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The Scriptures reveal a God who is holy. God is not like us. He is separate from us, and not only because he is the divine Creator and we are mortal creatures, but also because in his nature is absolute pure in justice and righteousness. For us mere mortals, this is terrifying. Our universal bent toward idolatry in many respects is due to our dread of God’s holiness and unblemished standard of justice. In other words, we would have a God more like ourselves—not so religious, flexible over human iniquities, indulging in allowing the occasional transgression. But the Scriptures say no. In the text for Sunday’s sermon, God tells Moses to take off his sandals because he is only holy ground. And in our call to worship this Sunday, we are drawn up into the very presence of God in his heavenly throne room, where the blazing seraphim cover their faces and cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! We must align ourselves with this truth and what God has revealed concerning himself in Holy Scripture. Our worship should be drawn up into this great angelic veneration and brought into harmony with it. Though with finite and faltering natures, we will attempt to do this once again as we gather together this Lord’s Day.
In the prayer service, we return again to the book of Acts and the life of prayer in the early church. We will begin the service by singing again Psalm 46 (Red 84-85).
The word of the LORD in the sermon this Sunday comes from one of the most well-known and beloved texts of Scripture: the LORD’s revelation of himself to Moses on Mt Horeb. Under such circumstances, the weak and sinful minister of Christ becomes acutely aware of his own shortcomings and inadequacies. Yet it is my prayer that we would, like the seraphim in Isaiah 6, fall down in reverent, loving worship before the God who reveals himself to man.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 6:1-3
Hymn 305 [Red] Holy, Holy, Holy
Congregational Reading: Psalm 51:1-6
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Hymn 328 [Red] The God of Abraham Praise (Stanzas 1-6)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 11:20-39 & Colossians 2:11-23
Hymn [Insert] Lo, God is Here! Let Us Adore Arguably, the Bible teaches in both Testaments that no place on earth is inherently sacred. Many believe this to be only a New Testament teaching, but I believe it is the consistent teaching of the Old Testament as well. What makes a place holy or sacred is the gracious presence of God (that is, a particular manifestation of his loving presence apart from his omnipresence). The tabernacle and temple, for example, were holy because God was present in them through his covenantal grace to his people. What makes a true church of Jesus Christ holy today is the pre13sence of God in Christ. What made the “ground” holy in Exodus 6 was not that it was a particular spot of latitude and longitude, but that God was present there. This great hymn by Gerhard Tersteegen revels in this profound truth and thus reminds us of the profound things with which we deal as we gather each Lord’s Day for worship: “Lo! God is here: let us adore, and own how dreadful is this place; let all within us feel His power, and humbly bow before His face. Who knows His power, His grace who proves, serve Him with awe, with reverence love.” Our church is the place of God’s holy presence by the living Spirit of Christ. With this in mind, our hearts ought to response as Moses did in the presence of the God of his fathers: a reverential fear and love.
Sermon: Holy Ground from Exodus 3:1-6
Hymn 393 [Blue] Take My Life and Let It Be
In Sunday School, I will be teaching on the Articles 4 & 5 of the Conservative Declaration.