Remembering the Passover & Exodus: a selection of passages & meditations
"All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do."

Scripture: Exodus 24:1-18

1 And he said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abi'hu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship afar off. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."

3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, "All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do." 4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD.

And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient."

8 And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."

9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abi'hu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

12 The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tables of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction." 13 So Moses rose with his servant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, "Tarry here for us, until we come to you again; and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a cause, let him go to them."

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the LORD settled 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. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 And Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Meditation: The covenant on Mount Sinai is completed by a sacrifice with a meal in which Moses and the seventy elders, representing the people, experience the communion with God that the covenant is intended to bring about. The communion sacrifice and meal expressed the union now between God and the people. The blood of the sacrifice was collected in basins. Moses poured half of the blood on the altar, thus binding the Lord to his side of the oontract. Moses sprinkled some of the blood on the people, declaring that it was the blood of the covenant which legally bound them to the Lord according to the laws of the covenant. The people solemnly declared: "All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do." Are you willing to do all that the Lord has spoken to you?

Moses went up alone to the top of the mountain, where as mediator, he would be given the tables of the law. Moses points to Christ, who alone has access to God, and through whom we all gain access through the blood of the new covenant sealed in his own blood for us (Hebrews 9:11-28; 1 Peter 3:18). Moses' sojourn on the Mount points to Jesus' ascension and glorification after he had sealed the new covenant in his own blood for us. On Mount Tabor (Luke 9:28-36), shortly before his sacrifice on the cross, Jesus was transfigured and spoke with Moses and Elijah in anticipation of his own glorification.. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord reveals his glory to us. Through the blood of Jesus we now have bold access to the throne of grace and mercy. Do you allow the Lord's grace to transform you in his holiness?

"Lord Jesus Christ, you have opened the gates of heaven for us. May your word and the fire of your Holy Spirit always burn brightly in my heart that I may never stray from your commands."

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