DECEMBER 23: RISING EARLY

RISING EARLY

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and he put it in basins and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. And he took the book of the covenant and read in the audience of the people and they said, 'All that the Lord hath said we will do, and be obedient.' And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, 'Behold, the blood of the covenant which the Lord hath made with you concering all these words."
Exodus 24:4-8
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Today's Read: Exodus 24; Hebrews 10
The words and judgments of the Lord, given to Moses and passed down to the people, provoked an immediate and laborious response from Moses:
He rose early and took care of God's business with haste,
He built an altar,
Secured twelve pillars,
Provided and prepared sacrifices and offerings,
And entered into the presence of the Almighty ...
Bridging the people of God with the presence of God and securing them with a covenant forged by the Everlasting God for all eternity.
Through the mediation of Moses, God gathered His people together and allowed them a privileged status and entrance into communal relationship with Him.
It's such a holy wonder to me ...
Why a great and holy God makes such significant attempt to relate to such an "unholy lot."
But He does.
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On the heels of this sacred exchange Aaron and the Elders of Israel are given a personal and memorable glimpse of the holiness of God:
"Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the Elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel, and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in its clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He laid not His hand; also they saw God, and did eat and drink."
Exodus 24:9-11
The impact of this holy impartation upon this significant small group of men would have secured Moses with an unquestionable status as God's "chosen" leader and mediator, and it also would have affirmed and confirmed the mystery and might of God Almighty's presence in their midst.
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The altar of Moses testifies to the ardent understanding and wisdom of Moses.
In rising early, and in the securing of sacrifice and offering early, Moses prevailed with God, And God's holy presence dwelt in the unholy presence of men.
Moses foreshadowed the greater "One" who would come;
 Christ, the true Mediator and unblemished sacrifice.
The "Altar of Redemption" was prepared to bridge us with the Eternal and Everlasting God.
And this is the heartbeat of Christmas.
Rise early and meditate on your Mediator.
The best is yet to come ...
Merry Christmas.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) In today's "read" select and highlight one meaningful promise you have been secured with. Write it down.
2) Create an altar, select a silent private place of meditation with God, and remain there.
3) Quiet your soul ... and begin a habit of rising early with your Mediator.