September 25 – Exodus 19:7-15
September 25 – Exodus 19:7-15
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7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”
When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot;[a] whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
God gave the people many rules about what they could do and couldn’t do to prepare for Him to speak to Moses as well as what to expect when He was speaking to Moses and what was allowed during that time.
Why do you think He was so specific with His instructions to them?
What would have happened to those who chose not to obey?
What significance do you see in the reference to “the third day”?
I have heard the phrase as a child, “The devil made me do it!” when someone got caught doing something they shouldn’t have done. My parents were a little over the top, at times, at least as far as it appeared to me, but I see in hindsight what they were doing with their protectiveness.
Have you ever realized after the fact, what you griped about to God in the past was actually something that God was using for your good? I know back in July of 2020 my husband was informed he was going to be laid off in exactly one month. The law requires them to give a month notice to those who are over age 60. Doug had turned 60 the prior fall, so he received notice of his job being eliminated.
Here we were in the late summer of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, and Doug has no job. Being that he was over 60, and the pandemic had certainly not helped grow his field, we felt it would most likely take many months of searching for Doug to find a company that would hire him. We prepared for a long period of time with little to no income. But God had a special place in mind for Doug as He knew what was ahead for us.
God used some of Doug’s work contacts to bring us a miracle and He gave Doug a really great job where he could work from home.
In November of 2020, Doug found out he had bladder cancer, and his new company was amazing in the way they treated and cared for him. Although the law would have allowed them to terminate Doug when they found out he had a medical situation in the first year of employment, that never was discussed, and they treated him extremely well.
God knew what was ahead for us when we didn’t, and He took care to bring Doug to the right job, with the right people at the right time. I’m pleased to let you know that Doug is now cancer free and doing well.
Heavenly Father, You are so good to me and I thank You for the wonderful miracle You brought to us just a few years ago and how You alone brought Doug to the right job at just the right time. You always take such great care of us, even if I don’t see it at the time. Please forgive me when I don’t see what You are doing. Forgive me when I forget to come back and thank You. I am not worthy, yet You find enough love for me to always bring me Your best. Thank You so much for loving me so much when I am so unlovable.
In Jesus’ name.