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You Have Come to Mt. Zion

Series: Worship

We’ve spent a lot of time over the last two months discussing worship. Today, we’ll explore the heart of the matter … our attitude behind the actions we engage. We’ll do this by examining Hebrews 12.18-24. It is one of the most powerful passages in the New Testament in regards to our relationship with God.

Hebrews 12 Basic Outline

Hebrews 12.18-21 - Mt. Sinai

  1. 12.18 - Mt. Sinai represents the old covenant, physical in every way.
  2. 12.22  - Mt Zion represents the new covenant, spiritual in every way.
  3. 12.19-21 - Connect with Exodus 19-20.
    1. 12.18b-19 - fire, darkness, gloom, a tempest, the sound of a trumpet, and a voice that raised fear in the ones who heard it.
    2. Hebrews 12.20-21 - Mt. Sinai was an outward manifestation of God’s infinite holiness, justice and severity. 
  4. At Sinai, they became very aware of their sinfulness….
    1. Isaiah 28.17, 20 - God speaking to Israel about His justice
    2. 28.20 - God intends to bring us to the place of short beds and narrow covers.

Hebrews 12.22-24: Mt. Zion

  1. 2 Samuel 6; 1 Kings 14.21; Psalm 132.13-14 - Zion was known as the dwelling place of God.
    1. Psalm 2.6 - Zion symbolizes the approachable God.
    2. Psalm 48.2-3 - the joy of all the earth is Mt. Zion. It’s palaces are a stronghold.
  2. 12.22 - you have come. Present perfect tense. In a spiritual sense, we’re already there. Philippians 3.20 - where is our citizenship?
  3. What do we receive when we come?
    1. 12.22b - The city of the living God.
      1. 2 Corinthians 5.18-21 - Ambassadors of heaven representing God.
    2. 12.22c - we come to innumerable angels in festal gathering.
    3. 12.23a - we come to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.
    4. 12.23b - we come to God, the judge of all.
    5. 12.24a - we come to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
    6. 12.24b - we come to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

A Very Powerful Application

  1. Right now, we have come to God in worship.
  2. We come today as close to heaven as we’ll get in life.
    1. Matthew 18.20 - For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
    2. This is why we reverence God.

Conclusion:

  1. What will you do?
    1. 12.25 - do not refuse Him who is speaking. (Jesus, 1.1-2).
    2. 12.26 - there is a time coming when God will shake the universe.
    3. 12.27 - one day God will close out the universe.
    4. 12.28 - we are part of a kingdom that will never be shaken.
    5. 12.28b - let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.
    6. 12.29 - why?
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