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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Exodus 34: Moses shines!


Hello again dear friends! Are you still managing to learn the verses from Psalm 3? Don't worry, there won't be a summer exam! It's just for your own benefit, and mine.

We see Moses going to Mount Sinai for a second time, for another 40 days and nights, to receive the tablets with the ten commandments written on them after he broke the first set in righteous anger. It is very likely that this period of almost six weeks without their leader again was a test for the children of Israel, to see if they had learned their lesson from the first time and if they had truly repented. Sometimes we have to be proven regarding our profession of repentance to strengthen our faith and also to reveal to others if it is genuine.

Verse 5. These words really comforted my heart regarding the Lord coming down to Moses. What did the Lord do next? "He stood with him there...". The Lord stood right alongside His friend and was a comfort and support to him. I imagine that Moses might've been getting a bit fed up with the children of Israel and their disobedience to the Lord; their journey to the promised land had been held back by quite a few weeks because of their sin and idolatry. Moses had had to go back to the mountain a second time to get the same commandments. Don't forget that by this time, Moses was well over eighty years old! Up and down mountains carrying heavy tablets of stone couldn't have been easy and then having to cope with a people who spent most of their time in disobedience or complaining. But God met him right at the very point of his need...God stood with him "there", right where he was. Wonderful!

Verses 5-7. Look at all the amazing attributes of the God we love. He is merciful, gracious, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands and forgiving all of our sin. What more could weak, helpless sinners need?

Verses 30-35. After Moses' meeting with the Lord, his face shone with the glory of his Lord. He had spent such a long time in close communion with the Lord that the Lord's glory was now reflecting in Moses' face. Sometimes when I am at work, I am talking to someone who smokes and when I leave them, I can smell smoke on myself, just from being near them. When we spend time in God's presence, surely some of His sweet perfume should rub off on us, so that others will know we have been in the presence of the King of kings. I love perfume, especially the beautiful scent my husband bought me on holiday last year. Every time I wear it, it reminds me of him and I get a warm feeling of comfort wearing it. Often when someone walks past, they comment on the lovely smell. This is how it should be for the Christian after spending time with the Lord; the scent we gained in His presence should stay with us and others should notice it too.

Prayer matters
  • Ask the Lord to meet you right "there", at the very point of your need today. Trust Him to stand with you, comforting and supporting you during your struggles.
  • Ask the Lord to bless you with a lingering scent of His presence so that others will know you have something special and want to know what it is.

Hugs Karen x

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