Exodus 24* Moses is called up into the mountain, The people promiseobedience. (1-8) The glory of the Lord appears. (9-11) Mosesgoes up into the mountain. (12-18)1-8 A solemn covenant was made between God and Israel. Verysolemn it was, typifying the covenant of grace between God andbelievers, through Christ. As soon as God separated to himself apeculiar people, he governed them by a written word, as he hasdone ever since. God's covenants and commands are so just inthemselves, and so much for our good, that the more we think ofthem, and the more plainly and fully they are set before us, themore reason we may see to comply with them. The blood of thesacrifice was sprinkled on the altar, on the book, and on thepeople. Neither their persons, their moral obedience, norreligious services, would meet with acceptance from a holy God,except through the shedding and sprinkling' of blood. Also theblessings granted unto them were all of mercy; and the Lordwould deal with them in kindness. Thus the sinner, by faith inthe blood of Christ, renders willing and acceptable obedience. 9-11 The elders saw the God of Israel; they had some glimpse ofhis glory, though whatever they saw, it was something of whichno image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy themthat God was with them of a truth. Nothing is described but whatwas under his feet. The sapphires are the pavement under hisfeet; let us put all the wealth of this world under our feet,and not in our hearts. Thus the believer sees in the face ofJesus Christ, far clearer discoveries of the glorious justiceand holiness of God, than ever he saw under terrifyingconvictions; and through the Saviour, holds communion with aholy God. 12-18 A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God'sspecial presence there. Moses was sure that he who called him upwould protect him. Even those glorious attributes of God whichare most terrible to the wicked, the saints with humblereverence rejoice in. And through faith in the atoningSacrifice, we hope for greater honour than Moses ever enjoyed onearth. Now we see through a glass darkly, but when he shallappear, then face to face. This vision of God will continue withequal, if not increasing brightness of joy; not for a few daysonly, but through eternity.
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