-The children of Israel come into the wilderness of Sinai in the 3rd month to very day they left Egypt and camped in front of the mountain.
-Moses went up to God and the LORD called from the mountain with protective words and a recollection of what He had done for them. “If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine (Exodus 19:5).” They would be a kingdom and a holy nation unto the LORD’s purposes. This has earthly and as well as heavenly implications as we move through the entire realm of God’s providential plan.
-Moses gives these words to the elders and they agree to do all the LORD has spoken. They agree to take on the covenant and will be God’s possession to be used of Him for the salvation of the world along with much persecution.
-Moses goes back to God with their words as a mediator on their behalf. God speaks from a thick cloud that the people may hear and believe in Moses’ words forever. God commands the people to be consecrated and cleaned and to be ready on the third day when He was to come down.
-Warnings were given not to go up on the mountain or even touch the border of it. Death would be the penalty; this was serious business.
-On the third day in the morning there was thunder and lightning and a very loud trumpet sound so that they all trembled in the camp. Moses brought them out of the camp to meet God and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mt. Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire and it quaked violently. The trumpet grew louder and louder. Finally Moses spoke to God and He answered him with thunder.
-The LORD comes down on Mt. Sinai at the top and called Moses up. Then he instructed Moses to go back down and warn the people once again not to break through to the LORD in order to gaze at what was going on, which would make them perish. *Application* God is concerned for every minute detail in order to save us from disaster.
-Moses was told to have the priests consecrated and bring Aaron back up with him upon return, which Moses obeyed.
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 19:5