God Wants a Relationship

SERIES – Wilderness University

Exodus 19 NIV

1     In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt–on the very day–they came to the Desert of Sinai.

2     After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

3     Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:

4     ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

5     Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

6     you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

7     So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak.

8     The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

9     The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.

10   And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes

11   and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

12   Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

13   He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain.”

14   After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.

15   Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.”

16   On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

17   Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

18   Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently,

19   and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

20   The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up

21   and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish.

22   Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”

23   Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.'”

24   The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.”

25   So Moses went down to the people and told them.

Exodus 3:12 NIV – 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.”

Luke 1:45 NIV – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!

You develop a relationship by investing something in the relationship.

The Basics of a Relationship with God

  1. The Remembrance of God

Ephesians 2:8-9 MSG8 Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! 9 We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!

Deuteronomy 7:7-9 MSG7 God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. 8 He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 MSG26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 27 Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 28 chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? 29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 30 Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 31 That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

Deuteronomy 32:11 NKJ – As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings,

You are not growing as a Christian until you have some goals that you have to trust God for.

  1. The Reverence for God

Exodus 3:1-6 NKJ1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” 4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

  • Wash your clothes (v. 10)

They did not have available soup and water, or new clothes.

Genesis 41:14 NIV – So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

  • Watch your step (v. 12)
  • Wake your soul (v. 14)

Psalm 25:11 TLB – But Lord, my sins! How many they are. Oh, pardon them for the honor of your name.

  1. The Regulations from God

Exodus 3:4-10 NIV4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey–the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Hebrews 12:18-24 MSG18 Unlike your ancestors, you didn’t come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble— 19 to hear God speak. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. 20 When they heard the words—”If an animal touches the Mountain, it’s as good as dead”—they were afraid to move. 21 Even Moses was terrified. 22 No, that’s not your experience at all. You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels 23 and Christian citizens. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. 24 You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.

Mt. Sinai, we get the law.

Mt. Zion, we get the grace.

John 1:17 NKJ – For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 48:1-11 NKJ1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. 3 God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. 4 For behold, the kings assembled, They passed by together. 5 They saw it, and so they marveled; They were troubled, they hastened away. 6 Fear took hold of them there, And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, 7 As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. 8 As we have heard, So we have seen In the city of the Lord of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah 9 We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. 10 According to Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let Mount Zion rejoice, Let the daughters of Judah be glad, Because of Your judgments.

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