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.
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,