It is the third month in the wilderness,
And the Lord has asked Moses to meet Him on Mount Sinai.
But the people are forbidden to come.
In fact, it is such a holy place, a barrier surrounds the mountain
which if they cross, they risk their life.
And many do not consider the concern.
Until they hear the voice from heaven.
And the Lord God speaks over them.
Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes,
the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking;
and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.
Then they said to Moses,
“You speak with us, and we will hear;
but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
And Moses said to the people,
“Do not fear; for God has come to test you,
and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”
So the people stood afar off,
but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.
What a mighty display that must have been.
The booming voice from above.
Accompanied by the thunder, lightening and trumpet blast.
And it may be possible that these people of Israel still had in their mind the plague of lightening and hail from their last days in Egypt. Maybe now they looked up to the sky, wondering if this was indeed also a plague for them.
Only waiting for the large, crushing hail to fall.
But God was not looking to punish them...
only to set the standard for this new life ahead.
For He had spoken the Ten Commandments,
and now He asked Moses to instruct them,
including an emphasis on the first two.
Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Thus you shall say to the children of Israel:
‘You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
You shall not make anything to be with Me...
gods of silver or gods of gold you shall not make for yourselves."
Since He now that He had their full attention...
their genuine fear of the Lord,
God wanted to emphasize that they were to worship only Him.
And they needed nothing else, no statue, no idol, no image
to get in the way of that.
For what God knows about us, His creation,
is that even in our best endeavor...
if we make something initially to represent Him
we may use it for a while in worship.
But soon it could replace Him.
Or worse, we could become wrapped up in how well
we made it, or think that we can't worship without it.
And then the worship is about the thing
and no longer about Him.
Word of God... train me, today...
to rid myself of any idols I have placed before my Lord,
to wholly worship from my heart, with nothing in between.
I long to worship only You.
Forgive me if I have placed any idols before You.
Lord, show me if there is anything I need to remove,
any image, idol or ritual that I have made
that steals my focus or takes any glory from You.
I love You, Lord and
I long to worship only You.
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