Exodus 24 : Dinner with God

February 13, 2024 ·

Summary:
God instructed Moses to ascend the mountain with Aaron, his two sons, and the seventy elders of Israel, with the stipulation that all but Moses were to worship from a distance.

Moses had documented all that God had communicated to him and read it aloud to the people, who affirmed their obedience. He then took some blood from an offering he had made and declared it the blood of the covenant.

Moses, Aaron, his two sons, and the seventy elders ascended the mountain and saw God, where they also ate and drank.

God summoned Moses to the mountain again to receive tablets of stone inscribed with the law. Moses went up with Joshua, leaving Aaron and others to manage the affairs of Israel. A cloud covered the mountain, and after six days, God called Moses into the cloud. Moses remained in the cloud for forty days and nights.

Key verses:
7-8 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.” And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 

My thoughts:
This chapter bears significant parallels with Jesus and the Last Supper. The term “blood of the covenant” is echoed in Mark 14:24 by Jesus, referring to His own blood as that of the new covenant, contrasting with the bull’s blood used in Exodus for redemption. With Jesus, redemption is achieved through the blood of a man—Jesus Himself.

Moses, Aaron, and the elders appear to dine with God in verse 11, reminiscent of the Last Supper where the disciples dine with Jesus, and the covenant is reaffirmed.

Moses’s forty days on the mountain mirror Jesus’s forty days in the desert being tempted.

When Moses ascended the mountain, he waited six full days for God to speak, illustrating that patience is often required to hear from God, a contrast to our disappointment when we do not perceive His voice in our brief moments of reflection.

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