Exodus 33:18 Ch.34 Show me Your Glory !!!
Intro: We saw in our study last time When the People heard that God wasnt going to lead- Angel instead - them they mourned
A)They wanted the Presence / Moses pleads w/ the Lord / Moses moved the tent / Moses finally says Lord if you dont / neither do We
B) We noted that the attitudes and actions that we see in the People & in Moses are quite often the attitudes that Precede Revival
C) First there is a Concern over the Absence of the Presence of God in the Life of the Believer / the Church / the nation
That attitude of Concern is followed by action 1st being Repentance
A)Stripped off the ornaments (Worldliness) it is a turning from the world & turning to the Lord
B)2nd ACTION after repentance is Radically Seeking after the Lord
C) Creating an atmosphere conducive to seeking after the Lord
D) 3rd Heart Response Telling the Lord w/ words & actions that all that matters is Him
After hearing Moses heart / after seeing the Repentance & Brokeness of the People God responds I will go up w/ you and lead you
A)That is revival God in the mist / Leading / anointing / empowering
B)Now as we pick up in v.18 of Ch.33 & move into Ch.34 we see some results of Revival 5 THINGS
So after hearing the Lords response I will lead you
C) Moses then says V.18 Lord show me your Glory !!!!!!
D) That is thefirst result of Revival when the Presence of God becomes strong again in our lives there is that desire for more !!!!
The Word Glory in the Heb. Is Kabad = Weighty / Heavy there is substance
A)Moses saying to the Lord show me something of Your weightiness
B) The Kabad is what Adam & Eve enjoyed in the Garden before the fall
C) But then the Glory departed after the fall they became aware of their nakedness / or their emptiness
every person who doesnt have a relationship w/ the Lord / naked empty
D) They might be dressed to the T. / robed in all the Luxury that this world has to offer
E) See what every person is craving for today even though many dont realize it is the KABAD -the glory of God
So Moses gets the promise of the Lords Presence it is going to be in the mist of them But he doesnt stop there not satisfied
A)And in the Life of the Believer that is one of the true results of revival in the heart is that there is a Hunger for more of the Lord
B)Like adding gasoline to a fire There is a fire that ignites in the heart and everynew Revelation / each new insight from the word
1) Is like gasoline adding fuel to the fire desire to Know Him more !!
C) So Moses says Lord Show me your glory and the Lord responds
19Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."
Now here is something to note Moses ask to see Gods Glory & God says Moses I will cause my Goodness to pass before You
A)Now that reveals a key thing that is the Glory of God & the Goodness of God are linked
B)the Glory of God is revealed in His goodness / Gods glory is
GOOD !!! ( Important to see that)
C) And the Lord says I will proclaim my name to you
I AM THAT I AM has sent you
D) That was the name of the Lord the I AM YHWH not sure how to pronounce came known as Yahweh always LORD = YHWH
E) From that came names such as Jehovah Jireh the God who provides
But here the Lord is expanding on this Proclaim my name really saying I am going to reveal my Nature
A)In the name of God there is the revelation of the nature & the Essence of God( In that culture names always had meaning )
B) Parents name child what hoped he would become or Characteristic Esau hairy / Jacob heal Character
C) So when God says I am going to proclaim my name to You He is saying Moses I am going to reveal to you who I am nature / essence
So the Lord says Moses you cannot see My face & live but here is what I will do I will hide you in the cleft of the Rock
A)Show BACKSIDE = AFTERGLOW !! - Note this in the face of death God provides a Rock to stand on and to hide in
B) It is a Rock that God has provided Moses didnt have to seek it out
C) It is a Rock that is near to God he knows that the Brokenness of the Rock is ideal for those who must be hidden there in
D) The Rock that the Builders rejected Chief Cornerstone \
APP: The Way to experience the after glow is to be hidden in the Rock The Only way to see anything of Gods Glory is to be in the Rock
A)Covered in His Righteousness / Cleansed by His Blood
B) A person who is not in Christ will never experience the Glory of God !!!
