Sermon Recap: "A Fear To Be Desired"
"Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, 'You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.' Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.' The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was." Exodus 20:18–21
There are two very different forms of fear described in this passage. One kind of fear is pleasing to the Lord (draws near to the Lord) while the other is sinful (withdrawal from the Lord). The Israelites are at the foot of Mount Sinai and Moses is being told by the Israelites not to let God directly speak to them lest they all die. Even Moses, God’s temporary mediator, says, “I tremble with fear.” After receiving the ten commandments, the Israelites had become more conscious of the holiness of God and in response, the Israelites drew back from Him. Instead, God wants His people to have a proper fear of Him; A fear that acknowledges their sinfulness and need for the ultimate Mediator, Jesus Christ.