Exodus 24:1-3,7-11,15-18 Then he 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, but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.” 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”… 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.” 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.” 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 sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank… When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 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. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Moses and the seventy elders of Israel are treated to a meeting in the presence of God and that sure is no ordinary visit. God establishes His commandments for His people through Moses and this is a powerful testament of how that came to pass.

Everything Moses reveals to the Israelites, they receive wholeheartedly as is evident in their response both times. What are we to receive from God today?

Moses and the seventy elders of Israel represented here is what later the Jews followed up to the 3rd century AD in the form of the Great Sanhedrin. This group are those God chose to represent His people and who were called to worship God closer than the rest of Israel was called.

Moses of course had the greatest privilege among them to be the closest to God and was blessed by being in the presence of God. Before the coming of Christ, this was a great privilege indeed, one that no man could have because they would fall dead before God because of God’s righteousness.

We see in verses 7 and 8 the reading of the book of the covenant and the sprinkling of the blood of the covenant that the Lord made with the Israelites to confirm His covenant with them as His people.

Obviously blood is the only basis for reconnecting with God and it was the blood of a clean and pure animal that was used. The blood here represented a sacrifice made to God and sprinkling of the blood on the people was a confirmation of the covenant between man and God.

We might wonder why then blood is no longer used or sacrifices are no longer required. The reason is that the ultimate and most perfect sacrifice was made 2,000 years ago and that has covered all of humanity who receives the sacrifice.

The perfect sacrifice was of the son of God, Jesus Christ, who came and lived on earth among us, lived a perfect and sinless life, was killed in the most demeaning way for no fault of His but was taken up after His death to live again in God’s presence.

Jesus’ blood was shed for us and we can receive it today and be forever reconnected with Him and His father and be assured of an eternity in God’s presence because of it.

Moses stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights to hear God speak while the Israelites trembled in fear of the glory of God which looked like a consuming fire.

What a great contrast between Moses’ heart and those of the Israelites. He entered God’s presence with God’s peace and they trembled and stayed far away because of the fear of God.

Are you wanting to enter into the presence of this God or live a life of oblivion to God? Moses chose His path and we through Jesus can choose ours. The choice is yours.

If we are saved by the blood of the lamb, do we live in a healthy fear and love for God or do we give Him a place in our lives along with our Gods called career, wealth, family, etc?

Our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29)and wants us to love Him with our ALL!

In His loving Service,
ServantBoy

Isaiah 33:14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?”

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    Thank you, Vineet

    “We might wonder why then blood is no longer used or sacrifices are no longer required. The reason is that the ultimate and most perfect sacrifice was made 2,000 years ago and that has covered all of humanity who receives the sacrifice.”

    I am very, very thankful that His blood was more than enough. Can’t wait for Easter so here goes!

    “Thank you for the Cross, Lord
    Thank you for the price You paid”

    Worthy is the Lamb – Hillsong

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann (Full of grace:)),
      Thank you for your comments that always prop me up but more importantly point us to Jesus. His blood was better than the blood painted on the door-frames of the homes of the Israelites that saved their firstborns from dying and better even than the blood of the best animals that were sacrificed to atone for our sins. His blood is so precious and perfect that all eternity can be bathed in it and cleansed completely. Thank you for the reminder of Easter and what would Easter be without that perfect sacrifice and where would be without that shed blood?
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. What a great post! I love these words:

    “Jesus’ blood was shed for us and we can receive it today and be forever reconnected with Him and His father and be assured of an eternity in God’s presence because of it.”

    Sincerely,
    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,
      It is amazing how each of us as redeemed children of God can still be in awe of Him for what He did for us, years after He saved us! Like I just wrote to Ann above, Jesus’ blood is worth all that I have and ever will have and I revel in the fact that He was willing to shed His blood to save a wretched sinner like me. Thank you for blessing me and this post with your wonderful comment.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. Debbie says:

    Ann-full-of-grace was here! Love the song, even if it makes me cry.
    And the woman of the word was here too! 🙂 What blessings they are!
    And you, Vineet, how you continue to bless us to and call us to Jesus. There is no where else to go. I simply am in awe of how He keeps you at this, through each chapter of the Old Testament. It’s all about Him, always. Thinking tonight about Him wanting us to love Him with our all and wanting that too. God bless you and your precious family and your witness for your Lord!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      I often wonder if I am doing disservice to Jesus by forcing Him to be the answer to all the challenges of this world and then I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the only way and the only hope all mankind has.

      Today as we witness the breakdown of the greatest economies by devastating natural disasters and as the people in various countries rebel against authority and oppression, we can see that there is no hope in the world. Countries that were once considered great have been brought down by the measure of their greatness, wealth, countries that were once united by the faith that permitted them to kill are now killing each other by their own swords, men fight their brothers and hope seems like a joke. In all this confusion, there is only one voice that calls out from the desert of life, the voice of truth, the voice of hope, the voice of salvation and that voice is Jesus Christ’s calling us to be His and be saved by His blood.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  4. Hi Vineet, I just gave you a Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by to pick up your award. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for the kind award and I certainly think you and many others christian bloggers deserve the award. For me my award is stored in heaven and nothing can take it away. I long to be before the one who gave me this gift and many others and I wish I had more time to call out His name till I lost my voice. With things the way they are going, it feels the Lord is coming any day and I just hope we can help share the good news to as many as possible and that they find the hope that we share and praise God for.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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