Exodus 24

Exodus 24 has Moses being told by God to “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar”.  God wants the leadership to come and worship Him.  He is clear that He has a word for the people, that will come through Moses, but the elders need to come along and be near.  Moses tells the people God’s plan and they all agree that “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do”.  Pretty big commitment, but it is what we need to do – obey completely what God says.

So Moses builds 12 altars to worship God with, and they sacrifice and offer offerings and hear from the Book of the Covenant.  God promises to take care of them and lead them to the Promised Land in a covenant relationship.  And once again the say “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient”.  Pretty big commit – that word all is always a bit problematic – but it is God’s requirement.  Moses and his elders go up and “they saw the God of Israel”.  Can you imagine that sight?

Scripture tells us it was a magnificent sight.  The elders were there watching from afar, and ate and drank.  They seem to be taking it all in stride.  But God tells Moses “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction”.  God is going to write down the commandments He has given so they cannot be forgotten.  He wants to make sure the people know what His commands are.  They promise to obey – now they will have a written record of what that entails.

Moses is up on the mountain with God and stays for a while.  “The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud”.  It appeared like a devouring fire to the people below.  Moses was up there for 40 days and 40 nights.  Heard those numbers before?  God met Him there and provided the tablets of stone for him to bring down to the people.  It was a powerful experience for Moses and the leaders of God’s people who met Him on the mountain.

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