Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:10–20
A. This morning we saw that while God truly wants His children to be near Him, we must be holy to come into His presence.
B. What other lessons can we learn from Mount Sinai?
I. From Sinai we learn to take God’s word seriously.
A. His word provoked great fearin Israel (Exodus 19:16–18; 20:18; Hebrews 12:19–21, 26).
B. God’s detailed pattern was followed to the letter (Exodus 25:40; 40:16–32; 36:2–7; Hebrews 8:4–5).
C. The law was written in stone and securely stored (Exodus 25:21; cf. Matthew 24:35).
D. The law was confirmed by the people and ratified by blood (Exodus 19:8; 24:3, 7–8; Hebrews 9:19).
E. Although God’s word may be frightening, we must never refuse it (Hebrews 12:5–11, 19, 25–26; 4:12–13).
II. We learn that God treasures His children.
A. He knows their names (Exodus 32:32–33; Hebrews 12:23).
B. The firstborn belong to Him (Exodus 13:2; Hebrews 12:23).
C. They are His prized possession (Exodus 19:5–6; 1 Peter 2:9).
D. They are consecrated with blood (Exodus 24:8; Hebrews 9:22; 12:24; Matthew 26:28; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
III. We learn that the new covenant is far better than the old.
A. We have a better lawgiver (Hebrews 3:3–6).
B. We have a better high priest (Hebrews 4:15; 5:3; 7:25).
C. We have a better tabernacle (Hebrews 8:2–5; Matthew 16:18).
D. We have a better sacrifice (Hebrews 9:24–10:6).
E. Ours are better promises (Hebrews 8:1–6; 9:15).
Even in the thunder and smoke that engulfed Sinai we can see the great love of God for His children—a love which should provoke us to greater love for Him.