By: Ely Lagajino
But this thing I commanded them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23 (KJV)
After traveling for 3 months, the Israelites reached the foot of Mount Sinai, as the pillar of cloud rested on top of the mountain. Moses directed the Israelites to set up their tents in an organized manner, for they are about to camp in the place for almost a year.
The Children of Israel would receive “the most wonderful revelation ever made by God to men” (PP p.317), to declare in them the sacredness of God’s law through His own voice. The Israelites needed a drastic change from the influence of idolatry over a long period of slavery.
God told Moses to climb Mount Sinai. There God once again spoke to Moses. “Here is my message for the Israelites”, God said. “Tell them, I have brought you safely out of Egypt, as an Eagle carries its young on its wings. If you obey me and do what I tell you, then you will be my special people.” God rescued Israel from slavery to develop them into a peculiar people and a holy nation; to exemplify His way of living, to teach the word of God, and to represent salvation into all the world. Moses relayed to them the message of God, and the Israelites agreed to obey (Exodus 19:4).
Then Moses returned to the top of the mountain. God told him that He would talk to him on the morning of the third day upon the hearing of everyone. Moses, respectfully, relayed all of God’s messages to the Israelites. He also told them to cleanse themselves inside and out. So they did the laundry, took a bath, and cleaned their tents and surroundings by tribes. It must have looked like a huge Pathfinder camporee preparing for camp inspection. The Israelites also stopped sinning as they dedicated themselves to meet God.