The Lord God has spoken to Moses and has outlined his expectations for His people. The ancient world was a world out of control, full of bloody revenge, abject immorality, indifference to those less fortunate and intolerance for others. The laws were given as guidelines showing people were to live who worshiped the Living God. In chapter 24, it is time to ratify the covenant between God and the people. The ratification process involved a blood sacrifice and the partaking of a meal.
In the book of Exodus, God has declared “who he is” by the miracles of the plagues. Then he displayed Himself as the promise keeping God by freeing His people and leading them to the Promised Land. A new covenant has been ratified between God and the ancient Hebrews with Moses as the mediator. Now it is time for God to show the people how they are to approach a holy God. Moses ascends Mount Sinai and stays there for 40 days. It is here that he receives the instructions for the Tabernacle also called the Tent of Meeting. This is the place where God’s presence dwells with His people. The plans of the Tabernacle deals with God’s plan on how to come to him as a holy God. Fifty chapters are dedicated to the instructions about the tabernacle: 13 in Exodus, 18 in Leviticus, 13 in Numbers, 2 in Deuteronomy and 4 in Hebrews.