TIME TO LEAVE SINAI
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” And when the people heard this bad news, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the children of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you.’ ” So the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb.(Exodus 33:1-6).
The Lord spoke to Moses to depart from Mount Sinai and continue their journey to the promised land, but He will not go in their midst lest He consume them because they are a stiff-necked race. He also asked them to remove their ornaments. The children of Israel sinned against God by making that gold calf using their ornaments. The children of Israel are described by God as stiff-necked people, people who do not listen to other people’s opinion, because they are very proud. Pride is the work of flesh, and from the time they left Egypt to the time of their stay in Mount Sinai, they have not learnt enough lessons to change their way of life. They have witnessed many miracles from God, for God knew who they were, and God did all those things so that they would believe and trust Him. Yet any slightest difficulty they encounter, they forget all that God had done and they start to murmur and complain and even tried to stone Moses blaming him for their predicaments. Now God tells them to go up to the land He promised them but He will not go with them. This is a very sad news. If God does not go with them , they are going nowhere because they will be lost. They can do nothing without Him. God also commands them to remove their ornaments from them. I believe the removal of ornaments is a sign of mourning or sadness or soberness. They have really made God unhappy with their behavior, so they have to reflect on the bad things they have done and make amends.
We need to thank God for who He is. He is indeed a loving and long-suffering God. Many things we do between ourselves are difficult for many people to tolerate. Many of us cannot but return evil for evil, and harbor bitterness for a long time because of any wrong done to us. If God were to look at what we human beings have been doing to Him, and reward us for our wrongs, no one would have remained on the planet earth. Just like He wiped out the people with flood during the time of Noah, and then destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire, He would have done the same today if not because of His grace and mercy brought to human race through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus had shown to us how to live for God because on many occasions, He taught about the principles of the kingdom of heaven. For God to be pleased with us we have to learn OBEDIENCE. John 15: 9-10 says “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” He obeyed His father to the end, and we have to obey too to the end. The only way to live for God and be fulfilled in this life is to obey God. When we remember that God brought us here for a purpose, all we need to do is to seek Him so that we can fulfill that purpose. The woman that God used to heal the crippled man at Akure in Nigeria (Bose Isaac) was sent to this world to manifest the Power of God. This woman sought God by reading her Bible and obeying God. She was asked to read Psalms 19 and Isaiah 47 into water which she did and the work of God started. My prayer is that the Lord will continue to make her obedient to the word of God, and uphold her to the end in Jesus Name. You too have been sent to this world to impact your world, but you have to draw closer to God, and be submissive to His commandments. As He has demonstrated Himself in the life of many people, He will do the same in your life too. We are still going to witness many miraculous things done through many people that have surrendered to the will of God. I pray that God will give us more grace to be obedient to His leading in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed