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July 28, 2021 1:00 am
When God appeared in thunder at Mount Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments, He left no doubt that He was absolutely holy. In our age of leniency toward sin, let’s not forget that God has not changed—not one iota. His character is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In this message we learn more of the story of a close encounter at Sinai.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Reason for us to Jesus longer remember when God appeared in funder at Mount Sinai to deliver the 10 Commandments you left no doubt that he was absolutely holy and are easily let's not forget that God has not changed. Not one iota. The day of the story of a close encounter@church in Chicago. This is wanting to serve clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line vasculature would you agree that judgment is sure to follow when we as a nation throughout the 10 Commandments given so long ago. We have to answer your question very carefully, because all sin has immediate consequences. Let me give you a very quick example. The very fact that millions of children will go to bed tonight with only one parent in the home is a judgment because of sin, and of course we could name. Other examples. Now what you're referring to, though I think is corporate judgment. Judgment of the nation. Of course, and we already see the marks of judgment, because our nation has forgotten God, but more judgments may indeed accumulate by how desperately we need to go back to Sinai back to the 10 Commandments back to the book of Exodus.
I've written a book entitled getting closer to God. It's actually a book that is based on the sermon series lessons from the life of Moses. This is the last week. We are making these resources available.
You can either have the book or the sermon series and permanent form for a gift of any amount you can go to RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now let us listen once again to God's word because when God speaks we must listen. Verse three you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them because I the Lord and your God and am a jealous God, jealous. Yes, jealousy is a sin for us, but it is not a sin for God. The reason that jealousy is a sin for us is because jealousy implies that I have something coming to me.
That is my inherent right in all of our rights that we hear so much about today are not inherent. They are rights that are conferred upon us by God. We have value, by virtue of our creation, because God has conferred value upon us as human beings.
The value is derive. It does not arise from ourselves because we are because beings but God is the being that is on cause and therefore all the glory of the universe, all on their all of the adoration belongs to him and when it comes to him. There is no where else that it must be passed on to and so God lays down the law and he gives in chapter 20 what is generally known as the 10 Commandments I told you that when God comes. There is power physical power and moral power, and what we must recognize is that this means in practical terms, that when God speaks all arguments and see that's where our society is the reason that you have so many different views about so many different things. Given on so many different talkshows is the fact that nobody thinks God is spoken so everybody gives his or her own opinion because they do not believe that there is a God in the universe who is actually affirmed a certain thing and that's why society is where it's at today because nobody believes that God speaks or his folk, David Hume, whom I referred to earlier said that it would be absolutely immoral and wrong of God to limit salvation through one person like Jesus Christ. What's an interesting comment, but it's totally irrelevant when God decided to set up his universe. He didn't say now before I figure out a way of salvation I should at least run it past David Hume, just to see what he thinks God doesn't run it by anybody. He doesn't run it by need is even run it by Darrell.just doesn't. And when God speaks, that's the end of the discussion. And so God speaks, there's another thing that you and I must remember and that is that we are ultimately accountable only to him, and that has awesome consequences.
John Calvin, the great reformer said that the only way in which people can get through life because you realize today that you live with a sinner you sale that was in a very nice complement to make about my wife. I'm not talking about your wife and talking about you you center on the world.
We managed to live with ourselves. The only way we do it is by always trying to find somebody else who's worse than we are.
And if you live in Chicago that's no great search right we find somebody who is worse than we are and that makes us feel pretty good. Like a man told me he says as far as heaven is concerned, I think I have as good a shot at it. Is anybody else. That's the way he survives and then if we find this something good within ourselves some active charity why we magnified and we think that that is awesome that you and I should actually do such a wondrous thing. That's how we survive comparing ourselves with ourselves and with others to somehow manage everyone awake at this juncture, I want you to know today that when God comes old that nonsense's Canada there was a man who was called a pastor friend of mine. He was sobbing so violently. The pastor thought for sure that this man must've experienced a death in the family.
