God created mankind. God created Adam. God created woman, Eve, from Adam’s rib. God instituted marriage, a holy union, matrimony, becoming one flesh, between a man and a woman. The first marriage was between Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve with the ability to conceive and bear children.
God created life. God created mankind. God created mankind with the ability to conceive and bear children. Life is of God. Life, which begins at conception, is of God. The Scriptures declare in Job 12:10 that life with its breath and existence is in the hand of God. It says, “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.”
Life is precious to God. The life of every single individual is precious to God. For anyone, whether it be Cain outside of the Garden of Eden or a murderous doctor in New York or Virginia, to remove this life unlawfully (outside of God’s boundaries), is to commit murder. In our time together this morning we are going to learn more about how life is indeed precious to God.
Christians, those who are born-again by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are glad to exclaim and proclaim that the Lord is our God. Those who are Christians can joyfully express what David wonderfully stated in Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd…”
Praise the Lord He is the Lord. But there is even more praise offered unto God because He is our Lord.
After the Israelites were delivered out from the hand of Pharaoh and delivered from the land of Egypt, Moses and the Israelites sang a song unto the Lord. Here are the first few words of that song, “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God…” They were glad to sing exuberantly that the Lord was their God. He was their God. They belonged to God.
In 2 Chronicles 18 we are told of the counsel of Micaiah, a prophet who stood for truth among the many worldly prophets. He began his counsel to Jehoshaphat and Ahab with, “…As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.” Micaiah spoke of the Lord as His God. The Lord was His God. He claimed the Lord to be His God.
In relating the story of God working through his life, Nehemiah said, “And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.” The Lord was Nehemiah’s God. There was affinity between Nehemiah and the Lord. The Lord was Nehemiah’s God.
In the New Testament we have the wonderful record of Thomas, upon seeing the resurrected Lord Jesus and the marks in His hands and upon His side, “…My Lord and my God.” The One He looked upon that day was Thomas’ God. Thomas gladly called the Lord His God. Jesus belonged to him.
Praise the Lord, as born-again, saved individuals, we can call the Lord our God. But, there is something even grander and more glorious than the truth that we can call the Lord our Heavenly Father. There is something more wonderfully sweet than stating that Jesus belongs to us and that He is our personal Lord and Saviour.
In the passage of Scripture we have read in Exodus, the Lord gave instructions to Moses concerning the Israelite’s daily sacrifice – one lamb offered in the morning and one in the evening. These were to be offered at the door of the Tabernacle. They were to offer these to the Lord each day.
Following these instructions, the Lord gave the wonderful and glorious truth which is greater than our proclaiming God to be our God. The Lord said at the end of verse 46, “I am…their God.” The glorious truth is that God, the Creator of this world, the Giver of life, declares boldly and wonderfully, “I am…their God.” What is greater than us saying the Lord is our God? It is the Lord saying He is our God. What is greater than Jesus belongs to me? I belong to Jesus.
When God looks down upon this congregation and He sees you who are His, He does not shyly with a whisper declare you are His. He gladly proclaims with veracity that He is your God! He is glad to be your God. He is not ashamed to be your God.
When Jesus was baptized, the Heavenly Father sounded forth from Heaven and said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” When Jesus was transfigured before Peter and the Sons of Thunder, the Heavenly Father again said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased...” The Lord Jesus boldly proclaimed that He was the Son of God and the Heavenly Father sounded forth from Heaven that He was well pleased with the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son.
God is not ashamed to be the Father of His Son, nor is God ashamed of being the saved individual’s God. God is not ashamed to be called your God. God is not covering up the fact that He is your Lord. He is not embarrassed. He is not timid about this truth. He is glad to be known as the Christian’s God.
There have been occasions when a family member may be ashamed of being associated with another family member. There have been children who have been embarrassed to be associated with their parent or parents because of what their parents’ awful behavior. There have been parents who have been ashamed to be associated with their children because of their children’s unruly behavior.
Though the Israelites were a complaining and sin-committing people, they were still God’s people. God called Himself their God. Though we complain, murmur, and fail God in our lives, God still calls Himself our God. Was not Lot called righteous in the Bible which is God’s Word?
Peter went fishing, but Jesus remained upon the shore. He prepared some food and asked them to come and dine. Thomas doubted, but the Lord Jesus showed His crucified and resurrected body to Him. The Laodicean church was luke warm but Jesus wrote a letter to them. He is the Lord their God.
From this passage in Exodus, I want to show you what God wants as the Lord your God. He is not ashamed of you, He is your God.
He wants to meet and speak to you.
God is not looking to cross the other sidewalk as you approach Him. As the Lord your God, He wants to meet with you. God is not afraid others may associate Him with you. He wants to speak to you. He wants to meet and speak to you as He wanted to speak to the Israelites in the Tabernacle. Look at your Bible at verses 42-43. "This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory."
It was at the door of the Tabernacle which the Lord wanted to meet and speak with the Israelites. Would the Israelites think it a strange thing for the Lord their God to want to meet with them and to speak to them? Were they not the people of God whom He delivered from Egypt by His great power? Were they not the people whom He sent Moses to deliver? Were they not the ones that He would lead towards the land flowing with milk and honey which was promised to their forefathers?
It is not strange or an oddity that God wanted to meet and speak to the Israelites. They proclaimed Him as their God and He proclaimed to be their God.
From the beginning of God’s Book to the end of it we find the desire of God to commune with mankind. Following the creation of Adam, God did not escape and remain away from Adam’s presence. From what it seems the Lord would come and often commune with Adam in the Garden of Eden. God came in the cool of the evening to meet and talk to Adam and Eve, but instead found them hiding behind the bushes. It was not God who hid behind the bushes, but Adam and Eve.
