16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”
23 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.’”
24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or He will break out against them.”
25 So Moses went down to the people and told them. Exodus 19:16-25
The Lord had Moses to prepare the people for the great day of His revealed presence and the sealing of the covenant. I can only imagine this glorious moment. On the third day, the God who created heaven and earth, everything in them, and these people descended on top of Mount Sinai. The power, majesty, and holiness of the True and Living God must have been simply awesome and humbling.
The people were at the foot of the mountain and in fact, trembled in holy fear including Moses, Deuteronomy 9:19. Surely, I would have been counted among that number. There was loud thunder, a very loud trumpet blast, lightning flashing, fire, a thick cloud which brought darkness, and billowing smoke like from a furnace…”and the whole mountain trembled violently.” Yes, I am sure I would have trembled as the Most High God of the universe made His presence known.
As the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke to God and the voice of God answered him. My, my, my…selah, Hallelujah! The Holy God speaking to man. The Holy God with a visual revelation of Himself to sinful man! The Majesty of God on display for the man He created. The Presence of God on the mountain to a people He has rescued, delivered, and chosen for Himself! WOW! Selah!
Only Moses and Aaron could come up the mountain. Surely the distance between the people and the limitations placed around them coming to the top of the mountain helped the Israelites to realize the holiness and power of God…and their sinfulness. I know it helps me to do so. It also causes me to bow before this God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to remove the distance and sing with the angels, Holy, Holy, Holy!
“6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:6-10
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14