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11-11-10 HighQuest Exodus 33:12-23

November 13, 2010

The passage I read was Exodus 33:12-23
You can find it here:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+33%3A12-23&version=NIV

My summary of the passage is this:
Moses pleads with the Lord for His presence to go with him. The Lord grants this. Moses pleads with the Lord to see His glory. The Lord grants a view of His back side as He passes by Moses but refuses to show His face saying that Moses would surely die if he saw the face of God.

As I reflect:
I think Moses shows several human characteristics here that are comforting to know he felt. He showed worry, that he could not do this alone. He showed reverence and asked the Lord to continue to find favor with him and to teach him. He showed hesitation and fear that even though the Lord said He would go with him, he wanted the enemy to know that the Lord was with Him. Then he even requests a proving confirmation and shows his curiosity as he requests to see the Lord’s face. All these things I have done. I am not comforted at having something in common with Moses. What is comforting to know, is how God responded. God said, “I now you by name and you have found favor with me.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest… I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” I am convinced it is with us who have also found favor in the Lord’s sight, that He is with us always through His Holy Spirit and that He goes with us into our battles. There is nothing more comforting to know that I have The Almighty in my presence and that He cares for me.

My response to the Lord:
Lord, I thank you for your Holy Spirit here with me now. I thank you for your compassion and you mercy undeserved that is poured out on me here. I pray Lord that your goodness will be with me always; that your presence and rest will be with me. I pray that by your grace I may please you with the life you have loaned me. And Father, though at times I may fear what you have asked me to do, may I not hesitate or waver from your will. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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