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1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. 14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them. 23 And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 24 And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

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1 Sarah R = ""Israel stayed in the Wilderness of Sinai until Numbers 10. More than 57 chapters of Scripture are devoted to what happened to Israel in the year they camped at Mount Sinai... In one sense, all that went before was meant to bring them to this place. This was the beginning of the fulfillment of what God said in Exodus 3:12: this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." - See full article at  http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/0219.htm"
2 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "This is a poetic expression of swiftness and that Israel was "out of reach" from the attack of the Egyptians. Like an eagle soars high above, out of reach of predators, so too God kept the Jewish nation out of the reach of her enemies during the Exodus from Egypt."
3 Sarah R = "Scripture link: "You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:5-9 "
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Verse 8 - And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.Did God not hear the nation of Israel reply? Why did Moses need to relay the message to God when the Children of Israel all said in unison "All the Lord has spoken we will do"?The Jewish Sages explained that God sent Moses as a messenger and that it was his duty to fulfill that role. Since Moses came to the Jewish people with the instructions, he was required to return to the one who sent him [God] with the "answer". When God gives us a mission, we are required to complete it. We can't stop halfway even if God already knows the outcome."
5 Sarah R = "A sanctification process had to happen before the people could come before God. They had lived in Egypt, among a people who did not worship God, and had adapted some of their customs and beliefs (as we see when they ask for an idol to worship). They therefore had to be cleansed and renewed.Today we have baptism, which symbolizes the cleansing brought about through faith in Jesus Christ, who covers us that we might approach God's presence with confidence (Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16)."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Verse 20 - The Lord came down upon the mountain and Moses went up the mountain. This symbolizes God's willingness to meet us "halfway". God does not expect us to rise to Heaven [to be perfect] where it's impossible for humanity to reach, rather he does expect that we make a strong effort [like the expression "climbing mountains"] in order to meet him. If we make the effort, God will meet us in the middle. This is why the Torah explicitly states that the Lord came down and Moses went up. This was to show Israel that God was accessible and not out of our reach if we truly made the effort to communicate with him."