And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him.
8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.
10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,
11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.
15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Moses called the elders together and told them about the message the Lord had given him on the mount. The people all answered together and assured Moses they would do as he said. Moses told the Lord what they had said.
The Lord must have known that the people would have a hard time keeping their resolve, because he made plans with Moses for Moses to sanctify the people. The lord promised that on the third day he would come before him in a thick cloud so that the people could hear and believe Moses “for ever”.
The Lord instructed Moses to keep the people away from the mount, telling Moses that if the people came up the mount or even touched the border they would surely be put to death.
Moses sanctified the people and they washed their clothes to be ready for the Lord’s visit.
Can we possibly imagine the level of excitement there must have been in that camp? How excited would we be if a trusted person such as Moses were to tell us today that in three days time the Lord would come personally to speak to us?
Sometimes as I read these passages, I would trade all the modern conveniences of today’s life for a chance to walk with the Israelites and hear the actual voice of God.
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