12 Feb 2018
‘The Mountain of God’
Exodus is such a fascinating book. In chapter 34, God calls Moses up to the top of Mount Sinai, the Mountain of God, to receive another set of tablets containing the ten commandments.
Exodus 34:2 says:
“So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain.”
Another set was needed because Moses had broken the first in anger. He had come down from the mountain to see the Israelites worshipping a golden calf; a man-made image.
The thought or theme that strikes me from all these chapters, indeed from the whole of Exodus (and the entire Bible), is the wonderful mercy and grace of God. He shows great love and patience towards a self-seeking, wilful and disobedient; a people just like us.
Moses represented the people and interceded for them (Exodus 32:11-14). God called him up the mountain so He could share His plans and purposes for the people; so that he could unfold details about the tabernacle and rules for worship, which represents our obedience. When Moses returned on this second occasion, his face was radiant and the people knew he had been in the presence of God (Exodus 34:29-33).
Pause and reflect: I believe that God wants to spend time with us alone, with no distractions. He wants to share His heart; to help us understand His plans and purposes. He has called us to intercede for a lost and dying world, and to be ministers of His grace.
Acts 4:13 (NTE) says: “When they saw how boldly Peter and John were speaking, and realised that they were untrained, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they recognised them as people who had been with Jesus.”
Is He calling us to the mountaintop today?