Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”
Their fear of God’s unveiled nature and wrath toward sin lead them to an irrational place. They knowingly choose to be out of direct range of hearing God’s voice. Although understandable, one has to wonder if this request proved to be a contributing factor to the people’s ongoing rejection of God. Rather than listen and learn through their uneasiness and fear, they turn their backs and beg Moses to intercede. God had longed to speak directly with them; yet, they could not, would not endure the terror of His presence in order to hear His voice.
Will we bear God’s unyielding hatred of sin and His deep wrath in order to hear Him speak? Thanks be to God for our interceding Savior Jesus Christ who has born the wrath of God for our sake. Thank you is not enough. We must choose to hear and obey our Lord. He who has ears to hear let him listen.