Moses continued encouraging his “children” in Deuteronomy 5. He reminded them of the ten commandments and of God’s glory. The sons of Israel remembered how they had heard the voice of God.
“‘For who is there of all flesh, who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go near and hear all that the LORD our God says; then speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.'” ~ Deuteronomy 5:26-27
The people realized how significant this was, and they had a healthy fear and respect for God and His glory. God appreciated this.
“…’I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!'” ~ Deuteronomy 5:28b-29
God told Moses to dismiss the people to their tents. And to Moses He said, “‘But as for you, stand here by Me, that I may speak to you…'” ~ Deuteronomy 5:31a
Stand here by Me. From then on, God had spoken directly with Moses, who in turn relayed God’s words to the people.
“‘So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left. You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.'” ~ Deuteronomy 5:32-33
The people recognized they were unworthy in God’s presence, and God appointed Moses as the intermediary, the go-between. Moses stood by God, heard His words, and presented them to the people so that they might obey and follow God and live.
When Jesus came to earth to die for our sins, He became our intermediary. He is our go-between. If we recognize our need and believe in Him, we are forgiven and washed clean of our sins. Clothed in Jesus’ righteousness, we can stand before God. And Jesus continually intercedes and “goes-between” us and God, on our behalf, with our daily confession and needs.
I love how the Old Testament points the way to Jesus! And I love the fact that I can stand by God, like Moses did, because in Jesus I am clean and righteous in God’s presence. 🙂