1. Why are relationships important to you?
Relationships are important because we need each other. God didn’t put us on this earth to be alone, He even made Eve for Adam. Although relationships are important, I’m sure everyone has had a falling out with a friend before. Falling out is defined as a disagreement or something that causes 2 people to no longer be friendly with one another.
(Genesis 3:8- And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.) A synonym for presence is being there, which means that God was in the garden with them. Before Adam and Eve ate the fruit they were in fellowship with God. After they were ashamed and hid from His presence. Everything was fine until they ate the fruit God told them not to eat. (Genesis 2:16-17) (Genesis 3:23) When God said they’d be doomed to die, He meant that they’d be separated from Him (they didn’t die right away. Adam lived to be 930)
Disobedience= not obey= sin= separated from God’s presence. God and mankind had a falling out when sin entered the world.
Sin and God
A. GOD IS HOLY
Holy means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness; divine. It also means sacred and set apart.
(His eyes are too pure to approve evil- Habakkuk 1:13)
(There is none holy like the Lord- 1 Samuel 2:2)
(Who else is like the Lord among the gods? Who is glorious in holiness like Him?- Exodus 15:11)
(be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.- Matthew 5:48)
B. HE IS THE LIGHT
(God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all- 1 John 1:5)
(When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world.- John 8:12)
(The LORD is my light and my salvation- Psalms 27:1)
(for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.-Revelation 21:23)
C. HE SEES EVERYTHING
(For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their wickedness concealed from My eyes- Jeremiah 16:17)
(The Lord is watching everywhere and keeps His eye on both the evil and the good.- Proverbs 15:3)
(Her people never seem to recognize that I am watching them. Their sinful deeds give them away on every side; I see them all.- Hosea 7:2)
(For I am closely watching you, and I see every sin. You cannot hope to hide from me.- Jeremiah 16:17)- Adam and Eve tried to hide from God, but He already knew what they did because no sin is hidden from Him.
From our 3 points we know that:
· God is holy and He hates sin.
· God is light and is opposed to sin meaning sin is dark. (2 Corinthians 6:14- Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?)
· God sees every sinful deed.
Even though sin entered the human race, God still wanted to have fellowship with us.
The Israelites moved back from God so they wouldn’t be exposed to Him. Exposed means to be subject to light. God is light and they chose to move back from the light and stay in darkness.
God didn’t want the Israelites to fear Him, He wanted them to reverence Him. Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Reverence is deep respect for someone or something. God wanted them to have deep respect for Him so that they wouldn’t sin. They told Moses to speak to them instead of God because they wanted to stay in their sin. (James 4:8- And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to Him.) Moses was the only one who drew near to God. (Exodus 20:22- And the Lord told Moses to be His spokesman to the people of Israel.) God wanted to speak directly to the Israelites, but since they didn’t want that, He appointed Moses to be His spokesman.
The Israelites stood outside the tent door as Moses entered.
Moses’ prayer to God was so beautiful. He told God to show him His way (method, style, process of doing something) so that He could know Him progressively (steadily; in stages; step by step) to become more deeply (intensely, greatly, extremely) and intimately (in a way that involves detailed knowledge. in a private and personal way.), acquainted (to be familiar with) with Him, perceiving (come to realize or understand.) Him to find favor in His sight.
2. Moment of transparency: Have you prayed a prayer like this before? Do you really desire to know God? Would God consider you His friend?
Favor is approval, support, or liking for someone or something. Moses wanted God to like Him. God is our creator and the creation should be liked by its creator. Moses knew that the most important relationship to have is a relationship with God. To have a good relationship with Him, He needs to be pleased with our life. Moses wanted a deeper relationship with God and the Israelites wanted a distant relationship with Him.
The prophet God was speaking about was Jesus. Jesus became the spokesman for all mankind and allowed us to have a relationship with God again. Restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. Jesus restored our relationship with God, by returning us to our former owner (God). What was once broken has now been mended because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. When a person’s sins are forgiven they are no longer separated from God.
3. What’s 1 thing in your life that God has restored?
(Hebrews 9:15AMP- For this reason He is the Mediator and Negotiator of a new covenant [that is, an entirely new agreement uniting God and man], so that those who have been called [by God] may receive [the fulfillment of] the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has taken place [as the payment] which redeems them from the sins committed under the obsolete first covenant.)
Here’s a description of a hostage negotiator:
· They are law enforcement officials trained in bargaining with one or more captors for the release of people held against their will. When a potential crime scene involves hostages, law enforcement officials typically call trained negotiators to communicate with the captors.
People in sin are being held hostage by the devil. Some synonyms for hostage are captive, prisoner and inmate. Jesus was the perfect person for God to send as our negotiator.
· The duties of these negotiators include defusing the tension of the situation, communicating with captors in a way that is neither judgmental nor threatening, bargaining with them for the release of the hostages and/or buying time for more resources to arrive on the scene if reinforcements are needed.
Defuse means to reduce the danger or tension in (a difficult situation. When Adam bit the fruit he gave his kingdom over to Satan and he became the god of this world, putting us in a difficult situation. The difference between hostage negotiators and Jesus is that Jesus didn’t negotiate with the devil, he didn’t even tell him his plans for our redemption. (1 Corinthians 2:8- Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.) ( 2 Peter 3:9- He isn’t really being slow about His promised return, even though it sometimes seems that way. But He is waiting, for the good reason that He is not willing that any should perish, and He is giving more time for sinners to repent.) Jesus is interceding for us in heaven (Romans 8:34) which is an example of more reinforcements.
(John 15:14-15- and you are my friends if you obey me. I no longer call you slaves, for a master doesn’t confide in his slaves; now you are my friends, proved by the fact that I have told you everything the Father told me.) Just like Moses was a friend of God, we who have been saved are also friends of God. Because of what Jesus did we have fellowship with God and can go right to Him. Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we will ever have.
· You don’t allow sin to separate you from God.
· You spend time with God daily by reading your Bible and praying.
· You ask God to rid you of anything that’s not like Him.
· You sincerely seek Him, not to get things from Him but because you love Him and truly desire to know Him more.