[Linux4christians] Sunday - Exodus 33
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33:1 The Lord said to Moses, "Go up from here, you and the people whom
you brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land I promised on oath
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your
descendants.' 33:2 I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out
the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and
the Jebusite. 33:3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey. But I
will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, and I might
destroy you on the way."
33:4 When the people heard this troubling word they mourned; no one put
on his ornaments. 33:5 For the Lord had said to Moses, "Tell the
Israelites, 'You are a stiff-necked people. If I went up among you for a
moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments, that I may
know what I should do to you.'" 33:6 So the Israelites stripped off
their ornaments by Mount Horeb.
The Presence of the Lord
33:7 Moses took the tent and pitched it outside the camp, at a good
distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone
seeking the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting that was outside
33:8 And when Moses went out to the tent, all the people would get up
and stand at the entrance to their tents and watch Moses until he
entered the tent. 33:9 And whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar
of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the
Lord would speak with Moses. 33:10 When all the people would see the
pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people,
each one at the entrance of his own tent, would rise and worship. 33:11
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, the way a person speaks to a
friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his servant, Joshua son
of Nun, a young man, did not leave the tent.
33:12 Moses said to the Lord, "See, you have been saying to me, 'Bring
this people up,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with
me. But you said, 'I know you by name, and also you have found favor in
my sight.' 33:13 Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your
way, that I may know you, that I may continue to find favor in your
sight. And see that this nation is your people."
33:14 And the Lord said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give
33:15 And Moses said to him, "If your presence does not go with us, do
not take us up from here. 33:16 For how will it be known then that I
have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your
going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from
all the people who are on the face of the earth?"
33:17 The Lord said to Moses, "I will do this thing also that you have
requested, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name."
33:18 And Moses said, "Show me your glory."
33:19 And the Lord said, "I will make all my goodness pass before your
face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name before you; I will be
gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will
show mercy." 33:20 But he added, "You cannot see my face, for no one can
see me and live." 33:21 The Lord said, "Here is a place by me; you will
station yourself on a rock. 33:22 When my glory passes by, I will put
you in a cleft in the rock and will cover you with my hand while I pass
by. 33:23 Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back, but
my face must not be seen."
Lord, You were righteously angry but You found a way to maintain
community with Your chosen people through Moses. Thank You that Your
loving grace continues today!
The Lord God announces that He cannot be among the Israelites as their
sin, in such close proximity, could anger Him and cause their
destruction. [Perhaps this is the "plague" to which the end of Chapter
The people mourned as they feared for their lives without God's presence
and removed all of the gold earrings, and perhaps other jewelry, to
demonstrate their remorse. The NET translators observe that the gold
jewelry was what was used to make the golden calf.
He does promise to send an angel [The NET translators do not believe
this is the same "Angel of Presence" He previous mentioned] to clear the
land of other non-Israelite tribes.
Moses set up a tent between the camp and the tabernacle where he served
as the intermediary for the people with God. God met with Moses there.
Moses appealed to God to renew His presence among the people. The NET
translators observe the link back to 32:10 where God prompts Moses with
a reference to the Abrahamic covenant while at the same time telling
Moses to leave Him because His justice desired to punish the people. So
Moses took advantage of the opening for reconciliation that God provided.
Moses asked to see more of the presence of God than he had previously.
God agreed but clarified that Moses could only see a shadow of His
passing as no man may see God, in the fallen state prior to Heaven, and
Moses served as a bridge between a righteously indignant God Whose
justice demanded severe punishment but Whose grace tempered that judgment.
Despite their chronic complaining and rebellion the Israelites had
transitioned from dependent upon the power of the Egyptians to the power
of God. Imagine their fear that out in the wilderness, surrounded by
enemies, God might suddenly abandon them?
Reflect on this:
God still chooses to send an angel to clear the land of non-Israelite
tribes because no matter how the Israelites violated their side of the
covenantal agreement God was always faithful to His.
When have you desperately cried-out to the Lord God, knowing that your
sin had created a barrier to your fellowship with the Holy Spirit,
repenting of that sin, and seeking reconciliation and restoration of
intimacy with God?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where something you value may be a tool
Today I will prayerfully receive the message of the Holy Spirit, through
the Word, through an elder-confirmed ("elder": a mature believer, as
defined in the NT), and through His answer to prayer directly to me. I
will remove from my environment that thing, or those things, that have
become tools of rebellion. In the case of the Israelites it had been
their gold "ornaments". In my case it could be a computer that needs
strong filters, clothing and/or other fashion items that draw too much
attention to the body, a group with whom I associate who lead me away
from God, a phone that is used dangerously while driving or to
communicate in a non-edifying manner, resources that enable me to cheat
or deceive, etc. I will partner with the Holy Spirit to fill the vacuum
of what I remove with something edifying.
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Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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