Draw Near to the Lord -
No More Barriers
God is desiring for his children to draw near to His throne. He is calling to Himself a people who will worship in spirit and in truth. Who will recognize His voice when He speaks who will have ears to hear and hearts to obey. It’s in His presence that we are changed by the power of His Spirit, when they behold his Holiness. In His presense our unrighteousness is revealed. But praise God we no longer depend on our righteousness.
Exodus 19: And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”
So Moses told the words of the people to the LORD. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes (a fullers wash, stomping the clothing on the rocks. Come before the Lord having prepared yourself don‘t expect someone else to get you there, put to death the desires of the flesh, put on white robes) And let them be ready for the third day (come desiring the Lord more than anything else)For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Going before the Lord without His invitation can cause death (get more into that later) Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” (God is a Holy God and sin and holiness cannot dwell together)
So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.”(no sex, because they needed to set their attentions on the Lord in this preparation, didn’t need any distractions to keep them from focusing their attentions on the Lord)
Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God (they all went together), and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. (Being called up was considered a sign of promotion. God draws us near when He wants to speak with us.)
And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the LORD, and many of them perish. Also let the priests who come near the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them.”
But Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’”Then the LORD said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you.(now Aaron is called forward) But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest He break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.(He was now with them, not separated from them by the barrier.)
The Lord then proceeds to give them the 10 commandments.
Ex. 20 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.(Don‘t be afraid of the fire it will change your life)” So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. God had already been having fellowship with Moses, Moses had drawn near to the Lord on his own accord. Even before God sent him back to Isreal Moses sought God out. When no one else would go up the mountain to see what the fire was Moses went. Moses was drawn by the Holy Spirit to the mountain.
Now God is desiring to have fellowship with you and I. He’s saying to us " Do not Fear" I am testing you I want you to know whats in your heart. That you will honor me and reverence me. Not as in fear and trembling but because I am Holy and you want to be right.
Eph 2 12-18: that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
The barrier that once kept them from drawing near to the throne of grace talked about in Heb 4:16 has been torn down.
Whats keeping you from entering into the throne room. Fear that you have not prepared yourself to come in? The blood of Jesus cleanses you from a multitude of sin. Maybe you came in and felt that you were vulnerable to attack when you did. (Did you have a hidden aggenda? Example: Esther and Haman. Coming into the presence of the Lord with self-seeking and envy in your heart will get you into a heap of trouble, it's like you broke through that barrier and touched the mountain, you can't approach a Holy God with unholy intentions as Haaman did.)
James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Ester was an example of this) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Maybe its fear of what you might have to give up?
1 Pet 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting (throw it off because you want to get rid of whatever it is, not because your forced to do it) all your care (distractions, things that you set your affections on) upon him; for he careth (conscerned about what goes on in your life pertaining to those things that you need) for you.
Those who have laid down there lives in order that God use them have drawn near to him and have gone on and done mighty exploits for the Lord. Some things we do are hidden and some are seen. It’s not important that what we do is seen, but that in our obedience we are storing up treasures in heavenly places. Our life here in this earthy flesh is temporary, but our life with God is an eternity...It is those who hunger and thirst for Him, who will seek 1st His kingdom and His righteousness so that all those things are added to them.
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