The Lord’s Glory

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Exodus 33:1-23, Genesis 3:8-10, Numbers 6:22-26

What is it you long for? We all have something deep inside us. The roadmap of our hearts leads us there, to the place where our treasure is found—the place where our hope, wonder, and worship reside.

God had promised to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and bring them to a new home, a land of freedom and abundance. But His bigger promise was this: He would bring them back into relationship with Him, back into His presence. He would dwell among the Israelites and be their God (Exodus 29:45–46).

But God’s people put all of that in jeopardy by building the golden calf and inciting God’s anger with their idol worship. They were set to experience separation from Him again. Yes, He would still bring them into the promised land, but He would not accompany them there (Exodus 33:1–3). 

Because of their sin, Israel could not be in God’s presence—but Moses could. The Lord spoke to Moses “face to face, just as a man speaks with his friend” (v.11). And so on behalf of the Israelites, Moses pleaded with God to reconsider:  

“If your presence does not go…don’t make us go up from here. How will it be known that I and your people have found favor with you unless you go with us? I and your people will be distinguished by this from all the other people on the face of the earth” (vv.15–16).

Moses knew what was really at stake for the Israelites: the true promised land, God Himself. Moses knew that God was not merely a means to an end, not just the path to blessing. God is the blessing. God’s presence was the very identity of His people. If He wasn’t in the new land, then there was no point in going. Without Him, there would be no real blessing, no peace, no rest. 

So what does your promised land look like? 

Mine looks like a land of abundant provision, free from shame and fear, melancholy, sickness, and loneliness. Scripture tells me all of these needs and more are met now, in Jesus Christ, though He is far more than a means to an end. He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end—and everything in between (Revelation 22:13).

He doesn’t just provide. He is our provision (Genesis 22:14). 
He doesn’t just make us righteous. He is our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6).
He doesn’t just give us peace. He is our peace (Judges 6:24, Hebrews 13:20).
He doesn’t just heal us. He is our healing (Exodus 15:26).

And if we know Jesus, we are never truly alone. He is always with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). His promise to each of us is this: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14). 

In His attributes God reveals Himself to us—His character, His nature, and His heart. Like Moses, we can boldly ask to know more of God, to see more of His glory. This is why God delivered the Israelites, and it’s why He sent His Son to deliver us. God came near so we could truly know Him and never be separated from His presence again.

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32 thoughts on "The Lord’s Glory"

  1. Jeanna Vance says:

    Lord, I love you. Thank you for hiding me in the cleft of the Rock and letting your goodness pass before me.

  2. Samantha A says:

    What unspeakable grief to have lost the sort of intimacy and presence with God that Adam and Eve experienced every day in the garden! The fact that Moses had to ask to see God’s glory yet could only see His back gives such a snapshot of how far mankind had fallen and lost in their sin. Yet the most beautiful and powerful story of all time continues in God’s relentless pursuit of obtaining that same vulnerable relationship with us once more. Thank you, Immanuel. You are more than we could ever ask for or imagine.

  3. Angelica Baldwin says:

    “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” thats enough for me. ❤️ #selah

  4. Nitz . says:

    ❤️

  5. Portia Strange says:

    I love how God changed Moses! In 33:18 he boldly said, “Please show me your glory.” Reference the following verses in Exodus (4:1, 4:10, 4:13, 6:30) & it’s undeniable how unsure Moses was of God calling him. He was quick to tell God why he wasn’t qualified & even asked God to choose someone else. What changed Moses? It surely wasn’t this new dessert environment, his family, or the people of Israel. He didn’t change Himself either. His time with God transformed Him. The more He got to know God, the more God changed Him. So, it is the same with us. God help us to seek you continually, just like Moses, so that we can be transformed in Your Presence.

  6. Kimberly Ziehl says:

    He is the Alpha and Omega the beginning and end… so much truth to that! One of my abdomen favorites.

  7. carlie layton says:

    Amen

  8. Kristen says:

    @ Danielle B. I looked up a message about Exodus 33. It is from Leonard Ravenhill and as I was listening, I thought about what you wrote. He talked about spending time in His Presence and that He speaks to us through His Word. He said so much more that I started longing for! Ladies, this is a message to listen to! I don’t think I can put the link, but I searched commentary on Exodus 33, if you scroll down you will find it.