Day 6 Sacred Season 2015
DAY 6. 14th June . Descending in Fire Part One: Ex 19:16-23
Rev Dr. Alan Russell New South Wales
Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently (Exodus 19:18 NIV)
Basis of Union: Paragraph 17: âThe Uniting Church acknowledges that the demand of the Gospel, the response of the Church to the Gospel, and the discipline which it requires are partly expressed in the formulation by the Church of its law.â
“Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.”
The Creator, Yaweh, the I am encountered the Israelites through revelations in nature, particularly as fire. Fire is a force created through material and air exploding in a gaseous heat igniting to produce flame and smoke. Fire is both fearful and enticing. We depend on fire in a thousand ways in order to survive but it is also a source of great destruction.
The presence of God on Mount Sinai in fire called for consecration and obedience to the Creator’s purposes for the Israelites.’ Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain.’ Encounter with God requires humility. The revelation of God’s righteousness took place as Moses is given the Law by which the people were to live. God’s presence as fire witnesses to the gift of life and the judgement of life as expressed in the Law.
God present in Jesus Christ consumes the judgement of life under Law and in mercy and in mercy gifts eternal life to humanity through the finished work of our salvation by Jesus on the Cross and his victory over sin and death. The fire of Jesus Christ our Lord calls us into a life of God’s purposing ignited by the Holy Spirit. The fire of the Spirit bearing witness to our spirit that we are God’s servant people, each a fire of God’s presence in the world.
Come, Holy Spirit (descend in fire) like wind and flame resting on us, set our church , our lives alight with the power of your love and goodness as revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. May our love be genuine as we obey your commandment consumed by grace. Amen.
Pray for: Unitingworld partner – United Church of Zambia
- the appointment of the new General Secretary (the nominee is Ms Colleen Geyer),