Exodus 20 is one of the most important passages in scripture. It was here that God first gave the children of Israel the 10 Commandments in v1-17. God did so to reveal His standard of righteousness to them, as well as His hatred for sin. Because of their sin nature derived from Adam, the people had a natural tendency to fear God because their consciences bore record that they had already transgressed the very Law they had just been given. But notice Moses’ exhortation to them in v20 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” God had not only given them His Law, He had provided for them a place to cover their sin in v24 “An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.”
LESSON - God has given us a Law which we can not keep, but He has also provided a place of forgiveness and a substitutional sacrifice which transcends the penalty of every sin. That place is the Cross and the sacrifice is Jesus. “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that blood lose all their guilty stain”!!