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February 13, 2017



Exodus 19:12-13


You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. ‘No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live ‘ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.




The reaction of the Israelites to God’s promises was understandably positive, and God approved it. They wanted what God offered them. However, they overestimated their own ability to keep the covenant, and they underestimated God’s standards for them. This twin error is traceable to a failure to appreciate their own sinfulness and God’s holiness. The Mosaic Law would teach them to appreciate both more realistically.


Man naturally believes in, and depends on, himself. And he must learn, at bitter cost often, of his own helplessness. God designed the procedures He specified in verses 10-15 to help the

people realize the difference between their holy God and their sinful selves. Notice that God separated Himself from the Israelites spatially and temporally.


Memory Verse: Isaiah 52:11


Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.

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