The Lord Visits Sinai

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Reverence

Moses told the people to wash their clothes and make themselves acceptable to worship God in three days (vv. 14-15). While the people waited at the foot of the mountain a thick cloud covered it and there came a tremendous sound of the trumpet from heaven accompanied by thunder and lightening as all the people in the camp trembled (vv. 16-17). It looked as if the whole mountain was ablaze with fire and smoke as God descended upon it (v. 18). Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder (v. 19).

Then God spoke calling Moses and Aaron to climb up the mountain while the priests and people were to stay below (vv. 20-21). If they in curiosity saw the Lord they would perish. Moses made three trips to the mountaintop and back delivering messages from the Lord (vv. 22-25). After Moses had gone back down, he told the people what the Lord had said. The Lord told Moses to go down and bring Aaron back but the priests and people must not try to push there way through, or I will rush at them like a flood.

It seems that God’s message to the people was that they needed to learn to respect Him and to reverence, obey and worship Him.

Application

I must  never forget that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament is one and the same. He is a God into whose hands it is a fearful thing to fall. Therefore I should be careful to approach Him with great reverence and respect.

Exodus 19:14-25 (English Standard Version)

So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. And he said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman." On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to look and many of them perish. Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them." And Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, 'Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.'" And the LORD said to him, "Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest he break out against them." So Moses went down to the people and told them.

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