1. Moses is given the 10 commandments on stone tablets 2. The children of Israel make a golden calf to worship while Moses is away. 3. God becomes very angry. Moses intercedes for Israel's safety. 4. The pillar of cloud covers the entrance to the tent of meeting every time Moses enters to inquire of the Lord. 5. Moses refuses to continue to lead the people towards Canaan if the Lord's presence does not go with them. 6. The Lord reveals His glory to Moses, but only His backside 7. Moses is given the stone tablets a second time.
Today I want to look into the glory of the Lord. This topic for me is very fascinating. There is a tremendous mystery to God's glory. While we know that God is omnipresent and there is nothing hidden from him. We see in Exodus that there are greater realms and dimensions to His presence. On one side, God is omnipresent yet men kill, lie, hate, cheat while in the presence of the Lord. But other times God reveals His presence and men collapse to the ground as if their bodies were dead. This is what Daniel experiences, and Peter, James and John on the Mt. of transfiguration. Listen to the account given when the temple of Solomon is dedicated in 2 Chronicles.
- 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 "When Solomon finished praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord".
In Moses' case, he fasted food and water for 40 days while he met alone with God on the mountain. God shows Moses His glory as He is passing by and when Moses returns to the children of Israel, his face is radiant, reflecting the glory of the presence of the Lord. So powerful. You will reflect the nature of what you most often spend time with. In the days to come we will be reading about the tabernacle of Moses. The tabernacle was the holy place, but beyond this there was a room within a room. This was the holy of holies. In this room is where the ark of the covenant rested, and this was where the glory of God dwelt. God's glory is remarkable.
Even when God was angry with His people, Moses refused to go on toward Canaan without the Lord's presence. Moses understood that with God's glory came God's approval, His blessing, and His victory. It's interesting that while God is omnipresent, God tells Moses that He is not going to go up with them (Ex 33:3). There is much more to experience than His universal presence. A good illustration is the sun which the earth orbits. Although the sun's presence can be felt and experienced all across the earth. As you move closer to the sun, the impact of it's presence is intensified. At the sun's core it is a raging inferno.
I want to encourage everyone, God is moving in our midst in 2013 here at Central. Lean into the Lord. Intentionally "move" closer to Him. There is and always will be greater realms of His glory to experience. Let us stir up our hunger to draw closer to the Lord while He may be found. The Apostle Paul wrote over half of our New Testament yet listen to his cry in his letter to the Philippians.
- Ph 3:10 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in death."
Paul was a leading apostle of his time, but he understood that there was more of Christ than what he was presently experiencing. Lord Jesus, show us your glory in 2013.