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Much of what we are concerned about is what God says to us in the Bible.

But this month, let’s emphasise what we have to say back to God in a series called “Our Response to God.”

Today we are talking about The Joy of Restored Relationships.

Text

Exodus 34:10 (AMP)

The Covenant Renewed

10 Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will do wondrous works (miracles) such as have not been created or produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live shall see the working of the Lord, for it is a fearful and awesome thing that I am going to do with you.

Scripture Reading.

Exodus 34:1-35

Introduction 

I heard of a couple who started their marriage with happiness.

But with the passing years, a division came within their relationship.

For years they lived in matrimonial misery.

Eventually the marriage ended with a divorce.

Their miseries did not cease, however.

They continued to be as miserable apart from each other as they were together.

Both of them went to their pastor for help.

Over a period of months, he counselled both of them both together and individually in a number of sessions.

Gradually the pastor could see them facing a number of their faults.

They admitted personal responsibilities and then later agreed to marry again.

Nothing brought this pastor more joy than seeing them begin again and live together with a greater degree of happiness.

Nothing brought Moses greater sorrow than to see the divorce of Israel and God.

The fault was clear, Israel had gone after other lovers.

But nothing gave Moses greater joy than discovering that God was willing to restore His relationship with Israel.

Restored relationships bring great joys.

Let’s have a look at a few of them today.

  1. Restored relationships bring new appreciations.
  1. First look at the estrangement.

The Israelite’s rebellion brought alienation.

God had not changed His feelings, but Israel’s sin had separated them from God.

The estranged party felt alone and isolated.

Sin brings estrangement and alienation.

One of the horrible results of sin is that it separates us from God.

B. Now look at the appreciation.

To an estranged people, God showed Himself.

Exodus 34:6-7 (AMP)

6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him, and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness); 

7 keeping mercy and lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; but He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers upon the children and the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers].”

The Israelites came to a new appreciation of God.

They discovered that He was gracious and willing to forgive.

Restored relationships bring new appreciation for the person who forgives.

God is to be praised, for He has absorbed the hurt of our rebellion.

He has cancelled the debt that was against Him.

2. Restored relationships bring new obligations.

  1. The obligation of exclusiveness.

After God restored relationships with Israel, He reminded them of some obligations.

The Lord banned covenant relationships with other religions.

They were to maintain a single minded obedience to the Lord.

Just as marriage relationships are broken when a third party enters, so relationships with God are hindered when a third party enters.

Exodus 34:14 (AMP)

14 —for you shall not worship any other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His]—

The Lord demands worship of Him alone.

B. The obligations of obedience.

Having been restored to relationship with His people, the Lord placed the obligation of obedience on Israel.

Disobedience had caused their problem.

Now the Lord makes the case strong that Israel should obey His will.

Included in the Lord’s commands are expansions of the first, the second, and the fourth commandments.

Restored relationships bring a new sense of obligation, which causes us to see the reason for the breaking of a relationship.

We can assess the situation, make amends, and learn from the experience. 

Beginning again causes us to be more aware of the obligations within the restored relationship.

3. Restored relationships bring personal transformation.

  1. The evidence of transformation.

When Moses returned from the mountain, the relationship with God had been restored.

Moses’ face radiated light, a reflection of the divine glory he had seen on the mountain.

To describe the light, the Hebrew text employs a word that means, “to send forth horns.”

Obviously “horns” means “rays.”

Moses had lived in such communion with God that he had come to reflect God’s glory.

B. Sharing God’s glory.

The cause of Moses’ shining face was the reflective glory of God in his life.

Moses lived in God’s presence, and he became like God.

We can live in God’s presence and share His glory.

Having communion with God will cause us to become like God.

We begin to resemble the object of our communion and contemplation.

Conclusion.

How is your relationship with God?

If it is broken, it can be restored.

If it is restored, it can be strengthened.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

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