The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
Food for Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Moses is given the Ten Commandments. When I think about the Ten Commandments, some of them aren’t hard for me but others are difficult. Think about the Ten Commandments today and which ones are hard for you. Work on these.
Eternal God, we come before you this day in praise and adoration for the countless ways in which you have revealed yourself to us throughout the course of history. In the ancient of days, you revealed yourself to our ancestor Moses and reminded him that even though our love would fail, your love would remain steadfast. We became your treasured possession and your love seems to grow stronger with each passing day. You call us to live a life of righteousness, to seek justice in this world, and to defend all those who are incapable of defending themselves. Gracious God, mold us into the kind of people that you would have us be. Teach us how to have compassion for all of your children. We praise you for the precious gift of your Son, who so poignantly taught us how to be instruments of your love. In your name we pray, Amen.