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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Exodus Chapter 33 Bible commentary...
The Lord refuses to go with Israel. (1-6) The tabernacle of Moses removed without the camp. (7-11) Moses desires to see the glory of God. (12-23)1-6 Those whom God pardons, must be made to know what their sin deserved. "Let them go forward as they are;" this was very expressive of God's displeasure. Though he promises to make good his covenant with Abraham, in giving them Canaan, yet he denies them the tokens of his presence they had been blessed with. The people mourned for their sin. Of all the bitter fruits and consequences of sin, true penitents most lament, and dread most, God's departure from them. Canaan itself would be no pleasant land without the Lord's presence. Those who parted with ornaments to maintain sin, could do no less than lay aside ornaments, in token of sorrow and shame for it.
7-11 Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp. This seems to have been a temporary building, set up for worship, and at which he judged disputes among the people. The people looked after him; they were very desirous to be at peace with God, and concerned to know what would come to pass. The cloudy pillar which had withdrawn from the camp when it was polluted with idolatry, now returned. If our hearts go forth toward God to meet him, he will graciously come to meet us.
12-23 Moses is very earnest with God. Thus, by the intercession of Christ, we are not only saved from ruin, but become entitled to everlasting happiness. Observe here how he pleads. We find grace in God's sight, if we find grace in our hearts to guide and quicken us in the way of our duty. Moses speaks as one who dreaded the thought of going forward without the Lord's presence. God's gracious promises, and mercy towards us, should not only encourage our faith, but also excite our fervency in prayer. Observe how he speeds. See, in a type, Christ's intercession, which he ever lives to make for all that come to God by him; and that it is not by any thing in those for whom he intercedes. Moses then entreats a sight of God's glory, and is heard in that also. A full discovery of the glory of God, would overwhelm even Moses himself. Man is mean, and unworthy of it; weak, and could not bear it; guilty, and could not but dread it. The merciful display which is made in Christ Jesus, alone can be borne by us. The Lord granted that which would abundantly satisfy. God's goodness is his glory; and he will have us to know him by the glory of his mercy, more than by the glory of his majesty. Upon the rock there was a fit place for Moses to view the goodness and glory of God. The rock in Horeb was typical of Christ the Rock; the Rock of refuge, salvation, and strength. Happy are they who stand upon this Rock. The cleft may be an emblem of Christ, as smitten, crucified, wounded, and slain. What follows, denotes the imperfect knowledge of God in the present state, even as revealed in Christ; for this, when compared with the heavenly sight of him. is but like seeing a man that is gone by, whose back only is to be seen. God in Christ, as he is, even the fullest and brightest displays of his glory, grace, and goodness, are reserved to another state.
Jaya's Exodus Chapter 33 comment about verse 11 on 8/27/2014, 12:07am...
God loves his children , what a great Lord! He is our friend, the King of all kings treats us equal to his status , respects our friendship , he waits for us to share things with him , not that he does not know anything he knows the spirit man. By spending time with him we are letting Gods perfect plan to get fulfilled , its our privilege we could go to him as a friend share all our positive and negatives , and foolish things , we get filled with wisdom from wise king Lord Jesus.
Blessed's Exodus Chapter 33 comment on 6/02/2014, 9:18am...
This chapter shows a person can get close to GOD . GOD answers prays and forgives. HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH.
Mocking Bird's Exodus Chapter 33 comment about verse 22 on 6/02/2014, 4:56am...
Moses wanted to see the glory of God. He was not liking talking to that cloud. So God stopped and said he could see the hinder part of Him in the cleft of the Rock. When we walk close to God He will reveal His glory. The Glory of God is His manifest presence. !!!! Totally amazing !!!! I like being in the manifest presence of God. . I am like Peter , James John I don 't want to come down from the mount !!!1 I would think that the cleft of the Rock is through Jesus.
Toni's Exodus Chapter 33 comment about verse 14 on 1/17/2014, 11:57am...
It is a wonderful thing to have the presence of God in our lives each day. Those who surrender to His Son Jesus, will receive rest. Jesus says "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give thee rest." That rest is peace for our weary souls. The presence of the Lord is joy and peace. God will be with us and in us each day...the more we surrender unto His will, the more His presence will be made known to our hearts. I love the Lord because He first loved me. To God be glory and honor forever and forever!
Cheryl. C.'s Exodus Chapter 33 comment about verse 22 on 1/05/2014, 7:38am...
Peter, James, and John were in the mount with Jesus : They were close to Jesus : They also experienced the Glory along with Moses and Elijah. Only a few were able to see His glory : I must ask myself the Question : How much of the Lord J.esus do I want in my life : The other disciples were to close to the world to be in the mount Therefore ,No mighty works !!!!!
James's Exodus Chapter 33 comment on 10/09/2013, 9:34am...
Why is the Tabernacle mentioned to be set up without the camp in Ch. 33, when Chs. 35-40 the
materials for and the producing of the boards,
coverings, etc. were done and the dedication was done in ch. 40?
Bro. Bob's Exodus Chapter 33 comment about verse 22 on 8/04/2013, 4:47pm...
Moses was able to perceive and appreciate God as few ever. Therefore his glory was revealed to him as few have ever seen it. The glory of God and man is much different. The glory of man is never hidden, always in plane view, only edifies the flesh so as to be easily though shamefully be seen. Gods glory as the "still small voice" has none of this, and only the discerning even know it when it appears. When the glory of the lord is revealed only his judgments ever prove anything to the undiserning.
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