Steve Pierson - Walla Walla, Washington Convention - 2018

I’ve lived the last several months in my own kind of afterglow! Every time Jesus spoke, there was an afterglow.

Matthew 10:40-41, “He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”

What was a prophet’s reward? It wasn’t for the prophet but it was for the one who received the prophet! Everywhere Jesus went, He left a prophet’s reward – an afterglow! We read of those 2 walking to Emmaus talking together of all these things which had happens, and then Jesus drew near and went with them. Jesus explained unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they invited Him to stay with them, and as he sat at meat with them their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said, “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?” There was an afterglow! When Jesus opened His mouth, He left a prophet’s reward. It’s still with us today! Whenever we’ve been in a place where our hearts burn, what can we say?

Job 38:1, “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 'Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?'”

God spoke out of a whirlwind – a bunch of dust. When you get 3 or 4 people talking dust together, you get dust! Job’s 3 friends were just talking dust! How grateful Job would have been when God spoke out of the whirlwind! Our Creator, God, gave Job a little understanding of the Creation of the world. When He was finished and Job spoke in the 42nd chapter, Job was repeating what God had said in the 38th chapter. I read this in 4 different language translations. In the French translation, it says, “Who has the folly to question My designs?” Job said, “Yes, I have spoken without understanding. I will lay my hand upon my mouth.” When the Creator spoke and gave a little picture, Job saw that the Creation was an intricate process. When God gave Job a little picture of that, he felt very small. When we’ve been in the presence of God, we feel very small!

Luke 12:21, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. Then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” He was rich naturally but not rich toward God. A woman gave her testimony. There was an afterglow in this woman. She said, “I don’t even know what I’m talking about – things too wonderful for me!”

I love finding threads in the Bible and tracing them through. I love tracing fire in Moses’ experience. He was keeping Jethro’s flock, and as he came to the mountain of God he saw a bush on fire not being consumed. God appeared to Moses in the fire.

In Deuteronomy 33:2-3, “From His right hand went a fiery law for them. Yea, He loved the people; all His saints are in Thy hand and they sat down at Thy feet; every one shall receive of Thy words.” He spoke about the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush. It was something that grew in depth in Moses.

Exodus 13:21, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

The cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night – a type of the Spirit of God. The lesson went far deeper for Moses.

Hebrews 13:10, “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.”

Moses was getting lessons from that altar.

Deuteronomy 4:10-13, “Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, 'Gather Me the people together, and I will make them hear My words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.' And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire. Ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And He declared unto you His covenant …”

This was the last month of Moses’ life. He is telling what took place when they got to Mount Sinai. God is a God of little tokens.

In Exodus 4, Moses had so many doubts and fears. Exodus 3:12, God gave him a little token, “Certainly, I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”

He could never have fathomed that he would be coming out with 3 million people into the desert! It was almost 3 months to the day that the people and Moses did stand at that mountain! Three months ago, God had said it would happen!

Deuteronomy 4:11, “And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire. Ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And He declared unto you His covenant.”

Another fire! He said, “I exceedingly fear and quake!” In spite of that, he climbed that mountain and found there was nothing to fear.

Exodus 40:38, “For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

When all had been done and was in order, the cloud entered the holy place, and the fire was upon it by night. Moses observed all these things but they all paled in comparison to what God did for Moses on Mount Sinai. Each Convention was 40 days. Moses came down after 40 days, and then went up the mountain again for 40 days. God would have covered a lot in those days – showing Moses things too wonderful! They were private one on one Conventions! Can you imagine what was shared? God had kindled things in Moses, and Moses had to wear a veil. God knows how desperately we’re needing these days. Moses wrote the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. At one point, Moses asked God to just take his life. If God can reveal the future, He surely can reveal the past – all the details of Creation, Adam and Eve, and the patriarchs.

We think of what God has shown us during these days together. Moses would have enjoyed getting out his notes, over and over – think about the afterglow!

Psalms 104:3, “Who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters, Who maketh the clouds His chariot, Who walketh upon the wings of the wind, Who maketh His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire.” I think of God wanting to kindle things within us! In Isaiah 5, Isaiah saw the Lord lifted up.

A seraphim was sent with a live burning coal. God kindled that man that day! I like that hymn, “Thou thinkest, Lord, of me.” I wonder what the background is in the lives behind the messages shared. It doesn’t just come out of the air! The writer of that hymn would have had an experience that made him aware that God thinks about him! All that power God used in the Creation, since then has been focused in working in His children!

Exodus 8:28, “And Pharaoh said, 'I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness.'” The time came after all the plagues that Pharaoh said, “Go.” The time came when God said to Noah, “Comedown and into the ark. Only thee have I found righteous.” On the inside of the ark – God was there! Then in Genesis 8:16, God said, “Go forth of the ark, and multiply upon the earth.” Isn’t that where we are now? Jesus said, “Go forth into all the earth.” It is a wonderful journey. We love it more and more. It’s not a bed of roses. “We know the end is fair and sweet where we shall rest our weary feet.” Let us come boldly before God in time of need, allowing the Creator to work with these needs of ours. We’d like to allow Him to do what we could never do for ourselves.