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24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.
24:2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.
24:3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.
24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
24:5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.
24:6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.
24:8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 24:10 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.
24:11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
24:14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
24:15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
24:16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
24:18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

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King James Bible:Exodus
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Exodus
Book: Exodus
Chapter: 24

Moses is called up into the mountain, The people promise
obedience. (1-8) The Glory of the Lord appears. (9-11) Moses
goes up into the mountain. (12-18)

1-8 A solemn Covenant was made between God and Israel. Very
solemn it was, typifying the Covenant of Grace between God and
believers, through Christ. As soon as God separated to himself a
Peculiar people, he governed them By a written Word, as he has
done ever since. God's covenants and commands are So just in
themselves, and So much for our good, that the more we think of
them, and the more plainly and fully they are set before us, the
more reason we may see to comply with them. The Blood of the
Sacrifice was sprinkled On the Altar, On the Book, and On the
people. Neither their persons, their moral obedience, nor
religious services, would meet with acceptance from a holy God,
except through the shedding and sprinkling' of Blood. Also the
blessings granted unto them were all of Mercy; and the Lord
would Deal with them in kindness. Thus the sinner, By Faith in
the Blood of Christ, renders willing and acceptable obedience.

9-11 The elders saw the God of Israel; they had some glimpse of
his Glory, though whatever they saw, it was something of which
No image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy them
that God was with them of a Truth. Nothing is described but what
was under his feet. The sapphires are the Pavement under his
feet; let us Put all the wealth of this world under our feet,
and not in our hearts. Thus the believer sees in the Face of
Jesus Christ, far clearer discoveries of the glorious Justice
and Holiness of God, than ever he saw under terrifying
convictions; and through the Saviour, holds Communion with a
holy God.

12-18 A Cloud covered the Mount six days; a token of God's
special presence there. Moses was sure that he who called him up
would protect him. Even those glorious attributes of God which
are most terrible to the wicked, the saints with humble
reverence rejoice in. And through Faith in the atoning
Sacrifice, we Hope for greater honour than Moses ever enjoyed On
Earth. Now we see through a Glass darkly, but when he shall
appear, then Face to Face. This Vision of God will continue with
equal, if not increasing brightness of joy; not for a few days
only, but through eternity.

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