TEACHER:  Ken Hicks

SCRIPTURES:   Exodus 34

BOTTOM LINE:  God’s Mercy & Grace once again provided restoration for the Israelites.  Moses encounter w/ the Glory of God was also a foreshadowing of the coming of the NT Covenant for all people.  Our lives should illuminate the Glory of God in places/people of darkness.

QUESTION: Do people around us see the Glory of God thru the transformation of the Holy Spirit in us?

DOWNLOAD:   And Moses had cultivated such an incredible appetite for God’s Presence that Moses spotted it immediately … and he said to God … God, if you’re not going and you’re not in it, than I’m not going either. So show me Your Glory God.

And God responded w/ … Ok Moses, I’ll show you as much as you can handle.

ILLUSTRATION: God of the OT & God of the NT …

Now … there are some people who try to say that there is a God of the OT and a God of the NT … and that the God of the OT is a God of Wrath & Judgment … but the God of the NT is the God who is Forgiving, and Gracious and Kind

And some people … really do see them as 2 different God’s … But in the OT … there are so many places where we see the Character of God in His Graciousness & Mercy

And here … we find God declaring Himself to Moses as a Merciful, Gracious God … a God of long-suffering … & abundant in goodness and truth … ultimately keeping mercy for the 1,000’s … and Forgiving the sins and transgressions of His people …

So don’t miss that in this picture here … God is a God of Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Goodness and Truth … in both the OT & the NT … [and by the way, people who think the God of the NT is all love and grace … and the OT is where all the death and judgment happen, they must not read the book of Revelation amongst other things]

 

Now … sometimes I think we can read this and maybe struggle a little w/ verse 7 …

Exodus 34:7 … “7 … Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

And in fact … there’s a little clarification if we study the Commandments God gave where it adds … … to those that continue in them.

But in all honesty … we see this all the time still in our lives don’t we? Think about the impact of divorce on the lives of the children who’s parents make that decision every day … children are faced w/ the consequences and reality that their parents were not able to soften their hearts before God and each other enough to make their marriage work …

And yes … we can be forgiven … and my wife has been forgiven … and we’ve had an incredible 20 years of marriage together that we celebrated last week … but our girls still experience the consequence of their sin to this very day.

And we can come to God thru Christ … and thru the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can be absolutely cleansed and restored and made new right? His Word says…

1 Corinthians 5:13 … “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature and the old things are passed away and every thing becomes new.

 

… and Moses came to that place where he’s like … all I can do is just bow my head and worship in wonder and awe, that God should love me, and care for me, and place value in me so much that He would give His Son for my redemption … God, I so thank You for the value You’ve placed on my life, and would You receive them as Your inheritance too?

 

APPLICATION:  

And I want to wrap up the text here and paint the picture of Moses journey down the mountain to re-engage w/ the people …

The Glory of the Lord that we talked about last week … it literally had a physical affect on Moses … he was glowing from God’s radiation … and interestingly enough … Moses didn’t realize it himself … but when the people saw it and literally backed off and ran away … and initially Moses tried to downplay it right?   Folks … please don’t focus on me … let’s stay focused on what God has to say here.

… and so Moses would wear a veil over his face [he would remove it by the way when he spoke w/ God, and then put it back on as he spoke w/ the people].

But why the veil … if God could keep Moses alive for 40 days w/ no food or water … couldn’t God have figured all that out as well?   And a couple places in the NT, we also see reference to this Veil … one of those in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians

2 Corinthians 3:12-13 … “Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in {our} speech, and {are} not as Moses, {who} used to put a veil over his face that the sons of Israel might not look intently at the end of what was fading away.”

Moses wasn’t trying to keep the people from seeing the Glory … he just didn’t want them to see it as it faded away …

And again … we see the Foreshadowing of the Coming of Jesus here … because the glow fading away was God’s way of also sharing that The Law of this Covenant would fade away over time … and God would establish a New Covenant w/ all mankind through Jesus … and so that they would not see the Old Covenant fading away … Moses put the veil on his face … all the while knowing the Glory of the Lord was shining.

 

ILLUSTRATION: What story Is Our Face Telling?

I wonder sometimes … what story is my face telling? I try to ask myself this question … and by the way, we say so much through our body language … often times w/o even saying a word don’t we?

 

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