19 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.
2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
3 And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
KJV Bible Text
In the third month after leaving Egypt, the children of Israel, having departed from Rephidim, came into the wilderness of Sinai where they camped in front of the mountain. When Moses went up into the mountain, the Lord called to him out of the mountain. He reminded Moses of what he did to the Egyptians and how he brought the children of Israel out “on eagles’ wings”. He tells Moses that if the people of Israel will obey his voice and keep his covenant they shall be a peculiar treasure to Him. The Lord also says they will be a holy nation.
It is a beautiful thought to not only be led and sustained by the Lord, even as we are today, but to have the opportunity to converse with him and to hear his voice just as we hear one another. Moses must have been buoyed up on many occasions when the children of Israel were fretful by having the Lord to be His friend, protector and guide and to teach him how to lead the children of Israel. I’m sure that even with the Lord right at hand, the murmuring of the people about the hardships they faced were difficult to bear, particularly as there were so many traveling together in such close company that there was always someone nearby with whom a discontented Israelite could share his complaints.
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