He hurried go over to the man's office where the call came from discovered this businessman flopped over his desk sobbing so high steric that the pastor had to calm him down and say just calm down and tell me what your problem is when the man gained his composure what he said was he said for a brief moment. He says God showed me what is in my heart and he said when I looked into my heart. It was as if I was looking into the pit of hell. And the pastor said will, what are some of your sins. And he says finally he said I saw something. He said I'm a businessman and I've been patting my expense accounts and he said I began to realize that this is dishonest and he said I know that everybody does it. And you compare yourself with yourself and with others and you find out that this is commonly done, but he said I saw dog again. Suddenly that little excusable sin is no big deal in American culture became as hideous as looking into the pit of hell because a man saw a glimpse of God. Here's a man who is attending a university is a student and the instructor said to him I want you to do a paper and I want you to make sure that it is original research, so the man is busy it's near the end of the term.
You know how it is during those periods of time and he decides to do his paper and he uses research that he did on another project turns it in gets an a and graduates with high honors and auto graduation ceremony is honored and then suddenly one day he began to realize that God was God and instead of saying well you know things like this are commonly done among students, you must remember he saw God. I don't mean that he saw God physically with design, but suddenly he became aware of the presence of God.
And this small sin that is so easily overlooked became so important that he went back to the University. Years later, to make it right so that he could live with himself.
You see, that's what happens when people see God. I invested about $10 in the book entitled the day, Americans told the truth. I read in there the other day. Great tidbit of information. 91% of Americans say that they lie regularly now.
If you have a logical mind like mine. Of course, you begin to think about all these little logical niceties and you begin to ask yourself if 91% of Americans lie regularly. How do you know that they were telling the truth when the pole you know that's just these logical Germans that always asked those kinds of question, but if it is true that they were telling the truth. After all, everybody lies. In fact, they had one of the categories. That said, can you make it through a day without lying X number of people said no. Can you make it through a week X number of people said no everybody lies.
No big deal until you see God you know that during the great awakening here in the United States of America. When in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jonathan Edwards was preaching his sermons and Whitfield was preaching during great days of revival. It is said that people who actually came into the geographical area of where God was working were already smitten with conviction before they could get any farther. In fact, there was a boat coming from England with something like 40 sailors and before the boat docked 30 of them were on their knees repenting and getting right with God because God had come goal the sins that are excused in all the sins that are hidden in all the sins for which we make so much allowance suddenly become important because God is holy and God is powerful and when he come you and I tremble, there's 1/3 thing that happens when God comes and it is most important. There's a revelation of his holiness. Always there's a revelation of his power, and moral authority always, but thankfully, God does not leave us in despair. Wouldn't it be full if I ended the message here and said folks have a good afternoon.
Wouldn't that be mean of me. It would also be not only mean but unfortunate because there's another side to the story when God comes.
There is grace take your Bibles now and turn to the 12th chapter of the book of Hebrews Hebrews chapter 12 refers to this story from the 19th chapter of Exodus Hebrews chapter 12 refers to the quaking of the mountain and the book of Exodus, verse 18. For you have not come to a mountain that could be touched is talking about Sinai and to a blazing fire into darkness and gloom in the whirlwind into the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard bag that no further word should be spoken to them in the Exodus passage.
They said God, if that's what it is like for you to reveal yourself. Don't show us yourself anymore. We can't take it. The author is saying what I'm telling you is not like that for they could not bear the command of even a beast touches the mountain it will be stone not only human beings.
You get an animal wandering loose going over the boundary and touching the amount it had to be put to death, and so terrible was the site that Moses said, I am full of fear and trembling.
