|Exodus 33 |
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land that I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ' I will give it to your descendants.'
2 I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in the midst of you, for you are a stiff necked people, and I might consume you on the way."
4 When the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned and no man put on him his ornaments.
5 For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, 'You are a stiff necked people! If I should come into the midst of you even for a moment, I would consume you.1 Therefore now put off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you.'"
6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments at mount Horeb.
7 Now Moses used to take his tent and pitch it outside the camp, far away from the camp, and he called it the tabernacle of the congregation. And everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of the congregation, which was outside the camp.
8 And when Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose up and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.
9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tent, and the Lord talked with Moses.
10 And the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
11 And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, like a man speaks to his friend. And Moses returned to the camp, but his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tent.
12 And Moses said to the LORD, "See, you say to me, 'Bring up this people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.'
13 Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find favor in your sight; and consider that this nation is your people."
14 And he said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
15 Then Moses said to him, "If your presence does not go with me, do not lead us up from here.
16 For is it not in your leading of us, that it will be be known to all that I and your people have found favor in your sight? Is it not because you go among us? In this way we will be distinguished; I and your people, different from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."
17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do this thing also that you have asked for you have found favor in my sight and I know you by name."
18 And Moses said, "I beg of you, please show me your glory."
19 And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy."
20 But the LORD said, "You cannot see my face; for no man can see me and live."
21 And the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand upon a rock.
22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand while I pass by.
23 And I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back parts; but my face shall not be seen."
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1 The Lord speaking as to what would happen to the people if he appeared in the midst of them said: If I should come into the midst of you even for a moment, I would consume you. This does not mean that he would deliberately destroy them, it means that since he is a consuming fire, anything that has not been made holy would be consumed by the consuming fire of his being, by the brightness of his appearance, by the spirit of his mouth. This is exactly what occurs as a man is delivered from sin, at the end of his purification, the Lord comes and slays this residual spirit of Satan within you by the brightness of his coming, by his breath, and the splendor of his coming, by his crushing the head of Satan under your heel. The final judgment. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit: into the death of Christ. The sharing of his death. Jesus is resurrected in you to be your true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14,Col 2:11-12,3:1,Eph 2:6.
The Lord goes on to explain how the sight of his presence will kill any unpurified man; verse 20 says, the LORD said, "You cannot see my face; for no man can see me and live." Yet, after purification, you can see the Lord's face as shown by the following scriptures:
When he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone with this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Mat 5:8.
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Cor 4:6. Christ is revealed in your heart; you see, and have knowledge of, the glory of God.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18.
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