Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 24.12-18.
READ EXODUS 24.12-18
Let’s briefly review this twenty fourth chapter of Exodus up to verse twelve because we will complete the chapter this morning.
The time is shortly after The LORD gave the children of Israel the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. And The LORD called Moses to come up to The LORD in Mt. Sinai along with Aaron, his two sons, Nadab, and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel. And The LORD said, Moses alone shall come near The LORD, but the others shall not come near GOD.
And Moses came and told the children of Israel all the words of The LORD, and all the people answered and said, “All the words which The LORD has said, we will do”. And Moses wrote and recorded all the words of The LORD that over the forty years of their wilderness journey to the promised land, came to be known as The Law of Moses, and also The Book of The Covenant. And Moses rose up early and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
And Moses had certain young men of the children of Israel offer sacrifices to The LORD. And he sprinkled the blood on the altar, and took The Book of The Covenant and read it to the people, and they said, “All that The LORD has said we will do and be obedient”.
It is important to know that the blood established GOD’s words as Law to be an everlasting Covenant to be obeyed forever.
Then Moses went up to The LORD with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw The GOD of Israel. And under His feet was the likeness of a paved work of a sapphire stone as it were the body of Heaven in its purity. They saw The GOD of Israel, Messiah Yeshua Who was to be sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and to be a light to the gentiles. And they saw GOD and did eat and drink with Him.
EXODUS 24.12 So Moses received from The LORD GOD of Israel two tables of stone, and The Law, and the Commandments which GOD wrote that Moses would teach the people.
The Ten Commandments were written with the finger of GOD. EXODUS 31.18.
The Ten Commandments are also called the Decalogue, and in the original Hebrew, the Ten Words. In Hebrew, the Ten Commandments are AH’SEH’REHT HAD’VAH’REEM meaning, the Ten Words. Words in Hebrew is DEH’VAH’REEM. Thus, every word GOD speaks is a Commandment and law.
EXODUS 34.28, DEUTERONOMONY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4
IN EXODUS 31.18, GOD calls the Ten Commandments, two tables of testimony. The word testimony in Hebrew is AY’DOOT meaning a testimony and witness. A testimony is evidence given by a witness. A witness gives the testimony. Thus the Ten Commandments will judge us as to whether we obeyed them or not. As a witness, the Ten Commandments will testify for us, or against us.
Yeshua said to the Pharisees, The Law of Moses accuses you for not believing that I Am The Messiah because The Law of Moses writes about Me.
Thus Messiah was saying to the Pharisees, Moses, or The Law of Moses is a witness against you because you don’t believe I AM The Messiah, even The GOD of Israel of Whom Moses in The Law wrote of Me.
GENESIS 12.3, GENESIS 49.10, DEUTERONOMY 18.15-18, ETC.
Returning to the Ten Commandments, and as a point of information, GOD wrote those words on both sides of the stones. EXODUS 32.15-16
And GOD commanded Moses to put the testimony, or the Ten Commandments written on the stone tablets into the ark of the covenant. EXODUS 25.16, 21, EXODUS 40.20
DEUTERONOMY 31.24-26 The entire Law of GOD that is written in The Law of Moses in a book was also put in the ark of the covenant for a witness against you, me and everybody. And the witness is a good witness, if we obey GOD’s Law.
HEBREWS 9.1-4 In the Tabernacle in the wilderness, the Ark of the Covenant contained the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tables of The Covenant, The Ten Commandments. Perhaps the writer of Hebrews, and I doubt this, forgot about Deuteronomy 31.26 that says, Take this Book of The Law (which is The Law of Moses) and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of The LORD your GOD, that it may be there for a witness against you. But for some reason the translator of the book of Hebrews left out that very important Scripture that The Book of The Law, The Law of Moses was put in the ark. I say this because the blessings for obeying GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses are overwhelmingly good, but not obeying them is disastrous.
EXODUS 24.13 Mt. Sinai is also called the mountain of GOD.
EXODUS 3.1, EXODUS 18.5, NUMBERS 10.33
When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he went to the mountain of GOD called Horeb which is also Mt. Sinai.
1 KINGS 19.1-8
Mt. Sinai is in the Sinai Peninsula which is part of the land that GOD has given to the Jewish people forever. Genesis 15.18-21, Numbers 34.5. In Jewish thought, Mt. Sinai, the mountain of GOD, is one of the two sacred mountains in Judaism. The other is Mt. Zion, or Mt. Moriah where Abraham was commanded by GOD to sacrifice his son Isaac. But of course GOD was testing Abraham to see if he would obey Him. And Abraham sacrificed a lamb instead. Moriah is also the hilltop in Jerusalem where Solomon built the first Temple in 964 B.C.E., B.C. 2 CHRONICLES 3.1-2
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the elevated walled rectangular area on which stood the first and second Temples. The first Temple built by Solomon was destroyed in 586 B.C.E., B.C. by the Babylonians. And the second Temple built by Zerubbabel was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E., A.D.
