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

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