18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When God came down upon the mountain and the people saw the thundering and lightning, they ran away and stood far off. They told Moses that they were afraid to hear God speak “lest we die”. They told Moses to speak to them instead and although the scripture does not, at least in this Bible version explicitly say so, I presume they wanted Moses to relay to them the word of God.
Moses told the people not to be afraid. This passage in the scripture: “…, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not,” seems to say to me that God wanted them to have some fear so that they would be unwilling to sin and have the fearfulness of God’s wrath brought upon them.
Moses, who had by this time had many conversations with God, went into the thick darkness that was around God and drew near.
Yet, although Moses had been in many prior conversations with God, I do not recall God making such a dramatic appearance before. Surely, even Moses was—if not actually frightened—at least greatly awed by the awesome display that accompanied the arrival of the Lord.
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