Changed by God's Presence (Exodus 27:8) - Radical

Changed by God’s Presence (Exodus 27:8)

“You shall make it hollow with boards; as it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.” -Exodus 27:8

This is really interesting. I really love this verse in a way. I’ve not even noticed it before, but as I was reading through Exodus 27, so the first part of this chapter is describing God’s instructions for building the bronze altar. The whole chapter starts with, “You shall make the altar of Acacia wood,” and he begins describing it, and he gets to the very end of this description of how the bronze altar shall be made in the tabernacle. And the Bible says, verse eight, “You shall make it hollow with boards,” God’s speaking to Moses, and he says, “As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.” I love that picture. And God says, “Moses, appear on this mountain. I’ve shown you something. Now, go down this mountain, and do it just like I’ve shown you up here.” Moses meeting with God on this mountain, all the other people are down at the bottom, so Moses is alone with God. God speaks to him, and Moses has the responsibility to take what he has heard in private with God, and put it into action in public. “As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.”

As God speaks to us, speak to others based on what he says in his word, and live out before others what he has said to you in his word.

I just think about, as I read that verse, I think about my time with the Lord this morning, each morning, when I’m alone with him, communing with him, and as he’s speaking to me through his word, there’s so much that he says to me, that is not intended to be kept in that room alone with him. It’s intended to be shared with others. It’s intended to encourage others, and it’s intended to be put into practice outside of that room. My time with the Lord, your time alone with the Lord, which I hope, I pray you have every day, and in Matthew 6 kind of way, go in your room, close the door, pray to your Father’s unseen that you have time just between you and God, praying to him, listening to him through his word, and as he speaks to you, putting that word into practice, sharing that word with others. In the church that I pastor in, McLean Bible Church, we talk about an acrostic for walking through scripture, meditate, apply, pray, share, maps, just discovery intimacy with God through his word, through meditating on his word, applying his word, praying through his word, and then sharing it with others. As God speaks to us, speak to others based on what he says in his word, and live out before others what he has said to you in his word.

God, we pray that as we hear from you, particularly in times alone with you, as well as when we’re gathered with your church, or other brothers and sisters in opening your word and hearing from you, but God, particularly on a daily basis, as we hear from you, we pray that what you speak to us would not stop with us, that it would transform the way we live, that we would act, obey your word, that we would act according to your word, that we would obey your word, that we not just hear your word, but we would do what it says, and God that we would speak it to others. This good news of your grace and the gospel that we celebrate every day before you, God, we pray that you would help us to faithfully, boldly, compassionately share with others.

God, we pray today that you would use us to speak the gospel to someone else, and God, that you might draw someone else to relationship with you, to life in you, to eternity with you, today, through us. We pray this for people around us. God, we pray that somebody would take what they’ve heard in secret, and proclaim it to the Thai Tang people in Vietnam. God, we pray that the Thai Tang people in Vietnam would hear what you have said in your word about your love for the Thai Tang people, that somebody would make it known to them.

God, we pray. God, we thank you for the privilege we have of time with you, hearing from you, communing with you, and we pray that flowing from this time that our lives would look different, and our words would be different, because they’re the overflow of what we have seen with you, experienced with you, whether on the mountain, in the prayer closet, in this or that room in our house, wherever it might be in our time alone with you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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