Nearly three months had passed since the people saw the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea. The drama of the plagues was fresh in their minds then. And since that time they had been miraculously provided with water, bread (‘the manna from heaven’) and quails. These experiences should have impressed them. Now “Israel encamped before the mountain” (Exodus 19:2) and “Moses went up to God” (verse 3). What did God say to him? They are words which we see echoed in the New Testament from the mouth of Jesus. God told Moses to tell the people, “you yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples for you shall be to me a kingdom of priests …” (verses 4-6).
Those final words find a remarkable echo in the last message of Jesus (Revelation 20:6). From the beginning of the world God has been looking for those who are willing to dedicate their lives to Him and become his “treasured possession”. This is an overwhelming prospect. However, we must realise how the New Testament reveals what we might call, ‘the human face of God’. Remember how Jesus said, “whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Of course he wasn’t the Father! But as Hebrews 1:2 says, God “in these last days has spoken to us by his Son”. In Exodus God speaks to and through Moses and note that “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear (awe) of him may be before you, that you may not sin’” (20:20).
What about today? God now ‘speaks’ through the pages of the Bible which is available in every known language. To those who truly seek God to “indeed obey” He is a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) but for those who “refuse him who is speaking” (Hebrews 12:25) then … (see what is written in the rest of Hebrews 12).