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Covenants, Blood Sacrifices and Holiness

Exodus 24:1-3,7-11,15-18 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.” 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”... 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.” Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank... When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Moses and the seventy elders of Israel are treated to a meeting in the presence of God and that sure is no ordinary visit. God establishes His commandments for His people through Moses and this is a powerful testament of how that came to pass.

Everything Moses reveals to the Israelites, they receive wholeheartedly as is evident in their response both times. What are we to receive from God today?

Moses and the seventy elders of Israel represented here is what later the Jews followed up to the 3rd century AD in the form of the Great Sanhedrin. This group are those God chose to represent His people and who were called to worship God closer than the rest of Israel was called.

Moses of course had the greatest privilege among them to be the closest to God and was blessed by being in the presence of God. Before the coming of Christ, this was a great privilege indeed, one that no man could have because they would fall dead before God because of God's righteousness.

We see in verses 7 and 8 the reading of the book of the covenant and the sprinkling of the blood of the covenant that the Lord made with the Israelites to confirm His covenant with them as His people.

Obviously blood is the only basis for reconnecting with God and it was the blood of a clean and pure animal that was used. The blood here represented a sacrifice made to God and sprinkling of the blood on the people was a confirmation of the covenant between man and God.

We might wonder why then blood is no longer used or sacrifices are no longer required. The reason is that the ultimate and most perfect sacrifice was made 2,000 years ago and that has covered all of humanity who receives the sacrifice.

The perfect sacrifice was of the son of God, Jesus Christ, who came and lived on earth among us, lived a perfect and sinless life, was killed in the most demeaning way for no fault of His but was taken up after His death to live again in God's presence.

Jesus' blood was shed for us and we can receive it today and be forever reconnected with Him and His father and be assured of an eternity in God's presence because of it.

Moses stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights to hear God speak while the Israelites trembled in fear of the glory of God which looked like a consuming fire.

What a great contrast between Moses' heart and those of the Israelites. He entered God's presence with God's peace and they trembled and stayed far away because of the fear of God.

Are you wanting to enter into the presence of this God or live a life of oblivion to God? Moses chose His path and we through Jesus can choose ours. The choice is yours.

If we are saved by the blood of the lamb, do we live in a healthy fear and love for God or do we give Him a place in our lives along with our Gods called career, wealth, family, etc?

Our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29) and wants us to love Him with our ALL!

In His loving Service,


Isaiah 33:14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?"

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