Mountain and Moses: theunfetteredpreacher

We know the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. How the first tablets were broken, and Moses went again up the Mountain to receive the replacements.

So Moses went up the Mountain twice, alone. Right? Wrong. He ascended the Mountain, six times.

We need to reread the story, it’s a bit more complex.

The first trip is recorded in Exodus 19:1-6 He received a fairly straightforward message from God to the people.

Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

The Lord told him to sanctify the people for the third day.

The second trip up the Mountain is in Exodus 19:16-24.

“Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.”

The Lord then sent Moses back down, to make sure no one tried to see the Lord.

Then told him to come back up with Aaron.

The Third trip.

At this point, God tells Moses and Aaron the Ten Commandments. In Exodus 20:18-22:

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.”

The Problem the Church has today, is the people still want someone else to talk with God and relay His Word.

God tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, and receive the mercy and grace we need.

The Forth trip is in Exodus 24:32

Moses, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy elders this trip.

“And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.”

Now Moses continues up the Mountain, with Joshua to receive the Ten Commandments.

And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.

We do not know how far Joshua went up the Mountain, I believe he stayed at Moses side.

“Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”

“God gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

“The LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:”

I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.”

Moses prayed for the people, reminded God of His promises, and God repented, changed His mind.

“And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.”

Fifth trip is in Exodus 32:30-35, Moses prayed once again,

And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

After this they built the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Exodus 33: 7.

And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

It was after this, in Exodus 34, that Moses made his own tables of stone, and went back up the Mountain, for another 40 days and nights to receive the Ten Commandments, once again.

His Sixth trip up the Mountain.

The First Order of Business: REST 2: theunfetteredpreacher

To learn to REST.

Hebrews 4
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

Adam and Rest:

The first day of Adam and Eves lives, was the Sabbath, a day of Rest.

Adam had been told he had dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, and all living things, of the earth.

That plants, and every green herb were for meat. (Some speculate, before the fall, they were vegetarians).

He lost the close fellowship, the Rest of walking with God, at the time of the fall, he experienced Spiritual Death.

Noah and Rest:

Noah, whose name means Rest, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was just and perfect in his Generation. He walked with God.

At five hundred years old, he was told to build the Ark. It was a project that took one hundred years. As he was entering the Ark the Lord told him he was the Righteous of his Generation.

Righteousness and Rest, are joined at the hip. Peter said, Noah was a Preacher of Righteousness. The writer of Hebrews called him, the heir of Righteousness.

His Rest was in his obedience to the Lord, he believed and built the Ark. He warned the world, for one hundred years, no one listened.

There were none saved, in the flood, but his wife and children. Yet, Noah found Rest, in accomplishing the will of the Lord, we can also find Rest; when we are obedient to and walk in the Lord’s plan.

Moses and Rest:

For Moses, Rest did not come easily. As he led the Hebrew people out of captivity, they saw many signs, wonders and miracles.

Yet, sin seemed to multiply under Moses leadership.

When the people sinned, (the Lord, would have destroyed this people.

Moses reminded the Lord, of His promise, to the people, and the Lord, repented, (changed His mind), and the people were not destroyed.

We find, while they wondered the desert, (for forty years), they gathered Manna that fell from heaven six days a week. None on the seventh day.

They needed to gather and cook, on the sixth day, enough, so that they could observe the Rest, of the Sabbath.

Moses, frustrated, (for once again, the people had sinned), had a conversation with the Lord.

Exodus 33:12-15

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

And he (The Lord), said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee Rest.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”

Moses, prayed a prayer, we should all pray.

~ shew me now thy way.

We should always seek the ways and will of the Lord. It is easy to do things man’s way, and claim the credit.

If we allow God to work, we may wait, for the results, but we cannot claim the credit.

~ that I may know thee.

It is not enough, to know His ways, we need to know Him, to learn to be comfortable in His presence, to live a life of loving obedience.

We need to understand His time, His way, His purpose.

~ that I may find grace in thy sight.

Grace – Gods blessing of Salvation, His Comfort, Peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

His Grace is the place of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. The only place we find His Rest.

We should always seek the place of Rest in the Lord. It is found in obedience and righteousness, (believing God).

