Who is coming for dinner?

Readings  Exodus 19

Would you want to serve this meal up to a special guest?  Don’t be too quick to say no.  This is a delectable Hobo Breakfast masterpiece!  Soooo  gooooood!

Dear honorable ones,

Have you ever felt a little nervous about meeting with someone special?  You wanted everything right.  The house all cleaned up, wearing those special clothes.  Then you realize while you are sitting down, you see this big spider web dangling from the ceiling, and then you see where the dog had a little accident, then you realize the food you were tasting, got a little taste of your shirt.  I am afraid we worry too much about appearances some times, but we do want to honor people by treating them special.

In Exodus 19 we hear of the preparation that was needed before God came down on Mount Sinai to meet with the people.  Preparation by the people that is.

Exodus 19:10-15 (NASB95)
10 The LORD also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments;
11 and let them 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 “You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.
13 ‘No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn 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 He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

Then the LORD showed up in His glory.

Exodus 19:18-20 (NASB95)
18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.
19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

And He warned Moses again about the people coming too close to look.

Exodus 19:21-22 (NASB95)
21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.
22 “Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them.”

We read in Hebrews that our God is a consuming fire, and that He is, yet because of the blood of Christ and if we have received Jesus freely as our Lord, we do not need to fear His wrath.  In fact, in the same book of Hebrews, we read that we can enter boldly into the presence of our God, because of the finished work of Christ applied to our lives.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB95)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

But each of us must be consecrated so to speak.  But that doesn’t take three days.  It simply takes a humbled heart before God recognizing our sin, His loving sacrifice of His life on the cross in our place, and receiving that marvelous gift of Jesus Himself.

Titus 3:3-7 (NASB95)
3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Enjoy the presence of God today!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet with God!

Love,

Steve

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