After God gives Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), the people, observing the scary manifestations of thunder and lightning, trumpet blast and smoke upon the mountain, express their fear. Moses speaks to them:
Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”
God’s purpose in giving the Law is to “test” the people. Of course, everyone fails – you and I included. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the “fix” for our failure has been provided in Jesus, the Son of God.
In thinking about this, I reflect on how much I hate to fail. When I am given any test, I hope to pass. Academic tests, medical tests.. all the same. Passing is good, failing is bad. Thinking further, I recall watching a fellow in a garage testing my tire (it had a slow leak) in a tub of soapy water. Bubbles revealed the leak and so he installed a patch. It was good. The test was helpful. It showed where the flaw was so that the repair could be made. Our failures before the Law of God are like that. But we have to seek the “fix.” Whenever we sin, we must come to God in repentance and confess. If not – you can expect a flat tire, perhaps on a lonely stretch of road a long way from home.
in Him, Mike