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November 11, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: John 16-18
Audio: John 16-18

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Memory Verse of the Week

“And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.”
(Exodus 31:18 ESV)

Exodus 33 (ESV)

The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.’” Therefore the people of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.

Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lordwould go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When 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. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

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  1. Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Exodus 33:13a

    Please Show Me Your Glory and Your Ways

    As I read Exodus 33 this morning, I was reminded, as I often am, of all the people who claim to know God, "believe in God" and think they have a relationship with God, yet they know very little of God's ways and lack the desire to know more. Most seem satisfied on already digested food from the past. When they get hungry, maybe due a problem in their lives, spiritual junk food is quick and easy and will curb their appetites. This leaves them malnutritioned and susceptible to illness and poor spiritual health. 

    It seems to me our churches have perpetuated this by using the Bible (if it's used at all) as a backdrop for sermons and spiritual counseling instead of the very ingredients by which to preach and teach people about God. I'm not suggesting seminary-level courses for Sunday morning churchgoers. But so often, God is brought down to our level. He is humanized so He becomes more relatable to us. But what is taught mostly revolves around us and focuses on our lives and relationships instead of on God's character, His commandments, His will, His way of salvation, His warnings and His provisions.

    If God is our focus, then who we are from His perspective becomes clearer. Only then, in light of all that God is and what He has reveled about Himself in His Word, we can live knowing how to find favor in His sight, walk in His ways and see His glory.

    For Moses, he couldn't get enough. He wanted more of God. Even though he already had a close, personal relationship with God, he wanted more. Much more. 

    Can you relate? Or is God close enough where He is (or maybe a bit too close)?

    Moses asked God to please show him His glory. He begged God to show him His ways. He doesn't want anything to come between him and God. He doesn't want to assume anything about God. He's not content to meet Him on a mountain or at the tent of meeting. He wants more than conversation. He wants to know God and know Him so intimately, he wants to see Him face to face. 

    God tells Moses no one can see His face and live (Exodus 33:20), but because of Moses' desire to know Him more, He will allow Moses to see His back as He passes by the rock. If God didn't cover Moses with His hand, he would die. This is how glorious God's glory is!

    When open our Bibles and read all that God has revealed to us, we see much more than His back. He shares His heart and mind with us (as much as we can understand in our human limitations). We have that access right now! We may not be able to see the face of God with our physical eyes but our spiritual eyes see Him because He has revealed Himself to us in Word. God has literally showed us His ways and His glory in Scripture. We can know how to have favor with God. It's not left to chance nor is it an educated guess. We can know His ways and see His glory because we can know Him and see Him in Scripture and in His power and presence in the lives of His children.

    That is why knowing the Word of God is so important. The more we know Scripture, the more we will know His ways. The more we desire Him and desire to know Him and His ways, the more intimate our relationship with be with Him. As we continue to learn and grow, our relationship with Him becomes closer and more personal – so personal, it's as if we see Him face to face. 

    Are you satisfied with knowing very little and assuming much?

    Are you spiritual starved in your knowledge of God while the banquet awaits you?

    Do you want to know God's ways and see His glory?

    Come! Sit at the feet of our Savior in the gospels. Hang out with Jesus' disciples and learn from them in the New Testament. Attend seminary at the Apostles Paul's school of doctrine in his letters to the churches and young pastors. Be left in awe in the minor prophets as the coming Messiah is revealed. Pull up a chair at the "tent of meeting" or at the top of a mountain and experience the wonder and joy of knowing God in deep, meaningful, life-changing ways in the Old Testament. 

    If you do, you will begin to see His ways and see His glory as clear as the noonday sun. 

  2. The first sentence of Exodus 33:11 really jumped out at me. Speaking to God face to face! Wow! I can't imagine what that must feel like! 

    I was also in awe of how God allowed Moses to see his back as he passed by,  and I wonder what that looked like! 

    I do want to know God's better;  I want to understand Him as much as I can, and I always ask Him to pull me closer and teach me what He needs for me to know .

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