Now notice what he says. He says thanks to Christ for us is different but you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, and the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God to the judge of all into the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and here's the key and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better things than the blood of Abel. Just that Old Testament Sinai God is saying, stay away. Why, because Christ had not yet come to mediate man's relationship with God backup holiness judgments, and then Jesus comes to die on the cross and Jesus takes all the wrath of God directed there at Sinai, and Jesus absorbs that when he hangs there and he becomes a sinner for us and he opens his arms wide and nieces. God let me take the full blast of your holy anger against sin and let me absorb it so that it might full on me death and the curse were in our couple Christ was full for the without his straying to the last garden drop is empty now for me now that Jesus has died and his blood is been shed and God has been appeased. We read in the book of Hebrews now draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith come through that freshly slaughtered way, which is what the Greek text says come for that new and living way, which is calling been consecrated through the blood and come draw near to God. Old Testament only the priest entering into the holy of holies on one day a year performing rituals in the tabernacle in the holy of holies. Now Jesus dies on the cross and the Bible says that the veil was split into and God says enter in, into the holy of holies, and let us have fellowship one with another, knowing that the blood of Jesus Christ, God the son cleanses us from all sins and God says to you and to me today drawing near, because Jesus has died. Some of you say will Pastor Luther if you could look into my heart the things that you would see would be like looking into the pit of hell to seat dishonesty lies not just padded expense accounts login to your mate. Moral impurity also if you could see it. It's awful. Yes, it's awful, but I want you to see today that Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new covenant and goddesses come to him flee to him depend upon him not only be saved and some of you need to be saved, but others of you who have believed in Christ. Christ died for your sins to may I say to you, Mr. and Mrs. Christian crisis come, we've all heard the story of Isaac Newton slave trader who went to Africa to send to his fill and actually was willing to give people money if they could think of new some new way of sinning that he had not experimented with and then on the way to England in that boat. I sit Isaac Newton. I meant to say John Newton. By the way, on the way to England in that boat when that storm came up.
He remembered what he learned in Sunday school, and he cried up to God and was converted and he gave us a song that we sing so delay because we like it's music. I want you to know today.
I love it's music but I also love.
It's words, amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now am found I was blind but now I see I want you to know today that within me. There is nothing good. I cling to Christ and to Christ alone.
I have received in my faith is in him and where it not for his grace. I would be banished from his presence forever. You see, you can't understand the hill of Calvary until you understand the mountain of Sinai Sinai shows us how great the sinners, we are in the mountain of Calvary shows us how great God's grace really is. I want you to come to Christ today. Some of you aren't sure whether your saved you doubt your salvation you don't know where you're at.
We're here to help you.
We are here because we want you to know where you stand today in the blood of the new covenant in God says, let's pray our father. We do thank you that whenever God comes. There is holiness there is power and there is grace now, Lord, we are needy sinners and you need to do a mighty work in our hearts.
Many discouraged many hurting many given up but draws to yourself today and we pray especially for those whose needs are great and overwhelming that they may see that your grace is greater still. Thank you father, help us and before I close this prayer. Whoever you may be wherever you may be listening.
Would you at this moment say Jesus be my Savior saved me because I'll tell you something to stand before God on your own merit.
You will be blown away. Bango it's over.
Would you at this moment believe tell Christ that your believing here as father for your namesake, and my friend. I just want to share my heart with you for a moment and let you know that one of the problems that we have here in America even when the gospel is preached is that people come to Calvary, but they have never come to Sinai, they think to themselves that God's grace is wonderful if they needed and they might need some of it is only when we are aware of the fact that we are deeply flawed that we have greatly sinned. Then we begin to understand the wonder and the greatness of God's grace and that's why we need the law before we need grace I've written a book entitled getting closer to God.
It's actually based on this series of messages that you've just been listening to lessons from the life of Moses. This is the last week. We are making this resource available to you and you can have it either in book form, or if you prefer you can have the audio to sermons for gift of any amount. These resources can be yours.
Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 let me thank you in advance for your continued prayers and support of this ministry. We appreciate you more than we can tell because you are really a part of the family. The running to win family and because of you. This ministry continues to expand. I like to emphasize the fact that recently we have begun in the country of Nigeria. Thanks for helping us for gift of any amount you can receive this series. Getting closer to God in message form or as a book, simply go to RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 in a day when we have an emphasis on grace without law, we need to be balanced as we preach the good news of the gospel of Christ to needy sinners running to win is all about helping you find God's roadmap for your race of life. You can write to us at the running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 the blazing light of a holy God brings every sin into razor-sharp focus how we need in the blood of Christ to shield us from God's judgment today Dr. Erwin Lussier concluded when God comes the ninth in a series of 12 messages about the life and times of Moses, a man getting closer to God.
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