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January 29, 2007

Exodus 33-35
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Exodus
Chapter 33
  1. And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
  2. And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:
  3. Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
  4. And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
  5. For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
  6. And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
  7. And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
  8. And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
  9. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.
  10. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
  11. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
  12. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
  13. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
  14. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
  15. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
  16. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
  17. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
  18. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
  19. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
  20. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
  21. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
  22. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
  23. And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.


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Exodus
Chapter 34
  1. And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
  2. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
  3. And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
  4. And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
  5. And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
  6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
  7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
  8. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
  9. And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
  10. And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.
  11. Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
  12. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
  13. But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
  14. For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
  15. Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
  16. And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
  17. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
  18. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
  19. All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
  20. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
  21. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
  22. And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
  23. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.
  24. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
  25. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
  26. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
  27. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
  28. And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
  29. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
  30. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
  31. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.
  32. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
  33. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
  34. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
  35. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.


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Exodus
Chapter 35
  1. And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them.
  2. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
  3. Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.
  4. And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
  5. Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,
  6. And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,
  7. And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood,
  8. And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,
  9. And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.
  10. And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded;
  11. The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets,
  12. The ark, and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the vail of the covering,
  13. The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the shewbread,
  14. The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,
  15. And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle,
  16. The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,
  17. The hangings of the court, his pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court,
  18. The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords,
  19. The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office.
  20. And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.
  21. And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.
  22. And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD.
  23. And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers' skins, brought them.
  24. Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the LORD'S offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it.
  25. And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
  26. And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair.
  27. And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate;
  28. And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
  29. The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.
  30. And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
  31. And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
  32. And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
  33. And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
  34. And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
  35. Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.


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 Chapter 33 gives us a wonderful picture of the importance of God's presence with His people. In verse one He instructs Moses to continue to take the people up to the Promised Land, and He promises to drive out the Canaanite opposition. He states that the country is a great land flowing with milk and honey, and He vows that He will fulfill His promise of giving that area to the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There is only one problem: God will not be doing with them. In other words, God tells Israel that He will keep His promise to them, but He will not do any more than He must, and He will no longer fellowship with them, or have an intimate relationship with them.

 This decision is a result of Israel's rebellion, specifically the creation and worship of the golden calf. According to 32:35, God plagued Israel because of their sin. That would seem bad enough, but this punishment is far worse. There is no evidence that Moses pled with God to stop plaguing the people. However, he does indicate that the absence of the presence of God is something that they can not handle. Note that in verse 15 Moses requests,

"If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence."
Listen carefully to his statement. It doesn't matter to Moses that God will drive out the Canaanites. It doesn't matter that he and God's people will take possession of the land. It doesn't matter that the land is flowing with milk and honey. It doesn't matter that an angel will go before them. All of those things are great, and they are all things that Moses has been looking for, but they are all NOTHING if God doesn't go with them. Notice his statement is verse 16,
"For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth."
 What is it that separates us from every one else? It isn't prosperity, for many unbelievers have that. It isn't getting our prayers answered, for many unsaved people ultimately receive what they have prayed for, whether it came in response to their prayers or not. it isn't winning victories, for many unbelievers seem to do that. What separates us from everyone else? The abiding presence of God in our hearts and lives.

 Because of the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit, no believer can ever lose the presence of God. However, through grieving and quenching the Spirit, we can lose the vitality, power, comfort, and effectiveness of the Spirit. This is a terrible tragedy. No matter how large the church gets, we must have the power and presence of God, or we have nothing. No matter how successful we may seem to be at home, work or church, if we don't have the power and presence of God, what do we really have? The most important possession we have is the reality of the presence of God. Never take it lightly, devote yourself to maintaining it, and never quench or grieve the One Who gives it.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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