Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”
Moses read the Book of the Covenant to the people of Israel, a miracle in itself. Movies or pictures often show this occurring with Moses up on the side of a mountain maybe 50-200 feet addressing the people of Israel numbering in at least the 100’s of thousands if not in the millions. Somehow (a miracle) they all heard what he had to say as he read the Book of the Covenant to them. How they all responded is not known, all we know is somehow they responded in the affirmative recorded as We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.
Why would they respond with such an emphatic affirmation? Earlier, returning to chapter 19, we read
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to Him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”
It was afterwards in chapter 20 the Lord gave Moses the 10 commandments followed by the law in chapters 21-23. Then in chapter 24 (where we find today’s verse)
1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, 2 but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”
3 When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” 4 Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.
Thus Moses wrote down the Book of the Covenant which he read to the people of Israel as noted in verse 7 whereupon they responded We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey. This is the Lord who brought them out of Egypt, parted the Red Sea for them and then closed it on Pharaoh’s army. He descended to the top of Mount Sinai. Of course they would want to do everything the Lord has said and state we will obey.
We too should obey, not the Book of the Covenant so much as the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us in Matthew 22
37 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
It’s Monday, have a great week thinking on these two commandments.