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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 24:12-18

The public ceremony of sealing the covenant being over, Moses is called up to receive further instructions, which we have in the following chapters. I. He is called up into the mount, and there he remains six days at some distance. Orders are given him (Exod. 24:12): Come up to the mount, and be there, that is, ?Expect to continue there for some considerable time.? Those that would have communion with God must not only come to ordinances, but they must abide by them. Blessed are those that... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 24:15

And Moses went up into the mount ,.... To the top of it, and as it seems alone, leaving Joshua behind in a lower part of the mountain: and a cloud covered the mount ; in which cloud Jehovah was. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 24:12-18

Prolonged commune with God. Prolonged commune with God is the soul's truest strengthening, and sweetest refreshment. Without it our spirits languish—we grow weary and faint—worldliness creeps upon us—our thoughts and discourse become "of the earth, earthy"—we have no life or liveliness in ourselves, and can impart none to others. Moses' commune was abnormal, extraordinary, inimitable by us in its main features—its duration, locality, nearness of access, and completeness of isolation. But... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 24:12-18

Moses ascends the mount. Observe, 1 . He alone ascends ( Exodus 24:12 ). Aaron and his sons, with the seventy elders, were left behind. Their privilege was great as compared with that of the body of the people. Yet even they are not permitted to enter the cloud—to draw nigh into God's immediate presence. The limitations and imperfections of the legal economy are stamped on these arrangements. How superior the standing of Christians, who are all permitted to draw nigh; who have now... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 24:15

Moses went up into the mount . Having made the necessary arrangements for the government of the people during his absence, Moses ascended, in company with Joshua, to the upper part of the mountain, and there waited for some further summons. A cloud , or, rather, the cloud previously mentioned ( Exodus 19:16 ), stood gathered upon the highest eminence, and marked the special presence of God there. Moses, though called up into the mount, would not intrude into this inner sanctuary, until... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 24:1-18

The covenant sealed (24:1-18)When Moses recounted the covenant demands to them, the people once more declared their willingness to obey (cf. 19:8). In ancient times covenants were usually sealed by blood (see notes on Genesis 15:7-21), and at Sinai too God and his people were joined in a blood ritual. Half of the blood was thrown against the altar (representing God) and half was sprinkled on the people. This blood ritual, though having its usual significance in covenant ceremonies, may have had... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Exodus 24:15-16

"And Moses went up into the mount, and the cloud covered the mount. And the glory of Jehovah shone upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the cloud.""The cloud ..." The significance of that cloud is that, "It represents God's presence. Nevertheless, it is not to be wholly identified with him. It is intended to affirm that his presence was with Israel, without lessening the idea of his divine majesty and heavenly sovereignty.[19]The... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Exodus 24:12-18

C. Directions regarding God’s dwelling among His people 24:12-31:18Having given directions clarifying Israel’s obedience in the Book of the Covenant (Exodus 20:22 to Exodus 23:33), God now summoned Moses up into the mountain again to receive His directions regarding Israel’s worship. The Book of the Covenant specified how the Israelites were to live with one another, but the tabernacle showed them how God wanted them to worship Him. [Note: Cf. Davis, p. 192.] "The establishment of a covenant... read more

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