Read Exodus 19:16-20:21
Two months after crossing the Red Sea, the Hebrews set up camp at the foot of Mount Sinai. They are ready to encounter God. God is ready to reveal himself to them and provide them with rules for living as holy people in his presence. The law God wrote down wasn’t a set of arbitrary rules or some useful legal code, it described how to live life in harmony with God himself, with his people, and with his creation. In the big story, God’s law provided the details not just for holy living but for thriving in his world.
Moses prepared the people to meet God, instructing them in how to set themselves apart as his people. The people washed their clothes and abstained from sexual relations. They needed time to get into the right frame of mind, to have a proper sense of awe and reverence for God. By following the Ten Commandments and other laws given at Sinai. God’s people would learn to live in a vital relationship with their holy God and to establish a just and healthy community.
The people gradually learned to know and trust God through the steps they took in leaving Egypt–the Passover and Exodus; their crossing the Red Sea; the supply of water, manna, and quail; and their victory in battle. Those events taught the Hebrew to trust God and know him as their reliable, loving provider. Now God wanted to reveal more of himself by coming down to Mount Sinai and displaying his presence, glory, and power to the people.
This passage covers the time when God was giving specific commands to Moses for the people of Israel to follow. The time when God dictated His first ever 10 commandments that people of Israel can serve as a guideline to lead a life with God. In the Old Testament times, when God descended upon Mount Sinai anyone cannot approach God and talk to Him. There were only select few chosen by God who can approach God’s throne. But when Jesus came and during the New Testament times, Jesus gives us the greatest privilege to be called as sons and daughters. We could boldly go to God’s feet and pour out our heart to Him. Just thinking of it I feel how grateful I am for Jesus to die for me and take upon himself the sins of the world so that I could have this special relationship with Him.
Just to be clear, Christianity is not just a religion, it is a way of life where you can have a personal relationship with Christ and He can lead you through the challenges of life that face you daily. Though the Bible is written 2000 years ago, it is still relevant today for the day to day life challenges that you are facing. There have been many releases of famous novels and books but they quite fade away and be irrelevant but the Bible is not the case and it speaks to you still today. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your Bible and start having conversations with God.
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