Ignatian Study of Exodus 24
Read Exodus 24 to get a sense of the story. Identify the main characters.
Read a second time, this time as if you were Moses.
- Consider the sense of responsibility you (Moses) feel as the intermediary between the Israelites and God.
- How do you feel when you see God in verses 9-11?
- What might you be thinking when you send the elders back and put Aaron and Hur in charge?
- How would you feel during the 6 days of waiting in the cloud?
Read again, this time as one of the 70 elders.
- How did it feel to be chosen to accompany Moses and Aaron on this journey, hearing the instruction in verses 1-2?
- What might you (the elder) be thinking and experiencing as you eat and drink together in the presence of God?
Read the passage one more time, this time as God.
- Why do you (God) take such great care with the instructions?
- Why do you invite the elders to dine with you?
- What was your reason for making Moses wait 6 days before calling him into the cloud on the 7th day?
As you reflect, consider the following questions:
- Which reading did you find most helpful, and why?
- What new insights did you gain about the presence of God from these readings?
- How does reading the passage this way help you better understand the relationship between God and his people? Write your insights in your journal.
- Name a takeaway (truth or insight) that you have gained.