So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. (Exodus 24:13-15)
As we have addressed before, though the elders were permitted to come to a certain point, only Moses was allowed to approach God in such an intimate way. They were permitted to catch a glimpse of God from afar but only the Lawgiver could go further. No doubt, they watched him all the way as he ascended the mountain and finally disappeared into the thick cloud that covered the mountain. Couple that scene with his request that they remain at their post until he returned conjures images of what Messiah said to His disciples just before He ascended into the heavens.
In the latter case, Yeshua’s disciples were “tarry” in Jerusalem that they might be filled with the Holy Spirit which enabled them to be His witnesses in the earth. It could be argued that, instructing them to wait was, in some ways, an element of testing to see who would in fact do the Master’s bidding. In other words, sometimes we are told to wait for different reasons, one of them being, to demonstrate whether or not we will persevere and endure. Will we stay at our post until our LORD instructs us otherwise?
Waiting can be distressing for some, and yet, it is something that God’s people are expected to do. Throughout Scripture we see this again and again. In some cases, we see the faithfulness of God’s servants and in some cases, as in Gethsemane, we discover that “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” You and I are in this phase of things in terms of redemption — we must be resigned to wait and to watch for the LORD’s return. As we do, we are not to be idle in our mission but are to “occupy” until He comes. Though we wait, we also work; we do what He has called us to do even as we remain watchful for His return. Even so, Come LORD Yeshua.
Blessings and Shalom,