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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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Genesis 28 – Response

Jacob is sent away to marry from Rebekah’s family.  He is given a proper blessing by his father, and instructed not to marry from the Canaanites around him.  I remember in Sunday School always being taught that Esau heard about this and ran off to marry a Canaanite woman to spite his father and mother.  I have also brought that presupposition into my previous readings; so i didn’t pay that much attention.

However, that doesn’t really seem to be the case. The passage says, “So Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan displeased his father Isaac; and Esau went to Ishmael and married” (NASB).  So Esau did not turn away, he simply attempted to fulfill his father’s wishes the only way he reasonably knew how.  He did not marry from the Canaanites, he married from his uncle Ishmael, just as Jacob was sent to marry from his uncle Laban.  It’s not hugely significant, but it’s one of the things that i have never really caught in the many times that i was just reading the passage through.

This chapter contains some interesting theological situations.  For instance, what is described here is a ladder or staircase from earth to heaven.  It is a connection point: a point at which heaven and earth almost touch each other.  It’s a point at which those in heaven have access to earth and those on earth have access to heaven.  Being a dream, I don’t know the extent to which this “stairway to heaven” is literal or figurative, but it does give you reason to pause and wonder how this occurs and how many other of these “stairways” might exist throughout the world.  I also don’t know how important this “stairway to heaven” is overall, but it is a unique feature of this chapter.

What IS more important though, is Jacob’s reaction to the situation.  Instead of ignoring the “dream”, or running away, or trying to rationalize it away, he comes to realization.  He was amazed, and he was afraid, and he was in awe of the situation and where he was; “How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”  Beautiful isn’t it?  So Jacob turns around, sets up his pillow-rock as a pillar, pours oil over it, and calls the place Bethel or House of God.  Then he makes a vow to God that if He will be with him and take care of him, then Jacob will give a tithe (tenth) to God.

What is our reaction to God when He does something amazing?  What do we do when He shows up?  Do we run away, or try to ignore it, or rationalize it away, or try to justify ourselves; or do we fall in awe and wonder?  Do we, trembling, acknowledge God and make His truth a reality in our lives?  Do we pursue that God that we have had a personal experience with?  Do we take God’s truth into our very being and let it change who we are as a person?  Our reaction tells us who we really are.

 

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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