Exodus 24

God tells Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 elders
to worship him from afar.

24:1 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.

Only Moses alone can come near.

24:2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.

Moses told the people what God said and they said,
"All the words which the Lord has said we will do."

24:3 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.

He wrote down all of God's words.
Then he built an altar and 12 pillars.

24:4 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.

He had some animals killed and sprinkled the blood on the altar.

24:5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.

(24:5) Young men ... offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.

24:6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

(24:6) Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

He read the book of the covenant to the people,
and the people said "All that the Lord has said we will do."

24:7 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.

Then Moses sprinkled blood on the people.

24:8 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.

(24:8) Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people.

Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 elders see God
who had a sapphire stone under his feet.

24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:

(24:9-11) Moses, Aaron, and seventy of their companions saw God. (They even got a peek at his feet!) How could this have happened if no one has ever seen God?
Can God be seen?

(24:9) Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:

24:10 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.

(24:10) And they saw the God of Israel: and ... under his feet ... a sapphire stone.

24:11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

(24:11) They saw God.

God invited Moses to come up on the mountain
to receive stone tablets with God's hand-written commandments.

24:12 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.

(24:12) 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.
Didn't God already give Moses the ten commandments back in chapter 20?

Moses and Joshua went up to God's mountain.
(And a cloud covered the mountain.)

24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

24:14 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.

24:15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.

The glory of the Lord abode on the mount
and a cloud covered it for six days.

24:16 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.

24:17 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.

Moses stayed on the cloudy mount for 40 days and nights.

24:18 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.