When God came to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai, he did so in memorable fashion. The people were not allowed to come near the mountain, as it shook and burned with fire. God spoke the ten commandments to the people in such a way that struck fear into the hearts of the people and they pleaded with Moses to speak to God because they thought they would die if God spoke to them again.
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Adapted from lesson presented by Tommy Peeler at the 2010 Florida College Lectures