The Lord shows his love by keeping man from seeing him 

Old Testament: Exo 19.21–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 19–21 on January 29, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

The Lord loved Israel and he continues to love Israel and the world, and one way that he shows that love is by keeping us from seeing him. Notice how he kept Israel away from going up into Mount Sinai: 

And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the LORD, and many of them perish. Also let the priests who come near the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them.” But Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the LORD said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest He break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.

– Exodus 19.21–25 

It is not that man is punished for seeing the Lord, but that man cannot handle the experience and dies, unless the Lord intervenes. The Lord did not bring Israel out of Egypt only for them to see him and die. 

Even with Moses, the Lord shielded himself that Moses might not see the full glory of the God of heaven. 

However, one of the great blessings of entering heaven is that we shall be able to see his face and survive the experience (Revelation 22.4), because he will make that possible. 

A prerequisite to that experience is following the Lord Jesus Christ, and if we follow him now we will end up where he is (Revelation 14.4). 

Questions: 

  • Do you imagine what God looks like? 
  • Are you a follower of Jesus of Nazareth? 

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