And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. (Exodus 20:22-26 KJV)
God spoke to Moses and to the nation of Israel concerning not building any steps to go up to His alter so that their nakedness would not be seen. Moses is from the family or tribe of Levi. Levi is a family of priests of the nation of Israel that is passed down from one generation to the next. The priests were the ones that did the actual physical work of the sacrifices and offerings on the altar. During that time, pants were not invented, but they were covered by their priestly garments and that’s why God instructed them not to build any steps to go up to the altar. God made sure that His priests were covered in every aspect, both spiritually and naturally. All of us that are part of The Body of Jesus Christ are priests unto God even as Jesus Christ is forever our High Priest that we should not mix earthly, worldly, or carnal feelings, thoughts, and opinions with the works that the Lord has called for us to do or else we be shamed. Covering ourselves away from carnal ways and things that are within our character that is not of God wherein lies sin is mandatory so that we can preserve the calling of what the Lord has assigned for us to do. As we follow through with covering ourselves while serving the Lord, Holy Spirit will help us in our infirmities and weaknesses to bring us to where we are suppose to be in Him.
When Moses’ carnality flared up, he did not sanctify the Lord before the people. He made a choice to express his frustrations in front of the whole assembly of the congregation and neglected what the Lord has spoken unto him so that he could represent Him properly before the people. Because of Moses’ outburst before the people he forfeited the privilege of completely entering into the promise land, which was Canaan. The scriptures speak of how every man’s work will be tried by fire to see what the work is made up of. If the work is of hay, stubble, or wood, it is burned up and there is no reward, but the person will still be saved. But if the work is made of gold, silver, and precious stones, a reward is given. Even though Moses forfeited his earthly privilege because of his misconduct before the people, God still had mercy on him and showed him the promise land from the top of a high mountain and when he had died, God commanded his body to be buried in a secret place by the hands of an angel that looked after his body.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV)