Moses the Mountaineer

Alec Motyer

READ : Exodus 19:1-25

The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. (v. 20 NIV)

Moses made seven different ascents of Sinai. Exodus 19 tells of the first three (vv. 3, 8b, 20). They focus on the three great fundamentals of our life as the redeemed.

  1. Obedience (vv. 3-6). Salvation is the work of God alone (v. 4)—“I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” But this work of grace must result in obedience. It is by obedience that the redeemed enter into the blessings the Lord intends for them.
  2. Revelation (vv. 8b-9). The Lord sets up a system of revelation: he will speak to Moses, and Moses to the people. This is how we got our Bibles: the Lord spoke to his chosen agents and they brought his word to the church (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
  3. Holiness (vv. 21-24). Even Moses was taken by surprise at being sent back down to warn the people about carelessness with God, but the Lord was insistent. He is determined his people recognize him as the Holy One. Ours is a “top-down” life—revealed on the mount, lived on earth. Its essentials are obedience, listening to the Word, and reverence for the Holy God.


Lord, help me obey your law, seek your precepts, meditate on your decrees. (Psalm 119:44-45, 48)