“Go down and prepare the people for My arrival. Consecrate them…
Be sure they are ready on the third day, for on that day the Lord will come down on Mt. Sinai…So Moses went down to the people. He consecrated them for worship…”
Exodus 19:10-11, 14
True to God’s character all through scripture, He wanted to be close to His people. However, to be prepared for that closeness, those people first had to be consecrated. God instructed Moses to make sure they were ready for His arrival. Purity, the result of the consecration process, was not only for their protection, but purity was the only door through which they could receive the most valuable gift…RELATIONSHIP with God.
Furthermore, I see yet another purpose for purity in these verses. Moses was told to “consecrate them for worship.” Consecrate who? Remember, only a few verses back, God called these people His special treasure. So, it was His treasure that was being prepared for worship.
I’ve noticed something about the few treasures or jewels that I own…they sparkle more after they’ve been cleaned, because there’s no more dirt to block the light from shining through them. Romans 12:1 tells me how to truly worship…consecrate myself to God as a living, HOLY sacrifice. Therefore, if I continually allow Jesus to clean His special treasure, then I will not only bring glory to God through my worship, but others will also be attracted to His sparkling light that will freely shine through me!