12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
16 And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord told Moses to come up to the mount and he would give him tables of stone of the law and commandments. Moses took Joshua with him and left Aaron and Hur to watch over the children of Israel.
The mount of God, here also called Mount Sinai, was covered by a cloud as the glory of God abode there for 6 days before the Lord called Moses from within the cloud.
The children of Israel saw the presence of God like a “devouring fire on the top of the mount.”
On the sixth day, when the Lord called to Moses, he went into the midst of the cloud. Moses remained on the mount for forty days and forty nights.
When I note that Moses was on that mountain all that time, I realize that had I been one of those children of Israel looking at the “devouring fire” on top of the mount, I would have doubted his return. Surely it was a good thing that Aaron and Hur were present as his representatives to prevent the people from dispersing into the surrounding country during the long absence of Moses.
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