In keeping them, the nation would be blessed collectively and in breaking them they would suffer the consequences also collectively. That was such an awesome phenomena when God descended upon Mount Sinai, that it became wrapped in smoke, since He descended upon it in fire, expressing His presence so powerfully that the smoke ascended like that of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly; thundering and lightings, noise of the trumpet disturbed the people causing them to tremble with fear falling back and standing afar off (Exo. 19:18,20; 10:18). The physical presence of the Living God made the people realize the seriousness of the occasion. God intended to convince the nation of Israel without a shadow of doubt of their part of the covenant. Even Moses was terrified. In fact, so awful and terrifying was the sight that Moses said I am terrified (Heb. 12:21).
But Israel did not keep their part of the covenant, for they could not fulfill the Law and its demands to the letter. It was hard for them who had spent over four hundred years in Egypt, adopting its pagan ways and had become one with the Egyptian culture and religion. God as their King established the Law so that Israel would be guided by its principles and would become a nation of priests before God and other nations. Israel was a very special nation chosen for the purpose to bring the Savior to earth- the Son of God-YAHSHUA. The covenant was then established in a way that the nation would never forget. However, rebellion intrinsically rooted in their hearts caused them to break the covenant with their God not long after this experience. In fact, not long after this encounter with God, the nation of Israel and its priest defiantly committed the sin of idolatry, denying and ignoring all that they had experienced and witnessed in the presence of the Living God. Their disloyalty to their God cost them dearly. God wanted to destroy them right there in the wilderness if were not for Moses interceding for them. God said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and that I may destroy them; but I will make of you a great nation (Exo.32:9-10).
Israel’s failure to their part of the covenant did not thwart God’s plan however. And approximately fifteen hundred years later, He sent His Son born of a virgin to fulfill the Law in full. Paul confirms, But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to the Law to purchase the freedom of those who were subject to the Law that He might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us (Gal. 4:4-5). YAHSHUA confirms this to the people by saying, Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them. Until the sky and earth pass away and perish, not one smallest letter or one little hook will pass from the Law until all things are accomplished (Matt. 5:17-18). Only in YAHSHUA could the Law be fulfilled. What were spoken by the prophets Moses, David, Isaiah, Samuel and several others were fulfilled only in Him. The first prophecy about YAHSHUA is found in Genesis 3:15: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring (YAHSHUA); He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. YAHSHUA linked the writings of Moses to be about Him when He affirmed to the nation of Israel saying, For if you believed on Moses, you would believe on Me, for he wrote about Me; but if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and rust My teachings? (John 5:46-47). This is very deep. Had the nation chosen to accept Moses prophecies to be about YAHSHUA, they would have had believed on Him and things would have been different for them.
These are some of the Moses’ prophecies about YAHSHUA: The Lord will raise up for you a prophet (Prophet) from the midst of your brethren like me; to him you shall listen…I will raise up for them a prophet (prophet) from among their brethren like you, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak to them all that I command Him; and whoever will not hearken to My words which He shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him (Deut. 18: 15,19). Refuting the Pharisees, often YAHSHUA let them know that He spoke that which He heard from His Father. In Psalm 22 King David writes the most profound descriptions of YAHSHUA’S future sufferings: My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? It is fulfilled in Matthew 27:46 when on the cross, YAHSHUA cried these same words, as if echoing, while He went to hell for us. Verses 14-18 of Psalm 22 is fulfilled in the books of John 19:28; John 19:37; Luke 23:27, 35; John 19:23-24. Isaiah prophesizes in chapters 50:6; 52:14-15 and 53 of Isaiah about YAHSHUA’S extent sufferings: I gave My back to the smiters and My cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I hid not My face from shame and spitting (Isaiah 50:6). It was fulfilled in Matthew 26:67; 27:30; John 19:1. In chapter 52 of Isaiah verses 14-15 says, His face and His whole appearance were marred more than any man’s and His form beyond that of the sons of men – just as many were astonished at Him, so shall He startle and sprinkle many nations…He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men… He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needed to obtain] peace was upon Him and with the stripes [that wounded Him] we are healed and made whole… He was oppressed; He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter… He opened not His mouth; by oppression and judgment He was taken away; they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death… it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him… (Isaiah 53). All these are registered in the gospels of Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; and John 18-19.
Because He took the curse of sin upon Himself and became cursed for us, we are no longer under the condemnation of the Law, for the Law condemns and holds one guilty, but YAHSHUA saves. In Matthew 7:12 YAHSHUA summarizes the Law in its complete fulfillment: …Whatever you desire that others would do to and or you, even so do also to and for them, this is the Law and Prophets. In other words, love one another; against that there is no law. Where there is love, the Law is fulfilled. For love does not steal, does not kill, does not bear false testimonies, does not lie, does not envy. God is the essence and the root of love. Where God is there will be the fulfillment of the Law in each individual who has accepted Him. When YAHSHUA cried, It is finished, He meant I have fulfilled the Law in its entirety. A new covenant has been established at His death. He sealed His covenant with His own blood and sealed those who believe in Him with His Holy Spirit. Our part to maintain the covenant between Him and us is obedience to His Word. It a step we take toward sanctification, pressing onto being holy as He is holy, as He so desires.