Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Thirty-One

Day Thiry-One, Exodus 32-34

In today's reading we see the Israelites rebel against God while Moses is on the mountain receiving instruction from the Lord. Moses has been gone for forty days and forty nights, and the Israelites, becoming restless, ask Aaron to make them a god to worship.

The most interesting thing I got out of this reading was that God is a God who listens to us. He is willing to take into account the things that we say and perhaps change His mind about doing something. For when the Israelites rebelled, the Lord was angry and was ready to destroy them completely and start over with Moses, making Moses into a great nation. But Moses pleaded with the Lord, asking Him to remember His covenant with their forefathers. He asked God to spare the people Israel for their sake and for the sake of the Lord's own glory. So the Lord relented and did not destroy the Israelites.

Also in this reading is Moses' request to see the glory of the Lord. God told Moses that no one may see him and live, but God agreed to let His glory pass by Moses and let Moses see his back after He has passed by. I love what God chose to proclaim about Himself as He allowed Moses to see His glory, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and grandchildren for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

Finally there is the detail given that Moses meets with God in a tent outside the camp and talks with Him "face to face, as a man speaks with his friend." Afterward, his face glows, so he covers it with a veil so that the Israelites won't stare at it. The Apostle Paul, however, states that we, as Christians under a better, more glorious covenant, should with unveiled faces reflect His glory, as we are being transformed to be more and more like Him by His Spirit which lives in us.

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