The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 1
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Mountain Climbing with God
9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of
the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel.
Under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire
stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 God did not lay
his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; also they beheld
God, and they 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 tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which
I have written for their instruction." 13 So Moses set out
with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain
of God. 14 To the elders he had said, "Wait here for us,
until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever
has a dispute may 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 for
six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out 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 Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain.
Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
Take 2 Tablets and Call Me in the Morning
This begins the story of the first set of tablets. The first
part of the passage (verses 9-11) seems unusual in that one big
priestly group of Israel had a rather casual meeting with God
(in that they saw God and didn't die), Moses isn't singled out,
and they ate and drank affirming the covenant. It is possible
this is preserved from a different tradition. Soon it is more
like the rest of the story with Moses and now Joshua having a
special audience with God and working on the tablets recording
the commandments. Meanwhile the rest of the Israelites are at
the base of the mountain now under the care of Aaron and the priests.
What could go wrong?
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