Seeing Moses walk out of sight in the vaporous heights of Sinai had a strange effect on many of the people. Regardless of how terrified the Israelites had become, they were so filled with curiosity that they wanted to break across the barriers at the slopes of the mountain and follow Moses. Before Moses could get most of the way up the mountain, God therefore ordered him back down. Moses Rushes Down. "People are about to try to follow you up here," God told him. "Return at once and warn them again not to trespass on holy ground. Otherwise they will surely die. You may bring Aaron with you when you come back up - but no one else at this time." (Exodus 19:21-24.)
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