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Exodus 34 – Response

Everything has finally settled down.  The masses have found a semblance of peace and are ready to handle themselves while Moses goes up the mountain again.  God calls Moses, and he responds.  He returns to Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights again where he brings two new stone tablets for the LORD to write on.

This is the same type of incident as before, but things have changed.  There are definitely some key and significant differences.  One of the beautiful things that happens here is that Moses relationship and connection with YHWH appear to have made some definite improvements.  He is there for the same role and the same purpose as he was before, but Moses seems to have more responsibility as well as more depth in relationship with YHWH.  The connection is much more direct and face to face.  So much so that when Moses comes down this time, his face is shining so brightly that the people can’t even look at him.  Their response is to fear him, and it is only after covering his face with a veil that he is able  to come before the people.  This covering of God’s glory, outpouring through Moses, continues each time he meets with YHWH.  The veil becomes a constant reminder of Moses connection and response  to God.

During  this time on the mountain, YHWH decides to make note of the people’s tendency towards idolatry,  He makes it clear to them that they are to destroy ALL evidence of the nations that exist in the land of Canaan, and to tear down anything that represents their false gods.  This is more than just a command.  This is a mandate.  This is the direction that the people must take, even though God already knows that they are not going to.  It is a notice that must be made and a direction that must be followed.

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Exodus 33 – Presence

Blessed be the name of the LORD Most High.

We go from an intense and troubling chapter 32 to an intense and glorifying chapter 33.  Talk about an emotional roller coaster ride.  The people had had no direction and were casting off restraint.  Now Moses is there and everything has changed.  Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp, and anyone who sought the LORD could go there.  Meanwhile Moses and Joshua would enter the tent of meeting and meet with YHWH while His glory rested in the entrance.  Meanwhile, the people would stand in the entrance of their tents and worship.

Talk about an amazing experience!  Imagine being there!  The presence of God on that place day after day after day.  One of the things that i especially love about this chapter is vs. 11; “Thus the LORD (YHWH) used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.  When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.”  Moses spoke to YHWH face-to-face.  The relationship between Moses and God was such that they could talk and discuss things with each other as any good friends could.  Wow!  What a concept!

Meanwhile, as Moses left the tent of meeting to go about his daily work, Joshua, his servant, would stay in God’s presence.  If anyone wants to know how to be a true leader in God’s kingdom and in the world, He has but to follow Joshua’s lead.  He needs to spend time in the presence of the Holy God.

There is so much depth and power in this chapter.  I have only touched on a couple of the key ideas and principles, and i would greatly recommend that you take at least a few days to really read and attempt to process and understand this chapter.  It has to potential to change your world.

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