Friday, March 11, 2011

Exodus: Chapter 19

Overall in this chapter I was continually reminded that approaching God is holy ground.  I am certain I take it too for granted, too often.  As God instructs Moses on reminding the people of all He has done and all He intends for the nation, I am awed by God's passion and purpose for His people.  A peculiar treasure, a kingdom of priests...I think the hearts of the Israelites were overwhelmed too and thought, 'Of course!'  Similar to salvation today, the 'yes' comes easy but the reality is quite the journey.  The boundaries God places to protect His people are extensive.  God knows even those boundaries are not enough and He has Moses remind the people of the limits.  Praise God, He is patient with our forgetfulness and even our foolishness.  Reading this passage, though, reminded me how very thankful I am to live in this age of grace:

For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, to gloom, to a trumpet's blast, or to a voice that made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. For they could not endure the command that was given: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death." Indeed, the sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear." Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to tens of thousands of angels joyfully gathered together, to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect...Hebrews 12:18-23

  Jesus has given us access to the presence of God; let us never forsake enjoying that privilege!

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