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Exodus 24

1 - He said to Moses, "Come up to The LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship from a distance.
2 - Moses alone shall come near to The LORD, but they shall not come near. The people shall not go up with him."
3 - Moses came and told the people all The LORD's words, and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, "All the words which the LORD has spoken will we do."
4 - Moses wrote all The LORD's words, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the mountain, and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
5 - He sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of cattle to The LORD.
6 - Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
7 - 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 will we do, and be obedient."
8 - Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, "Look, this is the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you concerning all these words."
9 - Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up.
10 - They saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was like a paved work of sapphire stone, like the skies for clearness.
11 - He didn't lay his hand on the nobles of the children of Israel. They saw God, and ate and drank.
12 - The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain, and stay here, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commands that I have written, that you may teach them."
13 - Moses rose up with Joshua, his servant, and Moses went up onto God's Mountain.
14 - He said to the elders, "Wait here for us, until we come again to you. Behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever is involved in a dispute can go to them."
15 - Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
16 - The LORD's glory settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. The seventh day he called to Moses out of the middle of the cloud.
17 - The appearance of The LORD's glory was like devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.
18 - Moses entered into the middle of the cloud, and went up on the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Exodus 24 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Moses, as mediator between God and Israel, having received divers laws and ordinances from God privately in the three foregoing chapters, in this chapter, I. Comes down to the people, acquaints them with the laws he had received, and takes their consent to those laws (v. 3), writes the laws, and reads them to the people, who repeat their consent (v. 4-7), and then by sacrifice, and the sprinkling of blood, ratifies the covenant between them and God (v. 5, v. 6, v. 8). II. He returns to God again, to receive further directions. When he was dismissed from his former attendance, he was ordered to attend again (v. 1, v. 2). He did so with seventy of the elders, to whom God made a discovery of his glory (v. 9-11). Moses is ordered up into the mount (v. 12, v. 13); the rest are ordered down to the people (v. 14). The cloud of glory is seen by all the people on the top of mount Sinai (v. 15-17), and Moses is therewith God forty days and forty nights (v. 18).

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)

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