Q. In Exodus 24:9-11, we are told that Moses, Aaron and 70 elders of Israel saw God and ate with him. I know that no man can see God and live so I’m assuming they saw His glory. My question is what is the significance of this? It’s almost like a footnote in scripture, but it seems amazing to me that God would fellowship with them in this manner.
A. God called Moses, Aaron, Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, and the 70 elders up the mountain. He said they could worship at a distance but only Moses could approach Him. Before they went up Moses had read the terms of the covenant to them and sprinkled them with the blood of the covenant (Exodus 24:7-8) The meal they ate on the mountain was called a covenant meal, usually bread and wine, and was part of the ceremony involved in establishing a covenant. By their participation, the 70 Elders were formally confirming the covenant made at Mt. Sinai between God and Israel.