They said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we’ll listen. But don’t let God speak to us, or we’ll die.” (Exodus 20:19 CEB)
Throughout this project I have explored different names and faces of God. I am challenging myself to find a vocabulary for God that breaks through my image of a great, human man. Some of my colleagues who are much better at that than I am work hard to remove this image of God from our theology. They would say we should not be afraid of the Father, but in communion with the Trinity.
And yet, the deity that gave us our most fundamental moral code does so in a setting of great power and authority, set up to instill fear. Of course, it didn’t work. However, is there a face of God that should terrify us?
God is God and I am not. Even Jesus did not seek equality with God (Philippians 2:6), and he IS God…what a mind bender.
On YouVersion, servant 46 wrote, This is just fear of the moment of God. S/he wonders what kind of fear this is if they so quickly turn away.
Fear of God is not paralyzing, but a form of humility. We are servants to a God of love, ruled by a code by which we live in relationship with God and with one another.
Day 21: Exodus 19:1-20:21
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