Few are Chosen.

Exodus 20:18 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. 
19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 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.” 
21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.

This must have been some spectacle, but it definitely put the fear of God in the Children of Israel.

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. (Vs 18)

They were scared out of their wits. Not that Hebrews are so high strung, but if I were standing with them, I would have been shaken too.

To hear of Yahovah is one thing, but to actually experience His presence is another. For His presence, causes the earth to shake, and the ground to move under our feet, add to that thunder, and lightening, and the sound of the Shofar (Trumpet), along with a voice that shakes you to the core. Yes, they were afraid.

 “The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

When we come to that place where we understand that He who created us, will judge us on the basis of what we have done with our lives. We also will fear for our lives. For it’s one thing to try to understand what holiness is, but to stand before Him, is to compare ourselves to that which is pure holiness.

Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Vs 19)

So rattled were they, that they didn’t want to hear God’s voice any more. But preferred to hear Moses. Therefore, Moses would be the voice of God to them, as long as he lives.

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.” (Vs 20)

Moses explains why YHVH spoke to them, and appeared to them. He came purposely to put fear into them, so that they would not sin. But Moses was not fearful, for He knew that He was chosen, to serve YHVH, He had been near enough to YHVH God to actually see His image.  No! Moses was completely given over to God, and was His instrument to redeem the Children of Israel and bring them out of bondage. It was as if He was a part of YHVH God.

So, the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. (Vs 21)

Moses, from the time He drew near to the burning bush, had no life of His own.

Here is where the line is drawn between the average Christian, and those who are actually called to serve YHVH God. A man called of God, and chosen to serve Him, will actually seek Him out, and draw near to Him. But those who have not yet sought to be Holy, just as He is Holy. They might rather stay at a distance from YHVH, at least until they begin to feel as though they may be acceptable to Him.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

But to those who strive to serve YHVH God as Moses served, my heart is with them. For they have no life of their own, but all of their life is dedicated to others. All they desire from life is just to be near to God, our Elohim.

Truly they love one another, just as Yehoshua loved us, and gave himself for us.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

YHVH God takes a bride.

Exodus 19:21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish. 
22 Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
23 But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’”
24 Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” 
25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.

Again, comes the warning to stand clear of the mountain.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.”  (Vs 21)

Also, the priests are warned to consecrate themselves, so that the Lord will not come against them. They must be absolutely clean, by fasting, by prayer, and by the washing of their clothing, and their bodies. Repentance is required.

“Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” (Vs 22)

This tells me, that when it comes to sin, all are equal in YHVH’s eyes. He has no tolerance for sin, and even less tolerance for a priest or minister who teaches and ministers on Yah’s behalf.

But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” (Vs 23)

Moses reminds YHVH that they have been warned, The mountain is held as sacred in the eyes of the people, and while they do not fully understand the power of God, they are aware that they should not draw near to YHVH.

Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” 
So, Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
(Vs 24, 25)

Be careful that you’re clean, consecrated, fully repented. And then do not come too close to the boundary that has been set for you at the base of the mountain.

And then next thing they hear is the voice of YHVH.

Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The terms of His Covenant are spoken by Yah Himself. And These are also the wedding vows, between YHVH and the people of Israel. He is taking them as His family, His Bride. He will keep the terms of His Covenant with them. But do the people have the same determination to keep this covenant?

We will find that our memory of this event is short lived, and in generations to come these covenant vows will be broken. And to this day we have teachers who deny the validity of God’s commandments, saying that they were abandoned.

And in so doing, they deny the name of Christ Yehoshua as the Groom.

Why else would he say, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

He will come looking for a bride, and what will He find? A bride not acquainted with her vows?

He is coming, and those who call on His name are not prepared to receive their King.

I shudder to think of it!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Be Holy, For I am Holy!

Exodus 19:10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 
12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 
13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.”
14 So, Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. 
15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.”
16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 
18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 
19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. 
20 Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

What is it like to be brought into the presence of the Lord? God doesn’t play when it comes to allowing anyone to come near to Him, for He is holy.

The apostle John explains. 5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 
6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 
7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
(1st John 1:5-7)

Clearly, we cannot be unclean and approach Him.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 
12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 
13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.”

Coming too close to God’s holy ground is a death sentence. Picture for a moment a huge bug zapper, that kills anything that comes too close to it. Bizzzap! If you get my meaning, going too close is inviting death.

The problem for us is that we don’t understand the difference between clean and unclean. But this particular scripture should help us to understand.

Moses was instructed to consecrate or sanctify the people.

qâdash

kaw-dash’

A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

So, He is to instruct, and oversee the cleansing of the entire nation of Israel. He is given instructions as to how to teach them to be clean. They had three days to prepare. And even then, they could only come near to the mountain but not touch it. YHVH God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. He has zero tolerance for sin, or darkness, there shall be no lawlessness, or sin, anywhere in His sight.

So, Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. 
And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.”
Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 
(Vs 14-17)

They are going to see, and hear YHVH God, and then they will perhaps understand how special Moses is, and why His face shines with a white light, from being in close proximity to Adonai.

Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 
19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. 
20 Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
(Vs 18-20)

Now the children of Israel are witnesses, to how YHVH God speaks to Moses and calls Him by name. they heard it with their own ears. They felt the holy presence of Adonai, and now they will watch as Moses goes to meet with YHVH God at the mountain top, a place where they are not allowed to set foot.

