Meeting God for the first time (Exodus 19)

17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.  Exodus 19:17

I love meeting people and hearing their stories.  This week I have been meeting new people at VBS.  I love most how the children are honest about where they are and in particular they are honest about what they know or they don’t know about God.

Imagine the people of Israel coming out of Egypt.  God had carried them out (on Eagles wings) and He had provided for them for three months.  Now God is going to do something that I am totally amazed about.  He is going to come down and meet these people.

Now, you know where I am going with this.  2000 years ago Jesus came down and met with the world (John 1:1-18).  In Exodus 19 God came down covered in a thick cloud because they people could not see His glory and live.  In the New Testament Jesus clothed Himself in humanity to come down and become our redeemer.

In Exodus 19 the people were only seeing a shadow of who God was.  But it was their first meeting with God.

Question:  Have you ever meet God?  This morning I have the honor of telling people about God in hopes that they will allow me to introduce them to Jesus!!!!

Did you know that every person will at some point meet God?  It is true.  Think through this:

  • Many people meet God in salvation, Rom. 10:13.
  • Some people meet God through a miracle of others sharing the good news with them, Matt. 28:18-20.
  • Still others do not meet God until they die, Heb. 9:27.
  • Finally there will be those who will meet God when He returns, I Thess. 4:13-17.

Here is what Revelation one reveals:

Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail[b] on account of him. Even so. Amen, Revelation 1:7

Here is the deal, if a person waits until he or she dies or they wait until He returns, it will be too late for them.  This is why the Bible speaks of the urgency of now (II Cor. 6:1-2).  This is why the Bible pleads with us to become ambassadors now (II Cor. 5:19-20).

As I sit here at my computer, I am praying for each of you.  I am praying for myself.  I am praying that God impresses upon each of us the urgency to tell people about God today.  I am praying that God would embolden and empower each of us to tell the story now and always.

Never let it be said that anyone in our circle did not have the invitation to meet God before death or His Second-Coming!

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