PRAYER – ARRIVE AT MT. SINAI

Yesterday’s post left us on a high because there was a decisive victory over the Amalekites for Israel. This post “PRAYER – PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS” explained how Moses prayed on the mountain top, with Aaron and Ur holding up his arms, until Joshua and his warriors won the victory. It symbolizes how prayer can be and sometimes is the only thing that will help a particular situation. As Christians, prayer is or should be used as our most powerful and effective weapon to dispel any problems or concerns that we may have.

I found a website that is a wonderful resource for many reasons to pray. I will not copy and paste all of the information because it would take up way too much time, but I do want to draw your attention to it and use a quote or two. The main reason we should pray is God’s Word tells us to pray. Here is the first in the list from the website “Focus On The Family – Prayer Has Its Reasonsprayer-conversations

“One key reason to pray is because God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him. Where does the Bible call us to prayer? Several passages are relevant:

  • “Pray for those who persecute you” –Matthew 5:44 (NIV) [1]
  • “And when you pray …” –Matthew 6:5
  • “This, then, is how you should pray …” –Matthew 6:9
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” –Romans 12:12
  • “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” –Ephesians 6:18
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
  • “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” –Colossians 4:2
  • “Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer is an act of obedience. God calls us to pray and we must respond.”

Now those bullet points alone should be enough… but the website goes on to tell us more. I urge you to check it out and learn even more about prayer. Now… on to this post. Today’s post is about Moses and God having their conversations (prayer time) on Mount Sinai. This is a precursor to God giving Moses the 10 Commandments. During this chapter Moses treks up and down the mountain 4 times. This 80 year old man was probably feeling his age about half way up this mountain of 8,465’ elevation.

The chapter opens and tells us that this is the third month after leaving Egypt. So the Israelites have arrived 3 months after leaving Egypt and have pitched their tents. They are there for a while (actually 11 months totally). One commentary that I read eludes to the fact that Moses must have had some communication with God because it begins with him trekking up the mountain before God calls him… at least the scripture doesn’t record the conversation if there was one. I believe Moses had to have been in communication with God, even if it was just in his spirit, mainly because verse 3 begins with “… and Moses went up to God” before God called to him to come up. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 19:1-6

In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain.Mt. Sinai

And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Now let’s stop here for a moment and look at a couple of things. Moses going up to God before God calls him is important. Like I said, the scripture doesn’t say that God and Moses had a conversation about going up to the mountain on this particular day, Moses just knew. I believe he just knew in his spirit that he needed to ascend the mountain to prepare to talk to God. This is something that we should learn from. Moses was so in touch and in tune with God that he knew in his spirit. The Holy Spirit will talk to us in our spirit if we open our hearts and minds to Him. Jesus told His disciples that He would leave us with a Helper and the Holy Spirit is that Helper. THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRITHe is there to help guide and direct our paths. This is the third person in the Trinity and we should recognize Him as we do God and Jesus. He is there to help us. Now the Holy Spirit had not come to earth in Moses time but God Himself was speaking to Moses and Moses had God in his heart to know when God wanted to speak with him. At least I believe that.

The next thing I want to bring your attention to is the beautiful picture of the mention of the eagle and its eaglets. An eagle teaching them to fly is a beautiful picture of God and His love for us and how He is there when – not if – we fall. I want to include a quote from another website here because the author says it so beautifully. Here is the quote from Bible.org

God uses a beautiful image here, that of the eagle’s care for its offspring. In the Book of Deuteronomy Moses explains the image more fully: “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions” (Deuteronomy 32:11). While there were times when God seemed (to the Israelites) to have abandoned His people, in reality, God, like the mother eagle, was simply stirring up the nest, forcing the Israelites to “try their wings.” When Israel thought she was about to perish, God swooped beneath her, bearing her up. What a beautiful picture of the loving and compassionate care of God for His people. Israel’s past proved that God had dealt graciously with her, while at the same time He destroyed the Egyptians” images

You surely know by now – if you are a Christ follower – that troubles come into your life and God is there to catch you. Sometimes the “trouble” is of our own making and other times it is God stretching us to get us out of our “nest” or our comfort zone, and stretch us on to new heights of walking with Him. I, personally, can attest to this! It is an awesome and sometimes frightening feeling to know the power of God in my life. Frightening in the sense of awe inspiring… not frightening in a bad way. God is such an awesome and powerful God. He loves us so much that He “stirs up” our nest to bring us closer to Him. He definitely “stirred up” the nest of the Israelites. He displays His love for them countless times on Journey through Exodus just as we can see ways He displays His love for us on our Journey through our walk with Him.soartop

I will close this post here and leave you with the picture of how God cares for you. He loves you so much, He calls you His beloved.

 

The Video – On Eagle’s Wings (with lyrics) – Josh Groban

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