10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.” Exodus 19:10-15
The Lord instructed the people to be clean inside and out. It would take that huge group of people two days to accomplish.
Yes, they were cleansing their outer garments, but they were also preparing their inner beings as well. They were about to go through an event that would change their lives, and change history – though I’m sure they had absolutely no idea about the latter.
Do we realize the absolute privilege we have as Believers that we can not only approach the mountain, but we can go up and be one-on-one with our Creator? Not just on special days, but every day.
Forgive us, Lord for taking that privilege for granted.
Forgive us for being so lax and complacent regarding the holy things of God!