C) Some people are saved but carnal fleshly by the flesh
D) So the Lord Provides a Rock hide Moses in reveal His goodness
Proclaim His Name Ch.34:1-3
Moses cuts two new stones for ten commandments / People told to stay away this is going to be heavy
A)Moses is to go up alone No Joshua - BUMMED
Proclaims the nameTHE LORD YHWH
A)WHAT does the name mean ? Here he is told declaring the nature of God
6And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the childrens children to the third and the fourth generation."
MERCIFUL this word Merciful is lit. translated compassionate
A)Compassion is more than feeling sorry & Pity Too Bad
Compassion = Pity plus action
B)We read in the gospels of Jesus being Moved w/ Compassion
Psa.1033 As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
C) God looks at us w/ compassion weakness of our flesh / the frailty of our humanity physical limitations
C)It is also used of one whos concern is so great that He feels it on the inside in the Womb or the depths of the Heart
D) To come to their aid abundant care in the time of need !!!
E) The Opposite of compassion would be Apathy picture of one who could help but wont help sitting on hands doing nothing
So the First thing the Lord reveals about Himself to Moses is that He is Compassionate 2nd He is Gracious
A)Grace =getting what you dont deserve Extending favor when it is neither expected or deserved
Benjamin Warfied :Grace is Free Sovereign Favor to the ill deserving
B) We deserved Hell / instead given heaven & abundant Blessing
1)God enjoys giving to people blessings that they dont deserve
C) It is intrinsic w/ his nature to be Gracious and Loving / giving to those who dont deserve it !!!!
C)How completely opposite of our society where everything is based on being rewarded for your performance
D) God rewards & blesses in spite of our performance
Longsuffering : SLOW TO ANGER To be long in spirit & not lose heart . To be patient in bearing the offenses of others /
A)It means God doesnt get exasperated w/ us !!/ Not uptight
B)Me w/ my kids Lose my patients all the time
C) God is not up in heaven gritting his teeth - Just one more time pal and Bam you have had it
Gayle E. Perhaps since anger so accurately reflects the human situation, we who tend to shape our gods into our image find it beyond our comprehension that the true God, the one who shaped us in HIS IMAGE would be longsuffering . He adds Any "normal" human being would have abandoned or obliterated me by now, but the God of Compassion & grace patiently waits for my inch by inch progress
He is longsuffering !!! - God says this is who I am want you to know my nature Compassionate / Gracious / Longsuffering
A)Now I dont know about you but I would have suspected that the first thing the Lord would have told Moses was I am All Powerful
B) I am Sovereign / I am Holy and Righteous
ABUNDANT IN GOODNESS & Truth - abundant = Overflowing never ending in goodness NIAGRA FALLS
A)Goodness = 3 descriptions associated w/ this word : Strength in Protecting / Watchful Hand
B) Steadfastness - Always there - Faithfulness of God/ def. Of Truth
C) So wrapped up in the Goodness of God toward you is His Strong arm of protection watching out for you whatever happens For Good
D) Anthonys Eye surgery why ? Not why but what Knowing the goodness of God is going to see Al / Sheri parents us thru whatever
E) His faithfulness & steadfastness is going to be predominant in Keeping us in the time of trial
Keeping or maintaining mercy for Thousands
A)Gayle Erwin father style/ mercy is Centerpiece of the Nature of God
B) Tab. Holy of Holies what is the focal point Mercy Seat
C)Room is the Holy of Holies but the focus revolves around the mercy seat
D) Isa. 6 Sees the Lord sitting .. Angels holy .. Undone
We are told that the Lords mercies are New every morning
A)Never ending supply
B) Psa.1031 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
15As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.£
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
Some Rabbis Translate this Maintaining Mercy to thousands generation
A)Generation 40 yrs a thousand Generations would be 40,000 yrs and thousands of generations would be at least 80,000 yrs
B)Guys that is a whole lot of mercy
FORGIVING iniquity and transgression and sin,
A)Covers the whole gamut Iniquity = breaking of Gods Law whether intentional or not
B)Transgression is Rebellion trespass
C)Forgiven 1 John 1:9
By no means Clearing the Guilty note the Guilty is in Italics meaning it is not in the original text but was added
A)So read literally by no means clearing or erasing WHAT? all that I have just said concerning who I am Grace wont be erased
B) If you have a hard time w/ that removing the guilty think of it this way The Lord didnt clear the Guilty
C) So that we could be recipients of Goodness grace & Mercy
Now if it is true that this was added - Why was this added by the translators ? Answer : To make sense of the next phrase
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the childrens children to the third and the fourth generation."
