Then And Now


Sermon Notes

Churches are filled with people who desire for God to do something for them and I fear we are not raising up people who simply desire God.  


Because we all love to worship a god we control, even if we have to create it.


Exodus 33:3

Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” 


Exodus 33:11

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. 


Exodus 33:12–13

12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 


Exodus 33:14-15

14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 


Our distinction is God’s presence is with us. 


Exodus 33:17

. . . “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 


Exodus 33:18

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 


To what extent are we aware of a desire for God himself and for knowledge of the glory of God? I imagine that this is the highest peak of faith. Moses, you see, is no longer asking God for particular blessings. He has done that, but he does not stop at that, he has gone beyond blessings, he has gone beyond the gifts, he is now seeking God himself. He is now filled with a passion for a personal knowledge, confrontation, meeting, with God himself.

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones


If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

- C.S. Lewis



Exodus 33:19-20

19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”


Exodus 33:21-23

21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” 


Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good . . .


Exodus 34:8

Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. 


If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings and on the other hand, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.  

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others do the same.

- C.S. Lewis


John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 


Colossians 1:27

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 


We do not want merely to see [God’s] beauty. . .we want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united in it . . . to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. At present we’re on the wrong side of the door . . .but all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it shall not always be so. Someday, we shall get in.”

- C.S. Lewis