On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: Exodus 19:1-3
The Israelites would get to know Mt. Sinai very well over the next forty years as they passed by it for yet another lap. It would, however, be the mountain that Jews around the world would know because of the giving of the ten commandments.
The loves of Israelites is about to change again, and the man who was at the forefront of the previous change (leaving Egypt) just went up to talk to God. You can just hear the chatter as they see their leader hike up the side of the mountain. Chatter, gossip, rumors, mumbles, and sighs of admiration. They were probably asking among themselves what God actually sounds like and how long Moses would be there. And of course, what’s it like to be in Moses’ sandals when he’s speaking with their Creator?
Over the next few days we’ll see and “hear” what happened to Moses on that mountain. It’s transformative and instructive to us even today because we realize that just as Moses spoke directly with God, so can we.
What does He actually say to our Spirit? That’s the important question.
How does He encourage us?
How does He lead us?
What is He saying to us today?