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Today we are continuing our series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.
The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”
Today we are discussing God of Grace and God of Glory.
Exodus 33:18 (AMP)
18 Then Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory!”
Often a child feels a parent does not love him anymore.
When he disobeys a parents command, he fears that the parents love no longer exists.
Then the child is overwhelmed when the parent continues to love, despite the disobedience.
Israel faced a similar situation.
They defiantly disobeyed one of God’s clear commands.
Like a rebellious child, the nation diverted its attention away from God to an idol.
After their rebellion, the people thought that God had withdrawn Himself from them.
Moses, their leader, knew that Israel needed a fresh vision of God.
On behalf of the people, he prayed to God, “show me your glory”
Moses wanted the people to understand God’s nature.
He wanted them to see that God’s anger had abated and that Israel’s sin had been forgiven.
- God shows His goodness.
In answering the quest of Moses, God showed His goodness.
Exodus 33:19 (AMP)
19 And God said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion (lovingkindness) on whom I will show compassion.”
- Look at God’s previous actions.
How do we understand and comprehend the goodness of God?
Present might cause some to think that God is not good.
For example, God’s stern rebuke of Israel’s idolatry distorted Israel’s concept of God.
They conceived Him as angry.
The best way to think about God amid our sin is to look at the past.
The disclosures of God have always been pictures of a good God.
Israel had only to look a few months prior to see God’s goodness.
He had redeemed them from Egyptian slavery and provided for them during the wanderings in the wilderness.
Israel needed to let God’s goodness “pass before them.”
B. Look at God’s present actions.
Israel needed to see that God’s present action of judgement and rebuke was a disclosure of His goodness.
We could not respect a parent who refused to discipline a wayward child.
The parents goodness is at stake if he tolerates rebellion.
God disciplined Israel for rebellion.
It was not in their best interest to worship the golden calf.
2. God shows His graciousness.
God wanted Moses to understand His true nature.
Rebellious people often get the idea that God is angry with them rather than ready to forgive them.
Notice what God said about Himself in Exodus 33:19 (AMP)
19 “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion (lovingkindness) on whom I will show compassion.”
- Look at God’s previous acts of graciousness.
The quality of God’s grace can be seen since the beginning of human rebellion.
What was the predominant feeling of God when Adam and Eve rebelled?
God was hurt deeply, and He sought desperately to heal the broken relationship.
God’s grace was displayed throughout the deliverance of Israel and the wilderness wanderings.
When Moses presented excuses, God dealt with him graciously
B. Look at God’s present act of grace.
Israel stood at a magnificent opportunity after the tragedy of their idolatry.
Instead of eliminating Israel, God gave them another chance.
God disclosed Himself to be the God of grace and mercy to a rebellious people.
3. God shows His greatness.
When God showed Himself to Moses, He let him know the limitations on revelation.
Because humans are limited, God cannot show His full greatness.
Exodus 33:20 (AMP)
20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me and live!”
To behold God face to face is to know Him absolutely, to exhaust the depth of His being, to remove the veil of mystery from the being of God.
- People have known God’s greatness but not all of His greatness.
God taught Moses that He is always the God of the beyond.
God directed Moses to a cleft in the rock on Mount Sinai.
Here He covered Moses with His hand until He passed by.
When He had passed, He removed His hand so that Moses was permitted to se His back but not His face.
Exodus 33:22-23 (AMP)
22 and while My glory is passing by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and protectively cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
23 Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
This teaches us that no person has ever seen God face to face, which means that no person has ever apprehended God fully.
B. People have more to learn about God.
Although we shall never fully understand God, the more we relate to Him the more we learn about Him.
This should challenge us to see even greater visions of God.
More experiences will continue to teach us the greatness of God.
You can learn about God.
God reveals Himself as the God of goodness, graciousness, and greatness.
You need not fear that you will run out of things to learn about Him.
But you will learn all you need to know to worship and serve Him.
Until next time
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