The Glory Looked Like a Consuming Fire

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, April 20, 2010

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai… To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. – Exodus 24:15-17

 Few, if any, of us have seen anything as awe inspiring as the glory of God manifest on Mount Sinai while God was giving Moses the law. It appears that God was trying to impress upon the people the extreme importance of the message he was giving Moses.

All of the events surrounding the giving of the law on Mount Sinai point to the importance of the call God had placed upon Israel. They were not only called to be the keepers of the law of God but they were also called to carry the seed of the redeemer. A purpose of the law was to keep Israel separate from the rest of the world so that they might be a pure vessel to carry the seed of the redeemer who would come to save the entire world.

Unfortunately, Israel was not mature enough to understand their calling. It would take centuries before they even got to the point they would keep the law, and then they still were not ready to receive the redeemer when he came.

The glory looked to the Israelites like a consuming fire and when Moses didn’t return for many days they lost hope. They murmured that God had killed Moses and left them alone in the desert. They convinced Aaron to melt down their jewelry and from that to form an image that they would worship as their god.

How fickle is the heart of man. Israel went from being awe struck with the glory of God to replacing the Lord God with an image made by man. People aren’t that much different today. How many times have we seen people get a glorious conversion only to see them trade what they had received for another run at what the world has to offer.

Let us remember the glory of the Lord we received on our own mount of conversion and let us never turn loose of it.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to always remember that your glory is a consuming fire, but it is also filled with grace. In Jesus name.

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