And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come
down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12You shall set bounds for
the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to
the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be
put to death.” Exodus 19:11-12 NKJV
Have you ever honestly thought about how good we have it in this New Testament age? If not, then you need to thoughtfully consider our verses today.
These verses stand out as a remarkable contrast between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In the Old Covenant, it was believed that not just anyone could enter into the presence of God. Only the high priest could go past the giant curtain that separated the rest of the temple from the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence was written to be found. Furthermore, the high priest could go on behalf of the people only once a year.
In this passage, God is saying, ”You must keep your distance, and anybody who gets too close is dead on the spot.” It is an ominous warning of the dire consequences of getting too close to God in the age of the Old Covenant.
If that was the Old Covenant, what deal do we get in the New Covenant? Family, listen. You have got to be praising the Lord for this. Today, He says the opposite to you. He says, “Draw near to me! The access and availability for you to be in My presence has now been paid for and atoned through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”
“Run into my arms,” Jesus says. Cry out, “Abba, Daddy.” You know, our God never changes. Even when He spoke to Israel, telling them to keep away, His heart was one of a Heavenly Father. He desires a close, intimate fellowship in raising His kids, in developing and maturing us. But still, in God’s Old Covenant relationship with Israel, they could only get so close. The rest would have to live vicariously through someone like Moses going up and meeting with God on their behalf.
And yet, for us, God welcomes us into His presence. In fact, He even makes His presence live in us through the Holy Spirit. We have access to God that Israel couldn’t even imagine having. The only question is, how often do we take advantage of it? How often do we camp out and enjoy the presence of the Lord?
Ask the Lord to make His presence known to you today, and when He does, take the time to rest in it. Reflect on how He makes His presence known. Determine if He is giving you guidance, wisdom, peace, comfort, or something else.
Father God, You are such an incredibly awesome and powerful God! Thank You for giving me access to Your presence today and showing me how to truly live in the fullness of this amazing gift that You have given me in Jesus’ Name.
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