Observe how the people reacted to the Law. It made them aware of their own sinfulness. That’s what the Law does.

Scripture: Exodus 20:18-21

ESV Text: Exodus 20:18-21

Exodus 20:18-21 (Listen)

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 20

     18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 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. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 326:
Lord, to Thee I Make Confession

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord, to Thee I make confession; 
I have sinned and gone astray, 
I have multiplied transgression, 
Chosen for myself my way, 
Led by Thee to see my errors, 
Lord, I tremble at Thy terrors. 

2. Yet, though conscience’ voice appal me, 
Father, I will seek Thy face; 
Though Thy child I dare not call me, 
Yet receive me to Thy grace. 
Do not for my sins forsake me; 
Do not let Thy wrath o’ertake me. 

3. For Thy Son did suffer for me, 
Gave Himself to rescue me, 
Died to heal me and restore me, 
Reconciled me unto Thee. 
‘Tis alone His cross can vanquish 
These dark fears and soothe this anguish. 

4. Then on Him I cast my burden, 
Sink it in the depths below. 
Let me know Thy gracious pardon, 
Wash me, make me white as snow. 
Let Thy Spirit leave me never; 
Make me only Thine forever.