THE BOOK OF EXODUS
CHAPTER 34 - 35
FACE OF MOSES
FACE OF MOSES STUDY ON FACE OF MOSES STORY WITH FACE OF MOSES MESSAGE
It's nice to have you with us today to
share another story from the book of Exodus here at Daily Bread. Last time,
we read about when Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory. What exactly
does that mean ... glory? In this case, it was God's magnificence, it was
the splendor and blissful happiness of the Lord, it was God's beauty. It
was a spiritual experience, not something that could be seen or touched.
And Moses wanted to feel that indescribable presence of the Lord with him
and the people as they proceeded on to the Promised Land.
The Lord said to Moses, Cut two
tablets of stone, like the first and write the words on these that were in
the first tablets that you broke. You can almost imagine Moses cringe at
those words and the feeling of, I wish I hadn't have done that. God
continued, Be ready in the morning and come up to mount Sinai. Don't bring
anyone with you or let anyone be seen anywhere on the mountain. Don't let
the flocks or herds feed by the mountain either.
Moses cut the two tablets of stone
like the first two, got up early in the morning and took them with him up
into mount Sinai. The Lord came down in the cloud, stood with him there and
proclaimed the name of the Lord, as He said He would do the day before. The
Lord passed by before Moses and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful
and gracious, longsuffering (long and patient tolerance of offense), and
abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving
iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the
guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the
children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Moses quickly bowed his head to the
earth and worshiped. Then Moses said, If now I've found grace in your
sight, O Lord, I beg you, go with us; for they are a haughty people; and
pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance. Moses so
badly wanted to be assured that the comfort and protection of God would be
God said, Listen, and I will make a
covenant. I will do marvels for all the people. Such things have not been
done in all the earth, and all the people will see the work of the Lord. It
is an awesome thing that I will do with you. Remember what I command you
today. I will chase out from before you, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the
Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.
Be careful not to make promises with
the inhabitants of the land where you're going. It will be a trap to you.
But you will destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their
groves. You will worship no other god. The Lord, whose name is Jealous is a
jealous God, for fear that you will make a promise with the inhabitants of
the land and go loving other gods and do sacrifice to them. And for fear
that they'll invite you, and you'll eat their sacrifices let their daughters
marry your sons and their daughters will bring your sons to their gods.
FACE OF MOSES LESSON WITH FACE OF MOSES EXPLANATION AND FACE OF MOSES SUMMARY
Time for a little Daily Bread crumb
again. This one is about the words "graven" and "grove." The word graven
means - carved. So, a graven image, is a carved image, which is also an
idol, or a strange god. The word grove sounds like a forest area with no
underbrush, however, in the context of the Bible, it is referring to graven
images. To cut down their groves would mean to destroy their carved images,
idols or strange gods. You may not find the definition in your dictionary,
because it is an irregular inflectional form of the word used in medieval
times when many Bible versions were translated into English. Thee, thou,
thy, unto, shalt, art, spake, behold, lest, saith, goeth, doeth ... these
are all examples of words used commonly in that Renaissance period. Now
back to our story.
God reviewed with Moses the laws that
He had given him the first time he went up into the mount for forty days and
forty nights. If you would like to refresh your memory about them, they are
in this chapter of Exodus as well.
The Lord said to Moses, Write these
words because according to these words I have made a covenant with you and
Israel. Moses was again there with the Lord another forty days and forty
nights and he didn't eat bread nor drink water in that time. He wrote on
the tables of stone, the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
When Moses came down from mount Sinai
with the two tables of testimony in his hand, he didn't know that the skin
of his face shone while he talked to God. When Aaron and all the children
of Israel saw him, his face still glowed and they were afraid to come near
Moses put a veil on his face and
called to Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation and they came near.
Moses talked with them and afterward the rest of the children of Israel came
close and Moses gave them in commandment all that the Lord had told him in
mount Sinai. When Moses finished talking with them, he took the veil off
When Moses went into the tabernacle of
the congregation to speak with God, he took the veil off until he came out.
When he came out, he told God's people all that he was commanded. The
children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face
shone, and Moses put the veil over his face again, until he went back in to
speak with God.
