The People Afraid of God’s Presence

Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son. Mom: “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!” Son: “But why, Mom? I don’t want to go.” Mom: “Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.” Son: “Well, the kids hate me for one, and th … More


Moses rehearses for this younger generation going into the Promised Land the tremendous experience of receiving the law directly from God (vv. 22-26). The children of Israel promised to keep the Law, but they did not do it (v. 27). These people were under favorable conditions, living in the land promised to them but they were unable to keep the Law. That should be a lesson to us. Just as they were unable to keep it so you and I are unable to keep it.

The Law is like a mirror. We are to look in it, and it will reveal to us that we are sinners. The mirror in our bathroom will show the smudge spot on our face, but it won’t wash off the spot. We must come to the basin and wash it away. The Law in the mirror tells us to start washing. It tells us to come to Christ. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, that will wash us and keep on cleansing us from all sin.

Many today have lost the biblical concept of the majesty and authority of God as expressed in His Law. In his appeal to Israel, Moses urged the people to remember the majesty of God and respect the Word of God (vv. 28-29). Obedience is always a matter of the heart, and if we love the Lord, we will keep His commandments (Jn. 14:15). The heart attitude of people is evidenced by their obedience or by their disobedience (vv. 30-33). A.W. Tozer was right when he said that “no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.”


God is not interested in forced religious exercises and rule keeping. He wants me to have a heart and life that is completely dedicated to Him. If I truly love Him I will obey Him.

Deuteronomy 5:22-33 (English Standard Version)

"These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. And you said, 'Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.' "And the LORD heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the LORD said to me, 'I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! Go and say to them, "Return to your tents." But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you the whole commandment and the statutes and the rules that you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.' You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess."

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