• W. Austin Gardner

Worship Based on His Words


Exodus 24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. 2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him. 3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. 4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. 11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. 13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. 14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. 15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. 16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

  1. God calls the leadership to private worship

  2. Over 74 are invited to come up and worship God 24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.

  3. There were 70 elders, spiritual leaders, in the ministry of Israel

  4. They would be respected leaders

  5. Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu were the priestly leaders

  6. Moses was the one God had put in charge to lead through the others

  7. However, they will all worship from a distance

  8. They all got to go up but would be worshipping from a distance

  9. Worship can often feel distant to us but we should count ourselves very blessed that we get to worship God.

  10. We are invited to worship Him

  11. We should never take this invitation lightly

  12. Only Moses will come near to the Lord 2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.

  13. Moses was the go-between

  14. He stood between the people and God

  15. Today Jesus stands there

  16. In Jesus, we can all get near to worship

  17. God honored the large leadership group by having them come before Him and participate in a special worship service

  18. Even in the Old Testament God wasn’t excluding everyone from His presence

  19. The leadership should be the most faithful to be in the presence of God

  20. God still took Moses into a special place alone with Him

  21. God did have Moses have a special place of worship

  22. He had a special relationship

  23. God seemed to be marking the leadership in a special way 13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

  24. Then He marked Moses even more especially 18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

  25. Today, by God’s grace and Jesus' sacrifice, we are all brought near.

  26. Though God met with Moses in a very special way He meets with you in the same way

  27. You will not get new revelation but He will teach you to understand the revelation that He has already given

  28. This great privilege just makes us much more responsible.

  29. We have been given the priesthood of the believer so that we can go to God on our own through Jesus Christ

  30. We have the liberty to study the Word of God and learn for ourselves

  1. All the words

  2. Moses job was to get all the words

  3. Then Moses was to tell the people all the words 3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.

  4. Moses got the Words from God, not himself

  5. The people responded correctly with their promise to obey the words

  6. Preaching services have two elements

  7. One is to expound the words

  8. The other is the commitment to obey the words as we understand what God is saying

  9. It is not about learning more but about living more