Prayer: O God, let your Word and your Holy Spirit show us your face and your love in the world around us. In Christ’s name. Amen.
A sacred place
17 Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God.
Today’s text shows that God’s presence created lightning, clouds and clouds of smoke all around and over the mountain. The earth shook and trembled. God was present for the sake of the Israelites to show them His majesty and glory. What places do we have where we see the glory and majesty of God?
Is it in the mountains, or on the ocean beach? At sunset in Key West, or at night in the mountains where the stars sparkle by the millions and the starlight is all around illuminating ones’ surroundings. Our devotion writer suggests that it is before great alters, or simply in silence, listening to the sounds of life all around them. “Sacred places take us away from the other places of life where we spend too much time encamped and entrenched in the repetitions routines of life. Sacred places allow God’s goodness, grace, and grandeur to become evident to us. They remind us that we are not God and the center of the universe, but that we are beloved children of the one who is.”
Prayer: “Open me to your presence, O God, and show me your majesty and love, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently. 19 As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. 20 When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people not to break through to the Lord to look; otherwise many of them will perish. 22 Even the priests who approach the Lord must consecrate themselves or the Lord will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people are not permitted to come up to Mount Sinai; for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and keep it holy.’” 24 The Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you; but do not let either the priests or the people break through to come up to the Lord; otherwise he will break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.