When Moses asked God to show him his glory, God hid him in the cleft of the rock before he passed by.
God assured Moses that he would have him stand near on the rock but Moses would not see the full glory of God’s face (for no mortal man who sees God’s face shall live). Talk about a heart stopper attraction. #gloryofGod v.20
Maybe a safer way for Moses to ask would have been, “cover me with your hand”. For how great and terrible is God’s holy presence in all His glory.
But Moses wasn’t playing it safe, he put all on the line for God. He desired to see this display of power as he needed a dose of courage to lead millions of escapees from slavery into the land promised them by God. It was not the Israelite’s goodness that caused the Canaanites to be belched out of the land. It was the wickedness of the other nations that made this happen.
Moses trusted God and insisted that God go with them, knowing that without divine intervention it was futile. #soldout #allhiseggsinonebasket
God knows our name and He wants us to desire His ways.
To Moses, He promised that His presence would go with him. Only in this reality, would Moses find rest. #knowingpeace
Grant us your rest and presence, Lord, in this daunting task called life. Help us to know when to wait for your presence and when to plunge forward, somehow still resting in Your presence. -Teresa #God’swork #God’sglory
Exodus 32:12-32 (ESV)
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.”