Micah ends his prophecy with a beautiful hymn to the glory of God. He begins, Who is a God like you? The point is that Yahweh is God alone and is most glorious. What is it about God that makes him so glorious?
God didn’t chose you to be in Christ simply so that you’d be forgiven of your sins and inherit eternal life. He also saved you so that you would live for his glory. This is our calling, now that we have been redeemed by Christ’s blood: we’re to live for the glory of God.
Paul wants the Colossians to know the glory of Christ amidst false teaching. To prevent them from error, he teaches the believers of the glory of God’s Son. Today, Pastor Martin concludes the study of these verses and show you two remaining aspects of the glory of Christ.
The Christ who is supreme over the universe, is also supreme over the church he is saving out of the universe that was ruined in the Fall. Let us give our attention to this passage and learn afresh of our Lord Jesus and what makes him so glorious.
In this passage, we see at core that Moses represents God to the people, and he does so primarily through the ministry of the Word. This passage is about mediation and proclamation. It’s about God’s Man and God’s Word. We must glory in the Word of God, even when it comes to us written by men.
This passage follows God’s allowance in 33:17 that God would still dwell with his people Israel despite their heinous sin at Sinai. This passage reveals who God is and why he does not abandon Israel. As it shows us who God is, this passage is meant to drive us to worship.
This morning, we consider the third commandment. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Many suppose this word has to do with a short list of words to avoid in curses. I hope to help you understand that this command is about much more than that.
Then, we read in ch 20:1, “And God spoke all these words.” So, while Moses was up at the mountain peak, the Lord spoke audibly to him so that his people could hear. And what the Lord said that great day was none other than what we call the Ten Commandments. As they enter into covenant, God presents covenant stipulations that they must follow as his people. This morning, we will consider the first of these.
The rest of Exodus 16 deals with the institution of a pre-Sinai Sabbath and the people’s response to this. I believe that the same theme of first half of the chapter can be easily brought over and extended into the focus on the manna and Sabbath. That is, we still learn here that true saints believe that God alone can satisfy their greatest desires.
The Lord himself tells us what the purpose of the Red Sea episode is. This is in v 4b: I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and all the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD (cf. v 17). The episode at the Red Sea, just like the plagues before it and the Exodus, is really all about God’s glory. God’s purpose in the salvation of his people at the Red Sea is also that Israel would know and glorify the Lord. And the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to write this account at the Red Sea so that we too see the glory of God and better love and believe him.