Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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THE RIGHT WAY TO GOD
 
In the wilderness, the Israelites were brought on commandment from God, to the foot of Mount Sinai, that they might see the presence of God there. We see this wilful people gathered as a huge multitude at the foot of the mountain and made to witness the awesome spectacle of thunder and lightning and a thick cloud upon the mountain, accompanied by the noise of a trumpet so loud that the people trembled in fear. The whole mountain appeared to be on fire, and trembled as though in an earthquake. “Then the voice of a trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder -” and fear was driven deep into the hearts of the people. God charged Moses that no one was to come near to the mountain and break through unto the Lord to gaze, or they would perish.

The God of Israel was unapproachable. This mountain could not be climbed! The effect of this dramatic moment would be to instil in the minds of all who witnessed it that God dwelt alone in His holy mountain, and that no man could approach unless he was bidden to do so. The literal sense here is obvious - a burning, erupting mountain, and a terrifying spectacle of noise and the fearful power of God would be a warning to all witnesses.
The spiritual sense portrays the approach to Him only in a specified manner. It was after this that Moses was bidden to ascend into the mountain - the fiery mountain of the Lord! - and was given the laws which would henceforth be the control and guide to the welfare of all Israel for generations to come. The Law was to be the only means whereby the Israelites could approach the holy mountain of the Lord. Many generations later, the Son of God was to say to the Israelites of his day: “No man comes unto the Father, except by me.”

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