On Sunday, Feb. 24, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia continued preaching about relationships based on Moses' relationship with God in the book of Exodus.
Pastor Blakey preached the following sermons this month:
Feb. 3 - "Meeting God"
Feb. 10 - "Trusting God"
Feb. 24 - "Worshiping God"
In today's sermon, Pastor Blakey explained that God's ultimate goal is to establish relationship with man through intimacy.
Using scriptures from Exodus 33:7-11, 18-19; and 34:5-10, the pastor preached a profound sermon about Moses having a relationship with God which led to him worshiping God. In fact, the title of Rev. Blakey's sermon was:
In the sermon, the pastor focused on three main points:
- Worship brings you into the presence of God.
- Worship lets you hear from God.
- Worship makes you more like God.
Moses spent time with God to establish a relationship with God. God began to meet God on a regular basis. Moses and God had a special meeting place. Moses called it a "tent of meeting."
Because Moses worshiped God, He was able to get into the presence of God. The Israelites were afraid to get close to God. So they worshiped God at a distance; however, Moses was able to get up close and God talked to him face to face as a friend.
Because Moses worshiped God, He was able to hear from God. When Moses told God "show me your glory" he heard God say: "I will proclaim my name, the Lord. I will have mercy and compassion." What God says to us through those words is that when we think God doesn't care, He does. He is compassionate and gracious. Even when Moses messed up by breaking the first set of tablets, God called him back for two more tablets. God is the God of second chances, and He is calling us back for our two more tablets.
Worshiping God makes us more like God. Moses spent time with God; therefore, his face had to be veiled because it was shining from God's glory. The glory of God is upon you when you worship God. Others will see God's glory on you, and they will be drawn to God because of the glory on you.
Jesus Christ was the ultimate goal of God's glory. He was the embodiment of the glory of God. During Moses' time with God, people ran away from God's glory. When Jesus died on the cross, people ran to Jesus because the veil had bent rent. Therefore, we have no more veiled glory. The glory is no longer concealed, but God's glory is now revealed.
It's all about worshiping God.