Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 34:1-9
Key Lesson Theme: “Does It Align With God’s Character?”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, February 7
1 The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
2 Be prepared by morning. Come up Mount Sinai in the morning and stand before me on the mountaintop.
3 No one may go up with you; in fact, no one should be seen anywhere on the mountain. Even the flocks and herds are not to graze in front of that mountain.”
4 Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones. He got up early in the morning, and taking the two stone tablets in his hand, he climbed Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded him.
5 The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed his name, “the Lord.”
The breaking of the previous tablets of stone symbolized the breaking of the covenant by the people. However, their breaking of the covenant did not negate what God had commanded. His word still stood; His expectations had not changed. Thus, Moses was instructed, “chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones” (NIV). Preservation of the Word was important; it would continue to be central to the covenant relationship between God and His people. They needed access to it.
In this holy encounter there was a place for the participation of His servant. What the Lord was about to unfold was accomplished to some degree by human involvement. God doesn’t need us but He does use us to accomplish His purpose. Humans have a responsibility to serve Him and are blessed with the privilege of serving Him. So, we see in verse 4 the faithfulness of Moses.
Then came the glorious moment of revelation. The Lord came down to make Himself a people. Humankind is not capable of lifting itself up to Him. Of course, this coming down to humankind would be most fully expressed in the coming of Jesus (John 1:9-14; Phil. 2:5-8). The Lord had promised Moses a revelation of His glory (Ex. 33:18-23). That promise was realized in this setting by His descending in the cloud; the cloud was a sign of His glory but also a veil of protection to Moses. The greatest revelation of the glory of God may not be in visible manifestations or physical phenomena but in knowing the relationship of love and grace we have with Him.
The Lord God is holy, but He desires a covenant relationship with those who would become His people.
What are some lasting lessons that come from Exodus 34:1-5?
· God’s Word is everlasting.
· The Lord in a covenant relationship invites His people to join Him in His holy work.
· The mandates and instructions from the Lord are to be heard and heeded as His holy Word.
· The Holy God reveals Himself and allows us to stand in His presence.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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