E X O D U S
This chapter introduces the solemnity of the
giving of the law upon Mount Sinai, which was one of the most
striking appearances of the divine glory that ever was in this
lower world. We have here, I. The circumstances of time and place,
ver. 1, 2. II. The
covenant between God and Israel settled in general. The gracious
proposal God made to them (ver.
3-6), and their consent to the proposal, ver. 7, 8. III. Notice given three
days before of God's design to give the law out of a thick cloud,
ver. 9. Orders given to
prepare the people to receive the law (ver. 10-13), and care taken to execute
those orders, ver. 14,
15. IV. A terrible appearance of God's glory upon mount
Sinai, ver. 16-20. V.
Silence proclaimed, and strict charges given to the people to
observe decorum while God spoke to them, ver. 21, &c.