Bible in 90 Days Update

We are on Day 8 of reading through the Bible in 90 days.  I am on track, having finished reading Exodus and will begin Leviticus today.  I always get bogged down in Leviticus and Numbers, but reading through so quickly helps me to get through those more difficult books of lists of laws and rules and helps me to see the bigger picture of why God was giving all those rules.

One thing I've noticed about reading through the Bible in 90 days is that, while I don't have time to stop and do more in depth study, I am often drawn to things I want to study more.  This past time I read in the summer, I was very drawn to study more about those Old Testament books of law and the history of Israel.  I purchased a Genesis study and an Exodus study.  I have completed the Genesis study and look forward to studying Exodus more in depth also.

No matter how many times I read through the Bible, I always catch something new.  Reading through the other day in Exodus, I noticed something I don't think I've noticed before.  I've always wondered about Aaron and the Israelites building the golden calf while Moses was on the mountain.  I can almost sympathize with them as they wait in vain for Moses to return day after day, and the begin to get frustrated and to question the reality of God.  I've always felt sort of sorry for them.  But, reading the other day, I caught this:
Exodus 24:9-11 Then they climbed the mountain—Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel—and saw the God of Israel. He was standing on a pavement of something like sapphires—pure, clear sky-blue. He didn't hurt these pillar-leaders of the Israelites: They saw God; and they ate and drank.
 12-13 God said to Moses, "Climb higher up the mountain and wait there for me; I'll give you tablets of stone, the teachings and commandments that I've written to instruct them." So Moses got up, accompanied by Joshua his aide. And Moses climbed up the mountain of God. 
Before heading up the mountain alone, Moses had been with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 elders.  They had seen God and eaten and drank there on the mountain.  Then Aaron and the others headed back down the mountain to build the golden calf within a short time!  Could any one of those 73 people not taken a stand when the Israelites complained and verified that they knew God was with them because they had been with Him?  Could Aaron really be persuaded to make an idol to replace the God that had just communed with on the mountain?  Really?   It made me think.

So, here I go heading into Leviticus and the law.

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