An important and staggering moment is about to happen to the people of Israel that will change everything about their relationship with God. The people have been rescued from Egyptian slavery and God has brought them to the mountain in the wilderness, Mount Sinai. God is entering into a covenant with the people (19:4-6). Obey the voice of the Lord and keep his covenant and you will be God’s treasured possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. Moses reported this news to the people and the people responded, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do” (19:8). With the concept of the covenant declared, the people are going to meet God. I want you to think about this for a moment. The people are going to get to know God in a very special way. In Exodus 19:11 God says he is coming down and in verse 17 we see that the people are gathered to meet God. What we are reading in Exodus 19 is the preparation of the people to meet God. Get the people ready because God is coming down and you are going to meet God. Notice God’s purpose in verse 9. The Lord is coming down in this way so that the people will hear God speak with Moses and the people will believe in Moses forever. The goal of these events as the people come to meet God is that the people will trust, believe, and listen to Moses from this point on. In this lesson we are going to look at what God is doing, what is required of the people to meet God, and what these things mean for us as Christians under Christ’s covenant.
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