Class Ministry Team • New Care Group Assignments • Notes for Missions (NYC, Serbia) • Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat Oct 2&3 • Substitute for July 18th
  3. 3. How can we gain confidence in our Father’s love?
  4. 4. Focal Passage Exodus 33: 18-23
  5. 5. Exodus 19 - 31 “In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt – on the very day – they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.” Exodus 19:1-2
  6. 6. Fatherly Instructions • Exodus 20: Ten Commandments • Exodus 21 - 22: Personal and Community Laws • Exodus 23: God’s Angel to prepare the way
  7. 7. Exodus 24 - 31 • Moses shares God’s instructions with the Israelites • Moses returns atop Mt. Sinai to fellowship with God for 40 days and 40 nights • God provides further instructions to Moses
  8. 8. Exodus 32:1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.”
  9. 9. A Failed Understanding The Israelites God • We're better off as • I'll use Pharaoh and his slaves in Egypt than as entire army, his chariots corpses in the and horsemen, to put wilderness. my Glory on display so (Exodus 14:12) that the Egyptians will realize that I am God. (Exodus 14:17-18)
  10. 10. A Failed Understanding The Israelites God • You've brought us out • Future generations into this wilderness to should know that I fed starve us to death you in the wilderness (Exodus 16:3) (Exodus 16:32)
  11. 11. A Failed Understanding The Israelites God • We thought that He had • In no time at all they've abandoned us, so we turned away from the sought a new direction way I commanded them (Exodus 32:1) (Exodus 32:7-8)
  12. 12. A Critical Juncture God’s Command Exodus 33:1-2
  13. 13. A Critical Juncture Then the LORD said to Moses, "Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants.’ Exodus 33:1
  14. 14. A Critical Juncture I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way." Exodus 33:2
  15. 15. A Critical Juncture Moses’ Response Exodus 33:12-13
  16. 16. A Critical Juncture Moses said to the LORD, "You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, 'I know you by name and you have found favor with me.' If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people."
  17. 17. A Critical Juncture What did Moses request of the Lord?
  18. 18. A Critical Juncture 1. Teach me your ways 2. Let me know you 3. Let me find favor with you 4. Don’t send me out on my own
  19. 19. A Critical Juncture God’s Response Exodus 33:14-17
  20. 20. A Critical Juncture The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"
  21. 21. A Surprising Request Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory.“ Exodus 33:18
  22. 22. What was Moses asking to see?
  23. 23. Glory Defined • Something that secures praise or renown • A distinguished quality or asset Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  24. 24. Glory Defined • Glory translates the Hebrew word “kabod” • “Something heavy in weight” in importance or honor • When used of God, it refers to the honor of who He is
  25. 25. Why was Moses wanting to see the glory of God at this juncture?
  26. 26. The Levels of Prayer 1. Show me your glory 2. Help them 3. Thank you 4. Forgive me 5. Help me 6. Give me
  27. 27. Glory Revealed Exodus 33:19-23
  28. 28. Exodus 33:19-23 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."
  29. 29. Exodus 33:19-23 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."
  30. 30. What did God reveal to Moses?
  31. 31. Glory Revealed • His Goodness • His Sovereignty • His Mercy • His Compassion • His Fullness (face) is too great for us • His Purpose in retrospect
  32. 32. Knowing the Father • God desires to reveal Himself to us • We should continually be open to God and what He wants to reveal to us • There is always more of Him to know and experience • God is awesome, and being in His presence is something not to be taken lightly
  33. 33. A Lasting Impact How was Moses impacted by his encounter by God? Exodus 34:29-35
  34. 34. Exodus 34:29-35 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.
  35. 35. Exodus 34:29-35 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
  36. 36. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
  37. 37. Homework Are you willing to have God’s glory unveiled to you and in you?