The Mountain and the Manger

Exodus 19:16-19 — “And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire…” Can you imagine what it must’ve been like for the Children of Israel when the LORD descended upon Mt Sinai? Can you imagine what experiencing all the natural phenomena that accompanied His presence? Then the deafening sound of a trumpet? And then a voice from out of the fire!? The Bible tells us that the people were terrified and thought they were going to die.

Why begin our Christmas series for 2021 with Israel at Mt Sinai? What does their experience have to do with what happened at Bethlehem many centuries later? What does all of this mean for us today?