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A Fearful Focus

December 05, 2021

A Fearful Focus

Exodus 20:18-21 (KJV) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Imagine, if you will, this scene described in these verses above.  Moses was introducing the ten commandments of God, while at the same time, thunder was clapping in the sky, lightning bolts cracking about them, a trumpet was blaring, and the mountain was smoking.  This brilliant light show was a momentous moment recorded with much description.  This scene was incredible to read, but imagine the people experiencing this spectacle.

I hope you know that this was not fanfare orchestrated simply to get the people’s attention, though it did cause them to fear.  Nor was it an act of a “normal” weather pattern expected to occur on any ordinary day.  No, these consecutive occurrences took place because the very presence of God was in this moment.  If you remember, when Moses went to meet with God, he came back down the mountain sporting a red face, and all the people were amazed.  This redness was because oses standing near the presence of God in His intense light left a visible glow on his face.  This same brightness also affects the area in which these people stood on the earth to hear Moses introduce the commandments of God. These people could quake with fear and anxiety at this scene unfolding before them, or they could choose to listen and receive the commandments of God, meant for their good and spiritual well-being.

In other words, this illumination was because of the supernatural presence of God.  Yes, as you know, God is light.  Undoubtedly standing in His presence as did Moses on the mountain would indeed leave any human face flushed.  Even then, Moses could not face this intense light of God directly; however, Moses caught somewhat filtered rays of His light, still causing his skin to glow with redness.  Second, the crowd on the ground was much farther away from the intense illumination of God. However, this glow was powerful, bringing in lightning, thunder, a trumpet sound, and smoke filtering.  All these things might have startled these ancient people but are related to the presence of God in the sky above.

I hope you and consider today that any human coming into the very presence of God also illuminates with the presence of Him.  Now, you can be sure that knowing this does not mean that every person’s face shines like Moses on the outside, nor does it involve the imparting of lightning, thunder, and smoke. However, every person who stands in the presence of God does inevitably shine with His brightness because of God at work in their changed state of heart.

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