God’s Check List

followFollow Me: Love[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 19:9-15 [2]

Moses walked up the mountain for a second meeting with God bearing good news. The church accepted his terms. If they obey him, they will be a special treasure above all people on earth. God never abdicated his responsibilities to the rest of humanity. He simply values those who obey him so much they are special to him.

After Moses announced the good news God gave him a list of preparations before God would meet with the people who want to be his special treasure. Trust was the first item on God’s list. The church needed to know who God speaks to, so they will know who to trust. God had a simple solution. He would speak to Moses in their presence. God confirmed that we can trust Jesus in similar manner. The apostles were confirmed by the signs and wonders that followed them.

I have never had a pastor that God addressed audibly in the presence of the church. None of them did signs or wonders that I could verify were legitimate. Forty years of Christianity later, I have learned to trust Moses and Jesus. I do not trust anything a pastor says until I see it in the words attributed to God in the Bible.

Cleanliness ranked the second spot on God’s list. Talking a bath and washing their clothes made them smell better but did nothing about the stench in their hearts. At this point in the relationship cleansing the outer man sufficed. Later, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance and Jesus would call for pure hearts.

Third, God has boundaries that he is very serious about. They were not to approach the mountain until he called for them with the blast of a ram’s horn. Death awaited any person or animal that crossed the boundary when they were called to approach God’s presence.

Finally, God told the church when to expect him. This reminds me of the fear pastors attempted to instill in some churches I attended. We had to be at church every time the door was open, because we just never knew when God would show up! The church in the wilderness knew how to prepare for his arrival and that he would arrive on the third day.

We see through a glass darkly. Concepts about God often divide us. There are some things that are not given to us to know. But one thing is clear. God never intended for us to follow him blindly.


[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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