Perhaps a better outline for Exodus could be this:
Ch 1-12 – God remembers Israel
Ch 12-18 – God redeems Israel
Ch 19-40 – God reveals Himself to Israel
In Exodus 19 we are given a glimpse of the awesomeness of God as He descends upon Mt. Sinai with thunder, lightening, thick smoke, and a great trumpet. This is such a wondrous, terrible sight that the children of Israel trembled at the sights and sounds.
God had previously told Moses to set boundaries with a warning for the people to not come near or attempt to set foot on the mountain because they would die.
Later on Moses gets the chance to glimpse the hind part of the glory of God because if he saw God face to face he would die.
In Exodus we see an innocent lamb being slain as the blood is used for the redemption of the people.
We see the setting up of the Tabernacle, a physical dwelling place for God in the midst of His people, which is a hint of the Temple, an earthly example of a heavenly place. Through this we see the High Priest as he enters the Holy of Holies, the place where the glory of God resides, a place where only he can enter to give sacrifices for the sins of the people only after he has cleansed himself.
In chapter 6 of the book of Isaiah, the prophet can only exclaim “Woe is me, I am undone!” when he is blessed with a glimpse of Throneroom of God.
Through all these things we get a glimpse of the fact that the Creator of the universe is completely and undeniably unapproachable.
You see our tainted, sinful, mortal bodies could not handle the glory of the Almighty God.
He is the Creator of the universe. He spoke and it became real. Scripture says that He spoke it into existence with the power of His word and He keeps it in place through the power of His word.
It is with but one word that He could make it all cease. He could speak one word and it would all disappear. What glory and terror as we see just how mighty a God we serve.
How do we approach such wonder?
How do we come near to such glory?
through Jesus Christ!
God says “Don’t come near! the burden of My Glory is too much for you!”
Jesus says “Come TO Me! My burden is easy and light!”
Jesus Christ is the One whom God created the universe. He is the innocent Lamb slain for the redemption of man. He is the Great High Priest who intercedes for our sins. The book of John tells us that He was tabernacled among us and we see His glory.
Jesus tells us that our Creator loves us and knows every hair on our head. He is fully God and fully man. He came to this earth as our kinsman redeemer, He was placed on the cross to die in our place for our sins and now He offers grace to those who believe on His Name, and it is through Jesus, the Son of God, that we can approach our God.
It is through Jesus Christ we know that we are the family of God. We are filled with His Spirit and we become His dwelling place on this earth. The inheritance of the Holy Spirit, The assurance that we are His now and forever. The assurance that He is with us and that we can behold His Glory in this life. The assurance that we will one day bask in His presence as He says “Well done thou good and faithful servant; enter into My rest.” and we will forever be with Him.
In memory of Pee Wee, we miss you.
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