SynopsisFor the last few chapters, God has been giving His people various commandments, rules, and regulations, on how to run their new nation. In this chapter, there are no rules given, but the LORD is going to meet with the elders of Israel.
After this, Moses and the elders approach God, and actually get to see Him. But He doesn’t destroy them; in fact, not only do they get to see God, they actually eat and drink with Him (verse 11).
When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.
He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”
Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
ThoughtsThere is one sentence in this chapter that makes me cringe, every time I read it. And, with a slight variation, it’s repeated twice by the Israelites:
When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” (verse 3)
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.” (verse 7)I cringe because they seem to say it without giving it too much thought. “Yeah, yeah, we’ll do what He says.” But, of course, we know that they won’t do what He says. I don’t mean to foreshadow, but they don’t even last 40 days—when Moses comes down from the mountain, he’ll find them cavorting at the base of it, with their golden calves! (That in itself blows my mind; they’re at the foot of a mountain where they can see the glory of the LORD right there in front of them, covering the mountain, and yet they build false idols! But that’s a story for another chapter…)