How many times have you wondered what it must be like to stand in the presence of Almighty God and hear His voice? Would it be breathtakingly awesome? Life transforming? A lasting inspiration? Would He reveal the answers to all mysteries? Would you dance in His presence? Or would you kneel in adoration? What would that moment in the presence of God be like?
This passage records Israel’s response to just such a theophany (visible manifestation of God Almighty to mankind) at His giving of the 10 Commandments. Israel assembled at the foot of Mount Horeb (Sinai) and God spoke audibly out of the midst of a thick cloud and darkness, while the mountain was ablaze. Like a toddler frightened by the explosion of an automobile’s backfire, Israel ran to the safety of Moses’ awaiting arms. It was enough if they never again heard that terrifying voice or witnessed the alarming presence of God Almighty. “ . . .If we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived?” (Deuteronomy 5:25-26). Out of fear Israel requested that Moses mediate for them before their God and God consented.
God’s purpose was to elicit a permanent reverence for Him that would foster a lifestyle of obedience and holiness proving irresistibly attractive to all people and nations. Like Moses was given to Israel, God has given us His Son to mediate as our High Priest before Almighty God. What lifestyle has His ever-present love evoked in you?