At Mount Sinai
On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you[a]will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.
9 The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trustin you.” Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.
10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s hornsounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.”
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[b]trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.[c]
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”
23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai,because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”
24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.”
25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
Anyone who says the Bible is boring has never read it. It’s been exactly 3 months and the Israelites have arrived at Mount Sinai, this is where Moses’ calling started and God came to him from the burning bush. We are back where it all started for him. We get it … that this is going be Holy Ground. Only God could rescue the Israelites from the Egyptians. They have been through it! Deliverance from Egypt, victory at the Red Sea and even through their grumbling in the desert God gave them miraculous gifts of food and water. They even had a prayerful victory over the Amalekites. Now we’re at Mount Sinai… the beginning of the Exodus 3:12 fulfillment.
God reminds Israel of His great power and care for them and then he reveals his plans and destiny for them.
When they get there Moses goes up on the mountain to God and God gives him instruction. You Are all eye witnesses to what I have done. I have carried you as if you were on eagles wings. An eagle does not carry her young by her talons to be exposed to the enemy, she puts them on her back so that the enemy has to pierce her chest first to get to her child. Pure, selfless protection of the one that she is carrying just like God protects us. Deliverance and a relationship with Christ requires wholehearted obedience. Fully obeying God… completely obeying. Half obedience is disobedience.
Whole hearted obedience = whole hearted blessings.
Pastor Jose gave us some points this morning:
1) We are his people
2) Those who love him will have access to him
3) Those who love him should be set apart from the world
That whole hearted relationship with Jesus Christ, a chosen generation. God is holy and he should be approached as such. Holy fear, reverence. That’s why he sets boundaries, limits and standards. Pastor Jose also reminded us that obedience requires trust. The Israelites had to trust what Moses was saying and believe that it was true. I would be standing in frozen awe at the bottom of that mountain when the Lord descended upon it as his voice boomed through the clouds and fire. As I imagine myself standing there witnessing this, even the hair on my arms now is standing on end at His magnificent power and love he has for us. That unconditional love. If he is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.
God delivering us. We have to give credit where credit is due. His deliverance and protection through addictions, trials, health issues, work issues, relationships whatever he has brought you through…
I encourage you to always remember how he delivered you as you encounter the next hardship. He will carry you again. In verse 23 we see that Mount Sinai is set apart as Holy, God has set limits around that mountain and he tells Moses go down and bring Aaron up with you but don’t let anybody else push their way through. God will always ask us to bring someone with us. Someone who we trust and depend on in our life.
Pastor Jose‘s question for us today: Who is the Aaron in your life that you trust?
What area of obedience do you need help with? Who is in your circle? Rely on them to help you stay accountable. When we need God the most he will reveal his presence to us just like he did for the people of Israel. When you’re encountering temptation or a trial Text or dial up your Aaron for support. Reach out. remember we are not meant to do life alone.
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