This chapter is about Moses going up Mount Sinai. God & Moses have a meeting of the minds. God gives Moses some instructions before going up Mount Sinai to get the 10 Commandments in the next chapter. Enjoy!
In the 3rd month after the Israelites left Egypt, to the day, they came to the Desert of Sinai. Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God (not actually on the mountain but like the foot of the mountain) & God called to Moses from atop of the mountain.
God tells Moses that He brought them out of Egypt on eagles’ wings. God also tells Moses that if the Israelites fully obey him & keep his covenant that the Israelites would be His most treasured possession out of all nations & although the whole world is His, the Israelites will be a kingdom of priests & a holy nation. (Well, we see how that turned out for them! Just saying.)
So Moses traveled his way back to the Israelites. He gathered together the elders & told them all that God had told him. Everyone said that they’d do what God had said. Moses went back & told God what the Israelites had said. (Really?! I’m dead. Melted. Shouldn’t God already know what they said? What they are gonna do? Omnipotence?)
God tells Moses that He’s gonna come to him (Moses) in a dense cloud. The people would hear God talking to Moses & will always put their trust in Moses. God then tells Moses to go to the people & consecrate them today & tomorrow. There are other instructions (This kinda leads into the 10 Commandments. We’ll get into that in the next chapter.): Wash clothes (I don’t know if it’s all the clothes they actually own or just the clothes that they’re gonna wear.), be ready by the 3rd day, don’t go up to the mountain, touch the mountain, start climbing the mountain. DON’T think it! (It couldn’t be radiation. Sorry people who dig this theory. They camped out right by the mountain. So they’d be dying by the thousands, already, if it was radiation. The ancient aliens people have a strong(er) case. Dense clouds are something you would see with air/spacecrafts. And “aliens” with this kind of technology would as have some kind of PA system so they could talk to anyone on the outside. Like every Sci-fi movie EVER! If you think about it, God is an alien. Jesus is technically 1/2 alien. Because, by definition, God is a alien/extraterrestrial. You can also find this in Hebrews 12:20.)
After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them. They went & washed their clothes. Moses then goes on to say this jewel: “Prepare for the 3rd day. Abstain from sexual relations.” (Wha?! God didn’t order this. I re-read this like 5x to see if I missed God telling Moses this bit. But alas, no dice. There is a tradition of not having any kind of adult activities before doing some spiritual & it was usually very ritualistic.)
On the morning of the 3rd day, there was thunder & lightening, with a thick cloud over the mountain & a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone trembled. Moses let the people out of the camp to meet with God. They stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because God descended on it in fire. (Aliens right?!) The smoke bellowed up from it like the smoke from an exhaust. The whole mountain shook violently. The sound of the trumpet grew louder & louder. Moses spoke & God answered him.
God descended to the top of Mount Sinai. Moses was called to the top of the mountain. God says, “Go down & warn the people. Don’t let them rush up the mountain to see me. If they do, many will perish. Even the priests, who can come up to God, must consecrate themselves. Or else!”
Moses said to God that the people won’t come up the mountain because God already said not to come up the mountain. And that they set it aside as holy. So God told Moses to fetch Aaron but the priests & people must not come up the mountain. So Moses went town & told the people.