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Parashah Yitro (Jethro) 19:16-19

On the morning of the third day, there was thunder, lightning and a thick cloud on the mountain. Then a shofar blast sounded so loudly that all the people in the camp trembled. Moshe brought the people out of the camp to meet God; they stood near the base of the mountain. Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, because ADONAI descended onto it in fire-its smoke went up like the smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. As the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moshe spoke; and God answered him with a voice.

These were some of the events that took place before G-d gave the Ten Words/Commandments. We serve an awesome and all powerful G-d. No other god compares to the G-d of Israel and the Creator of the Universe. We should all have a fear of G-d and what could happen to us if we insist on doing our own will and agenda. We should tremble at His Word and obey Him. G-d expects for His children to listen and obey his Teachings and Instructions. G-d expects His children to listen and obey His Torah! We are to observe His Torah not for Salvation but for our guideline for daily living. We are to have G-d's guideline as our standard for daily living, not our own guideline and the guideline of the worlds.

Haftarah Yitro: Yesha'yahu (Isaiah 6:1-7)

In the year of King 'Uziyahu's death I saw ADONAI sitting on a high, lofty throne! The hem of his robe filled the temple. S'rafim stood over him, each with six wings-two for covering his face, two for covering his feet and two for flying. They were crying out to each other,

"More holy than the holiest holiness
is ADONAI-Tzva'ot!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!"

The doorposts shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke. Then I said,

"Woe to me! I (too) am doomed!-
because I, a man with unclean lips
living among a people with unclean lips,
have seen with my own eyes
the King, ADONAI-Tzva'ot!"

One of the s'rafim flew to me with a glowing coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it and said,

"Here! This has touched your lips.
Your iniquity is gone,
your sin is atoned for."

HaShem tells us how to approach Him. He is the same God who shook the mountain and who the s'rafim cried "Kodosh/Holy the whole earth is filled with his glory"! We just cannot approach G-d on our own, but must obey His Word! We must use His guidline and not our own and tremble at His every Word.

Ed Ordaz