But the Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 637 C.E., A.D., and the Temple Mount has been in Muslim possession since their occupation, with the exception of the Crusader period from 1096 to 1291 C.E., A.D. In 692 A.D., C.E., some fifty-five years after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, the Muslims built the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of The Rock on the site where the Holiest of Jewish Temples stood, The House of The GOD of Israel.
The Israeli government, in pursuant to its policy of maintaining the status quo of holy places of all faiths has left the Temple Mount under Muslim control, and have prevented Jews from even attempting to pray there.
EXODUS 24.12-14 So Moses and his attendant Joshua went up to meet with The GOD of Israel in Mt. Sinai where GOD gave Moses the Ten Commandments which is Law, and fully part of The Law of Moses, written by the finger of GOD, on two tablets of stone, front and back that Moses was to teach the people. And since the Jewish people are the children of Israel, and we are GOD’s witnesses to the world, GOD’s Laws and Commandments written in The Bible are for everybody to observe and obey. How else would the world know Who The One GOD is, and what GOD requires from His Creation?
DEUTERONOMY 32.1-4, ISAIAH 43.10.
EXODUS 24.15-16 The glory of The LORD is the manifestation of The LORD GOD Himself in perfection, and beauty, and magnificence. And on the top of Mt. Sinai, the glory of The LORD wa
s like devouring fire in the eyes of the children of Israel. Verse 17
During their wilderness journey from the time they left Egypt, to the moment they entered the land of Canaan, during those forty years, GOD revealed His glory to the children of Israel every day, and every night as devouring fire, and the pillar of cloud in the day to lead them, and the pillar of fire in the night time to give them light.
That was the glory of GOD every day, and every night.
Those are just three manifestations of GOD’s glory. GOD’s glory is Himself, His Presence in His perfection, beauty, splendor, and power. Devouring fire, a pillar of cloud, and a pillar of fire. GOD is not restricted in anything. He can appear in any fashion He pleases, or any form of glory He so desires. Anywhere, anytime, wherever He pleases, and whenever He pleases. In different places, even at the same time in different places, if He so desires. Because He is GOD, and nothing is too hard for The LORD. Genesis 18.14
EXODUS 24.15-18 The glory of The LORD remained upon Mt. Sinai, and the cloud covered Mt. Sinai six days. And the seventh day, GOD called to Moses out of the cloud. And Moses went inside the cloud, and went further up the mountain. And Moses remained on the mountain with GOD forty days, and forty nights.
Perhaps we can learn a lesson here in patience and faith. Moses was in the mountain six days, a long time, before GOD called him on the seventh day. And Moses went inside the cloud; and ascended the mountain even further to meet with GOD. Moses needed patience and faith.
The LORD called Noah and his family into the ark, and they waited inside the ark with all the animals for seven days until the flood waters came upon the earth. Noah and his family needed patience and faith. Genesis 7.1-10.
We need patience and faith knowing that GOD keeps His promises always. And we need patience and faith to take control of our lives, and not let our life spiral out of control from impatience.
Messiah says, “In your patience you possess your souls.” LUKE 21.19 That is, In your patience you take control of your life.
During times of difficulty, or stress, or hardships, or whatever the situation may be, we need patience and faith to take control of our life.
On the contrary, impatience by definition means we become restless, agitated, troubled, and disturbed. We become upset. Me might lose self-control, even self-confidence because impatience can bring on emotional stress and worry. Yeshua says, in your patience you possess your souls. In your patience you take control of your life.
So how do we develop and increase our patience and faith? David gives us some answers in PSALM 37.5-8
VERSE 6 is vital for patience and faith. READ VERSE 6
The key words in David’s counsel are Righteousness, and Judgment. We need Righteousness and Judgment in our life to receive patience and faith from The LORD. Righteousness comes by faith in GOD our Messiah, and obedience to GOD’s Law of Moses. Again, Righteousness comes by faith in GOD our Messiah, and obedience to GOD’s Law of Moses. Judgment means that every decision you and I make must be according to GOD’s Law of Moses. And GOD will develop and increase your patience and faith if you obey Him.
VERSES 7 & 8 Rest in The LORD and wait patiently for Him. And cease from anger and wrath. Anger and wrath are not the righteousness of GOD.
Let’s look at what GOD does for the Righteous, those who are law-abiding; obeying His Law of Moses.
PSALM 34.15-19 GOD keeps His promises. Remember that. Have faith and believe that. GOD delivers the Righteous out of all their troubles, and from all their afflictions. Many are the afflictions of the Righteous, but The LORD delivers him and her out of them all.
Patience and faith are gifts of GOD, but we have to do our part. Our part is to obey GOD, His Law of Moses. And believe that GOD keeps His promises, and be patient.
So in conclusion, the word of GOD written in the entire Bible, is to be loved and obeyed. The Bible is the only authority that teaches us Who GOD is and what He requires from His Creation. And when we do what GOD says, the blessings will flow, and your patience and faith will increase.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein