The scripture for today is Exodus 19:9b-15.
9 The LORD said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
10 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.”
The book of Exodus never ceases to amaze me. Exodus shows how God loves his people, but he did standoff from them in the way he built the relationship with them. In this passage, he tells his followers that he will come to them in a cloud. He will speak to Moses so that they know that he has anointed Moses as their leader. In essence, God is using Moses as the leader and interpreter and this action shows that God will never leave the Israelites alone. Moses led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and as their shepherd moved them not only towards the promised land but toward a loving God. In Exodus God’s plan was to start to prepare us for the coming of Christ and his sacrifice. He also was preparing us for the time after Christ was risen and ascended to back to God. What a wonderfully complex God we have. He weaves his plans for us through all our lives so we can experience his gifts.
This passage has also caused me to reflect on how God supplies help for us today. The gift of the Holy Spirit is with us always, but we also have help in the form of our brothers and sisters in the church. There has been more then one time I have reached out to a pastor and or a brother or sister in Christ for help when the going got tough. These experiences have proven to me that God will never leave us alone and he will always appoint helpers that move along our path to help us find him.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father thank-you for being with us each day. Thank-you for your love and guidance. Help us to see your work in our lives and help us to share your love with all the people we meet. Amen.
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org