Friday, January 25, 2013

Dinner with God: Ex. 23-25

"9 Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. 10 There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. 11 And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!"  Ex 24:9-11

Did you miss that little snippet?  We know Moses spent a lot of time with God, in His presence, but can you imagine what it was like to be there for this dinner?  Later we see God's glory envelope the mountain, appearing as a consuming fire, with Moses disappearing into it, but in this section, it's almost as if God turns down the lights for a romantic dinner with His people's leaders, celebrating their new relationship. 

Remember this moment.  Don't rush by it.  The leaders of the people get an unprecedented audience with the King of the Universe.  They see Him, for themselves.  He does not break out against them but welcomes them.  He has promised a messenger to lead them.  He has promised to care for all their needs in abundance and they have agreed to follow His way.  It's a great honeymoon moment. 

God has been completely patient with all their requests and understands all their needs.  He loves them and chooses to allow them to be close to Him, with the blood of the covenant still staining their robes.  There will be much work to do to prepare a tabernacle for His presence to remain with them, but for this moment, He furnishes the plates and dishes and feast. 

Worship Him.  He is worthy!

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