Are we missing the mark, are we, restless, ineffective, frustrated?

Seek His REST. Accept His Grace, walk in Righteousness.

Learn to find and stay in His Rest. He is a rock, and this ways are perfect.

Walk with Him. Amen

Our First Order of Business, REST: 1 : theunfetteredpreacher

God reveals His truths to any and all who will recognize and accept them.

This is a Scriptures I hold dear, realizing there is much more to learn.

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

David Jones, who was the Pastor of the UMC, (where I play piano), speaking under the Anointing of God, (in passing), pointed out, that the first thing man had to learn, was to rest in God.

REALLY? Is that true?

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What is more important? theunfetteredpreacher

What is more important? What we believe? Or what the Bible actually says?

In my life, if I find the Bible contradicting what I’ve always thought or believed. I search the Word for the truth.

If I find two or three scriptures that agree? I have a choice to make.

Do I change my beliefs, or cling to my old ways?

So far, and I hope forever, I will throw out the old and believe the Word.

It breaks my heart, that so many will not search the scriptures and see if it is true.

They reject, out of hand, that they may have been taught incorrect information.

Their Pastors, Daddies, or Church Doctrine have authority over the written Word.

Sad. We must study to show ourselves approved, workmen rightly dividing the truth.

I only wish we would. Amen

The STRAW: theunfetteredpreacher

The last straw, the straw that broke the camels back, building bricks without straw.

Before I started playing piano for this UMC, the burden of my heart was to have people come to know the Lord.

I foolishly believed, that once they knew and experienced the Grace of God, they would hunger and thirst for more.

More Righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Ghost. MORE JESUS.

To have experienced forgiveness, and not to seek more, to me was unthinkable.

Reality sinks in slowly. Reality, breaks my spirit.

Has the last straw dropped?

Or,

Am I that straw?

Lord, help… Lord, a Word of Wisdom is desired. Amen

Do I go or do I stay?

Why all the Confusion today? theunfetteredpreacher

From the NFL, Stand, kneel, hand over heart, or locked arms?

They claim; “It’s not the flag or military, we dishonour, we have just chosen the time we would normally honor them, to dishonour.”

Really?

How about, Dr Suess, is he, out of date, racist, tired and worn out, or fun and entertaining?

Men are women and women are men. Oh dear, what bathrooms do we use?

How has this come to be? What has happened, that common sense, has left the building.

The greatest generation has raised a clueless, confused and gullible, generation.

Our generation never grew up.

Make love not war. If it tastes good eat it. If it feels good do it. If you like it do it again.

Don’t tell me, not to do that. Who do you think you are? Don’t you dare judge me…

Nobody knows, how hard my life is. I need to kick the dog, beat up my wife, abuse my kids.

I am just letting off steam. It’s none of your business.

How did we come to this, state of Confusion?

I was not surprised, to find the answer in the Bible.

God is not the author of confusion, but of love, peace and joy. So what happened?

Man’s freewill. We have many warnings in the Word. Know God, know Peace.

Harkin Diligently, to do and follow God, Blessings result, even in the midst of trials and tribulation.

Reject God and His Word, we see the results in the world we are experiencing.

I leave you with three chapters, to read. I will just include some of the relevant scriptures here.

Sorry guys, sexual sin, legalized, practiced and praised. Please take the time to read the full chapters.

Sex is a beautiful special gift to mankind. To be enjoyed, by a man and woman in their marriage bed.

Leviticus 18:22-23

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.”

Leviticus 20:12-13

And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

The marriage bed was a gift, we turned it into our own curse.

Romans 1:20-25

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Saints, the confusion, the shootings, the racial unrest, the troubles we face daily, abound because of sin.

Our freewill, the gift from God, has allowed us to deny, His love and grace.

Showing respect, knowing which bathroom to use, even the use and abuse, of guns, are not controlled by our laws, but only by our LOVE OF GOD.

We need to pray our country back to where God is Glorified and Honoured, even in with different forms of Worship.

God is bigger and more powerful than we allow Him to be.

Seek His Face….. Find Forgiveness and Love….. Share that with those you disagree with.

Let God change our hearts and minds.

Peace, wonderful peace is within reach.

Amen