Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. Exodus 19:18
After a dramatic exodus from slavery in Egypt, God brings the Israelites to Mount Sinai. He desires to begin something new. Through them, he will show the world who he is and how he has created people to live. God’s presence descends in fire and smoke and with the sound of trumpet blasts. He then meets with Moses and gives the people his law. The Ten Commandments show God’s character and how his people should live in response. God values life, so his people are not to murder. He is honest, so they are not to give false testimony. Each command reveals who he is and how people are to reflect his character.
The Feast of Pentecost remembers God’s presence descending and the giving of the law. The law required trust. They are not to live as they please but trust that by following God’s ways, they will experience the best kind of life. Unfortunately, the Israelites regularly fail to remember God and return to false gods. This yearly feast reminds them of God’s provision through the law and all he calls them to be.
God now calls us to be his people through Jesus Christ. As we place our faith and trust in him, he calls us to a new life that reflects his character to the world around us. As we come to him and his Word each day, he shapes us to look more and more like him.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Thank God for his Word and presence with us. Join the Ada Bible Worship team as they sing “Always (Our Hope).” Thank God for being “our shield and defender, the truth and the life. Our God never changing, the all-present Christ. Our light in the darkness our peace in the war. The God who saves.”
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.