by Jeff Strite

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Setting The Boundaries (2 of 5)
Series: Meeting God On The Mountain
Jeff Strite
Exodus 19:7-15

OPEN: One man told of the time that his company's factory had received an ominous package. It arrived at the loading dock with this warning printed on it: Danger! Do Not Touch!
''Management was called and we were told to stay clear of the box until it could be analyzed. When the foreman arrived, he donned gloves and safety glasses, and then carefully opened the box. Inside were 25 signs - each of which read: Danger! Do Not Touch!''

APPLY: About a year before the incident we're reading about here in Exodus 19, Moses was a shepherd taking care of his father-in-law's sheep. One area that apparently offered good pasture land was an area that lay in the shadow of Mt. Horeb the Mountain of God.
It was there that Moses saw a strange sight on the side of the mountain. It was a bush that was on fire it did not burn up. This so intrigued Moses that he determined to investigate and when he did, God spoke to him from the bush.

Does anybody remember what God's first words were to Moses that day?
''Do not come any closer, Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'' Exodus 3:5

Another way of saying that would have been: ''Danger! Do not touch this is holy ground.''

Now, nearly a year later, God brings Moses and people of Israel back to that same mountain. When they arrive, God challenges them a make lifetime commitment to Him and then He tells them to take the next couple of days to sanctify themselves. They are to wash their clothes and to focus on that mountain.

To drive home the importance of this experience God has them put limits around the mountain. They are to fence it off. And anyone who crosses the line and touches the mountain is to die.

God essentially tells them the same thing that He'd told Moses a year or so before: ''Danger! Do not touch this is holy ground.''

Now, there are a few things in this story that ...

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