Friday evening I am hosting a Christmas party in my home for neighbors. Most of them do not know the baby in the manger. But that’s why we are here–to introduce them! Most people know Christmas carols so I invited the neighbors over to gather around the piano and sing, play a few games, and eat fancy Christmas foods. I did that by faith. In reality, I’ve been a tad nervous this week, wondering how I could share such important GOOD news in a meaningful way at Christmas.
I found my answer, of all places, in Deuteronomy 33! God impressed upon me the scene that encompassed the mountain of God when Moses went up and came down. Moses was inside the glory cloud, but to the people below looking up at the mountain, it appeared as though the mountain was on fire! So here we have the “visuals”, if you will, of what it looked like when God showed up on earth.
“The Lord came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran,
And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones;
At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.
3 “Indeed, He loves the people;
All Your holy ones are in Your hand . . .” (Deuteronomy 33:2,3)
Voice of God
Words of God (written down)
Government of God (10 Commandments)
Songs of God (written down)
Saints of God (God came with 10,000’s of saints to talk to Moses!)
Glory of God
Sustenance (health care) of God—Moses didn’t eat or drink for 40 days and came back all shiny. He died at age 120 and could see perfectly and was as strong at 120 as he was at 40. I’d say that’s pretty good health care.
I wasn’t sure how to share Christmas, but now I know. I can share the story of the God of Mount Sinai, Mount Pisgah, the Mount of Transfiguration, and Mount Calvary. Once again God has made this story real to my heart, not my head.
And get this–one of my Christian neighbors is coming with a TRUMPET! No kidding. I didn’t plan to read Deuteronomy when I invited her to bring her trumpet, but God knew all this ahead of time. So we will have a trumpet blast this Christmas! Please pray with me that our neighbors will experience the presence of God at the blast of that trumpet, at the story of God meeting Moses on the mountain, at the worship in song around the baby in the manger. Please pray with me that all blindness and deafness would be removed and our neighbors will SEE and HEAR the omnipotence of God Almighty come down to earth to save the world and bring us to God so we can join His family as clean, holy, accepted, and welcomed into His kingdom.