“Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up [Mount Sinai], and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.” (Exodus 24:9–10).
“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:13–14).
Both groups had a ‘sweet/bitter’ side to them. It wasn’t long after the seventy had been with Moses and seen the glory of God on the mountain that they were back in the valley with Aaron making a golden calf to worship (Exodus 32). This brought God to the point of wanting to consume them and start over with Moses as a new nation. What is wrong with this picture?
Jesus chose twelve men to “be with Him”, training them for preaching and reaching the world with His message. Time and space does not allow me to list all the problems Jesus had with these men who had the finest mentor of mentors. With Peter denying that he knew Jesus and Judas betraying Him to the Jewish rulers, Jesus could have given up on them, but He knew what he was doing. He gives them the closeness of seeing God the Father in Himself (John 14:9).
Has God given you the privilege of His presence, but you have squandered those moments and forgotten their value? He gave you those experiences to change your life and ministry, not to be wasted. He is calling you into the next two circles. Be sure to visit this blog for the next two days.