Why Is Mt. Sinai So Important To Judaism, The Religion Of Jewish People?


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On their way from slavery in Egypt to life in the land promised to all descendants of Abraham, Moses believed that God wanted them to climb the mountain 'where God showed His presence to all the people as a cloud over the mountain.' The mountain has always been called Mt. Sinai.

Moses went up the mountain, waited upon the Lord, God of Israel, until he was startled when a bush suddenly started burning. An angel of God first spoke to him, then God told him to take off his sandals because he was on sacred soil.

God spoke to Moses for many days---the people got angry and created an idol as their god because Moses was gone so long. Aaron even joined with them in the ungodly action and sin by all of their celebrant behaviour.

God gave Moses more than 600 laws that His People were to follow as evidence of faith in Him and to develop the best of relationships with Him, each other all their years upon the earth.

Only 10 of those 600 laws are well known today by people who acknowledge God as their God: the 10 known as "the 10 commandments." ( most of the other 590 or more commandments have been ignored by Christian and Catholic believers except when their leaders wish to have people follow them for their own reasons: examples from Leviticus 18: 18 (used against homosexuals that God created, and Malachi 3:8 used to get people to tithe their material goods and money to the church.)

Moses was angry with the people when he went down from being on Mt. Sinai with God; and, he show his anger by throwing down and breaking the stone tablets on which God had written His laws. He went back a second time to ask God for them and then they were always kept in a carrier with the people. It was called the Arc of the Covenant.

Mt. Sinai became and remains a significant place for all who worship Almighty God who led the slaves from Egypt long after they had gone there during a famine.

Exodus, Chapter 19 through Leviticus, Chapter 37 through Deuteronomy, Chapter 34

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