A) After painting this wonderful Picture of the Lord as being Compassionate gracious, Longsuffering, abounding in goodness & truth Keeping Mercy forgiving iniquity transgression & sin
B) There seems to suddenly be a shift in this description God is going to visit the Sins of the Fathers on their Children for 4 generations
C)This verse is not suggesting that if I sin it is going to affect my Son Aaron / his Son / his sons son
D) My dad was an alcoholic / his dad / so am I it is in my genes
Ezk 18 The Lord addresses this mentality -1The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2"What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying:
The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the childrens teeth are set on edge?
A) Meaning because our fathers have sinned our teeth are grinding
3"As I live," says the Lord GOD, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.
B) God says I dont want to hear that kind of talk any more that excuse
C) I am into pornography because my dad was / my grandmother was into the Occult me listen to Marilyn Manson
Ezk 18 continues 4 "Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father
As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.
D) Every individual is responsible for his own actions
So this is not suggesting that just because my ancestors were into this sort of sin that I am going to be as well
A)Not inherited behavior but learned behavior every man makes his choice knows intrinsically what is wrong Built in by God Conscience
B) Nor is it saying that God is going to punish the family for several generations because of the Sin of one Ezk. 18:19,20
19"Yet you say, Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father? Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live. 20The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
C) Each Individual will answer for his own actions !!
Now it is true the principal of Sowing & reaping
A)My kids & family will be affected by my sin directly
B)A guy who sins in gambling not good steward family reaps
So what does this mean ? Two ways to look at this
1st Compare w/ Duet. 5 : 8-10 warning against - Idolatry
8You shall not make for yourself a carved imageany likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 9you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Punishment is reserved for those who continue to hate God !!!
A)Generation after Generation continues to hate the Lord Punished
9"Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; 10and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.
B) Gods Mercy had Grace have to be received in order to escape Judgement
C) So Quite possible this is what the Lord is saying Condition placed on those who hate Him vs those who love Him
I personally think it is saying something else= It says that this kind merciful loving forgiving gracious God is going to visit the iniquity
A)He is going to keep visiting the iniquity or the sinners for Gen after GEN
B) Visiting How? Thru His spirit to bring Conviction It all relates back to his goodness & grace
C) He comes visiting seeking Repentance
His Son so on & so forth
D) In other words God is saying I am never going to give up on the Salvatos I am not going to wash my hands of them
E) But rather the Lord is saying I am going to keep on knocking on the door / keep on rattling the cage hopes that they will repent & turn to me
Now if those people keep resisting the Lord & doing their own things
A)In the end He is going to repay those who hate Him that is what Hell is about
So the Lord declares His name to Moses 2nd Result of true Revival discovering more of the Goodness & Grace of God
A)Deeper hunger for Him & a better understanding of Who He is
B)The 3rd Result of Revival is seen is Moses Response v.8 8So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped
9Then he said, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance."
C) Humble Worship Blown away
D) In times of revival worship doesnt have to be encouraged it just happens
1)Psa. 45My heart is overflowing w/ a good theme pen of a ready writer
Now in v.10 28 there is a reiterating of the Law not going to read we have already studied in earlier passages
A)But why does the Lord do this reiterate the Law at this point
B)Answer is there are things that can get in the way of me seeing the Glory of God Glory is here Like Lights My hands
C) Lord reiterates the law at this point to say Now dont let sin Creep in
4th thing that happens Greater appreciation for and desire to live in the Word of God v. 28 8So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
5th 29-35 The Glow !!!!
A)Moses countenance was changed He Glowed
B) Physical countenance
C) Acts 2 Boldness
D) Interesting Moses wore a veil not to Hide the Glow / but the fade
E) Good lesson want to Glow Keep coming to the Lord
2 Thoughts done Jn. 12 Now is the time Glorified death
A)Cross all of these attributes of the Lord clearly seen at the Cross
B) 2nd In the Name of Jesus according to His nature not a Secret code