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August 2, 2021 1:00 am
As runners in life’s race, we press toward a goal, a finish line, and a prize not made of gold or silver. Believers race toward God Himself, who fulfills all our dreams and bestows on us every good gift. Moses knew this when he prayed, “O Lord, show me your glory.”Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
One reason for us to Jesus phone number for those runners and voice race we press toward the goal of finish line is not made of gold or silver believers raced toward God himself fulfills all our dreams and bestows on us every good gift Moses prayed, I beseech the Lord show me the church in Chicago this with Dr. Erwin was clear teaching helps us make it cross the finish line you ever wished you could see the glory of God the way Moses you know I have to tell you Dave, I have frequently contemplated that passage of Scripture and I read it and I've studied it, and I think to myself that it is really the highlight of the book of Exodus, you know, in context, God is saying to Moses. Okay you go into the land but I'm not going to go with you.
Moses says if you don't go with me.
I'm not going and then Moses says show me your glory. What an awesome passage of Scripture. What an awesome experience. Moses had and in answer to your question Dave, yes of course we all wish that we could see the glory of God like that but we have to wait another day when we see Jesus face to face. It's always about the glory of God. And that's why this passage of Scripture is so special now to thank the many of you who help us here at running to win. You invest in this ministry, we have some friends who have said that they are willing to double the gifts given to the ministry of running to win up to $90,000 would you help us. Your gift will be doubled. Here is what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com and there you'll find the info you need or call us at 1-888-218-9337.
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Let me ask you today. Why is it that we don't pray more. Well, one reason I think as we think.
Prayer isn't really necessary Body do what he wants to do, whether we pray or not, can't he take care of those missionaries can't he guide Earl Bowers to the Ukraine and back safely without us praying about it. Can't he supply money can't he heal people in the world does God need our prayers. That's one reason I think that we don't pray as often as we should, is maybe a second reason that's related and that is to say, I'm not sure we say to ourselves. I'm not sure that prayer is going to change anything because I suspect God basically has his mind made up, and so he's going to do whatever he wants to do both of these objections actually surface in on a basic misunderstanding of prayer and we forget that the purpose of prayer really is to get us beyond our need to get us beyond the desire to be healed and the desire to have money and all these other things to get us beyond that into communion with God is a God knows that only desperate people pray and that's why he brings so many things into our life to get our attention so we begin prayer occupied with our need to, but we prayer hopefully occupied with our God.
And that's what prayer is all about.
It's a stepping stone to something better in something higher than most of the requests we bring into God's presence, George McDonald, who greatly influence CS Lewis said what if the main object in God's idea of prayer is the supply of our great are endless need of himself. Hunger may drive a runaway child home, but he needs his mother more than he needs his dinner communion with God is the one in need of the soul beyond all other needs and notice now. Prayer is the beginning, not the end but the beginning of that communion generally Moses who got to talk to God face-to-face what Moses does in the 32nd chapter of the book of Exodus that you can turn to know what he does is he he gives us some understanding regarding prayer and we like to be able to end up where Moses ended up in the presence of God, seeing his glory. Exodus chapter 32 the golden calf is built and I'm going to be covering basically two chapters so were going to have to do this very hurriedly and I hope you take time to read the details on your own.
What an amazing story of Moses stays in the mountain and so they decide to build this golden calf and that God is not amused but the Lord said to Moses in verse seven of chapter 32 go down for your people whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.
They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them elsewhere. God says these are my people. While today there acting like the people that belong to Moses because they have made an idol and the Lord says said to Moses, he says in verse 10 now therefore let me alone that my wrath made Earnhardt against them.
I may consume them in order that I might make a great nation of you want to test it. Moses had been a prideful man. You'd have thought that you know that's maybe not a bad idea. Let me be the head of the nation regarding Abraham.
So God was testing Moses, and in this story I want you to notice three different levels of prayer that Moses experienced. And remember, the purpose is that our prayer life might be changed at the end of this message, that we might view prayer differently for as long as we live. That's the agenda first level of praying first level of praying is a prayer for pardon. Moses begins in verse 11 and he says oh he implored the Lord his God. Why does your wrath burn what he saying is don't destroy these people and that Moses appeals to the reputation of God, he says, for example, verse 12. Why should the Egyptians say, with evil intent. He did bring them out to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth, turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by yourself but Moses is doing is a God there are two reasons why you shouldn't destroy these people first of all, you shouldn't because it make you look bad in the eyes of the Egyptians, the pagan, the pagans are going to say God took them into the wilderness, but he couldn't sustain them. There and they die. There, under the hand of God. What kind of a God can lead people out but can't lead them in. It makes you look bad, folks.
