Exodus 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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