Moses had an extraordinary relationship with God. He had the unique chance of talking with God face to face. No other Old Testament prophet enjoyed this privilege. As Moses would go up the mountain, God would speak to him as a man speaks to his friend. One day, God decided to speak to the entire nation instead of speaking to them via Moses. He sent Moses to prepare them for his visitation. When God descended on Mt. Sinai, it was just too much for the Israelites.
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Exodus 20:18-19
The people wanted to hear from God, but they were terrified of His presence. It’s easy to understand why. We are sinful and not worthy of entering God’s presence. We feel so ashamed to stand before someone who knows our every thought and secret deed.
How is it then that we can approach God with confidence? Look at the contrast in the New Testament teaching.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. – Ephesians 3:12
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. – Hebrews 10:19-22
Our confidence to approach God is in nothing of ourselves, but fully in Christ. Jesus has come as our high priest and entered the holy of holies on our behalf. Jesus lived the life that we could not, and by His merit, we can come into God’s presence. There is no fear anymore because we are not entering clothed in our filthy rags, but by Jesus’ righteousness.
- How do you feel when you enter God’s presence?
- How can you come humbly and yet with confidence?
Father, thank You, for giving me access to come into Your presence. Help me enjoy spending time with You often. Help me to recognise all that Jesus has done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.