Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 19:7 – 19
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Yitro,” “Jethro.”
All of the people answered as one, saying, “All that GOD has spoken, we will do.”
Moshe returns the peoples answer to GOD, who tells Moshe, HE will come in a thick cloud, so all the people will hear when HE speaks to Moshe.
GOD instructs Moshe to tell the people to sanctify themselves that day and the next. “Let them immerse themselves, even their clothes, so they are ready on the Third Day, when GOD will descend on Mount Sinai in the sight of the people.”
HE instructs Moshe to set up a boundary around the mountain that no one come near when HE is there, for if they do, man or beast, they will die.
Once the rams horn is sounded with a long blast, then the mountain will be safe to climb.
Moshe returns to the people, instructing them as GOD had commanded, immersing them, telling them to keep themselves in readiness for three days.
When the third day arrives, there is thunder and lightening and a heavy cloud on the mountain, with an extremely loud blast of a rams horn, causing the people to tremble.
Moshe leads the people out of the camp and literally towards the Presence of GOD, where they stand transfixed at the foot of the mountain.
The mountain is overtaken by smoke and fire and the loud rams horn. GOD was in the fire and the entire mountain trembled violently.
At the sound of the rams horn, increasing in volume to a great degree, Moshe speaks and GOD replies!
There is so much going on here it truly takes a while to comprehend.
Here we have the refugee’s, the Israelites, and the mixed multitude of nations having prepared themselves to literally meet GOD in Person.
The entirety of these people all saw and heard GOD at once, together, from HIS holy mountain, speaking in response to Moshe.
They have prepared themselves as instructed, following Moshe out to the mountain, yet they are ill prepared to see the True GOD in person.
How amazing it must have been to be an eye witness to GOD appearing and speaking from HIS mountain.
At the same time, how terrifying must it have been to be an eye witness to GOD appearing and speaking from HIS mountain.
How far from this truth have we removed ourselves in our religious beliefs of GOD?
Have we watered down GOD so far that we no longer see HIM as the trembling of the mountain?
Have we forgotten that if we touch the mountain we will surely die?
Would we today, in our current view and belief of GOD, followed the instructions of Moshe as the Israelites did, or would we “wing it” under grace?
What’s changed between then and now that we no longer fear and tremble before the GOD of Israel?
Do we truly know the GOD of Israel?
Do we fear HIM as the Israelites did at the foot of the mountain?
What are your thoughts on these scriptures?
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