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Exodus 24

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.

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Musings

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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