We learn of God meeting and speaking to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, the prophets, the disciples, and the first century church. God desires to be among mankind and to speak to them. Through the centuries of man’s existence, we learn of God’s desire to meet and speak to mankind, especially those who are His own.
This is what God desires of you. He desires to meet with you and speak to you. He desires to meet you in special places. He desires to meet with you at home. He desires to meet with you at work. He desires to meet with you before you retire to bed at night.
His meeting with you is to spend time with you and to speak to you. He wants to speak to you. He wants to express His will to you for He cares for you and for your life. He wants your life to honor and glorify Him. He wants to show you His purpose for your life. He wants you and Him to experience fellowship like no other.
It is good to know, it warms our hearts this morning to know that the God of the Universe wants to meet with us. He wants to meet with us and He wants to speak to us. Would you meet with Him? Would you allow Him to speak to you?
Has your schedule been organized and prioritized in such a way that God cannot meet with and therefore cannot speak to you? Are the concerns of this week so important that they exceed the importance of meeting with God and Him speaking to you? Or would you deem it of the utmost importance to meet with the Lord each morning of your life and for Him to speak to you through His Word?
He is waiting there each morning at your home. He comes in the cool of morning. It is you and I who hide behind the bushes. He has not and will not cancel any appointment. It is you and I who do the cancelling or the rescheduling. The Lord said, “I am…their God.” God is glad to be your God and He wants to meet and speak with you.
He wants to dwell with you.
What a joy it is to know that God wants to meet with us and speak to us. His association with us far exceeds just morning meeting however.
This last week I spoke to my brother in law, a pastor, who lives in Missouri regarding the cold snap we experienced. After talking about the weather I asked him what his day entailed. He told me how he was going to make a few calls and study the Bible. He told me how he was going to meet with a friend for lunch that was passing through the area.
I assume he met with that friend for lunch. They met at a restaurant, at lunch and fellowshipped over their meal, and then they each went their separate ways. They met, spoke, and departed from each other. It was but for a moment, on an occasion.
There five other people he met with, spoke to, and ate with on that same day. These five other people were not individuals he met with as they passed through their neck of the woods. These five people dwell with him and he with them. They are his wife and his four children.
While the friend stopped and passed by, he dwells with his wife and children. He remains with his wife and children. He abides with his wife and children. He continually resorts unto them. He stays by their side and they by him.
God desires to dwell with you. God desires more than just a visit as one passes through His neck of the woods. God desires more than just meet you on occasion as He passes through your neck of the woods. God desires to dwell with you. Take a look at what the Lord said to Moses concerning His relationship to them in verse 45. "And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God."
God stated that He would dwell with them. God said He would dwell among them. All along the history of mankind, God has shown us His desire of wanting to dwell among His own. He said in Leviticus 26:11-12, “And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”
When we come into the New Testament we find the Holy Spirit of God indwelling believers. The Bible says in Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:16 and 19, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
God desires to dwell with you. As a Christian, God does dwell within. The Holy Spirit indwells you as a believer. He remains and resides. His indwelling means He wants to lead you. His indwelling means He loves you. His indwelling means you belong to Him and you are one of His own. His indwelling means He gladly associates with you. His indwelling means He wants to teach you and for you to grow as a Christian.
As a continual resident He reveals how He is to be the constant affection of the Christian’s heart. My brother in law showed kindness to the friend who passed by for an afternoon lunch. Those who dwelt at home deserve his continual attention. He dwells.
His indwelling means He wants you to see Him and His working in your life. Just as the Shekinah Glory was the visible presence of God in the Old Testament, the indwelling Holy Spirit is the comprehended presence of God in the New Testament. He is your God and He states that He is your God.
Born-again child of God, God desires to dwell with you. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. You are sealed with this Holy Spirit of promise. God proclaims, “I am…their God.”
He wants to be known by you.
The last truth we are going to cover involves the Christian understanding their obligation to the Lord. God wants you to understand who He is and what He has done for you. God wants to be known by you. He wants you to recognize Him for Who He rightly is. Look at what the Lord said in verse 46. "And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God."
In setting up the Tabernacle and the sacrifices, as their God, God wanted the Israelites them to know who He is. He wanted them to know that it was Him that brought them out of the land of Egypt. He wanted to know and remember for generations to come that it was by His power and might that they would come into the land of Canaan.
God wants you know Him as He is. He gladly calls Himself your God. God is not ashamed to call you His own. He calls the saved children of His. You are in the family of God. As such, God desires for you to know who He is and what He has done in your life.
For God to proclaim that He is your God means He has done something for you. It means He has rescued you from your sins. He has saved you from the penalty of sin. God wants you to know that. He wants you to acknowledge this truth.
When is the last time you thought about God saving your soul? When is the last time you rehearsed in your mind what God did in reaching you with the Gospel? Take time and remember who He is – your God.
These lambs would be offered one in the morning and one in the evening. They served in one fashion as a continual reminder of who God is and what God had done and what God would do in sending the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
God wants you know who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. Acknowledge Him and what He has done in your life. Acknowledge Him and what He has done by thinking and thanking. Acknowledge Him and what He is doing by walking with Him and being spiritually observant. Acknowledge Him and what He will do by thinking upon His Word, His promises yet to be fulfilled.
Life is precious to God. The life of every single individual is precious to God. Christians can say, “The Lord is my shepherd…my Lord and my God.” Christian, lift up your voice and proclaim this unto the Lord.
Praise the Lord we also find the Lord looking down upon His children proclaiming how we are precious in His sight. Praise Him we hear Him say, “I am…their God.”