Sermon Recap: All For God's Glory
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Introduction: In the final chapter of Exodus, Moses sets up the Tabernacle, and God’s glorious presence settles on it. The Lord is now in Israel’s midst, making Himself known to them. By knowing the Lord, we see God’s method of accomplishing His plan to create true worshippers of Him.
Point 1: Knowing the Lord’s Mission
God’s mission (His future purpose, strategy, and effort) is to put right what has gone wrong with humanity. He makes Himself known by being the Rescuer, Law Giver, Just Judge, Provider, Protector, and Leader.
God moves us from the personal to the universal, saving us from our selfish ways and placing us in a community to be a testimony to the entire world. We do not know the Lord as we ought until we know Him in the context of His mission.
Point 2: Knowing the Lord’s Way
In the journey from misery to worship, the Israelites move from being separated from God to praising Him in His presence. However, God’s holiness, justice, authority, and mission create a barrier to relating to Him. Thus, God provides the Tabernacle as a way for His people to know Him better.
The Tabernacle items allow the Israelites to know God in detail. All of these pieces, fulfilled in Christ, permit us to have constant communion with Him. Jesus addresses our guilt, washes us clean, listens to our prayers, lights our way, feeds us, and sustains us.
Point 3: Knowing the Lord’s Glory
Knowing the Lord’s way leads His people into His glorious presence (the Holy of Holies). To see the Lord’s glory is to see Him as He really is. As sinners, we get there by seeing, hearing, and experiencing His grace through Christ. His glory produces worship in us. This worship—the honoring, adoring, reveling, submitting, surrendering—is the culmination of God’s plan (Revelation 21).
“Missions is not the ultimate goal for the church. Worship is.” John Piper