Be There!



Coming up to meet God, and “being there” are two different commandments.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them.

Exd 24:12

Moses had been in constant communication with God in the wilderness, and even before that.

He had met with God many times.

Now he is instructed to not only come up the mountain, but to “be there” also.

If he came up the mountain and was there, then he was there, right?

But God wanted his full attention.

Moses needed to not only be there in body, but be there in spirit and in mind.

Something special was going to happen.

Moses was not to be thinking of anything except what God wanted.

So God was saying, come up here, and pay attention to me.


2 Aliyahs

In chapters 20-23 of Exodus, God had Moses already up on the mountain, in a blaze of glory, with trumpets blowing from heaven.

The Ten Commandments had already been given, at least verbally, along with many other instructions for Moses to relate to others.

In Chapter 24, Moses is called up again. Now he is told to “be there” after he comes up.


What is the difference between the first going up (Aliyah) and the second?

1. In the first Aliyah, Moses goes up alone. Everyone is told to stay away from the mountain.

This is a private conference between God and Moses. The record of the meeting is recorded by Moses in a “Book of the covenant” (24:4) which was read to the people.

2. In the second Aliyah, Moses is told to bring Aaron, Nadub, and 70 of the elders of Israel, who are to be making sacrifices on the mountain. Aaron and Hur are put in charge. They would be eating and drinking while they waited.

This time, God was doing the writing, not Moses. The others would be off in the distance while this event was occurring.

It was then Moses was to spend 40 days, and 40 nights with God in the midst of the cloud.

Between the 40 days, and the 73 extra people up there, it is possible that God expected Moses to possibly have his mind wander off task.

Moses was fasting as far as we know, because it does not mention he was near the food, or ate any.

The smell of fresh meat on the burnt altar , wondering about the others up there, and the long time focusing on one task may have possibly presented a distraction for Moses.

There was also talking and conversations going on.



It is human nature to get distracted, and not focus on what we are doing, or what is going on around us.


Every day examples of “not being there:”

Daydreaming in school

Texting while driving

Student listening to music while teacher is talking

Sitting in church and thinking about the fishing trip

Children ignoring their parent’s instructions.


God wants our full attention

God speaks all the time, but most people do not listen.

They are paying attention to something else instead.

Other people are busy paying so much attention to themselves, that there is no room for God to fit in.

God used trumpet blasts from heaven to get the people’s attention at Sinai.

You would think God just showing up would be captivating in itself, but God knows human nature.

He came with sound effects and visual demonstrations, just to be sure people were paying attention down at the bottom of the mountain.

It does seem that mankind’s mind is not what it should be most of the time.


We need to be better listeners, especially when God is talking.

His Words are LIFE.

If we listen and pay attention, we live.

If we don’t listen, and pay attention, we perish.

And when God shows up, and tells you to show up……


and ….

pay attention!!!!


7 Responses to “Be There!”

  1. Okay, I got it. Wonderful message! Kind of a twisted way to get to this on the WordPress Reader.

    • kip

      thank you.

      I have my site set up so that just an introductory sentence is given in a “post,” on a main page, which leads to a second “page” where all the discussion is.

      this is because wordpress seems to run one “post” after another on the same page, and it would take too long for one to scroll down, browse and select out what one wanted to read.

      I have about 740 “posts,” so this would be a lot of scrolling down

      so why not just do pages only?

      because the post is where I can assign key words and phrases to the topic, and pull in traffic that way, giving people an idea what the topic is about. I cannot do that on “pages.” the key words are important for those doing searches on topics they are looking for.

      so that is my method. it seems to work well for me. on the main page, one can glance at many posts quickly and get an idea of what one might be interested in without doing a lot of unnecessary reading….


      hope that makes sense now.

  2. asking for prayer against which craft.

    • dear michael

      I am sending you some prayers against witchcraft and some prayers for strength.

      print them out and say them each day. I will be agreeing with you in prayer, and adding you to my prayer list.

      Let us pray that whatever is bothering you will stop, and you will get victory in this situation. All devils must flee, in the name of Jesus, and when His blood is applied.

  3. I’m reminded of 1 Kings 17:1-4:

    “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.”

    Only after Elijah told King Ahab “there would be no dew or rain for these years” did God tell Elijah, “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there”. God not only provided for Elijah’s physical needs but also designated a place he would remain safe. Elijah could do what he wanted, but God had provided for him “there”.

    When we take time to listen to the Holy Spirit we are directed where to go but it’s still a choice to “go”. Are we missing an appointment with God? In this realm God may meet us as a raven or the person that will take us to the next level. There is no such thing a chance meeting when God is involved!

  4. Yea Mad Ray – beware who we entertain. Yes The Lord sends people to take us to the next level. Amen. But they have to have a ear to hear or it will do no good. Just ask Jesus, John, Paul, Peter, Elijah, Moses, Joshua im sure you get the point. God bless


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