“And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.”
- Exodus 19v20
These are absolutely astounding words. “The Lord came down.” In Isaiah 57 we read that God is the “High and Lofty One, Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy.” The Lord Who “came down” is One Who is so holy that He cannot tolerate sin. He is the One whose ways are not our ways and whose thoughts are not our thoughts. Who ways are high above our ways and whose thoughts are far above our thoughts. He is the One who created us as perfect and the One against Whom we rebel every time we sin.
God had told Moses to prepare the people for this event. Moses had told them to cleanse themselves and he has sanctified them. The stage was set for a climactic event. God said that He would come to Sinai. The day came when God came down to meet Moses. We note that the Lord did not come all the way down, but He stopped and called Moses to come to Him, and Moses did so.
What a wonderful picture of how God works, even today. The perfect holy God in the Person on His Son Jesus Christ came to earth to dwell amongst men. He called out for men to come to Him. To meet with God all one has to do is accept His invitation and come to Him.
Praise God that He took the first step to come to man. We could never be worthy to take the step up to Him. He indeed could not go to the high and lofty place. I am grateful that He took the step to allow me to come to Him.