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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Exodus

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FRAMEWORKS: Exodus 24 : The People agree the Covenant

 

v.1-2 The Lord invites elders onto the mountain

v.3-6 Moses tells the People God's words, they accept it, he writes it down

v.7,8 He reads the now written covenant & seals it with blood

v.9-11 The Leaders ‘See' God

v.12-18 Moses goes further up wait on God

 

 

v.1-2 The Lord invites elders onto the mountain

 

v.1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD , you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance,

v.2 but Moses alone is to approach the LORD ; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”

 

[Notes: The Lord invites the leaders to a unique experience. The main group are to worship at a distance, while just Moses alone is to go up further.]

 

 

v.3-6 Moses tells the People God's words, they accept it, he writes it down

 

v.When Moses went and told the people all the LORD 'S words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.”

v.4  Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

v.Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord .

v.6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar.

 

[Notes: The Law is put into written form for the first time. Israel have confirmed for a SECOND time that they will obey the Lord. [see first one – 19:8] An altar and 12 pillars are erected and offerings are made to the Lord – a second time, First time was Jethro 18:12 Note also the first time blood is used to consecrate the altar.]

 

 

v.7,8 He reads the now written covenant & seals it with blood

 

v.7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”

v.Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

 

[Notes: Having written down the Law received so far, Moses read it out. For a THIRD time Israel declare they will obey. Moses then consecrates them with sprinkled blood.]

 

 

v.9-11 The Leaders ‘See' God

 

v.9,10 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.

v.11But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

 

[Notes: Here is a mystery. These men ‘saw' God – and lived. no one may see me and live.” (Ex 33:20) Was it simply a vision they saw? Unknown, but a unique experience shared by over seventy men.]

 

 

v.12-18 Moses goes further up wait on God

 

v.12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

v.13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.

v.14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

v.15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it,

v.16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud.

v.17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

v.18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

 

[Notes: The group are left as Moses goes further up the mountain with Joshua and has to wait six days before the Lord spoke. He then remains on the mountain for forty days and nights.]

         

    

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