IC@MK Sunday Service (16 August 2020)

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Posted by International Church at Mont Kiara on Saturday, 15 August 2020


God counts His People (Numbers 1-2, 7)

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What a year 2020 has turned out to be. Who would have guessed back in January that we’ve come already to 22 Sundays now in a row without being able to meet? Who would have guessed at the start of the year, what would have happened to your business plans this year, or how your kid’s education had to be adapted quite a bit or all of the trips that were canceled? I’m pretty certain that many of us, at the end of our lives, are going to look back and say, “2020 was one of the most memorable years of my life”. Of course, if we look throughout the course of human history, we could list other globally significant years. As Christians, certainly, at the top of that list would be the year that our savior Jesus died and rose again. If we go back earlier than that, in the period of the Old Testament, before Jesus came to the world, we think of the history of the people of Israel. We would say probably the most significant year of their history would have been the year they came out of slavery from Egypt. Well, we don’t know the dates exactly. Probably it was around the year 1445 BC. We learned about this year in the Book of Exodus, the year started with the Israelites as slaves, God sent 10 plagues upon their captors and they were delivered and they walk through the Red Sea and then for the next month and a half of that year, God led them on a journey down to a Mount Sinai. Once they got there for 40 days, their leader, Moses, was up on the top of the mountain. And during that day that people started worshipping a golden calf, and they were judged but also receive God’s grace. And so that Moses was called back up onto Mount Sinai for another 40 days when God gave all the instructions to the people as well as the directions to build him a Tabernacle, a holy place where he would dwell with his people and then for the last seven or eight months of year 1445 B.C., the Israelites were busy building this Tabernacle and also learning about all of the instructions, God had given in the Book of Leviticus. And so when we come to the end of Exodus 40:17, [In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected.] we see this memorable year has come to an end and the beginning of the second year, right of the exodus. What an eventful year 1445 was. The beginning of this important nation that God was putting together in order that one day his son, Jesus would come through this very people.