“These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. And you said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? Go near and hear all that the Lord our God will say and speak to us all that the Lord our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’
by: Tabatha Pethtel.
Moses reminded the people of Israel of the time when they heard God speak to them from the mountain with His own voice and with all His majesty. Israel could not bear God’s righteousness—they were humbled. They knew no one had ever heard the voice of the living God and survived. The people of Israel understood the mercy God had shown them and asked God to speak only to Moses so he could relay the Word of God to them. Do we sometimes need to be reminded of God’s magnificence and the mercy He has daily for us? Are we committed to hearing and obeying His Word?