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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, July 10

Exodus 19:9-13 reveals that God, while Israel's benefactor and advocate, is not their drinking buddy but their Holy Lord.  As such, it is a fearful and circumspect thing to draw too near into His presence.  Human flesh, with its sinful tendency, cannot hope to intimately fellowship with a such a matchless and perfect being.  This was not so in the beginning.  Adam and Eve, before sin, were in fearless fellowship with the creator.  Only after sin did they hide in fear.

The outward manifestation of God's presence in Israel brings great fear and awe.  The symbols given here represent a sense of majesty, power and dread.  Even so, their initial fear of God is quickly dissipated in the presence of temptations as we will soon see.  The fear of the Lord is only the beginning of wisdom, and as such, though partially effective, is not efficacious (complete).  We also need assurance.  But how can we as sinners approach such a fearful and holy God? 

I fear for many when I hear them tell me they have no fear of God because they are ready to meet Him based on their own human merit.  The problem is that they lack a true conviction of their own sin and guilt, and are confident that when they meet their creator all will be well.  What fools such people are.  Even the people of the covenant here are filled with great fear.  So what is our hope whether we be Christians, Jews, Muslims or even atheists?

All of us as human beings need a mediator, one who both knows God intimately and loves this world passionately.  In fact, if God can become human to both represent us and reprieve us from guilt and fear of judgment for sin, then we have an assured means by which to approach Him in confidence as not only our judge but our savior.  We can approach Him with confidence and joy.

Enter the human and divine son of God.  I commend to you these passages for study in this context: Hebrews 12:18-24, Matthew 11:28 and John 6:37.

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