1 And 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.We get a break from 613 commandments. Sort of.
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.
12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
God beckons Moses, Aaron, Aaron's boys Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel to worship him... from afar. Except Moses — he's in the playas' club.
Moses relays the words of YHWH, and the sheeple answer as one that they will obey.
Moe got up early and built a twelve-pillared altar at the foot of the hill. If Jesus was a carpenter, sounds like Moses was a mason, and a damned efficient one. In addition to the building, he wrote (using tablets or other early implements, like maybe a CPT 8000) all of God's words (everything to date, or just his latest memo?).
Then Moses had young Israelites sacrificially burn animals in honor of God. He put half the blood in basins, and the other half he sprayed on the altar. I'm not sure Keith Moon would have treated the place worse.
He recited God's directions to, presumably, the rest of the Israelites, and they also signed onto the way God planned it.
He sprayed the rest of the blood on the people to seal the deal. There are some closing tricks Zig Ziglar can't teach ya. Actually, maybe he can.
The gang that Moses had previously brought to the base of the mountain got a look at God, standing on what looked like a sapphire floor. Weren't many of them supposed to perish if they got a look at the lordly mug?
Seeing God wasn't enough. They took time out to go to the snack bar while, I guess, God shuffled his feet.
The Lord summoned Moses up the mountain and gave him three tablets of stone to teach the people with. Hmm, I always thought it was two tablets.
Moses and his minister or servant Joshua went up the hill to fetch a deck of commandments that we've already read.
This narrative is seriously starting to play like Memento or Merrily We Roll Along. Didn't Mr. Bible Editor Man notice that things are a wee bit out of order? No problem, since we apparently get the commandments all over again in Deuteronomy.
Like Bush getting polyps removed, Moses delegates being the decider while he's indisposed. The temporary power goes to Aaron and Hur.
And like Bobby in Urinetown, Moses has his head in the clouds. Talk about getting the vapors! It's for the popular duration of six days, afterwards God gives it a rest.
The sight of God was "like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel." Suggests a volcano, the perfect image of love. If you're an authoritarian.
The clouds aren't gone after all, as Moses goes into them and sits on the mountain for that other popular duration of forty days and nights.