By Dennis Webber
2019 Bible Reading Plan Part 4: Exodus 19-40 & Leviticus 1-27
God is amazing, awesome, and terrifying. He wants a relationship with us and as He proved through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus He is willing to do whatever it takes to have that relationship. But as the story of God and the Israelites tells us, getting that close to God can be an overwhelming experience.
God instructed the Israelites to get ready for their meeting on the mountain and to not just run up whenever they wanted. In the end the people did not want to go at all. They were more than willing to let Moses go (if was crazy enough to try it) and then come back and tell them what God said.
In the end, they received some guidelines about how to relate to God and how to relate to each other along with instructions about how to construct a meeting place that was modeled after what is in heaven. A little heaven on earth so to speak. (See Hebrews 8:1-6)
There are certainly lessons for us as we read through the events in these verses.
God is awesome – be sincere in your relationship with Him.
God is holy – be serious in your attention to living a righteous life.
God wants relationship – do not settle for letting someone else go up on the mountain to meet Him. Pursue the relationship with God that is available to you because God has pursued you.
As the author of Hebrews reminds us we have not come to a mere physical mountain that can be touched even if it is burning and shaking.We have the privilege of coming to a spiritual mountain and entering into an eternal relationship with God. (Hebrews 12:18-29)