The apostle Paul talks about the veil over Moses' face
in a very interesting way in 2 Corinthians. Remember that the Lord found
that His people could not abide by the laws of the Old Testament that were
engraved in stone and it would result in death for them. Even so, the Old
Testament was so glorious that they couldn't look at Moses face, when he
received it. Now here's the good news. If the Old Testament (of the
letter, or the law) which is no longer valid, was so glorious (and it
resulted in death), how much MORE glorious is the New Testament (of
the Spirit, which gives life) that is engraved in our hearts? The veil is
taken away with Christ (the New Testament) because we are changed into the
image of God and with His law carved in our hearts by His Spirit we can see
the glory of God without a veil. In other words, the glory of God was
shining on Moses face and the veil was the law, which kept the people from
seeing the glory of God. The law was not in their hearts.
Moses gathered all the children of Israel together
and said, These are the words the Lord commanded that you should do.
He repeated the laws and the plans that God had given him in the mount.
These are all repeated again throughout Chapters 35-40 if you would like to
do further study on them. But, we will not revisit the laws in this study.
FACE OF MOSES INFORMATION WITH FACE OF MOSES MEANING AND
FACE OF MOSES DISCUSSION
There were two people that the Lord
blessed with wisdom to understand how He wanted everything made. In other
words, God gave them the gift of understanding in building. These were Bezaleel
(Caleb's great grandson) from the tribe of Judah and Aholiab from
the tribe of Dan. Moses delegated the Lord's work to everyone who was moved
in their heart to do it.
The people brought their offerings to
give for the work and it was more than enough. Moses had to announce that
they should stop bringing. The people did all the work just as the Lord
ordered. Remember that the tabernacle was to go with them, wherever God led
them on their way to the Promised Land, so all the parts were made
separately, but it hadn't been put together yet. So it had to be assembled
and reassembled as they traveled from one place to another. They brought it
to Moses and he blessed them.
The Lord told Moses, On the first day
of the first month you will set up the tabernacle of the tent of the
congregation. He told Moses how to set everything up and to anoint the
tabernacle and all the things that the children of Israel made for it. He
told Moses to sanctify Aaron and his sons and their garments and that their
anointing will be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.
The tribe of Levi was deemed as the tribe priests would come from. Did ya
know John the Baptist will come from this tribe? He too would be an awesome
Exactly one year after the Passover,
the tabernacle was set up. Moses raised the tabernacle and fastened its
sockets, set up the boards, put in the bars and lifted its pillars. He
spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent above
it. He put the testimony in the ark, put the poles on the ark and set the
mercy seat on top. He brought the ark into the tabernacle and set up the
veil to cover it as God commanded. He put the table in the tent of the
congregation and set the bread in order on it before the Lord. He put the
candlestick in the tent and lit the lamps of it. He put the golden altar in
the tent in front of the veil and burnt sweet incense on it. He set up the
hanging at the door and put the altar of burnt offering by the door, then
offered the burnt offering and the meat offering on it. He set the laver
(wash basin) between the tent and the alter and put water in it. When Moses
and Aaron and his sons went into the tent of the congregation and near the
altar, they washed their hands and feet there. Moses set up the court
around the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court
So Moses finished the work. It must
have been a relief to Moses, to know that the Lord had a place to dwell
among them now. It was the temporary house of the Lord, while they were
sojourning, and was built to His specifications. A cloud covered the tent
of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses
wasn't able to go into the tent because the cloud remained on it and the
glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
When the cloud was lifted from over
the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in their journeys, but if
the cloud remained, they stayed where they were until it was lifted. The
cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day and fire was on it by night,
so all of Israel could see, throughout all their journeys. Imagine if you
will, how sometimes when you enter into a church and you can feel the
presence of God there. The children of Israel could SEE the presence
of God over the tabernacle. How breathtaking it must have been.
Daily Bread would like to bid you
congratulations on completing the study of the book of Exodus with us!
We've enjoyed your sharing it with us
and we look forward to your joining us next time as we begin our study of
the third book of Moses called Leviticus here at Daily Bread.