Thursday, February 3, 2011

QQC--Seventy-four Saw God

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 24:9, 10

When Moses first went up Mount Sinai, he did not go alone.  "Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel.... But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank."

Imagine!  Seventy-four of them saw God and did not die; it wasn't just Moses.  They ate and drank in God's presence.  They didn't go all the way up the mountain with Moses because in the next verse, God calls Moses to come up the mountain but they did go up part of the way.

If we doubted that they all saw God, we can look at a descriptor that was given: "Under [God's] feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself."  John in Revelation described it this way: "before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal." (4:6)  I could be wrong but it seems to me that Moses and the 73 others must have seen the same scene as John when he saw God's throne in heaven.  John's description of the throne "room" matches that of Isaiah's (chapter 6) and Ezekiel's (chapter 1), giving a continuity from the beginnings of the nation Israel and the first construction of the tabernacle (Moses), through the time of the kings and Solomon's temple (Isaiah), the exile and destruction of the first temple (Ezekiel) to not long after the destruction of the temple built by Herod (John).  I think that's rather cool.

God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  


1 comment:

Harmony said...

Soon and very soon! We are going to see the King! Amen Debbie! loved the post..
SJ