Exodus 24:12-18

12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”
13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.
14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it,
16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud.
17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Exodus 24:12-18 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter we have an account that Moses was ordered to come up to the Lord alone, Ex 24:1,2, but that before he did go up, he related to the people all the above laws delivered to him, which they promised obedience to, and so a covenant was made between God and the people by sacrifice, and by the sprinkling of blood, Ex 24:3-8, upon which he and Aaron, and his two sons and seventy elders of Israel, went up part of the mountain, and had a vision of God, Ex 24:9-11, when Moses with Joshua was called, and went up higher, until at length he entered into the cloud where the Lord was, and continued forty days and forty nights, Ex 24:12-18.

Cross References 12

  • 1. Exodus 31:18; Exodus 32:15-16; Exodus 34:1,28,29; Deuteronomy 4:13; Deuteronomy 5:22; Deuteronomy 8:3; Deuteronomy 9:9,10,11; Deuteronomy 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:3
  • 2. S Exodus 17:9
  • 3. S Exodus 3:1
  • 4. S Exodus 17:10
  • 5. Exodus 18:16
  • 6. S Exodus 19:9; Matthew 17:5
  • 7. S Exodus 16:7; Leviticus 9:23; Numbers 14:10; 1 Samuel 4:21,22; Ezekiel 8:4; Ezekiel 11:22; Exodus 16:10
  • 8. S Exodus 19:11
  • 9. Psalms 99:7
  • 10. S Exodus 15:7; S Exodus 19:18; Exodus 3:2; Deuteronomy 4:36; Hebrews 12:18,29
  • 11. 1 Kings 19:8; Deuteronomy 9:9
  • 12. S Genesis 7:4; Matthew 4:2; Exodus 34:28
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