Exodus 24: Let’s Make It Official

Alrighty folks, the “phone lines” are closed on monday’s Exodus 22 pop quiz. I will announce the winner on Sunday. Many thanks to all who joined in and gave it a shot. I just might need to do more of those in the future.

Today’s post (on Exodus 24) is the thrilling conclusion to a saga that you didn’t even realize was happening. Heck, I didn’t realize it was happening. See, way back in Exodus 19, a ceremony began. God was officially creating his people and doing it through an elaborate covenant ceremony.

Today that ceremony is finished . . . I think.

I mean, I am pretty sure that you have done what needs to be done when a large crowd of people gather together, sacrifice a bunch of bulls, and then dash the blood from those bulls all over themselves.

It’s like God was just letting on before that he liked Israel but now he makes his big move.

This is the strangest DtR (define the relationship) conversation I have ever seen.

The Significance

Why does it go down like that? Why does the ceremony involve dashing blood on the altar and then on the people? Is there a connection between what happens here and what happened in Genesis 15? Is there a connection with the passover?

Blood (and being covered by it) seems to be really important.

What was it like to stand in the middle of a desert with thousands of other sweaty people while fresh cow blood wash flung onto you? Think of the sights and the smells! It must have looked like a warzone. Or like a butcher shop had just exploded on everyone.

This isn’t some spiritualized ethereal experience. This is gritty. This is gross. This is messy.

I am pretty sure people didn’t walk away saying to themselves, “what a nice service!.”

Another Understatement of the Year!

Read the following passage. What do you notice?

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. God did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; also they beheld God, and they ate and drank.

They ate and drank? What? This crazy powerful God who utterly destroyed the most powerful army on earth and brought a nation to its knees just decides to sit down for tea and crumpets with these guys?

“Wow guys. We are totally looking at God. Never thought that would happen right? Look at the ground he is walking on! It looks like the sky!”

“You know what? This totally makes me hungry. Anyone else got the munchies?”

Some “Alone Time”

God then calls Moses up the mountain to hang out for a bit. Apparently God has published a book and wants Moses to have it. So generous!

Unfortunately, Moses will be out of town for a while. I hope the Israelites don’t do anything stupid . . .

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