It was the 6th day of the month Sivan, exactly fifty days after Israel slew the lamb and applied its blood to the doorposts and lintels of their homes in Egypt. This lamb’s blood had caused the destroying angel to pass over their homes when delivering God’s last plague.
Now, here they are standing at the base of Mount Sinai anxiously awaiting God’s commands.
Out of the billowing smoke and fire boomed the voice of The Almighty, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (#1 – Exodus 20:2-3)
…You shall not make for yourself a carved image… (#2 – vs. 4-6)
…You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain… (#3 – vs. 7)
…Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy… (#4 – vs. 8-11)
…Honor your father and your mother… (#5 – vs. 12)
…You shall not murder. (#6 – vs. 13)
...You shall not commit adultery. (#7 – vs. 14)
…You shall not steal. (#8 – vs. 15)
…You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (#9 – vs. 16)
…You shall not covet... (#10 – vs. 17)
Then, the voice of God was silent.
With each command, the Israelites had shuddered, trembled and stepped back away from the mountain until they stood afar off. No one on the face of the earth had ever witnessed such an event and “…they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us lest we die.”
Saddened by their response Moses said, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”
It did not matter how much Moses pleaded, Israel was not moving. Their fear overtook them. So, they watched in horror and utter amazement as “…Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”
What would happen to him? Would he survive? Would he come back? If he doesn’t, what will happen to Israel?
Moses knew the best place of all is to be where God is. He knew as King David knew and said years later, “…Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great…” (II Samuel 24:14)
As we conclude these lessons, we began in order to see the spiritual pictures in the wilderness miracles, and this event is no different.
On Mount Sinai, God’s law came audibly to Israel’s ears. But unbeknownst to them, there was coming a day when God would establish a New Covenant and write His Law on the heart.
By calculation, it was the 6th of Sivan, AD 32, fifty days after Jesus’ crucifixion and the Passover Celebration. This day, Jerusalem celebrated the anniversary of God giving His Law on Mount Sinai, calling it Pentecost because “fifty” in Hebrew is the word “pente”.
The followers of Jesus waited together as He instructed, for the promise of the Father. “…Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4)
On the exact same day Almighty God visited Israel from atop Mount Sinai, two thousand years later, He sent His Holy Spirit to write His Law upon our hearts.
How amazing is our God!!!
How amazing is our God!!!