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When Mountain-Tops Fail to Transform

Last Sunday I shared during the devotional portion (Torah Portion) at our local church. My passage was Exodus 24:9-11

Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.

Two things I found fascinating about this passage: first, that these elders were allowed to see God. Like, really see Him! Not in a dubbed-down form, not in a theophany: but God himself in all of His glory! Secondly, it is amazing that this event had so little effect on these men! So soon after (in less than 40 days, at any rate) these same elders were leading the people in immoral and idolatrous worship of the golden calf!

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