9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. 14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them. 23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.
Imagine what the people of Israel are about to see and hear. The Almighty God of the universe is coming down to earth to speak with them but it’s not going to be a nice quiet meeting.
He was about to show them how other worldly, magnificent, holy, and fearful coming into His presence would be.
The vast fire and smoke as though the mountain was on fire. The mountain quaking, and the trumpet sounding louder and louder made the people tremble. Words can’t explain the terror they must have felt. Then to hear the voice of the almighty God.
They were not only learning about the terror of the Lord but His Holiness. Before this meeting, they had to create boundaries round about Sinai so that no one could touch the mountain whether it was man or beast. Either one was considered dead and had to be stoned or shot with an arrow.
The people were also required to be sanctified by Moses and clean their clothes. Moses also admonished them to not have sex in order to be ready mentally and spiritually for this meeting three days prior.
We can learn a lot from how they were prescribed to be and act before meeting the Lord. I know I am guilty of not properly preparing to meet with the Lord when I do and I think that it undermines our outlook on just Who He is.
The Rabbis believed that when God spoke to Israel that He spoke in “Many running waters” or to the 70 languages that were spoken during this time all at once. If this is true then it would correlate with the many civilizations that were close to this area having their own similar laws.
This picture that we are about to see is prophetic in 2 ways
One that is happening now and one that is yet to happen. The Jewish people celebrate this in a feast known as “The feast of Pentecost.”
In Exodus 19 and 20 Israel as a nation is born.
In Acts the Church is born.
In Exodus, after the Law is given, 3000 are killed.
In Acts, after the Gospel is given, 3000 are saved.
In chapter 1, just before He is taken up to heaven, Jesus tells the disciples about the promised gift of the Holy Spirit which would soon be given to them in the form of a powerful baptism and would empower them to witness to the world but they were to wait in Jerusalem for it.
A few days later, on the Day of Pentecost, the disciples were all together when the sound of a mighty wind comes down from heaven, covering them with tongues of fire. They were filled with the Spirit and many of them were speaking in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Many of the people there heard the Gospel of Jesus preached in their own language as Peter stood up to preach the message and 3000 were added to the Church.
We first see God the Father coming down to give the Law, the school master, that shows us that we could never save ourselves.
We then see God the Spirit coming down in fire to give power to His people to live in Christ
One day we will see God the Son coming back in power and glory to completely fulfill all things and bring all things under Him.
We tend to think of Jesus as our friend just a little too much. Yes He is our Friend but not in the sense of liking Him on Facebook. He is our Lord and Savior. He is the designer of the universe. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the End. He is our Lord and the Christ, God in the flesh and we should treat Him as such when we come before Him.
Even so Lord come!!!