God called Moses to visit him on Mount Sinai, which was consumed with the glory of God. We can also approach God is his glory because he has called us too – through Jesus. In his name. Covered by his sacrifice, as Jesus sits at the right hand of God in his own glory…
12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”
13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
God called Moses to visit him on Mount Sinai so that he could give him the ten commandments on stone tablets. It was awesome and unthinkable to approach God in his glory. And what glory it was…
Joshua was with him, which is serendipitous. How appropriate for the young servant of Moses to go up the mountain with him when Joshua would eventually become the leader of Israel himself in Numbers 27. Joshua has first-hand knowledge of God’s presence and glory and holiness.
The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai and cloud covered it for six days. From the ground, the mountain looked as if a consuming fire was covering it. Who would approach such a danger? Who would venture into the centre of such terrifying light and power? Only one who is called to approach God.
When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the temple which separated the holy of holies from the outer sanctuary was torn from top to bottom. In his sacrifice, Jesus made it so that we can approach God directly, without the need of the services of a priest; without the sacrifices of lambs and bulls.
We can approach God is his glory because he has called us. And he calls us to him in his son Jesus. In his name. Covered by his sacrifice. As Jesus sits at the right hand of God in his own glory.
Moses was on the mountain with God for forty days and forty nights. We can be with God every day and every night. The Holy Spirit is provided as our resident guide.
How can the consuming fire of God’s presence and my access to commune with him change my life today?