Up to the Mountain

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In Exodus Moses goes up on Mount Sinai several times to speak with the Lord. Let’s look at some key points of this passage of scripture and see how we can apply it to how we approach the Lord.

Moses went off to be alone. “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain…” Exodus 19:3a

He went to a holy place. “Moses said to the Lord, ‘The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.”” Exodus 19:23

He was instructed. Exodus 20-34 contains mostly instructions for the Israelites that the Lord speaks to Moses on the mountain. This includes regulations for building the tabernacle, many social laws and the 10 Commandments.  

He came back visibly changed. “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exodus 34:29

While things are a bit different now than they were in Moses’ day, we can still learn something from this experience.

It is good to have a set aside place to go in order to spend focused time in devotion, speaking with the Lord and listening to His Word. During this quiet time we should be open to the Lord’s instruction and leading in our lives and thoughts. When we spend time with the Lord, our lives are visibly changed.

Dig Deeper

Read the passage from Exodus 19-34, if that’s too long, read chapter 19, skim through the middle chapters and then read the end of chapter 34, from verse 29 on. What is different about how we interact with the Lord now that we have the Holy Spirit here with us?

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