9/8/19 – Covenants Part IV – Representation and Revelation

(The sermon is here, unfortunately a technical issue caused the first couple of minutes of audio to be unusable.)

Exodus 19:16-25 ESV

16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. 19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the Lord to look and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” 23 And Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.'” 24 And the Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest he break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

(The sermon is here, unfortunately a technical issue caused the first couple of minutes of audio to be unusable.)

I. Nature Reveals the Glory and Nature of God (16)
A. The natural world generally reveals the glory of God. (Romans 1:18-20, Psalm 19:1-6)
B. The natural phenomena whispers to us of the nature of God.
C. The purpose of natural revelation is to lead us to wonder and worship.

II. The Natural Thoughts of God that are Beneath Him
A. What we think of when we think of God is the most important thing about us.
B. What we think of God is too low because it is too often informed by the natural mind rather than spiritual revelation.

III. The Spoken Revelation of God to Man (17-23)
A. God speaks to Moses & Moses writes it down.
B. God has not left us to wonder who He is but has spoken to us exactly who He is through both the written and living Word. (2 Peter 1:16-21, John 1:14-18)
C. God’s spoken revelation both warns us & woos us.

IV. The Representative of God and Man (24-25)
A. Moses is the mediator of Israel. Jesus is the superior mediator for us. (Hebrews 8)
B. Aaron is the high priest of Israel. Jesus is the superior High Priest for us. (Hebrews 8)
C. Mount Sinai was a place to stay away from. Mount Zion is a place to run to and find grace. (Hebrews 12:18-29)