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Worshiping the Holy

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning to worship our gracious God in the splendor of His Holiness.

Text: Ex. 3:1-6
Date: 11/22/2020, the Combined service.
Series: "On The Holiness of God" Part 3

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When Moses stumbled upon a bush in the desert that was burning but did not burn up, he was witnessing far more than just a supernatural event. He had an encounter with the God of His fathers who is both transcendent and immanent. We will look closely at this phenomenon, and what these words mean-- how God was "in" the bush but not "of" the bush. We will carefully monitor what God says to Moses about His holiness and the way He should be worshipped. Ultimately, we will apply these lessons to ourselves and take a hard look at the casual and sometimes flippant way many Christians approach the "holy ground" of the Lord, failing to remove their sandals and thus failing to understand what it means to truly worship the Holy.

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I. Introduction, Isa. 6:3, John 3:19.
II. Exposition of the text, Ex. 3:1-6.
A. Continuing to define Theological terms.
1. Re-defining some terms.
a. The Eternal Decree, Sovereignty and Providence of God.
b. The Covenants of God.
2. Defining some new terms.
a. God is Transcendent, Isa. 55:8-9.
b. God is Immanent, Matt. 1:23.
B. Moses and the burning bush, vs. 1-3.
1. Setting the scene, vs. 1.
a. Establishing the context.
i. Abraham, Jacob and Joseph.
ii. Focusing on the life of Moses.
• The first forty years.
• The second forty years.
b. Wandering to the mountain of God, Ex. 19:11.
2. The burning bush, vs. 2.
a. The angel of the Lord.
i. An angel or the Lord?
ii. A true Theophany.
b. The fire in the bush.
i. A common means of Theophany.
ii. At the core of the bush.
c. The bush that did not burn.
i. Looking at it physically.
ii. Looking at it Theologically, John 5:26.
iii. The Shekinah of God, John 1:14, Heb. 1:3.
3. Moses responds to the "great sight", vs. 3.
C. God's Self-revelation, vs. 4-6.
1. God is both transcendent and immanent.
2. God is personal yet holy, vs. 4.
a. An "anthropomorphism".
b. Calling Moses by name, Gen. 22:11,17-18, Acts. 9:4-5, Matt. 10:30.
c. Moses' response.
3. An encounter with God's holiness, vs. 5.
a. Understanding the "holy ground".
b. The Holy and the profane.
i. The need for sanctification, Ex. 19:10-12.
ii. The need for a sanctifying Savior.
iii. A requirement for true worship, John 4:23-24.
4. God is majestically terrifying, vs. 6, Isa. 6:5, Luke 5:8.
III. Application
IV. Conclusion

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