Exodus 24 Commentary
The people respond in grace to the contractual conditions. It’s a proud moment. But the response remains promissory and Israel is yet to be tested. Moses records the law for Israel. It’s the first time we see the contract reduced to ink and paper.
Verses 9 to 11 present yet another high point for Israel. Moses, the leading priests and the leaders all see the physical manifestation of the presence of God. This follows moments of obedience from them. They are all in it. This is what obedience brings to the saint – the very presence of El-Shaddai.
We see Moses perform priestly functions. Could this be the benefit of staying with a priest for a long time?
The LORD calls Moses up the mountain for a handover ceremony. He stayed up on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. It is so strange. But it appears time stopped for Moses. The glory of God kept the mountain on fire all these days. The elders were kept waiting. It’s another key moment for Israel.
The key concept here is the mention of the glory of God or the physical manifestation of God. God is always present everywhere. But when the LORD decides to show up or make His presence to be sensed by our physical senses – sight and hearing…, we refer to it as the Glory of God. It is just a physical manifestation. We interact with the LORD by faith. The faith is that the LORD is here with me and there with you even as you read these prints. This is so even when you cannot physically see Him or sense His presence.
It is faith which tells you to appreciate the presence of God when you are all by yourself and must behave accordingly. It is faith that tells you not to touch what must not be touched because you fear God. As the Bible puts: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 6.
It is a special moment when the Glory appears. No wonder Moses prayed, “show me your glory”. Here the leading priests and the elders see and interact with the God of Abraham just before Moses disappears into the cloud-fire-covered mountain. Will Israel keep the faith? We will find out soon but in the meantime chapters 25 to 31 will tell us more about what the LORD tells Moses up on fiery Mount Sinai.
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