Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hearts of Flesh, Part Two

God is not done revealing Himself yet in Chapter 34 of Exodus!  His grace continues to be poured out upon Moses and the Israelites, and we recognize truths that apply to us right now, today:

v. 5-9: "The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
  And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you."

*"The Lord passed before him and proclaimed...": God, before any other action, reveals His character to Moses.  Moses then bows down and worships the Lord simply for who He is.  It is first the Lord, Himself, we worship; not just the "things" He gives us.  But how often do I expect God to DO, rather than just BE who He is?

*"please let the Lord go in the midst of us...": God, by His vast mercies, chooses us.  He sweeps into the present reality of our lives and chooses to be active.  Without the grace of God and His active love, we would have to fumble through the wilderness all alone.  The Lord's graciousness softens our hearts.  Healing is nothing we can do by our own power, but only by His willingness to "go in the midst of us" and cure us of our "stiff-necked" tendencies.

*"...for it is an awesome thing I will do with you": First we are broken and stiff-necked; then we are empowered.  The tablets were broken.  Moses was willing.  The tablets were restored.  Only by realizing our weaknesses and our desperation for Love can we be fully empowered and restored.

How has this story spoken to you?  When has God clearly wanted to empower you in your weakness by giving of His strength? 

1 comment:

  1. Here's what I find myself convicted of after reading your first point specifically: I am so guilty of just quickly getting into my honey do list with God that so often I forget to praise him for being WHO he IS!
    When Jesus was teaching the disciples how to pray in Luke 11 He starts with the phrase we are so familiar with but rush through every time: "Our father, who art in heaven, HOLLOWED BE THY NAME!" We recognize that God is in heaven and we are on earth- it gives us some perspective! And then we are instructed by Jesus to praise his name before getting into any "list" of our own! (and thats after "your will be done" too!)


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