Thursday, November 14, 2019

Sermon Outline


“Being Close To God”

Exodus 33:12-33

There are 3 levels of relationship with God. 1. Knowledge of God. 2. Knowing God. 3. Intimacy with God. The majority of people who attend church fall into the second level. They know God but they are not close to God.

How close are you to God? Anyone we really love we want to be close to. Moses and Israel had worshipped God and He had met with them. But there is a personal experience with God which goes beyond that. Isaiah saw Him high and lifted up. Ezekiel saw Him in a whirlwind and a bright fire. Paul saw Him as bright Light. John saw Him with eyes like fire and feet like brass. God told Moses that there was a place by Him. He could only see part of God’s glory.

I. There Must Be A Personal Relationship With God (vv. 12, 17)

         a. Based on God’s goodness (v. 19; 34:5-6).

b. Based on God’s grace. There was nothing about Moses or Israel to cause God to bless them so much.

c. Based on God’s Gift. He shares His goodness with us.

II. There Is A Private Refuge In God (vv. 21-22; Psm. 46:1, 11)

a. He is a Rock to stand on (Ps. 40:1-2). There is no chance of falling when we are in the presence of God.

b. He is a Cleft to hide in (Isa. 45:3; Col. 3:3).

c. He has a hand to cover us. It is protection from the wrath of God (Rev. 6:16).

III. There Is A Powerful Revelation Of God (vv. 18, 19, 23)

The very glory of God was revealed. Not a sign or theophany but the very literal presence of God.

         a. For assurance (v.13).

         b. For authority (vv. 15, 16).


c. For acclamation. Evidence that you have been with God – been in His presence (34:29-30).