Come, it is done.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here…'” (Exodus 24:12)
When Pastor Kai spoke on this verse during the sermon this morning, he mentioned how this is a picture of how God desires for us to draw ever nearer to Him. While in this case it seems like Moses had ‘no choice’ but to go up the mountain because the clarion call was so clear from God, we need to also realize that Moses had a choice: he could choose to climb up the mountain to meet God (difficult but ultimately fulfilling) or he could have chosen to remain at a distance away (easy but ultimately fruitless). Today, if we wonder whether God still calls us to Himself in such a direct fashion, we only need to turn to the Scriptures to witness the numerous times that our God reaches down to us to call us to a deeper and closer communion with Him:
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)
But it is God’s invitation to His wedding feast that strikes me the most. In Matthew 22, Jesus told the parable of the wedding feast, and in it, the King extends His invitation to everyone: “Come to the wedding feast!”’. And yet the people who were invited would not come. How sad!
I was thinking that perhaps the reason this caught my imagination is because just yesterday, Yingjie and I met with our church wedding caterer to discuss our ‘wedding feast’. In the midst of the discussion, while we were so blessed to listen to the journey of our caterer who is also a believer, we also discovered that there are so many things to consider when planning for a feast: menu, seating, layout, decoration, timing, guest lists…and we are only doing it for 400 guests. Imagine God preparing it for everyone! =) But also imagine how heartbreaking it would be if He has prepared everything and He has invited everyone and He has cleared every obstacle so that we can draw near to Him – and yet we choose not to.
In Exodus, God moved the earths to part the Red Sea so that His people, the Israelites, could draw close to Him; 2000 years later, God emptied the heavens of its glory by sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we, His children, can draw near to Him even today. Would you not come?