1And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.
2 And Moses alone shall come near the Lord: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.
3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said will we do.
4 And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord.
6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.
8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.
9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:
10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Exodus Chapter 24 begins with the Lord inviting Moses and the elders of Israel to come up onto the mount to see Him. Moses alone would be allowed to approach close to God but the elders would see him from further off. So Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel were able to go up the mount toward God.
I suppose from years of attending church I should have known about these elders going up the mount and seeing the Lord God, but I confess that I did not. I have even read the book of Exodus several times previously but did not recall this. It seems significant that the Lord wanted to be known by more than just Moses and Aaron. Having seen the Lord God for themselves, each of these elders must have been impressed by his almighty power and glory and would undoubtedly have encouraged all the people to live according to the laws and commandments given to Moses and Aaron and relayed through them to the children of Israel.
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