Worship Service 22 October 2017
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Laverne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
October 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Exodus 33:12-23
Subject
Passing from Alienation to Restoration
Description

Scriptures:

     Exodus 33:12-23;

     Psalm 99:1-9 

     I Thessalonians1:1-10;

     Matthew 22:15-22

Exodus 33:12-23

Moses and the Glory of the Lord

12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people.’ But you haven’t let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know your name. I know all about you. And I am pleased with you.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me more about yourself. Then I can know you. And I can continue to please you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

14 The Lord replied, “I will go with you. And I will give you rest.”

15 Then Moses said to him, “If you don’t go with us, don’t send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and your people? You must go with us. How else will we be different from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will do exactly what you have asked. I am pleased with you. And I know your name. I know all about you.”

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

19 The Lord said, “I will make all my goodness pass in front of you. And I will announce my name, the Lord, in front of you. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy. And I will show love to those I love. 20 But you can’t see my face,” he said. “No one can see me and stay alive.”

21 The Lord continued, “There is a place near me where you can stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in an opening in the rock. I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand. You will see my back. But my face must not be seen.”

Psalm 99

The Lord rules.
    Let the nations tremble.
He sits on his throne between the cherubim.
    Let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion.
    He is honored over all the nations.
Let them praise his great and wonderful name.
    He is holy.

The King is mighty and loves justice.
    He has set up the rules for fairness.
He has done what is right and fair
    for the people of Jacob.
Honor the Lord our God.
    Worship at his feet.
    He is holy.

Moses and Aaron were two of his priests.
    Samuel was one of those who worshiped him.
They called out to the Lord.
    And he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud.
    They obeyed his laws and the orders he gave them.

Lord our God, you answered them.
    You showed Israel that you are a God who forgives.
    But when they did wrong, you punished them.
Honor the Lord our God.
    Worship at his holy mountain.
    The Lord our God is holy.

I Thessalonians1:1-10

1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing.

We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be given to you.

Paul Gives Thanks for the Thessalonians’ Faith

We always thank God for all of you. We keep on praying for you. We remember you when we pray to our God and Father. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. Your strength to continue comes from your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God. We know that he has chosen you. Our good news didn’t come to you only in words. It came with power. It came with the Holy Spirit’s help. He gave us complete faith in what we were preaching. You know how we lived among you for your good. We and the Lord were your examples. You followed us. You welcomed our message even when you were suffering terribly. You welcomed it with the joy the Holy Spirit gives. So you became a model to all the believers in the lands of Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you. That was true not only in Macedonia and Achaia. Your faith in God has also become known everywhere. So we don’t have to say anything about it. The believers themselves report the kind of welcome you gave us. They tell about how you turned away from statues of gods. And you turned to serve the living and true God. 10 They tell about how you are waiting for his Son to come from heaven. God raised him from the dead. He is Jesus. He saves us from God’s anger, and his anger is sure to come.

Matthew 22:15-22

Is It Right to Pay the Royal Tax to Caesar?

15 The Pharisees went out. They made plans to trap Jesus with his own words. 16 They sent their followers to him. They sent the Herodians with them. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of honor. You teach the way of God truthfully. You don’t let others tell you what to do or say. You don’t care how important they are. 17 Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right to pay the royal tax to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus knew their evil plans. He said, “You pretenders! Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin people use for paying the tax.” They brought him a silver coin. 20 He asked them, “Whose picture is this? And whose words?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. And give back to God what belongs to God.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Pastor's Summary of Exodus 33:12-23

From vv. 7-11, we learn that Moses has pitched the tent of meeting, a place where people could seek God, outside the camp. "the LORD used to speak to Moses...as one speaks to a friend" (v. 11). The golden calf incident has driven a wedge between God and his people; they feel separated from God. Now Moses asks: God, you have told me to lead the people (they were brought out of Egypt), but whom will you"send with me" (v. 12), as a sign of your presence? Our relationship is mutual: I know you and I acknowledge you. Israel is "your people" (v. 13) as well as mine (even if they are disobedient). In another translation, v. 14 is a question: God asks, if my presence were to go with you, would it make you rest easy? Moses answers (v. 15): if you will not be present with us, why did you bring us out here into the desert? How will it be known that you are with us? (v. 16) By being with us, we will be your elect ("distinct", v. 16) people, chosen over other peoples. Moses receives assurance that God will guide Israel (v. 17), becasue of the special relationship between him and their leader.

Moses now seeks to know God better, something closer than friendship, i.e. to see his very glory (v. 18). God does promise him "goodness" (v. 19) and grace ("gracious"), but God chooses to whom he reveals himself ("show mercy...") Moses cannot possibly see God's face: to ancient peoples, to see a god's face was to invite death. Even so, God does grant Moses more knowledge of him than that he gives to others: he will see his "back" (v. 23) but not his face. In Chapter 34, God makes a new pact with the people.