Exodus 34:5-7,14-16,25-26,29,33-35 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “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 their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation”... Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same... “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Feast remain until morning. “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God... When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD... When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
Today's chapter is precious because it records the words of God and I apologize for not putting all of it in the passage above but I do encourage you to read the chapter before you read any further.
Moses destroyed the previous two stone tablets when he came down and witnessed the Israelites worshipping a hand-made calf of gold and was now called to write it out again while fasting forty days and nights in God's presence on Mount Sinai.
God issued his commands and they were weighty and revealed His character and nature but are they relevant in our day and time when human laws exist and we have no time for God's demands?
When God made Adam in His image, the moral law was written in his heart by the finger of God without any outward means. However, since the covenant was soon broken, the Lord used the ministry of men, both in writing the law and the scriptures, and writing it in our hearts.
When God was reconciled to the Israelites, He ordered the tablets to be remade and wrote His law in them. Even today under the gospel of peace by Jesus Christ, the moral law continues to bind believers.
Though Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, he did not redeem us from its commands which are written on our hearts to obey. We no longer stand condemned by the law but we are called to follow it as directed by the Holy Spirit.
God revealed Himself as gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, loving thousands at the same time, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. These are the qualities that define God and we dream of these qualities in our own fathers too.
However, God also reveals that He will judge the sinners and punish them and their children for their sins and this is not a nice side of God, or so it seems. It puts God in a bad light to us because we only want to see God as good.
However, we need to remember that God is good to those who love Him and punishes those who chose to ignore or hate Him. To love Him is to love and put our trust in His son Jesus Christ and to live a life of obedience to God.
Those who choose not to love God therefore face the condemnation of God and this condemnation is not a simple rap on their knuckles but is a judgment that has an eternal consequence both to the one found guilty and to their children and children's children.
In the same passage God reveals what He expects of us as His loving followers and that is a life of gratefulness whether in our giving whereby we give our best to Him or in our living where we cut out everything that would cause us to be distanced from Him.
Finally we note the radiant face of Moses after he spent time before God. When we spend time with Jesus Christ in His word and in relationship with Him, we are continually transformed by Him.
Our lives are transformed not just by our actions or words but by His transformation of us. The world notices the change in us and find in us a fragrance of something they would never find and that is the same radiance of Christ that was upon Moses.
The veil is reflective of how the world perceives spirituality which is at an arm's length. We therefore need to bring before God all our struggles, hindrances, trials and temptations and ask God for His intervention.
Are you wanting to be transformed by God and live a life of meaning and purpose much higher than yourself or are you living for the moment without a care for what tomorrow brings?
In His Loving Service,
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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