Tuesday, June 23, 2009

the LORD talked with Moses

I read Exodus 33 in my Bible today - several times. I was intrigued by this passage. The LORD is having a conversation with Moses, telling him that he and the Israelites are to leave Sinai. God is extremely angry with the Israelites because they were impatient and made a graven image to worship in His place - a big NO, NO! Moses begs God not to destroy them, but then when he goes down from the mountain and sees for himself what the people have done, Moses becomes extremely angry! That part actually takes place in Exodus 32. In chapter 33, the verses that enchanted me the most were 9-11, "And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at teh tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." I started wondering how in the world Moses had grown so close to God that he had the privilege of talking to Him "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend". Now I know that they have been through a LOT together, what with facing Pharaoh, the plagues and leading millions of people out into the desert. But still - "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend"! That astounds me! Then later on in the chapter (vs. 18-23) Moses tells God that he wants to see His glory and God allows Moses to see His back as He passes him in the cleft of the rock! How awesome is that?!

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