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God who descended to the top of Mount Sinai

Posted by admin on 15 September 2019 in Exodus, Matthew |

Exodus 19:1-25

Adam and his wife freely talked with God face-to-face in Genesis 2 and 3. But the situation has been changed since the fall (Genesis 3). But, in Exodus 19, God descended to the top of Mount Sinai!! This is the chapter we can read the details!!

In Exodus 19, they came to the Desert of Sinai exactly 3 months after they left Egypt (1). Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said,

‘This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.’ (3b ~ 6)

So, Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the LORD has said’. So, Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. (7 – 8)

See v9.

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.

The LORD said to Moses to consecrate them today and tomorrow, make them wash their clothes, and the LORD would come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people and they are not to approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. God said, “Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.” (10 – 12)

Moses had gone down the mountain to the people and consecrated them and they washed their clothes (14). In v15, Moses said,

‘Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.’

In Leviticus 15:16 ~ 18, the Law of God teaches us ‘uncleanness’ till `evening’ due to ejection of semen. In addition, it is required to wash the whole body with water:

16 “ ‘Suppose semen flows from a man’s body. Then he must wash his whole body with water. He will be “unclean” until evening. 17 Suppose clothes or leather have semen on them. Then they must be washed with water. They will be “unclean” until evening. 18 Suppose a man sleeps with a woman. And suppose semen flows from his body and touches both of them. Then they must take a bath. They will be “unclean” until evening.

From v16, we can read the amazing event. The meeting of people of Israel and God!

There was thunder and lightning with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. (16)

See v17-19.

17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain (20) and the LORD said again to him to warn the people:

‘Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.’ (21 ~ 22)

Moses indicated that he ensured it (23).

In v24, the LORD asked Moses to bring Aaron up with him, and He warned again.

But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.’ (24b)

So, Moses went down to the people and told them (25)

In this chapter, we see that God didn’t allow others to come to Him and differentiated Moses and also Aaron. God repeated the similar warning (not to approach the  mountain, not to force their way to see Him, not to come up to Him) for the people including priests. And God talked to them through Moses. God showed them God speaking with Moses so that people would always put their trust in Moses (9, 19).

As shown in this chapter, people couldn’t even touch the mountain the top of which God descended on (12, 13). They can’t approach or see God.

Thanks to Jesus, the Son of God, who died on the cross for our Sins, the way to God has opened up. The moment Jesus died on the cross the curtain in the Temple between the holy place and the most holy place was torn in two from top to bottom.

See Matthew 27:50-51.

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

Thank you God for sending Jesus to forgive our Sins and open the way to You.

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

God’s Solution

Posted by admin on 8 September 2019 in Exodus, Genesis, John, Luke, Mark, Matthew, Revelation |

When Pharaoh gave order to kill every newly born Hebrew boy (Exodus 1:22), people could wonder why God would not rescue them right away. As shown in Exodus 2:1-10, God already sent Moses as His solution in the midst of the problem. So, we need faith when we can see the problem but can’t see […]

Birth of Moses, and Exodus

Posted by admin on 18 August 2019 in Exodus |

Exodus 1 – 17 Personally, I found Exodus particularly more interesting when I was reading books in the holy bible for the first time long time ago. I found myself kept reading more and more chapters in one seating even though my original plan was reading just a paragraph or a chapter. In Genesis, the […]

Jacob (Israel) after whose name the country was named

Posted by admin on 11 August 2019 in Genesis |

Genesis 25 – Genesis 50 Rebekah conceived fraternal twins (Genesis 25:12). God revealed their destinies as Rebekah enquired of the LORD (“…the elder (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob)…”) (Genesis 25:22-23). Jacob means ‘supplanter’. Jacob received Isaac’s blessing instead of Esau (Genesis 27:1-40). Jacob was sent away to the house of Rebekah’s brother, Laban, fleeing […]

God speaks and He lives

Posted by admin on 29 July 2019 in Exodus, Genesis |

Genesis 39-41 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there (Genesis 39:1). The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. […]

a dreaming teenager, Joseph

Posted by admin on 23 June 2019 in Genesis |

Genesis 37:1-36 Jacob had 12 sons. The 11th son, Joseph, 17 years old, was tending the flocks with his brothers, and he brought their father a bad report about them (2). Now Israel (=Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, and he made an ornate robe for him (3). Because Jacob loved […]

Five Loaves and Two Fish

Posted by admin on 19 May 2019 in John, Luke, Mark, Matthew, The Book of Gospel |

Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-13 The title of message today is “Five loaves and two fish”. This is what Jesus fed 5000 people with. When you live in the world where people are competing for good things, only this miracle may give you the true hope – God can give unlimited […]

5 Loaves and 2 Fish VR Game draft v2

Posted by admin on 15 March 2019 in Uncategorized |

This VR draft v2 includes all dialogues and narrations in our animation @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i9mO_0JaFY Game components could be added to – crossing the water by boat to the solitary place – searching for food to find a boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish – letting people sit down in groups of 50 each – […]

5 loaves and 2 fish VR (Virtual Reality) game draft (v1)

Posted by admin on 6 March 2019 in Uncategorized |

Five Loaves and Two Fish

Posted by admin on 26 February 2019 in Uncategorized |

We created a storyboard in Friday meeting during O-Week 2019, recorded dialog last Sunday meeting, and narration this Sunday. As a result, we completed “Five Loaves and Two Fish” animation film in 10 days.

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