Inside the Ten Commandments
mount quaked greatly.” “The glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the sight of the assembled multitude. And “the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder.” Exodus 19. So terrible were the tokens of Jehovah’s presence that the hosts of Israel shook with fear and fell upon their faces before the Lord. Even Moses exclaimed, “I exceedingly fear and quake.” Hebrews 12:21.
And now the thunders ceased; the trumpet was no longer heard; the earth was still. There was a period of solemn silence, and then the voice of God was heard. Speaking out of the thick dark- ness that enshrouded Him, as He stood upon the mount, surrounded by a retinue of angels, the Lord made known His law.
Moses, describing the scene, says: “The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; He shined forth from Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of saints: from His right hand went a fiery law for them. Yea, He loved the people; all His saints are in Thy hand: and they sat down at Thy feet; every one shall receive of Thy words.” Deuteronomy 33:2, 3.
Jehovah revealed Himself, not alone in the awful majesty of the judge and lawgiver, but as the compassionate guardian of His people:
“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
He whom they had already known as their Guide and Deliverer, who had brought them forth from Egypt, making a way for them through the sea, and