And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
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. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with GOD; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 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.
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. And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them. (Exo 19:10-12, 16-18, 21-22)
That great and terrible day of the Lord. The people of Israel arrive at the Mount of the Lord just as He said they would, and He tells them to prepare to meet GOD. Of, course, that means cleansing and repentance for the people could not meet GOD face to face and live. He puts a space between them, and separates them from Himself because of His Holiness. The people even trembled at His voice, and worshipped when GOD approached the mountain., for He alone is GOD.
If we were to face the entire Tri-Unity of GOD in His Majesty and Holiness it would slay us, for He is Holy and above all. He is Sovereign and He alone is GOD of the Universe. And He loves us so much, that He, knowing that we could not face Him and come into His presence, humbly and willingly, became one of us. He took our place on that cruel Roman cross, that we might receive the righteousness of Him by faith and by His grace shed abroad in our hearts, boldly approach the Throne of GOD. The GOD that is Holy and unapproachable by sinful men, became a man who took our reproach and paid our sIn debt that we might see GOD.
GOD calls us to minister to those who don't yet have a relationship with Him by faith in His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary. Those of us, who are covered by His mercy, and have received His forgiveness because of the blood of Jesus Christ, are to represent GOD to the people who are far from Him. We are to meet the needs of those who are hurting, as GOD provides the opportunity. We are to disciple one another, showing love and teaching His Word, that we all may grow in Christ. We are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all we meet, and as we go, share the Gospel of Salvation to all who will hear, that they may believe and believing have life in His Name.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD is Holy and righteous, but He calls you to trust Him and what He has already done for you to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD with forgiveness and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always, without which you cannot be in His presence.