God’s Habitation: Sermon By Rev. Geoffrey Muchai
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back or west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God. The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters and oppressors; for I know their sorrows and sufferings and trials. And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]—to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Now behold, the cry of the Israelites has come to Me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.Exodus 3:1-10 (AMPC)
The Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt; for all the men who were seeking your life [for killing the Egyptian] are dead. And Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on donkeys, and he returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. And the Lord said to Moses, When you return into Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all those miracles and wonders which I have put in your hand; but I will make him stubborn and harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, Israel is My son, even My firstborn. And I say to you, Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your son, your firstborn. Along the way at a [resting-] place, the Lord met [Moses] and sought to kill him [made him acutely and almost fatally ill]. [Now apparently he had failed to circumcise one of his sons, his wife being opposed to it; but seeing his life in such danger] Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it to touch [Moses’] feet, and said, Surely a husband of blood you are to me!Exodus 4:19-25 (AMPC)
Moses was not named by his father or his mother. He was named by Pharaoh’s daughter. He was defined by the circumstances in which he was born. Moses grew up in the palace; a heathen world. He did not have access to the Torah. He grew up with all the privileges accessible to prince of Egypt. While in the palace, it came a time when the purpose of God was stirring within him and he found himself restless. His attempt to fulfill this purpose though was without wisdom and it failed. He failed.
God works in a manner that does not respect time, age, or gender. He works only in a manner to fulfill His purpose. God was calling Moses at a time when he was at the very end of his life. Our very first encounters with God are simply the tip of the iceberg.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.Exodus 3:5 (AMPC)
The struggles that we’ve had in life are not by mistake and so when God is calling us, He does so with an understanding of all of them and He has restoration in mind.
When God directed Moses to remove His sandals, He wanted to minster peace and healing in light of all that he had gone through in his past. There is a reconciliation that needs to happen about our past in light of God’s purpose for our lives. There is a cutting off that God desires to carry out in our lives in light of the influences that this world has on us. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, for where He is taking us for should either of these things be found in us, they shall destroy us.
Every experience that Moses had gone through was for the purpose of consecrating and preparing him for God’s purpose of delivering the nation of Israel. God extended to Moses an invitation of habitation and not just visitation.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.Revelation 3:20 (AMPC)
There is a dining that God desires us to have with Him.
God will always create a context for the revelation of His glory and sometimes that requires that we come to the end of ourselves. God wants us to come to the very end of ourselves, not because He does not want us to be accomplished, successful and wealthy, but because He does not want us to be distracted.
There is a place of glory that God cannot trust us with until we are completely dead to self.
The same power that made creation manifest is the same power that God applies to our heart to cleanse us. There is a work that God desires to do in the lives of the people that He is sending us to and if we make that about us instead of about what God wants to do then we will comprise it, the people and ourselves and God cannot and will not allow that.
Along the way at a [resting-] place, the Lord met [Moses] and sought to kill him [made him acutely and almost fatally ill].Exodus 4:24 (AMPC)
Is there is something that God is out to kill in your life? Is there an aspect of your identity that you have fallen short of that is detrimental to your purpose?
There is a place of glory that no one can access unless they walk in love.
Do you have friends who have perceived the blood covenant relationship (based on the blood of Christ) that they need to have with you and you with them in light of purpose?
There are instructions that hold a life and death weightiness in the realms of the spirit. Let us be discerning partners in purpose. This can only come about when we are found in the presence of God.
Zipporah understood that there was a righteous requirement that was yet to be fulfilled in Moses’ life, and she fulfilled it, thus saving Moses’ life.
God desires for us to go forth and teach the very truths that we have received.
Moses needed to first learn to worship before he could go and deliver the children of Israel.
When we are found in the secret place, we shall be found with the capacity to steward the glory that He wants to bestow upon us.
There is a habitation that we need to make in the presence of God. Moses wrote the book of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers as a result of the interactions that he had with the Lord.
God’s purpose has nothing to do with us. This is the painful yet sweet reality.
Bishop Gobanga’s Addendum:
Before God moves you to the next level, there are things that He strips off your physical self.
God wants us to be people who are not just acquainted with experiences of Him, but become His habitation. He has always desired that His people become His divine habitation. He wanted this right from the pre-Adamite race but they missed it and this is why they were destroyed.
Lucifer was not meant to only be the cherubim that covereth, but he was also meant to cover the earth with the light of God. The light of God’s knowledge, wisdom, revelation, and understanding.
He was to serve Christ. He hates man because we remind him of Christ – the Son of Man. We replaced him in his assignment.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.Psalm 8:4-6 (AMPC)
The nature of spirit man is nothing to be obliterated but a mystery to be unpacked.