Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 24:3-7 (NIV)
When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”
Exodus 24:3-7 (MSG)
So Moses went to the people and told them everything God had said—all the rules and regulations. They all answered in unison: “Everything God said, we’ll do.” Then Moses wrote it all down, everything God had said. He got up early the next morning and built an Altar at the foot of the mountain using twelve pillar-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he directed young Israelite men to offer Whole-Burnt-Offerings and sacrifice Peace-Offerings of bulls. Moses took half the blood and put it in bowls; the other half he threw against the Altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it as the people listened. They said, “Everything God said, we’ll do. Yes, we’ll obey.”
“Then Moses came and told the people everything that the Lord had said and all the ordinances. And all the people answered with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he got up early in the morning, and built an altar [for worship] at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars (memorial stones) representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in large basins, and [the other] half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people; and they said, “Everything that the Lord has said we will do, and we will be obedient.” -AMPLIFIED
At the beginning of Exodus 24 we find Moses coming back to the people; after his encounter with God. Moses came back and shared everything that the Lord God had said to him; all the rules, laws and regulations. When the people heard all that God had spoken to them through Moses their response was, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” (Oh, if only they had remembered this moment in time later; for we find later that they had wandering, unfaithful hearts.)
We then find Moses writing everything down that God had spoken to him. There was an urgency here to have everything put down in writing; so that the things that God had spoken to them would be remembered and not forgotten. This is a good rule of thumb for people to follow; for we have finite minds and we tend to forget things (especially as we grow older). Moses wrote everything down so that the people would have a point of reference in the future.
The next morning we find Moses, early in the morning, building an altar to the Lord at the foot of the mountain where they had this encounter with God. Here at the place of their encounter they will make a covenant with the Almighty One. Moses built this altar using twelve stone pillars, which were to represent the twelve tribes of Israel; this was to be a reminder to the people that each of their family lines was included in this covenant. They were a part of the agreement that they were making with God.
Moses had some of the young men offer “Whole-Burnt-Offerings and sacrifice Peace-Offerings of bulls” to the Lord. Moses took some of the blood, putting it into large bowls; this would be used to consecrate and dedicate the people to God. Some of the blood he sprinkled on the altar, dedicating it to Jehovah, the One, True God.
Moses then proceeded to read out loud to the people all that he had written down the night before. This would have been everything that he had penned into the Book of the Covenant that God had spoken him. The people listened and heard every word. Their response was once again, “Everything God said, we’ll do. Yes, we’ll obey.” They were agreeing to a covenant with God.
Exodus 24:8 tells us, “So Moses took the blood [which had been placed in the large basins] and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” -(AMP) The covenant was now in effect. The people had agreed to God’s standards and they were willing to accept His terms.
Lord, help us to be covenant keepers. Remind us of the commitment that we have made with you and help us to remain faithful.
Lord, you are a covenant keeping God; you always keep your side of the agreement. Sadly, there are times that I have not kept my side of the contract. Forgive me, dear Lord. Help me strive to be faithful and true to you. My my focus be directed on you at all times. Be at the center of my life, Almighty One. I want to be totally committed to you.