Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Heart Of Moses: In-depth Study Of Exodus 33:13


Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that 
this nation is thy people.
 (Exodus 33:13)

Stern. Legalistic. Grim. These are the words we associate with Moses. Images of scorching Mount Sinai and the coldness of two stone tablets have further concreted our perception of who Moses was. But the full light of the Word reveals a much different man. It unveils a Moses who was the meekest man of all the earth. A Moses who was nearly crushed under the load of being a national leader. A Moses who was the living prophesy of the Messiah (the life of Moses foretells of Christ like none other in the Bible). And a Moses who knew how to pray.

Tucked in Exodus 33 is Moses' model of prayer. Moses is pleading with God for three requests: to find grace in God's sight, to be shown His way and to know God. Our study is on what the rest of the Bible teaches us about a prayer which should pulse through the heart of every New Testament believer.


"That I may find grace in thy sight"

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Why did Noah find grace in the eyes of the Lord? Because he walked with God. To walk with God is to give oneself over to the ways of the Lord and be His. The unjust man can never walk with God.

Exodus 33:12-17 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.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

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.

And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Moses rightly recognized the token of finding grace in God's sight is that God leads that person. Moses wasn't satisfied with an angel leading the Israelites. He knew only God's presence was the seal that this was the chosen people of God. God confirmed Moses had found grace in His sight by hearing his intersession for the people.


"Shew me now thy way"

Psalms 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Psalms 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalms 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

These verses teach us two things: 1) Only God can teach us His way. No preacher, Bible teacher or godly parents are fully equipped at teaching us God's way. It is a job description only He can fulfill. 2) The way of the LORD is our protection against our enemies.

Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

The way of the Lord is perfect; blessed is the man that trusts in it!

"That I may know thee"

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Completing the thread from the old covenant to the new, Paul echos the same cry of Moses to know God (specifically Jesus Christ). A hunger to know God - Who He is, what He loves and hates - has always been the desire of His people. Knowing God comes with two conditions: we must know Him with the whole heart and we must know Him in truth.

Heart

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Knowing God is not a ritual we pick up from going to church or reading a devotional. It is a heart condition. It is to belong to Him with the whole heart.

Truth

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jeremiah 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
(emphasizes mine)

God is truth and can only be known in truth. Deceit will always blind a man from knowing God. Is there any deceit in your life? Are you walking in perfect light before your God, family, friends and fellow man?

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Hosea 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Another characteristic of knowing God is obedience. Knowing God always follows obedience. Even Jesus coupled knowing His Father with keeping His sayings.

John 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

Since perfect truth and perfect obedience cannot be obtained by the human race, God sent His Son Who alone knew Him in the perfect harmony of obedient love. The intimacy between them is so strong that to know the Son is to know the Father.

John 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

John 8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Believers have become the “royal priesthood”. No longer has one man been appointed to teach others who God is. Any man whose iniquity has been forgiven by the blood of Christ can know God. Every believer is called to have the heart of Moses. Do you? Have you known the sweetness of finding grace in God's sight? Are you walking in His way? Do you count all things but loss that you may know Him?

2 comments:

  1. Obedience! What else is there to say? Your blog is most helpful and reassuring to a Christian. Keep listening to God, Kenzi!

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  2. Amen, Ruth! Your comment brought to mind John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." And thank you for your encouragement! :)

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