"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
About Revival Part 3
“A Biblical Review”
So then, we come to Moses and we see how God uses him to liberate the Children of Israel. As you read the story you can appreciate all of the signs and wonders God performed to liberate His children. Nevertheless, for Moses, freedom was not enough; Moses needed something more.
I think that with Moses with learn a powerful lesson, for many of us who are satisfied with just being saved from hell; satisfied with just going to church, with just getting involved in a few church ministries, another sermon, another day, another Bible study, etc. We are truly missing out on so much more.
In Exodus 33:1-3 the children of Israel are finally freed from Egypt; they are no longer slaves, but God has enough of them and gave Moses a very interesting proposition:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (NKJV)
So here we see God telling Moses I will follow up on my promises to your fathers, I will send My Angel to drive out your enemies, but “I WILL NOT BE IN YOUR MIDST.” That means that His manifested presence; His Shekinah glory will not be with them.
God promises them His presence to an extent that is enough to drive out our enemies, but God told them specifically that He was not going to be in their midst; they were not going to see His glory. What was the reason for this reaction? God says that the children of Israel were “stiff-necked people.” Our pride and rebelliousness keeps us away from God’s glory.
But it was not a bad deal; they were still free from slavery, they were about to step into an awesome land and God was going to fight their enemies in order for them to be able to take the land. Anybody else would have said, “Ok, that is great!” But not Moses! In Exodus 33:12-18 we see an amazing conversation taken place between God and Moses:
“Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” “And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name. ”And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (NKJV)
Moses understood that without God’s manifested presence He was nothing and nothing really mattered. The freedom that they were enjoying now and all the promises of a new and rich land were worthless without the glory. As it applies to today, our degrees, our titles, our buildings, the size of our membership in local churches, etc. are worthless without God’s glory.
Revival is, in essence, the story of God’s manifested presence on this earth. Revival is what happens after the Shekinah glory of God is let loose in a heart, in a church, in a community, in a city, in a nation and in the world. Without Revival we are left with programs. Without revival we are left with religious routines, with dry and cold hearts, with no compassion, no tears, no reaching out to the lost, no love for God and no love for one another. Without revival we can go as far as our abilities can take us; with revival we have no limits. Moses knew that…do we?