And All the People Answered Together
“And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.” Exodus19: 8
Why We say, AMEN
It had been three months since the people of Israel left Egypt. On that day they came to the foot of the Mountain where God had spoken to Moses saying,
“So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.” Exodus 3:8
God came down to deliver them out, to bring them up. Now we could rest here a long while just to consider that part of the passage, “come down,” “delver out,” and “bring up.” But suffice it to say, for the moment these three words accurately mirror what Jesus did when He came down from Heaven to earth to live as a man to teach and show men THE only way of Salvation in order to deliver us out of our sins and to bring us up to sit together with Him and the Father and the Holy Spirit in Heavenly places. [Ephesians 2:6]
Now God further spoke to Moses that he was the one to go to Pharaoh and command him to let His people go. Moses wasn’t too keen on the idea initially because he knew the power and authority of Pharaoh and he considered himself no match for that, so he said to God,
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
Who am I, Lord, to stand before the ruler of all Egypt and command anything? Moses’ reaction was understandable especially since he was no novice to the ways of the Pharaoh, having been brought up in his house, observing his ways first hand. He had seen men condemned to death for far less offences. Plus the fact that he had fled from Egypt, from the judgment of Pharaoh after killing an Egyptian who was attempting to kill one of the Israelite slaves. There was a price on his head and many were eager to deliver him up for it. Nevertheless, the Lord answered Moses and told him who he was. God said to Moses,
“So He said, “I will certainly be with you.” Exodus 3:12a
Stop!…hold the phone!...wait a minute!…excuse me, Lord, but I think you didn’t quite understand my question. What I’m asking is, “Who am I, to be capable of doing this?
The answer remained. It must have echoed for a moment in Moses’ head. “I will certainly be with you.” What does that mean? That doesn’t tell me anything about who I amto do this. But God continued to speak to him.
“And this shall bea sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12b
What God was telling him and what he eventually began to realize was God’s presence with Him was all he needed. Who he was or wasn’t didn’t matter. If God is with him nothing can stop him. And so it is for us, that same promise.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
So, God instructs him to bring the people up to thismountain where they were now speaking with one another, God to Moses, Moses to God. A man is talking to God and God is talking back to Him from a burning bush that is not being consumed. There is so much we could say about that moment, but let’s move on.
So now the people have been delivered out of the hands and the bondage of the Egyptians. They have come through the wilderness, the design for the Tabernacle has been given to Moses, the order of Priest and Levites has been given and now they are ready to move on to learn how they must serve (worship) God.
God calls Moses up to the mountain, but the people are left at the foot of the mountain to wait for Moses to return after He has spoken with the Lord. God instructs him as to the next things to come and He tells him to assemble the people at the foot of the mountain the next day and He will come down and speak to them.
So all the people assemble as Moses instructed them and a great cloud engulfs the mount and lightening and thundering can be heard coming from the cloud while the people wait having been warned sternly not to approach the boundary of the foot of the mountain nor touch it lest they be put to death.
God gives Moses the words to speak to the people.
“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him.” Exodus 19:3-7
Now this is the message for today.
“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.” Exodus 19:8
Remarkable! All the people for one glorious Holy moment heard a Word from the Lord and agreed with what they heard and together they affirmed the Word and pledged their commitment to do it.
And what was God’s response to these former slaves who had been in bondage for generations? He made and everlasting covenant with them giving them the eternal truths that would transform them from slaves to free men who would one day become a nation of Kings and priests unto God. This was God’s purpose and plan for their lives. He gave them the Ten Commandments.
Now we all know how miserably they failed to keep the Laws of God and how merciful and longsuffering God was with them and still is to this day, because, His promise to them will be fulfilled and indeed has already been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, though they do not yet all believe it.
In our time, God is speaking to us as His Church today, but not as He spoke to Israel in the days of Moses and the Prophets.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by HisSon, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-4
Jesus is speaking to us through His Word, through the record of the Scriptures and through the gifts He has given to men for the perfecting of the believers (the saints) to equip us for the work of ministry and to bring us into the fullness of who we really are in Christ.
“Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high,He led captivity captive,and gave gifts to men.”(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:8-13
We hear from God now through anointed preaching, teaching and utterances in the Spirit by tongues and interpretation of tongues by prophesies, by Words of wisdom and Words of knowledge [1 Corinthians 11-14].When we hear His Words it is a good and right thing to respond to what we have heard with words of affirmation, agreement and a commitment to act in faith according to what we have heard.
Lifting up our hands and saying AMEN! Shouting Hallelujah! and Praise the Lord! upon hearing the Words of the Lord, are all acts of worship. Doing so is an expression of our gratitude to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord for His Holy utterances by whatever means He chooses to speak to us.
And all the people said, AMEN!