At the Foot of
National Rites of Initiation
Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles'; wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my convenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
So proclaims God in the initial ceremonial address to the people at Mount Sinai. It is a climactic point in the biography of ancient Israel, the opening note of the momentous initiation rites of Sinai.