God proclaimed the Ten Commandments to the people. There was thunder, lightning, the sound of a trumpet and smoke surrounded the mountain. It was natural for the people to be afraid; I would have been too! Wise fear of God, as the One we certainly cannot control, can keep us from sinning. God told the Israelites not to craft any “gods” but instead, “You must make an earthen altar for Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats, as well as your cattle. I will come to you and bless you in every place where I cause My name to be remembered.” Through Moses, God continued to talk to the Israelites about the covenant He established with His people clarifying many areas of life.
In hindsight we see how everything was leading up to a new covenant. Jesus is that new covenant. When we place our faith and trust in God’s Son, the sacrificial substitute who takes away the sins of the world, we can come before Him clean and blessed by God Almighty. The fear of realizing we cannot control God is replaced by the assurance that we do not need to try to control Him. He is good. The Almighty blesses.