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Story of God: Mountain View

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Finally, the long waited one.

Yup.

I have been waiting for ages to sit and listen to Dan Fennell’s sermon.

And it is today.

Thank God.

To celebrate his sermon, I’ll try to put up some of his insight in words.

Hopefully, I can also upload the recording.

Since last year, Dan Fennell has been teaching us a sermon series entitled The Story of God. The purpose is one. That everyone can see that the entire Bible holds only one sole message, God’s plan to save His people through Jesus Christ. And today’s sermon is one of the sets, Mountain view, Exodus 19:1-6.

In a nutshell, Exodus can be understood through three peak points. They are Exodus 3, Exodus 19 and Exodus 40 – The bush, The mountain, and The tent.

The Bush

At The Bush scene, we remember clearly how God was telling Moses His salvation plan of the Israelites. 12. And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” God showed His loving grace by taking out the people out from the slavery. He save them from Egypt. And He did. He saved the people. It took 16 chapter in Exodus to explain how the plan was carried through. It took two months to execute God’s plan. And he did. What he said to Moses in Exodus 3 that He will save the people, He did it.

The Mountain

So now, we arrived under the mountain, Mt. Sinai. It was the very mountain where God said His plan to Moses. “…When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”  He did that also, did you notice? He brought the people back to Mt. Sinai so they will be able to worship Him! He said. And He did. And now He invited these people to respond to His grace of salvation. He has save the people, now the people should respond to His loving Grace. To respond, not because they needed to be save, but because they had been saved!

4. “You, yourself has seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nation you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” 

The invitation was clear. That if we obey fully and keep His covenant then we will be His treasured people. What a grace! In our sinful lives, still, He saved us. In our sinful lives, still, He wanted us to be His treasured people!

The Tent

If we are able to respond properly, and that is to obey him fully and keep His commands, God will come down and stay among us, His kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

This simply just wrapped up the whole meaning of The Story of God. But then what?

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

All of these has one purpose that we “…may declare the praises of him…” 

The whole earth is His. We belong to Him. But He is not exclusively belong to us. He wants us to declare the praises of him, so the entire earth, that is His, may be able to enjoy the grace of salvation that we had received. He has set the example in Jesus. Jesus, the saver and the salvation. Jesus the offerer and the offering. Jesus the blesser and the blessing. And as a people belonging to Him who had experienced the salvation, the offering and the blessing we should also be the saver, the offerer and the blesser.

One small step to put these into practice is by showcasing Him through our lives. By making ourselves a clear window that through us, people can see Him. Through our lives, people can declare praises of him. Through us, His will be done. Amen.

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Written by vallaura

March 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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  1. Nice quick summary.
    He’s worth the distance, indeed!

    Like

    Tri

    March 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM


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