The history of exodus is important in understanding the theology being taught through that history. God saves Israel by His grace through their faith in Moses – justification. The Red Sea comes before Mount Sinai. The Law, and especially the Ten Commandments, were given after Israel had been saved, not before. They have to do with how we should live as God’s people, with sanctification. The Ten Commandments were never intended as a means of justification or salvation! Pharisees always get it wrong.
* Dear God, please help us know You better today, to walk in Your ways.
“And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.”
Here is a thing!
Can you imagine the cacophony, more than earthly sight and sound, unearthly trumpet blasts, black smoke like a kiln going up, the mountain itself trembling.
And Moses, the sinner man, speaks.
And God, the Creator and Sustainer and Life-Giver, the perfect true and ever-blessed God, He answers.
We cannot jump back in time and experience this event.
The thunder of God’s answering, the heavenly trumpet sounds, the LORD HIMSELF descending.
But we do see with faith.
Faith given through the work of our King, born in a manger (Immanuel, God With Us), staggering to the skull hill with the cross, dead in the tomb, risen.
He preached to us on the mountain, prayed on the mountain, transfigured on the mountain, slain on a hill.
The thunder of God’s answering. The heavenly trumpet sounds.
THE LORD HIMSELF DESCENDING.
If we have seen Jesus, then we have seen this.
It might be with our spiritual sight, our faith the gift that came undeserved – But it is sight nonetheless.
Let us be encouraged that in Jesus we see the Lord Himself descending, God with Us.
* Dear God in Heaven,
Thank You for this passage where Moses goes up the mountain and meets with You as You come down from heaven to the mountain.
Thank You for meeting us in Jesus, God come down and become man to rescue us Your people, defeating the great enemy.
Thank You Lord!