January 30, 2010

Exo 33-35: God of Second Chances

Posted in God's Character, Grace, Moses tagged , , , , at 10:52 pm by Steve

Have you ever taken on more than you could chew? What your eyes ever bigger than your stomach? Did God ever ask you to take on a task that was simply beyond your ability? We often think so and I think Moses felt like it too. Remember these were slaves he was leading. They weren’t used to making decisions let alone taking on the military powers that resided in Canaan.

“God did you really want me to take on the fortified cities in Jericho, Jerusalem, and Damascus with this ragtag group of misfits?”

But Moses knows something that makes him persevere. “I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.” [33:2]

So Moses, it will not be you who fights the fight, but God’s power. You just have to follow through. The fact that God will not travel with them highlights the holiness of God.

“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” [33:11]

As Christian we all have the ability to speak to God like this. To have the kind of relationship that Adam and Eve shared in the Garden. Prayer opens the door to the Kingdom of God, our true home.

When Moses asked to see God he was not able to see God’s glory. The Glory of God is expressed in Jesus. If you want to see and experience the fullness of God’s glory, know and experience the person of Jesus Christ.

Second version of the 10 Commandment. This version is different from the version encountered in Chapter 20.

Why? What is being revealed here than is different from the original?

Share your thoughts.

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1 Comment »

  1. Prince's mom said,

    “As Christians, we all have the ability to speak to God like this. To have the kind of relationship that Adam and Eve shared in the Garden. Prayer opens the door to the Kingdom of God, our true home.”

    Several thoughts, but allow me to address the last sentence first.

    Boy, I am glad that the way through the Narrow Gate is through Christ and our acceptance of Him as our Savior, first and foremost, and that prayer, which appears to be so hard for many to not only do but believe in, is a component part. Prayer is so easy and such a blessed two-way street along with being such a gift offered on behalf of those whom we know and those for whom we care. It’s a 24/7, ongoing conversation with your “bestest” friend in not just the entire world but in the universe, which He just happened to have created. Isn’t it a shame that so many are afraid to attempt that conversation because they fear “they won’t do it right”? Isn’t it a shame that so many choose not to “present their requests to God” and, therefore, “not be anxious about anything”? Isn’t it a shame that so many do not believe in the power of prayer because they go in with the idea of what they “want” from God; and when they don’t receive what they “wanted” and “expected,” they not only believe that He doesn’t love them and/or that He has abandoned them; but they give up on continuing to believe in prayer’s power and that God is there and/or listening? And isn’t it a shame that so many do not realize that Christ, like Moses for the Israelites, is our Intercessor with the Father and that, no matter the words we use, Christ speaks our hearts to the Father? Oh, if more people understood prayer, its power, and its Intercessor, how much better and closer of a relationship they could have with their “bestest” friend in all the universe. Every day, because of the gifts given and the gifts received, would be like Christmas!

    I return to the second sentence: “To have the kind of relationship that Adam and Eve shared in the Garden.” I don’t want that same kind of relationship that Adam and Eve had in the Garden. Have the kind of relationship that Adam and Eve COULD have had in the Garden if they had not listened to evil and sinned? Yes! But, have the kind of relationship they had with God following their eating the forbidden fruit? No!

    How amazing is God and His Spirit that not only does His Word show His plan and the correlation between so many people and events, but that if you read and study and ask for discernment from the Spirit, you can see parallels backwards and forwards. God offers the Promised Land to the Israelites the same as He offered and gave the Garden to Adam and Eve. The Israelites worshipped the golden calf and were banned from the Promised Land for forty years. Adam and Eve ate the apple and were banished from the Garden. The relationship with God was altered for Adam and Eve when they sinned by eating the apple. The relationship with God was altered when the Israelites sinned by worshipping the golden calf. In both circumstances God sent these people out of His sight, much the way an angry parent sends an errant child into “time out.” The God of mercy and forgiveness never stopped loving His children any more than a parent stops loving his or her daughter or son. God never abandoned His errant children, even though they often believed that He had; He just maintained a safe distance until they learned, grew, and were willing to obey Him and love Him “above all other gods.” That’s what He asks and expects from us, too.

    And Moses, the intercessor in so many cases and specifically in the three prayers in Chapter 33, reminds me of and is indicative of and a predecessor of Christ. Christ, intercedes with God, with His Father, on our undeserving behalf.

    When I consider and am amazed by the love that Moses had for his people that caused him to talk to God on their behalf, I can’t help but think, however, that Moses’ show of love pales in comparison to the love that the Good Shepherd showed for His sheep when “He lay down His life for His friends.”

    And when I count the number of times that Moses went to bat for the Israelites, saving them from annihilation, I can’t help but wonder how many times, without our knowing so, has Christ defended us to His Father, when God has been so very close, understandably, to annihilating us — “there but for the grace of God go we.”

    I can’t help but wonder why it is that the Israelites had such difficulty asking for forgiveness when they sinned, and Moses had to do it for them.

    I can’t help but wonder why it is that we have such difficulty asking for forgiveness when we sin, and Christ has to do it for us.

    I can’t help but wonder why it is that, when given a chance by God to tell the truth about eating the apple and ask for forgiveness from their merciful and loving Father, Adam and Eve did not.

    Wish they would have.

    Wish we as a people, as a community, as a society, could learn from our mistakes.

    A famous line from a famous movie says, “Love means never having to say you are sorry.”

    I disagree.


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