Read: Exod. 20:18-26
The Israelites were gathered at the foot of Mt. Sinai. There were heavy flashes of lightning and thunder. There was a loud sound of the trumpet and the mountain itself was smoking. God was descending on the mountaintop. Moses explained that this display of power and majesty was to demonstrate God’s incomparable holiness. His power and glory were displayed so that the Israelites would revere and worship Him (Exod. 20:20).
When the Israelites had this terrifying experience, they begged Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Exod. 20:19). The people were asking Moses to mediate between them and the awesome God. Exod. 20:21 says, “So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.” After the meeting with God, Moses brought God’s message back down to the people who were standing below.
Today we worship the same God who displayed His splendour on Mt. Sinai. His power, majesty, and glory have not diminished or altered. His holiness is still the same. Because He is absolutely holy and we are miserably sinful, we cannot relate to Him. Left to ourselves, we also should tremble in terror. But thanks be to Jesus. Jesus made it possible for us to know God when He took our sins on Himself, died, and rose again (1 Cor. 15:3-4). And 1 Tim. 2:5 rightly says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” Scripture clearly points out that there is only one Mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Christ. Jesus bridges the gap between God and us.