“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.” Exodus 20:18-21 (KJB)
The title for this study comes from verse one of chapter twenty and is spoken after the Ten Commandments are given to Moses, and God reveals Himself from the mountain speaking the Commandments to them.
For these Israelites to be so fearful of the voice of God shows they were unfamiliar with Him. They had experienced the mighty deliverance from Egypt; Moses has returned from the Mount with the Ten Commandments (given in verses 2 -17). They hear the voice of God, see the lightning flashing, the trumpet blaring, and the smoke rolling from the mountain top, and they are afraid.
They request that Moses speak to them rather than hearing the voice of God.
When God became man, and dwelt among us (John 1:1-14), the presence of God almost could go without notice, except for the mighty works, and deeds of the God-Man Jesus Christ. He is called Emmanuel from birth (Matthew 1:23) which means “God with us”. Let us never assume though that Jesus is not due the same respect, fear, and awe which the Father ought to, should, and ultimately will receive.
Now, when we hear God speak it is through the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). If you have not trusted Jesus through His death on the cross, His burial, and resurrection you are experiencing fearful things of eternal consequence. You were created an eternal being. You will live forever somewhere. One place is a place of eternal life and peace with God. The other, is a place where the worm does not die; neither is the fire ever quenched (Mark 9:44-48), and that is a quote from Jesus our Savior and Lord.
God spoke all these words… Let us hear Him.