Pastor Herman Kneller Editorials
GOD'S SECRETS REVEALED
The Burning Mountain
A short time after God had fed the large multitude with quails and manna He called Moses up onto Mount Sinai. There God told him to go down and have the people wash their clothes and put sin out of their lives for on the third day the Lord was going to speak to them from the mountain. Also, Moses was to set boundaries, or a fence, around the mount to keep the people away from it. On the third day Moses brought all the people out to the Mount and then the Lord came down. The Mount was on fire with heavy smoke and the mount quaked greatly. Moses spoke and the Lord answered like a loud trumpet. It was a scary experience for the people. Why did God do it this way? The people in Egypt, all their lives, had seen so much of the Egyptian idols (the calf being the main one.) When they thought of God, the people probably associated Him with the idol. Moses was their leader and whenever the Israelites were unhappy or wanted something they always said to Moses, “You have done this!” Now God wanted to show the people who He really was. He was nothing like the idols and Moses was not the One to praise nor blame when things did or did not go as the Israelites thought they should.
Then, in a loud, clear voice God spoke the Ten Commandments from the burning Mount. He told them that He had brought them out of Egypt and that they should not have or make any gods before Him. In the fourth commandment He told them to keep the Sabbath after six days of work. This was to remember that He was the Creator of Heaven and Earth and everything in them. Then He told them how to treat each other. How much do we remember when we are told something? Basically we only remember what we want and what we like. God told Moses to come up into the Mount sometime after He had spoken the commandments. He gave Moses two tablets of stone on which He had written with His finger, the same words which He had spoken. He wrote them on stone so there would never be a question as to what He had said for what was carved in stone could not be changed by time. God does not change and He does not want His word to change either. This permanent Law that He gave to man, if lived by, would result in health, happiness, prosperity and eternal life, for God would add His blessing to those who do his will.
When the apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation, was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. He was taken in a vision to Heaven, into the throne room of the universe. There he saw the Ark (the beautiful chest in which the tablets of the law are kept) The Law is not only for this world and it's people, but is the Law for the universe and its inhabitants. In the book of Revelation, John speaks of the special people of God who keep the commands of God and have the faith of Jesus.
Next week: The Portable Sanctuary