One more lesson from Exodus

by Shelley Hitz

I couldn't leave Exodus without mentioning one more lesson I learned. Going back to chapters 19 and 20 God decides to speak and connect to the Israelites.

God spoke to the people and shared with them the ten commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. God says in verse 22, "You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven."

What were the Israelites response to God talking to them and reaching out to them? Did they desire to draw near to God and have a conversation with Him?

"When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, 'Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.'" Exodus 20:18-19

They were afraid and chose "safety" over the unknown/uncertainty of hearing from this powerful God. Moses said, "Fear not; for God has come to prove you, so that the reverential fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin" (AMP) vs. 20

They responded with fear and fell back and stood far off. "But Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was." 20:18b,21

God spoke to the Israelites but they chose to hear through Moses instead. It was safer. God initiated reaching out to them, but they drew away secondary to fear.

What will our response be when God reaches out to us?

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