Blessings! So good to chat about God today! I hope your day is going well and you are Praising the Father for His Goodness!
There is an interesting passage in Exodus chapter 24, verses 9-11. Goes like this:
9 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,
10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.
11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.
This came up in my daily reading and I realized I hadn’t heard it before. I know I had read it because I have read the Bible cover to cover. This just never stuck out, as it were. I don’t believe I have ever heard teaching on it before or seen it mentioned anywhere. Of course, I am very limited when it comes to those things. Obviously I am not the first to take note of it. However, I found it to be very interesting and decided to explore it a bit.
This is what I believe this is saying for us today:
The mountains are obstacles that we have in our lives. Simple things as well as complicated things. Things that we must over come to reach more of the Lord. He’s always with us, but sometimes we have to climb a mountain to really “see Him.”
The eating and drinking is the celebration of His presence. We fight to get up the mountain, to get over the obstacles that keep us from more of God. Once we have over come those things, we celebrate. But we don’t do it alone, He celebrates with us.
And, honestly, the sapphire that God was walking one can mean several things, but I think it’s not too complicated. Ezekiel 1:26 describes the Throne of God as sapphire, so this reference could mean that He stood in His throne room when they saw Him. They not only got a glimpse of God, but of the Throne Room itself.
It’s important to remember details from our reality and that they often have meaning in the spiritual. For instance the sapphire is extremely valuable. A 9.36 carat, cushion stone smaller than the size of a man’s pinkie finger nail, is valued at nearly $100k. They are also next to the diamond in hardness.
Translate that meaning as you see fit. I just see that the Elders were afforded a great opportunity in seeing the Lord and part of the Throne Room.
Maybe we should take those experiences into consideration when we think about going after more of God. Wouldn’t that be amazing to see?