I want you to know it is true that the reputation of God in the world in some sense is bound up by our testimony the way in which we live.
When David committed murder and adultery, God says David because of you the nations the nations are spurning me and you have been a bad witness David to the nations that have heard about your sin, you see see the reputation of God is bound up with a way in which we live. When I was in seminary. There was a student who was a colleague in the seminary at the time fellow student actually told this interesting story. He had a part-time job as many seminary students do and he worked in this office and he says that there was a young woman who was there with a very foul mouth. He said that she could swear.
These are his words like a like a someone who I guess is in the military and being very coy here.
Not wanting to identify any particular branch and he says not only that but she tell off-color jokes make all these innuendos she smoked and she drank and she did the whole. Now when the seminary student came. She said oh you're from the seminary then I guess you're born again Christian.
He said yes I am she said this is going to shock you, but I am to and she said but nobody in this office is ever going to find out because she said I don't want to be a bad witness. So she said you have to keep this quiet. In fact she said one of the reasons that I talk the way they do is that nobody would even suspect that I'm a Christian so that I don't give a bad witness to Jesus now that lady had some problems we would say, wouldn't we but you know she did have a point and my point is this, that if you are a Christian, but you're not living like one.
In that office. Keep your mouth shut about your Christianity because it will reflect unfavorably on the gospel and on the people of God. So Moses is praying your knee saying, Lord, Lord, what are the Egyptians going to think the heathen are going to are going to disrespect you and then he says your own people. Remember, you made a promise they're going to say that they were betrayed because you spoke to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob.
You made this promise and furthermore Moses goes on.
Later on in the next chapter he says if anything he says destroying me blot me out of the books that you've written.
This isn't the eternal book of life that Moses is talking about in chapter 32. Actually, it is still the same chapter.
Chapter 32 verse 32.
But now, if you will forgive their sin, but if not, please blot me out of your book that you've written. At this is not eternal book of life. It probably has to do with the register of those who are living what Moses is saying is kill me don't destroy this nation, so you'll notice we read that the Lord relented. Verse 10 of chapter 32 where the Lord finally said. Actually, it's verse 14 of chapter 32 the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing upon his people now to be clear, to be clear, there was still a judgment. Some people died. Those who were rebellious and wouldn't repent.
They died but God did not destroy the nation and he forgave the sin of the people. That's one level of praying is the confession of sin, isn't it. It's a level of praying that you and I do regularly.
Not a day goes by that I don't have to confess some sin either in word of thought or deed.
It's the it's the prayer of John 19 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse from all unrighteousness. Aren't you glad that God forgives those who call upon him, but Moses isn't happy with that because God God is talking to Moses and God brings up a subject that really that really triggers the life and the motivation of Moses. God says in chapter 32. I will send my angel to go before you and he says in chapter 33 even more clearly depart and go from here and I'll give you the land. Verse two. I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites parasites.
The high bites, the Jebusites, and the megabytes go up to a land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way for your stiff neck goddesses. He says I'm I'm not going to go the cloud of presence is not going to accompany you. It's not going to be there for you will send an angel. Most of us at that point would've said well it's better than nothing, I guess we can get along without the presence of God as long as an angel is going to guide us but Moses now introduces us to another level of praying. If the first prayer was for the pardon of God. The second prayer is for the presence of God.
Moses is going to say, God, this is not, you must accompany us.
That's actually what Moses prays in chapter 33 and then you'll notice in verse 14 God responds and says my presence will go with you and I will give you rest. Now Moses is speaking in verse 15. Isn't this beautiful.
He said to him, if your presence will not go with me. Do not bring us up from here.
Got it. If your presence is not going accompany us then just let us stay here in the desert. It is better to be in the desert with the presence of God and on your way to Canaan and prosperity without the presence of God saying were not going to go an angel isn't good enough and then he says in verse 16 for how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight I and your people, is it not in your going with us so that we are distinct I and your people from every other people on the face of the year. Gorgeous Moses Cisco had is explaining something which, of course, God understands. But God loves to hear it from the lips of the servant he saying, Lord, don't you understand that what distinguishes us from all the other nation is the presence of God. It's that that that makes a distinction that yes it was localized in the cloud in the Old Testament, but it is also applicable to us today. You frequently hurt me quote first Corinthians were the apostle Paul says that when someone comes into your midst. Maybe today there is somebody in the balcony who just kind of snuck in and wondered what in the world, Moody church is all about, but through the singing through the reading through the praying what they should say when they leave.
