Exodus 24:1-8… “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel…” (v. 1, KJV).
At this point, the nation of Israel had been in the wilderness for a very short time. Moses gathered the people together, built an altar, and erected twelve pillars that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Burnt offerings and peace offerings were made. Then, under God’s direction, Moses read out of the book of the covenant in the presence of all the people. The people responded with “All the words which the LORD hath said will we do” (v. 3, KJV). When God’s presence is there, most people will respond positively.
Exodus 24:9-11… “Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink” (KJV).
What an experience–they saw God, and ate and drank! Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, Joshua, and seventy elders saw the supernatural. They saw the sapphire stone under God’s feet which symbolizes the clearness of God’s government. Nothing is hidden from God. God is very attentive in what He is doing; He sees everything clearly. After this experience, Moses was asked to come up higher (for forty days). There, on the mount, Moses was given the tables of the law and commanded to teach them to the people after he returned. Joshua also went up closer, along with the elders, and they were told to tarry in their tents at the foot of the mountain until Moses got back. Aaron and Hur were left in charge (Aaron represented the spiritual side and Hur represented the physical side of the camp), and what a mess they made! Exodus 24:15-18 tells us that Moses went up into the cloud, into the glory, into God’s presence. Moses was there six days before God even spoke. The children of Israel could see the cloud, the glory, and the fire from down below. For the rest of the forty days, Moses received the design for the construction for the tabernacle. Meanwhile, in the camp at the foot of the mountain, a different god was being fashioned. When God’s presence is not in the church, people will influence their leaders to do stupid, religious things. They will produce what is very much against the heart of God. Exodus 32:7 (KJV) uses the words “corrupted themselves.” They had church at the foot of the mountain and began to decay spiritually. (Just like many present-day churches, holding worship services and preaching while God isn’t even there.) Have you ever wondered how the anointed could do stupid things after seeing God, feasting, and having fellowship with Him?
Follow on into Exodus 32:1-6… “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play” (KJV).
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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