After 40 years of reading the Bible cover to cover, I discovered something I never knew yesterday while perusing the book of Exodus. But then again, maybe I’m the only one in the world who wasn’t clued in.
Did you know that Moses wasn’t the only one (besides Adam and Eve) to actually see God face to face and live to tell about it? In fact, did you realize that God threw a party for a hand-picked bunch in His mountain hide-away and hung out with them while they chowed down?
No? Well I’m glad I’m not alone in my duh-ment. I fear that many of the times I’ve waded through some of the heavier Old Testament books like Exodus , Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, I was either half asleep or brain-fried enough that what I was reading didn’t register. Happily, this time it did and I feel oh, so enlightened.
In Exodus 24:9-11, it’s recorded that while the Children of Israel had recently left Egypt and were just getting started in their wilderness adventure, 74 Hebrew leaders were invited up to Mt. Sinai where “they saw the God of Israel” and “they shared a meal together in God’s presence!” (New Living Translation)
Is that not cool? Can you imagine being invited up to God’s place and being served manna appetizers while the Master of all Creation and God of the Universe hangs out with you?
I must admit it makes my imagination run wild just considering what the party chatter must have been like:
“So, Lord, what does your agenda look like for the next 40 years?”
“Hey Moses, did you try the quail wings? The secret’s in the sauce!”
“Do want us to stay and wash dishes, Yahweh? Good help is so hard to find these days.”
No disrespect is intended, of course – I just like to insert myself in these amazing biblical scenarios to see what it could have actually felt like. Guess that’s the actress in me.
Nevertheless, I think that’s really something that God loves His children so very much that He intentionally seeks our company – He wants to spend time with us. Do we, on the other hand, give Him the same consideration?
How many times have I closed my Bible after 4 verses because I’m tired and would rather go to sleep? Or left a prayer unfinished because I got sidetracked by other important claims on my time? Or had a whole list of good intentions to perform in His name that just somehow never made it to fruition?
Hmm. Maybe it’s time to rethink my priorities. Maybe I can still make the invitation list to the Almighty’s next shindig.