April 7, 2021
Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar.” Exodus 24:1
Including Nadab and Abihu, Yahweh commanded Moses to bring 72 elders with Aaron to Mount Sinai to worship him. Here we see the origin of the Messianic thread: Jesus would commission 72 elders in addition to his disciples to go and proclaim that the Kingdom of God is near (Luke 10:1-12). But there is a marked difference in proximity. Whereas only Moses was permitted to draw near the Lord in worship (v 2), his entourage was commanded to worship from afar.
Like Moses, Jesus worshipped his father in close communion. However, except for a couple of men that were healed by Jesus (e.g., John 9:38), it was not until after the resurrection that his disciples worshipped him. On a mountain in Galilee, they drew near and worshipped their Lord (Matthew 28:17). Thankfully, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who resides in us, all believers now have access to the throne room of God.
Let us draw near and worship our King!
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling