ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 134


Again they all responded, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded. We will obey.”
Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the
people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the Lord has
made with you in giving you these instructions.”
Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel
climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his
feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as
the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did
not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking
in his presence!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay
there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the
instructions and commands so you can teach the people.” So Moses and
his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.
Moses told the elders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back.
Aaron and Hur are here with you. If anyone has a dispute while I am gone,
consult with them.”
Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And
the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from
inside the cloud. To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory
of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. Then Moses
disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred
offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to
offer them. Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them:
gold, silver, and bronze;
blue, purple, and scarlet thread;
fine linen and goat hair for cloth;
tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather;
acacia wood;
olive oil for the lamps;
spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense;
onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the
priest’s chestpiece.

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