Bible Studies By Lynne Conley / last year Share Tweet Pin Share ”Breaking the Rules” Mount Sinai was a mountain in the south-central peninsula in the northwestern end of Asia. This place was where God first met Moses face to face and where He later made a covenant with the Israelites. God had a purpose for the Israelites after they left Egypt. For about one year the Israelites camped at Mount Sinai, and they carefully planned their new life there and what lay ahead of Canaan. Moses was the Israelites’ person in charge. Moses wanted the Israelites to be safe. He set boundaries for the Israelites that God wanted them to obey His rules. Moses told the people not to cross the line; their animals couldn’t cross the boundaries either. Anyone that crossed the line would die. ”And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: There shall not a hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. ” (Exodus 19:12, 13 KJV) Imagine the highways everywhere without speed limits, warning signs, or road signs. Imagine how it would be at our jobs if there were no rules and guidelines. It’s very important to obey the rules. Laws aren’t meant to burden us; they are for our protection and our own good. There are so many rules in God’s Word. Sin sidetracks us from reaching our goal. The fence keeps your child or pet inside the yard. Lurking beyond those boundaries are many dangers that could possibly hurt them. Some people fill their hearts with angry words, jealousy, mean ideas, and even hatred. God wants us to fill our minds with His Word, His love, and His goodness. When we fill our heart with the Word of God, there isn’t any room for angry words, jealousy, hatred, and mean thoughts. God gave us rules because He loves us so much. Stay Strong!