In Exodus 33, Moses didnt know it but God was about to bring him
into a greater revelation of his glory and nature. This revelation would
go far beyond friendship, far beyond intimacy. Its a revelation God
wants all his hurting people to know.
The Lord told Moses he was going to show him his glory: I will
make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the
name of the Lord before thee (Exodus 33:19). Then he said,
Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me,
. [But] behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt
stand upon a rock: and it shall come to pass, while my glory
passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover
thee with my hand while I pass by (33:2022).
The Hebrew word for glory in this passage means my own self.
God was telling Moses, I myself will pass by near you. One
translation says it this way: I will hide you in a cavity of the rock,
and I will defend you with the protectiveness of my power until I
have passed by.
This is what the apostle Paul means when he says that we are
hid in Christ. When we fail Godwhen we sin grievously against
the lightwe are not to linger in our fallen condition. Instead,
were to quickly run to Jesus, to be hid in the Rock. Paul writes,
did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank
of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was
Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1, 4).
What was the great revelation that God gave to Moses about
himself? What is the truth about him that were to sanctify in our
hearts? It is this:
The Lord said unto Moses
be ready in the morning, and come
up in the morning unto mount Sinai
And the Lord descended in
the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of
the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed,
The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and
abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no
means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:1, 2 and 57).
Here was the greater revelation, the full picture of who God is. The
Lord told Moses, Come up to this rock in the morning. Ill give you
a hope that will keep you. Ill show you my heart as youve never
seen it before. What was the glory that Moses besought of the Lord?
Here is the glory: a God who is merciful and gracious, longsuffering
and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquities and transgression and sin, and that will by no
means clear the guilty.
Christ is the full expression of that glory. Indeed, all that is in the
Father is embodied in the Son. And Jesus was sent to earth to
bring that glory to us.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon