16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish.
22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.
23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.
24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them.
25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.
K.J.V. Bible Text
On the third day after the Lord promised to visit the children of Israel, and after the people had been sanctified and had washed their clothes, there was thunder and lightning and a thick cloud upon the mount and the loud voice of a trumpet so that the people trembled.
The Lord descended upon the mountain in fire and the mountain quaked. When Moses spoke to him, God answered him by voice.
And the Lord told him to go and charge the people and the priests not to break through to the Lord or many of them would perish. Moses reminded him the people had already been warned; but the Lord again charged Moses to go down and warn the people again and then bring Aaron and come back up the mountain.
Moses did what the Lord asked.
As I think about this it occurs to me that people are always curious and perhaps the excitement of the great smoke and thunder on the mountain might have led some people to forget the warning and venture forth upon the mountain. However, I wonder if there weren’t many people who cowered in fear before the mightiness of the Lord, who came in a mind-boggling display of power and glory that surely they could not understand.
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