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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
The Moses Era 18
Chapter 19 In the 3rd month after Israel had departed from Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Mt Sinai. Here, God called Moses up to the mountain to give him instructions for Israel. God told Moses to remind the Israelites of all the great miracles and deliverances He had done for them while in bondage in Egypt. God then made a promise to Israel that if they would obey Him and keep His covenant, they would be His peculiar treasure i.e. His chosen people above all the nations and people in the earth.
This covenant was conditional based on the words: “If ye will obey my voice …then ye shall be a peculiar treasure.” This was the 2nd theocratic covenant preceded by the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12:1-3 which was 1st promised to Abraham. There are also promises given to us by God that are conditional based on our obedience to God.
Notice in Exodus 19:3, God referred to the Israelites by the name of Jacob and Israel. (Perhaps, this was to remind them of their 2 natures; the Jacob nature they came from and the Israel nature they would become). All the Israelites responded to Moses saying: “All that the Lord hath spoken we will do.” Really?
God then told Moses He would reveal Himself to Israel in a thick cloud so they could hear God as God spoke to Moses; and reverence him as God’s servant. God then told Moses to sanctify the people and have them wash their clothes. I don’t understand why the body of Christ feels like they can come before God any kind of way and dress down when God required this honor from His chosen people.
God also told Moses to consecrate the people so they would have the right attitude and reverence to approach God. They had to get their minds off of carnality, no sexual relationship with wives, but prepare their hearts with prayer and supplication to come before God. God told Moses He would appear before Israel on the 3rd day.
But Moses had to set boundaries so the people could not go up the mountain or touch the bottom of the mountain including animals or they would die. They could only gather at the foot of the mountain once they heard the rams’ horn blown. Moses called the Elders and all the children of Israel and told them what God said and how they must prepare themselves to meet the Lord.
So, on the 3rd day in the morning there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast until everyone trembled. Moses then led the people out of the camp to meet God. Mt Sinai was covered with smoke and the entire mountain trembled violently because the Lord descended on it in fire.
Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him and called Moses up to the top of the mountain; and Moses went up. But, before God spoke to Israel He told Moses to return and bring Aaron up with him to the mountain, but also remind the people not to break through the boundaries to try to see God or God would break out against them. So, Moses goes back down from the mountain to speak to the people.
Chapter 20 God gave Moses the commandments Israel was to live by a.k.a. The 10 Commandments. God reminded Israel of who He is, and how He is the only God that had delivered them with a mighty hand out of bondage from the land of Egypt. Therefore, God sat these 10 commandments before them.
1) “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. 3) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 4) Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. 5) Honor thy Father and thy Mother: that thy days may be long. Or, Ephesians 6:2 said: “…that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
6) Thou shalt not kill. 7) Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8) Thou shalt not steal. 9)Thou shalt not bear false witness against Thy neighbor. (Or Thou shalt not lie.) 10) Thou shalt not covet; which includes thy neighbor’s house, thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbors.
But, when the people saw the lightning and thunder and heard the loud trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke they trembled in fear. They stayed at a distance from the mountain and said to Moses, you speak to us and we will listen, but don’t let God speak to us because He will kill us. Moses comforted them and told them not to fear but God had come to test them, so the fear of God would be with them to keep them from sinning.
Israel still remained at a distance as Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. God then spoke with Moses and gave him instructions how the people must reverence Him, approach Him and make acceptable altars to Him. We will pick up with further instructions next week at the ELC in the Moses Era.
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