Monday, February 23, 2015
Tuesday, February 24th: Exodus 19-20 1 Thessalonians 5 ~ Nathan
What an awesome experience this would have been for Moses and the Israelites, in chapter 19, when they reached the Sinai desert.
The Lord spoke directly to Moses up on the mountain there and Moses passed on God's instructions to the Israelites. We would assume that this experience alone would stick with those who were present those days, and be a reminder to everyone of God's power and presence, and would erase any doubt the Israelites had that God was with them. God tells them that they are his special people, what a privilege to hear this and be a part of this. Yet later in chapter 20 we read how the Israelites, after witnessing God's power, are fearful and scared, and even ask that Moses speak to them instead of God.
One interesting verse in in chapter 20 verse 26, where it says to not build steps leading up to the alter because when people look up to the alter they shouldn't be able to see under your clothes. At first I thought this was funny, and still do, but then I got serious for a moment and understood that we need to dress and act appropriately.
I found 1 Thessalonians 5 to be a very encouraging chapter. It starts with warnings to be ready for Jesus' return and goes on in verses 7 and 8 to show us how to behave. Verse 8 mentions self control, which to me is one of the most important parts of our relationship with God. It's a reminder to me that I need to live the way God wants all the time, using self control, even when no one is watching.