Bless Them

followFollow Me: Law[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 20:22-26

The churches personal encounter with their God resulted in a strained relationship. Overwhelmed by God’s presence and power they choose to worship him from afar. God had told Moses to bring Aaron with him, so Moses summoned his brother Aaron, and they entered the presence of God on behalf of the church.

God said to them, “You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.” God is referring to the Ten Commandments he spoke to the entire church. The New Testament references this statement with a warning. We shall not escape if we turn away from “him who speaks from heaven.”[2] The covenant of law God made with the children of Jacob cannot save us, but we are not exempt from obeying the Ten Commandments.

Most of what God said in the fourth trip to the mountain top expounds on the meaning of each commandment. First, God give Moses instructions for making a temporary altar of earth or stone. The altars God accepted by recording his name there could be used for burnt offerings and peace offerings. Erecting the tabernacle and organizing the church administration for worshipping God would take one year. Until that task was completed, God provided a way to meet with his people and bless them.

The chasm between the way God thinks and the way the church thinks is huge. The church thinks God is trying to kill them. They see death in everything. They thought they would die of starvation, die of thirst, their cattle would die, and the fire would sweep down from the mountain and kill them. Fear of death keeps them afar off. They don’t know the truth about God. He wants to bless them so much that he provided a way to come to them and bless them in the absence of a formal place of worship.

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[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] Hebrews 12:25

About Teena Myers

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