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20 (For [gar] they could [phero] not [ou] endure [phero] that which was commanded [diastellomai], And if so much as [kan] a
beast [therion] touch [thiggano] the mountain [oros], it
shall be stoned [lithoboleo], or [e] thrust through [katatoxeuo]
with a dart [bolis]:
21 And [kai] so [houto] terrible [phoberos] was [en] the sight [phantazo], that
Moses [Moseus] said [epo], I exceedingly fear [ekphobos] [eimi] and [kai] quake [entromos]:) KJV-Interlinear
20 For they
could not bear the command, If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be
stoned. 21 And so terrible was the
sight, that Moses said, I am full of fear and trembling. NASB
Now why would folks be
worried about beasts touching the mountain?
Who would care whether a dog or a rabbit or even a deer ran up some
slope, just as long as it didn t bring harm to the people. And of course that is not what is meant here.
The subject is
salvation. The subject is pursuing a
relationship with God. The principle
being taught here is that man cannot approach God on mans own merit, but must
go through the work of the savior and not through some invented approach from
mans own imagination.
So the beast here is not
some unfortunate animal who happens to stray up the mountain just to get zapped
by lightening or whatever, but this is a condemnation of any form of approach
toward God by means of any unauthorized belief.
The beast represents the sacrificial animal. The beast on the mountain represents mans use
of any form of salvation sacrifice, or salvation belief, or salvation effort, other
than faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ is the only approach
Judaism, Islam, Scientology, Mormonism, Jehovah s Witnesses, Armstrongism,
Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, Spiritualism, Scientology, New
Age, Hare Krishna, Transcendentalism, Baha i, mythology of the gods, numerous
cults, and on and on and on go the beliefs that have been invented throughout
history. The first four are the largest
by far of the evil beliefs in history.
But all of these religions are false and evil to the core, as they
reject the person of Christ, or try to ignore Him or distort Him as something
other then who He really is.
These are the beasts that,
when they touch the mountain will suffer immediate death. Death is a separation from something. That death is separation from the spiritual
life. Anyone who is caught up in any of these religions, or even in a Christian
organization which pursues something other than legitimate Bible study,
something like rituals, or good deeds, or social goodness, and such, should be
terrified at the prospects that they are in fact screwing up their life
Just attending a church,
just giving a dollar or two to some organization, just trying to live the
perfect life, just trying to be nice or pursuing a life which you believe is
fine and is not causing harm to anyone else, any and all of these will lead you
to the same place of failure in your spiritual life.
So, do you even care?
Well, your life on this
earth will end one day. Your future will
be in heaven if you have believed in Christ, or in the Lake of Fire
if you have rejected Christ.
Avoiding the Lake of Fire is easy. Simply believe in Christ. Father, I believe in Christ. That alone will save you from an eternity
(literally) of terror and endless constant suffering.
But going to heaven is not
all there is to being saved. God expects
you to advance to spiritual maturity. God
expects you to grow up. God expects you
to be responsible in life. The result of
advancing to maturity is phenomenal rewards which you will have for all of
eternity. These rewards are not just
some bigger paycheck for a time, you cannot earn these rewards, but they include
many things that are so phenomenal that they exceed the imagination. Exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all
that we can think or ask.
Abundantly, means more than
one can possibly use. And since this is
related to the eternal state where time never ends, then abundantly means huge
blessings. Beyond huge blessings. Blessings so great that you cannot even
imagine them. That is what you will be
giving up if you disregard your spiritual life, or consider it as not worth
much, as Esau did. Trading it away for
whatever you think is more important and worthy of your time from day to day,
in this world.
We have used many examples
in our study to put this blessing package into perspective. No matter who you are, no matter what you
have in this life, then consider yourself in total poverty. Being is total poverty, then imagine that
your blessing is a bank account with multi, multi, multi-trillions of
dollars. God gives you the key (Jesus
Christ) to get into the bank.
Unbelievers throw away the
key believing that it is worthless.
Fools, they are.
Once in the bank
(believers), then God gives you the opportunity to have the deposit slip put in
your name, but you have to walk through the bank in order to get that deposit
slip. Negative believers or those who
compromise their spiritual life, turn around and leave the bank and imitate the
unbelievers who are outside. They are
going to walk around outside, still expecting the get that deposit slip. They will even be proud of and even boast of
their freedom of choice and independent thinking. More fools.
Positive believers who
advance to spiritual maturity (walking through the bank) will receive, in their
very own hand, that slip and they will own their blessings, and more, forever. That short walk is ones function in the
spiritual life. These are the few and
the wise of human history.
So, where will you spend
your life? Inside of Gods will, or on
the outside of it? When will the
passions of life well up inside of you such that you will begin and want to
pursue what God has to offer, more than anything that this world has to offer
or even threaten you with.
When your fear of this
world diminishes into virtually nothing, and your fear (deep respect) for God
far exceeds the enticements or threats of the world, then you are beginning
that road of wisdom and certain success.
Moses was a tremendous
believer. He turned his back on the vast
wealth of Egypt.
He was the Crown Prince and could have been wealthy beyond belief as Pharaoh of
Egypt. Moses faced certain death when he
returned to Egypt. He could have been executed, but he trusted
Gods promises knowing that Pharaoh would not be able to touch him. Moses led out of Egypt a huge new nation of whining
babies. Moses, despite all of the
pressures on him, stood firm in his resolve and faith in God. Moses saw the demonstration of Gods power and
even he trembled with great fear.
None of us are as great of
Moses. All of us should sooner than
later, come to an understanding and realization that Gods power is far greater
than anything in this world. No matter
what your circumstances are in this life, whether rich or poor, whether living
pleasantly or living under constant stress, you have nothing at all unless you
place your spiritual life into the forefront of your priorities of life.
One of these days you will
go into eternity. Hopefully that will
find you in heaven. You will have a
story to tell. A story of who you really
are. This story is not your environment,
not your circumstances of life, not your conquests, not your economic successes
or failures, but a story of faith. God
does all of the work and you place your trust in Him. That will be your ultimate story and
adventure of success. A success which
will far exceed all of the combined successes of human history.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.