“Then Moses went up, also 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 sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.” Exodus 24:9-10
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” E. G. White, Education, p. 56-57.
The kind of men and women described in the above quote do not just happen. In this sinful world that kind of men are not born they are made by the hand of God working through the leadership of Godly men and women.
At the time of the event recorded in our focus text there was a scarcity of Godly men to give Godly leadership in the nation of Israel. As events unfolded it turned out that there was, in fact, just one person able to meet the minimum standards for Godly leadership; Moses.
God knew this and as always he was working ahead of where people were, giving every opportunity for them to know and do the right thing. What the people needed was a group of leaders completely convinced about who God is and totally confident in him and solidly committed to following him and only him. If God had such a group of followers and Israel had such a group of leaders the nation of the children of God would be on a much stronger footing.
So this time as God extends the call for people to come to him on the mountain he calls for more than just Moses. Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders are called to join him. And there on the mount they see God.
God knows that in the years ahead the only strength strong enough for the people can rely on is the strength of God.
People tend to believe what they can see so God gave these leaders the opportunity to see him so that they would believe and could lead others believe as well. You’d think this revelation would have been enough to set those seventy elders up for life but it didn’t. In fact they were committed to God for only about a month. It takes a daily seeking after God and it appears that they didn’t follow through and connect with God everyday.
The world still needs the leadership of men and women that have received a vision God. Perhaps we haven’t seen God in the same way as Moses and the elders did that day but we’re still able to have a genuine experience in which God’s been revealed to us.
It’s our privilege to ask, and seek, and knock so that we can receive such an experience. God’s waiting and wanting to reveal himself to us. All that’s required is that we open our hearts to him.