Here is surely God is among them. That's what distinguishes us from all the other people in the world and Moses is saying there is no place that can satisfy without God's presence. There is no wealth that can satisfy without God's presence. There is no pleasure that can satisfy without God's presence. There is no marriage partner that will satisfy you without the present of God. Moses is saying we can go unless your presence accompanies us well. God's is okay. He says my presence will go with you and all give you rest now folks, put yourself in the sandals of Moses at this point how many of us would've said well this is wonderful.
The nation was not blotted out. God answered the prayer for pardon. Now his presence is with us now. Let's get everybody together and let's go. That's where I would then probably were. You have been to Moses isn't satisfied you'll notice now. He prays for the very person of God.
He says in verse 18. He says show me by Lori in verse 18.
Please show me your glory. Wait a moment who's making this request.
Moses who is up in the mountains for 40 days and 40 nights talking to God like a man speaks to his friend the Bible.
He's been up on the mountain and he and God have been communing and they've been having fellowship and and nobody had more of God in the Old Testament than Moses. Moses is saying I'm not satisfied, show me your glory and notice praying God show me as much of your self as I can take show me your glory.
Now can we see God. Well, you'll notice that the text says that God is gracious to those he wishes to be gracious to shows mercy on those that he shows mercy to verse 20 but God says you cannot see my face for man shall not see me and nobody can ever see God as God you'd be consumed. It would be like standing 100 yards from the sun to be able to see God you say well how then do we see him we see manifestations of God. We saying we have seen that God's glory.
John 118 no man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten son, you could translate it the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the father. He has declared him say that's why we sing at Christmas time veiled in a flash the Godhead see because if Jesus if Jesus were not veiled in the flesh. If if the divine nature had not been hidden.
You and I could not have seen Jesus and a little bit of that was seen on the Mount of Transfiguration as it broke out, nobody can see God and live. But God says Moses, I will show you a little part of myself. You'll notice he says behold, there is a place by me, where you shall stand on the rock. And while my glory passes by. I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I passed by then I will take away my hand and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen. You'll see a glimpse a glimpse of failed glory and your prayer will be answered while think of Moses upon that mountain. Now remember that Moses didn't make it into the promised land because of disobedience and dead because he smote the rock when he was supposed to speak to it the second time God says you know you crossed the line because of your anger. Your temper got you into trouble and therefore you disobeyed me.
I know that there excuses that you could make, but I told you what to do and you didn't do it and Moses complained to got a couple of times this is now Lord, are you sure that you can't work this out.
I mean is this is this maybe just a little bit too harsh until God finally said Moses I want to hear about it anymore.
You're not going in so you guys on the other side of the land.
Now let's fast-forward 14 centuries 14 centuries later, Moses makes it into the land that wonderful it been forgiven by God, and now who is there on the Mount of Transfiguration within the land about Moses and Elijah. He's finally there is the grace of God, isn't it just like you and I we fail, we sin, and yet someday will be in that land but what is Moses doing 14 centuries later on the Mount of Transfiguration in a blaze of glory white white glory Moses is absorbing the glory of God when it broke out of the body of Jesus.
What is he doing. He's getting more of God and you think of him praying this prayer. Show me your glory and at the Mount of Transfiguration, and I'm sure in between times that prayer is Moses is in God's presence is continually being answered in its answered there on the Mount of Transfiguration and it is being even answered today and it will be answered in the future and what will Moses be doing for ever. But you and I will be doing forever.
We will be beholding the wondrous glory of God, this is Pastor Luther. You know this morning in my prayer time. I said these words to the Lord.
I pray Lord that day, your glory might not be a part of what I'm interested in, but actually, everything I'm interested in, or to put it more clearly that there might be nothing in my life outside of seeking the glory of God. I hope that that's your prayer to and out of thank the many of you who enable us to get these messages into more than 20 different countries of the world in three different languages. We have some friends who have said that they are willing to double gifts given to the ministry of running to win. What that means is whatever you give will be doubled. Would you take advantage of that. Here's what you can do.
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