Bible: Exodus 24:1-11

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The Lord Ratifies the Covenant

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But to Moses the Lord 2  said, “Come up 3  to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from a distance. 4  24:2 Moses alone may come 5  near the Lord, but the others 6  must not come near, 7  nor may the people go up with him.”

24:3 Moses came 8  and told the people all the Lord’s words 9  and all the decisions. All the people answered together, 10 We are willing to do 11  all the words that the Lord has said,” 24:4 and Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Early in the morning he built 12  an altar at the foot 13  of the mountain and arranged 14  twelve standing stones 15 according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 24:5 He sent young Israelite men, 16  and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls for peace offerings 17  to the Lord. 24:6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and half of the blood he splashed on the altar. 18  24:7 He took the Book of the Covenant 19  and read it aloud 20  to the people, and they said, “We are willing to do and obey 21  all that the Lord has spoken.” 24:8 So Moses took the blood and splashed it on 22  the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant 23  that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

24:9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 24  24:10 and they saw 25  the God of Israel. Under his feet 26  there was something like a pavement 27  made of sapphire, clear like the sky itself. 28  24:11 But he did not lay a hand 29  on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, 30  and they ate and they drank. 31 

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