8/25/19 – Covenants II – The Mission And Mediator

Exodus 19:1-8 ESV

1 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.  2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,  3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:  4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;  6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”  7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him.  8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.

I. The Mountain and Message (1-3)
A. God has Israel come to the mountain He first spoke to Moses on, and promised to speak to Israel there once again through Moses.
B. God is there and He is not silent.

II. The Memory (4)
A. Rather than chase new revelation, we should never tire of remembering our past salvation and current situation.
B. Rather than look for what we should do in God’s Word, we should focus on what God has done.

III. The Mandate and Its Reward (5)
A. God did not just save Israel from Egypt, but rather to Himself.
B. God had never forgotten His covenant, and neither should Israel or us. And if we don’t, we get the prize of being God’s prized possession.

IV. The Mission (6)
A. Just like Israel, we are not just saved from something, but to Someone and to do something.
B. Our mission, whether we choose to accept it or not, is to be God’s mouthpieces making Him known to the world.

V. The Mediator (7-8)
A. Jesus Christ makes God known, not as God’s mouthpiece, but His mediator.