Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5 – Exodus 19-21

Today’s reading comes from Exodus 19-21. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

When the Israelites encountered God at Mt. Sinai there was some preparation on their part before God would come. “And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” (Exodus 19:10-11 NIV84) In another place Moses commanded them … “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.” (Exodus 19:15 NIV84) To encounter God, they had to prepare themselves, to get their minds right. They needed to be as holy and pleasing before God as they could be without the stains of sin in their way. Let me note here that sexual relations does not make one dirty, but for this purpose I believe Moses wanted their heart and thoughts to be on God and God alone in preparation. God created sex as a binding covenant forming physical act between a husband and a wife. It wasn’t created just for procreation but to strengthen and bring pleasure to marriages.

Let me ask you this … how do you prepare to encounter God? When you sit down to read His word, when you get ready to spend time in prayer, when you prepare for gathering with other Christians, when you get ready for worship, how do you prepare? Do you consecrate yourself; do you clean your heart and mind? Do you center your focus so the business of life is not cluttering your mind? If we begin to prepare we might just hear God in a more powerful way!

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