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2013 December 24

Image 1: Mondo Novo (1791)
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Baroque Grand Manner Style
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice, Italy
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: Christ in Glory (c. 1660)
Mattia Preti (1613-1699)
Baroque Style
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: The paintings above represent two key aspects of Exodus 24. The first symbolizes the fact that the Israelites were on the verge of a new world (a "mondo novo") because they had just accepted God's covenant, part of which was to bring them into a new land (Canaan) which would be their permanent home. The second symbolizes the visions of God which the people, the elders, and Moses had in varying degrees -- symbolized here by "Christ in Glory" in accord with the statement in 1 Corinthians 10:4 -- " ... that spiritual Rock that followed them ... was Christ."
     In Exodus 24 the LORD told Moses to bring Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders to the mountain to worship from afar, leaving the rest of the officials and the people behind (1-2). Before going to see the LORD Moses wrote down all the rules of the LORD contained in chapters 20 [Note: Page Revised], 21, 22, and 23 and presented them to the people. The people then agreed to obey these rules. Moses wrote these rules down; and he rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up 12 pillars -- one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel. He then had young men offer burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD. Moses then collected the blood in basins and sprinkled (or threw) half of it against the altar. Moses then took the Book of the Covenant which he had just written and read it to the people. The people again promised to obey it. Moses then took the blood and sprinkled (or threw) it on the people, calling it the blood of the covenant (3-8). After establishing the covenant, Moses and the others went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was a pavement of clear sapphire; the LORD spared their lives, and they all ate and drank before God (9-11). The LORD then told Moses to come to the mountain and wait to receive the stone tablets upon which the LORD had written his commandments. So Moses took Joshua and left the others, referring any disputes to Aaron and Hur (12-14). Moses then went up as the cloud covered the mountain; and seven days later the LORD called him to enter the cloud which was like a devouring fire upon the mountain. And Moses was there forty days and forty nights (15-18).

Exodus 24

     1 Then he said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."
     3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do." 4 And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient." 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."
     9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
     12 The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction." 13 So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, "Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever has a dispute, let him go to them."
     15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

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