Exodus 20:18-21

21 08 2011

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.

Exodus 20:19) Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

Exodus 20:20) 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.”

Exodus 20:21) So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God [was].


The Israelites wanted to be able to hear God without a middleman they wanted to listen to God with their own ears, but after it happened they grew afraid.  What they thought they wanted wasn’t what they truly wanted, they probably thought of Moses as a new person trying to take control over them and wanted to be free of all restraints and thought if they could speak to God as well then he wouldn’t be as important as he was.  But they forgot God chooses His servants and who will speak for Him, we are His children but we don’t always listen to what we are told.  We even have trouble following the ten little rules He set up for us to walk with Him; we let the world get in the way of listening to God and when someone tries to correct us on this we say, “Don’t speak condemnation on me I’m a good Christian.”  We can’t stand correction, because we’d have to admit that we’re sinning.