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Exodus 19:1-4   Thought/Prayer:  Over Against the Mountain.  Topics:  2 at end.

“In the third month of the departure of Israel out of the land of Egypt, on this day they came into the wilderness of Sinai:  For departing out of Raphidim, and coming to the desert of Sinai, they camped in the same place, and there Israel pitched their tents over against the mountain.  And Moses went up to God: and the Lord called unto him from the mountain, and said: Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:  You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, how I have carried you upon the wings of eagles, and have taken you to myself.  If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine.”  Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) (Read this scripture and more at

In this Douay-Rheims older translation of the Bible, I like the wording about where the Children of Israel camped when they came to Mt. Sinai.  Other versions say they camped before, or in front of, the mountain.  But this translation words it, “over against the mountain.”

Why do I like this particular wording?  Here’s what it might be:  Israel “snuggled up” to God.

Oh, I know this seems a bit poeticized, but in a real sense, it may also be at least a bit accurate.  Why?  Mount Sinai was used by God greatly to speak to the Israelites, through Moses and in a show of fiery smoke, thunder and lightning, along with a trumpet blast, to the people watching the mountain when God spoke to Moses.  Of course, when the people were pitching their tents for camping, they didn’t know all of what would go on from this mountain.  But still, perhaps the mountain in some way afforded protection in the way they were over against it.  Picture it as up against it. 

God made mountains; he used this particular mountain to further His plans for Planet Earth; he allows us to have a mountain of protection in our lives:  Him.  Try to envision it:  God, our Mountain of strength, waiting for us to come and come up against it (Him) for all types of interactions and protections.  Envision us as camping close, over against Him, close-up.  We can feel the solidity of the mountain’s foundation.  We can look up to the towering thing that is the mountain.  We can know that in our lives, God’s mountain of love transcends all earthly means of protection or stability. 

Lord, we so often do not want to nestle up to you, our Strength.  We want to camp a bit farther out, in the far-out foothills or on the plains.  But the Israelites found themselves camped right on your doorstep, so to speak; and then they received messages from You, close-up.  Help us to camp close to you and so be effective in sending out your messages to all who seek to know your will, especially in pro-life issues.

Topics:  Pray for the willingness to camp up close and personal to God, so that He can protect and bless greatly.
Our nation’s churches – God knows their existence and will bless.

Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/01 at 12:00 PM
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