Don’t come close! The Lord is Holy. In this chapter we see Israel at Mount Sinai. God comes down and Israel is warned not to come close to the mountain. We will look at this shortly, but first let’s look at one other portion of this passage that stands out.
As we have seen repeatedly in the Old Testament, God says, “remember what I have done and remember who I am, and in light of that, obey. “ We see it here in verses 4 and 5. God is showing this consistent theme once again. He tells Israel, in verse 4, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” It’s like He is saying, “remember how I have set you free, remember that it was Me, remember that I have already freed you from your captivity.” And now He says, in verse 5, “therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession…”
I can’t help but think of our lives. We have been set free; God has brought us to Himself through the blood of Christ. And now, because of that, we are to obey. Don’t miss this; it is because we are already free. Dr. Hershel York has said, “we don’t obey to earn God’s favor, we obey because we already have it.” In this, I think this Old Testament passage shows us the heart behind why we obey.
As a side note, I think it’s “ironic” here also that God’s people were set free by the last act of killing the firstborn, and we ourselves are set free by last act of the killing of The first born (Christ).
Now, moving further in the passage, we get back to the limitations that were set for the people, and this is where I want to land today.
No limits. I want us to appreciate this thought.
We see in this passage that God’s people were warned repeatedly by God not to come close to the mountain. It was more severe than being prevented from talking to God; they couldn’t even come close to the mountain! They couldn’t even draw near! God is Holy, and even after the people consecrated themselves and cleansed themselves, they still weren’t clean enough. God set limits on how close they could even come to Him.
We, on the other hand, have no limits. If Christ covers us, we, indeed, can come close! We can draw near to a Holy God! We can draw near to our God! Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us to draw near to God with confidence!
So here’s my question; how long has it been since you have drawn near to God? How long has it been since you have talked with God? I mean really talked with Him. How long has it been since you have had the perspective that we can draw near with confidence, and we don’t have to be afraid? Do you appreciate that God has already bridged the gap between your sinfulness and His holiness?
You don’t have to be afraid because you haven’t “performed well” lately. You can draw near with confidence, because God has removed the barriers, there are no limits.
By: Sam Cirrincione