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Moses – Exodus 33:18

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Exodus 33:18 – “Now show me your glory.”

Moses had tried to free his people in his own strength.  He spent forty years in the backside of the desert in Midian.  Are we willing to die to our strength? Are we willing to forsake our plans for God’s plan?  His way for our will?  Moses’ faith made him what he was, “by faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible,” Hebrews 11:27.
I.    The Burning Bush, Exodus 3:1 – 4 – In Moses, we see our humanity.  The glory of God is bright before us and we come up with excuses.
A.    Excuse one, Moses felt unfit for the position, 3:11.  Moses whose glory is burning here, “I will be with thee, 3:12a.”
B.    Excuse two, “who should I tell them sent me?”  (3:13) “I AM THAT I AM,” Jehovah, “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 3:15.
1.    The unity of God, excluding the gods of Egypt
2.    The unchangeableness of God who is eternal
3.    The self-sufficiency of God, who is His own equivalent
C.    Excuse three, “What if they do not believe me?”  4:1. God would give him power to perform miracles.
D.    Excuse four, “I am not eloquent,” 4:10.  I will send Aaron with you.  Aaron caused problems.
Do not have self-confidence, or self-doubt.  You need humble trust.

II.    The Fiery Cloud, Exodus 13:21 – 22 – Nothing we can do can chase the cloud, douse the fire, bring down the pillar; no amount of sin, murmuring, and disobedience.  “He took not away,” v. 22a.

III.    The Flaming Mountain, Exodus 19:16 – 19 – It took three months to get to Sinai, they stayed about one year.  This passage tells us four things about God.
A.    The majesty of God, 19:16 – 21
B.    The spirituality of God, 19:17 – there was no outward form, He was there, and He spoke.
C.    The holiness of God, 19:21 – 23
D.    The royalty of God, Israel was a theocracy, God is king, and he is setting forth his laws, 20:1.

IV.    The Radiant Countenance, Exodus 34:29 – 35
A.    We must learn to obey, “as the LORD commanded Moses.”
B.    We must be willing to pass through a thick cloud, 24:16 – 18.
C.    We must dare to be alone, 34:2 – 3.
D.    Abraham (Genesis 15:12), Jacob (Genesis 32:24), and Joseph (Genesis 41:1) spent a night alone, two years in prison through a thick cloud.
V.    The Holy Mountain, Matthew 17:1 – 8 Moses had offered to die for the Israelites.  Because of his sin, he could not enter the Promised Land.  He had seen the glory of God in many ways, now he saw it in the face of Jesus Christ.  You have given your very best serving Christ.  There has been no recognition or rewards.  It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.

Moses’ face shone with the glory of God when he came down from the mountain.  It was said of Stephen, “his face as it had been the face of an angel,” (Acts 6:15).
We can be like Christ, 2 Corinthians 4:6.

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