January 28, 2013

Today’s Reading: Exodus 19, 20, Exodus 23:20-33, Exodus 24

Highlights of Today’s Reading:  3 months after the Exodus the children of Israel arrive at Mount Sinai. God appears on the mountain in an awesome, fearful scene of thunder, lightening, and earthquakes.  The 10 commandments are given and the people promise to keep God’s law. Moses will spend 40 days on the mountain receiving the law and commandments.

God is making a covenant with the children of Israel. God wants to bless them but from the beginning it is clear that this is a conditional relationship.  Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me…”

The holiness and power of God are on display at Mount Sinai. When you think of God, do you think of images like these?




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8 Responses to January 28, 2013

  1. I tend to think, I wish I could see and witness the physical manifestations of God, and this would increase my faith and save many souls if they only could see God in “real-time” however the scriptures clearly show, disbelief and or disobedience is not cured by seeing God in “real-time” as many to serve their self serving desires.

    • Andrew

      I’ve thought that too at times, but you are right. There would still be non-believers that are more interested in their own desires.

  2. Mary K

    I understand exactly what you are saying, Kenny. But I’ve always felt a little bad for the folk of that day, as even though they saw some remarkable things, they did not live to see or perhaps even comprehend the complete story as we have today. And I think your comment illustrates that understanding the complete story, which these remarkable events prove, is what leads to redemption. Thanks for your good post.

  3. The images I have of God’s power and glory seem to go from nature and up into the skies and into an eternity that is there with and by God. I can see Mt. Sinai as a vision of light and fire and tremendous power, more than I can comprehend. When I meditate on all the earth and night skies and day, I am left breathless and awed at God’s power and glory….pure light. Leaves me humbled.

  4. Sarah

    Growing up I always thought of God as similar to the Wizard of Oz! Ha. Today I don’t think of Him in terms of any physcial characteristics but more in terms of His capabilities, power, accomplishments, etc. The Israelites were told that the fear of God would be with them to keep them from sinning. We should have a reverence of God’s majesty and do anything we can not to displease Him, obediently respecting His authority. I hope this made sense on one cup of coffee. 🙂

  5. Andrew

    Makes sense to me 🙂 Good comment.

  6. Jimmy Haynes

    God is still the same God today – Hebrews 12:29 says “our God is a consuming fire”, but I am thankful for Jesus who makes it possible to approach and relate to God – though we are still unworthy.

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