2016 ST Message Three


Crystallization-Study of Exodus (4)

Message Three

Serving God

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And you shall say to him [Pharaoh], Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to you, saying, Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But until this very moment you have not listened—Exo. 7:16.

And let them make a sanctuary for Me that I may dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its utensils, even so you shall make it—25:8-9.

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…—19:6.

Word of Appetizer

Exodus 6:17 says, “Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness”. How should we serve God?

The purpose of God’s calling is to bring His chosen people to the mountain, where they may serve Him and sacrifice to Him. We must serve God according to the vision of God and of the pattern shown on the mountain. The blood of the covenant enables the believers to serve the living God. The basis of our service is God as fire from heaven

Spiritual Burden

The purpose of God’s calling is to bring His chosen people to the mountain, where they may serve Him and sacrifice to Him. We must serve God according to the vision of God and of the pattern shown on the mountain.

God’s building is the desire of God’s heart and the goal of His salvation.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

“Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness”. ”Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness”.

The purpose of God’s calling is to bring His chosen people to the mountain, where they may serve Him and sacrifice to Him.

We must serve God according to the vision of God and of the pattern shown on the mountain. The blood of the covenant enables the believers to serve the living God. The basis of our service is God as fire from heaven.

The Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt in order to make them a kingdom of priests, a kingdom in which everyone would be a priest, one who serves God continually.

The Experience of Life

Because of the Lord’s full salvation, we have been delivered from bondage in Egypt in order to serve God, and we are now in the wilderness enjoying the feast and offering sacrifice to God. To hold a feast to God is to enjoy God with God and to worship God.

The blood of the covenant has made it possible for God’s people, as fallen and sinful persons who have been redeemed, forgiven, and cleansed, to enter into God’s presence and remain there to be infused with Him.

Practice and Application

The Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt in order to make them a kingdom of priests, a kingdom in which everyone would be a priest, one who serves God continually. Since we are priests, we should be serving God in whatever we are doing.

To serve God as priests is to minister Christ to Him as food for His satisfaction.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

…Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness…—Exo. 7:16.

…Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness—5:1.

… Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to Jehovah our God… —5:3.

The Purpose of God’s Calling—Serve Him and Sacrifice to Him

I. Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness:

• Positively, the wilderness signifies a realm of separation.

II. “Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness”; “let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah”:

• God’s goal was not separation; His goal was that the children of Israel would hold a feast to Him and sacrifice to Him

III. The purpose of God’s calling is to bring His chosen people to the mountain, where they may serve Him and sacrifice to Him

Key Verses (2)

And let them make a sanctuary for Me that I may dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its utensils, even so you shall make it—Exo. 25:8-9.

So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, Here is the blood of the covenant, which Jehovah has made with you in accordance with all these words—Exo. 24:8.

Then fire came forth from before Jehovah and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar… —Lev. 9:24

The Pattern Shown on the Mountain, the Blood of the Covenant, Fire from Heaven

IV. We must serve God according to the vision of God and of the pattern shown on the mountain:

• We need to see a vision of God in a transparent and clear heaven; the pattern shown on the mountain is God’s plan

V. The blood of the covenant enables the believers to serve the living God:

• Through the redeeming blood of Christ, we have life and have been brought into the presence of God to serve Him

VI. The basis of our service is God as fire from heaven; the divine fire, the burning Triune God, enables us to serve.

Key Verses (3)

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…—Exo. 19:6

You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ—1 Pet. 2:5.

Everyone Would Be a Priest
God’s Building Is the Goal of His Salvation

VII. The Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt in order to make them a kingdom of priests, a kingdom in which everyone would be a priest, one who serves God continually

VIII. God’s building is the desire of God’s heart and the goal of His salvation:

• Priests build up the dwelling place of God and become part of God’s dwelling, God’s house.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 “Let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” (Exo. 7:16)

(Please explain what the wilderness signifies negatively and positively.)

T2 “Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.” (Exo. 5:1)

(Please explain that to hold a feast to God is to enjoy God with God and to worship God.)

D2

T1 The best and highest relationship man can have with God is to feast unto God and with God. (Exo. 5:1)

(Please explain that as we eat, drink, praise, sing, and rejoice in the presence of God, we hold a feast unto Him.)

T2 The feast and the sacrifice are two aspects of one thing. (Exo. 5:3)

(Please explain that to the children of Israel, the feast was a feast, but to God it was a sacrifice.)

D3

T1 His people would serve Him on the mountain of God. (Exo. 3:12) (Refer to Outline III. A-B)

(Please explain that the mountain of God is where we receive the revelation regarding God’s purpose)

T2 “And let them make a sanctuary for Me that I may dwell in their midst.” (Exo. 25:8)

(Please explain that God’s desire is to have a dwelling place on this earth.)

D4

T1 The blood of the covenant enables the believers to serve the living God. (Exo. 24:8, footnote 2; Heb. 9:14)

(Please explain the spiritual significances of the redeeming blood and the blood of the covenant.)

T2 When the fire of God was burning in the thornbush, it was God who was burning. (Exo. 3:2; Matt. 2:31-32)

(Please explain that our purpose is to express the fire.)

D5

T1 The basis of our service is God as fire from heaven. (Lev. 9:24)

(Please explain that the divine fire, the burning Triune God, enables us to serve.)

T2 “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests.” (Exo. 19:6)

(Please explain that the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt in order to make them a kingdom of priests.)

D6

T1 The people of Israel did not serve God individually. (1 Pet. 2:5, 9)

(Please explain that the people of Israel’s service was corporate, involving all the people, and the center of their service was the tabernacle.)

T2 The building of God’s house is related to the priesthood and depends on the priesthood. (1 Pet. 2:5; Heb. 3:6)

(Please explain that priests build up the dwelling place of God and become part of God’s dwelling, God’s house.)

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