Neither are we allowed to approach except by the grace afforded us by the blood of Christ Yehoshua, the Messiah of Israel. He took our uncleanliness, our sin upon Himself so that we can come into the light, and no longer remain in darkness.

For I know how undeserving I am to be in His presence. Yet, He calls us to come. But with one admonition.

He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

We must walk as He walked, if we want to approach Him. Here is why we must repent, and follow His instructions. His Commandments.

Hence, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
(John 5:46, 47)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

A Nation of Priests.

Exodus 19:1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 
2 For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So, Israel camped there before the mountain.

3 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 
4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

After three months of travel through the wilderness they arrived at the mountain where Moses had met YHVH God and received His calling. So, Israel camped before the mountain, not on it, but near to it.

In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 
For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So, Israel camped there before the mountain.
(Vs 1, 2)

Moses had already begun teaching the people the Commandments of Yahovah, during those 3 months of travel. But now, they will receive the Law directly from YHVH God Himself.

And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 
‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
(Vs 3, 4)

HaShem has demonstrated His Power before the people, He brought them out and destroyed Pharoah’s Army, He made it possible to cross the Red Sea, led them by day and night through the wilderness, fed them manna, and quail, and gave them water from a rock. He gave them victory over the Army of the Amalekites, and now He brought them to His mountain.

Certainly, these folks should know by now who their God is.

Yahovah says, “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
And you sha Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

ll be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (Vs 5, 6)

Keeping the covenant that they are about to enter into will be their keys to the kingdom. If they will keep it!

And if they will attend to this covenant, then Yahovah will set them apart as a holy people who bear His mark. They will be more than just special, but blessed and lifted up as an example to all people. He says, “for all the earth is Mine.” 

There is no doubt that the earth and everything in it is His, He is the creator of it!

And if it is His will that we become a kingdom of priests and a Holy nation, then this is sure to come to pass.

These words are repeated in scripture by Peter when He says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1st Peter 2:9, 10)

YHVH God does not change and neither will His covenant, the same promise made to Israel also includes those who have joined themselves to the messiah of Israel, Christ Yehoshua!

So, I say this to those who call themselves saved, but think they are still Gentiles. Once we come to Christ, the Messiah, we will become just as much a part of Israel as He is.

For this is His Body, and we are adopted, or grafted into it, just Paul says, “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (Romans 11:24)

The olive tree is symbolic of Israel. Not the country of Israel, but the house of Israel.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:26-29)

Shalom My friends,

Chuck Greever



God’s Word without compromise then, and now!

Exodus 13:13 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. 
14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
16 When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
17 So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
22 And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
23 If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”
24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own land.

It seems that Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro saw that Moses had no time for himself, or for his Family, and asked him about it.

So, when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 
When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
(Vs 14-16)

His service to the people required all of his time. for he was both priest and judge over his people. And apparently, he had not considered that he should delegate some of this responsibility.

So, Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 
18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 
19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 
(Vs 17-20)

Jethro spells out the duties of Moses perfectly, He is to be God’s voice to the people, teaching them YHVH’s statutes and laws. And show them the way in which they must walk.

Here is the role of a Pastor or Minister of YHVH God who serves Christ Yehoshua spoken as clearly as if Moses’ father-in-law were speaking to us this day.

But as to being Israel’s judge, He says. “Moreover, you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So, it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. 
(Vs 21, 22)

Jethro tells Him to delegate authority to several men, so that they can hear and settle disputes. And this way he will hear only cases of great importance, that those under Moses could not settle themselves.

This would lessen the burden on Moses, by shifting the weight of it to other men of His choosing.

Jethro says, “If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”  (Vs 23)

Jethro know that this suggestion is of God, but dares not say it.  So, he adds if God so commands you then you’ll be able to endure. He is humbled by Moses’ calling and His connection to YHVH. And no matter what Jethro counsels it must come from HaShem to be valid for Moses.

But this is a solution not only for Moses, but for the people as well, so that they can resolve matters more quickly, and live in peace with their neighbors.


24 So, Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 
25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 
26 So, they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
(Vs 24-26)

Moses accepted Jethro’s counsel. Thus, making Men of His choosing heads of tribes, Heads of thousands, Hundreds, Fifties, and Tens. Kind of like lower courts and higher courts in our legal system. Perhaps this is why the Supreme Court has a relief of Moses receiving the Law on its front entrance.

But pay no attention to that fact, as they no longer serve the same god.

But for us, what can we glean from this counsel between Moses and his father-in-law? perhaps if we can begin to see how things ought to be, we might surmise that the first qualification for a leader ought to be an understanding of God’s Law, and His Holy Word is exactly that. For the most part, we are led by men and women who may or may not have a relationship with YHVH God, and wouldn’t know Christ if He were to walk up and slap them in the face. And the same godless sort are sitting as judges over this nation.

Once we begin to understand the level of unbelief that has brought our nation down, then perhaps we can affix a cure, and do it according to God’s way.

Deuteronomy 12:1 “These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. 
2 You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 
3 And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. 
4 You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things.

As to how we dispossess such people? You can figure that out for yourselves. But in any case, we as God’s people cannot live this way, and that has become painfully clear. For our elders, and our children are paying the price of our having compromised with evil.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Jeremiah 24:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever