Text: :“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” - Exodus 20:20.
Comment: The blessedness which awaits all faithful worshippers is predicated on their hatred of evil out of deep reverence for God Almighty. That is what is meant by the fear of God. “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6) The declaration in the text for today was made by Moses, the servant of God, when he climbed Mount Sinai to receive the ten commandments. On that day, God showed His power as the mountain was enveloped in 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”.
“And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.” They appealed to Moses, “Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:18, 19) It was then he told them not to panic or fear that any harm would come to them in that God was manifesting His power over creation so as to inspire in them deep reverence for Him. St. Paul said we should serve God with reverence and godly fear, “For our God is a consuming fire.” - Hebrews 12:28, 29.