Let My People Go Part 14

Kingwell By Kingwell, 23rd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/j1-ro37y/
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Moses returns to the top of Mount Sinai taking with him two tablets of stone to replace those that he broke. Once again he spends forty days and forty nights on the mount conversing with God.

God Remains Angry With His People

God is still angry with his people, the children of Israel but nevertheless he tells Moses to lead them to their promised land. God however, makes it clear that he will not go with them, but rather he will send an angel before them and he will drive out the people who are now living in the land. The people know that God hasn’t gotten over his anger with them for making the molten calf for he has called them a stiff necked people and pretty much said that if he went with them, his temper might flare up again and he might just destroy them in a fit of rage. The people had worn ornaments but God told Moses that he wanted them to remove these; maybe because they had some special significance, in any case all the people removed their ornaments before leaving Mount Sinai. Moses pitched the tabernacle a short distance from the tent and anyone who sought the Lord had to enter the tabernacle.

Talking Face To Face.

When Moses went to enter the tabernacle every man stood in the door of his tent and watched until he had gone inside. When Moses went inside the cloudy pillar came down and stood at the door of the tabernacle. When they saw the cloudy pillar however, we are told that every man arose and worshiped in his tent door. “and the Lord spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speak unto his friend” Exodus 33: 11 Moses is unhappy that God has said that he will not be in the midst of them as they make their way to the land of Canaan and finally he manages to convince him to change his mind. “And he said my presence shall go with thee, and I will thee rest” Exodus33:14. This is where the story seems to get a little contradictory for Moses now asks to see God’s glory and is told that he will see only his back. “And he said, thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live” Exodos 33: 20. Excuse me, but weren’t we just told in verse 11 that the Lord spoke unto Moses face to face as a man speak unto a friend?

Punishing Children For Their Father's Sins.

Before leaving Mount Sinai God informs Moses that he must make two tablets of stone like the ones that he had written the Ten Commandments on and which Moses had broken. ”and be ready in the morning and come up in the morning unto Mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount” Exodus 34: 2. Moses was warned that no one was to come up in the mountain with him and even the cattle were not to feed near the mountain. Moses does as the Lord commanded and the following mountain he arrives at the top of Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets. “And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation” Exodus 5-7. How do you feel about this God who proclaims himself to be so merciful, and yet punishes unborn children for their ancestor’s sins?

God Makes A Covenant With His People.

Moses immediately bowed his head and worshiped, once again asking God to go with them as they traveled to the Promised Land. God makes a covenant with all his people and promises to work many great wonders among them. Once again he repeats the commitment to drive out those who now occupy the land but also reiterates the order that they must make no treaty with the inhabitants of the land. ”But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord whose name is jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods” Exodus 34: 13-16.

Moses Returns From Mount Sinai.

God continues to expand on the law including that all the firstborn both of the people and cattle belong to the Lord. Once again Moses is on the mountain for forty days and forty nights but the scene is very different when he returns to the camp. The people were calm and expectant but though Moses did not know it, the skin of his face shone and the people, including Aaron were afraid to come near him. After putting a veil over his face he spoke to the rulers and later to all the people. We do not know how long these phenomena lasted, but we are told that he took of the veil when he went into the tabernacle to talk to God. Moses must now explain to the people all that God has told him and plan for the future.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 15
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author avatar spirited
24th Sep 2015 (#)

It seems that God had a very special relationship with Moses, they were two of a kind, maybe Moses was another one of his sons, come down to do his bidding here on Earth for him.

Much food for thought here again Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited. Moses may have been like the God of the Old Testament but he was certainly nothing like Jesus. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Wonderful post Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank yoy Fern. You are a loyal follower. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Sep 2015 (#)

i really enjoy going through the Bible with you. It is the highlight of the day for me.

You raise a good point about seeing God's face, I never thought about it before. So of course I looked it up.

I found this to be a good discussion about the contradiction
http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/14081/did-moses-see-the-face-of-god

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Hi Carol, I'm pleased that you enjoy this series and I'm both enjoying and learning myself. As for seeing God face to face, I've read from the link that you provided. I find that you can wiggle your way out of almost anything if you know the Bible well enough. A case in point is the Trinity. I have sat in a church and listened to a minister quote the Bible to prove that the idea of the Trinity is wrong. If I had no further knowledge of the Bible I would have to accept that he was right. I also know that another person, by quoting a different scripture could have convinced me of the exact opposite. Whether I believe in the Trinity or not is not important as I'm just using it as an example. Is God in the form of a person so that we can see him face to face? As I said earlier, there are two creation stories in the Bible. I think that the spiritual creation is where man was made in the image of God. That which knows all is not a product of the dust of the earth. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
27th Sep 2015 (#)

I kind of agree with you. I think that God does not have human form, but is an energy source. It took me awhile to accept that and not fall back on my protestant upbringing.

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author avatar brendamarie
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Kingwell, what an amazing post,God bless.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you brendamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Enlightening post!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Sherri. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
26th Sep 2015 (#)

Another terrific page that deserves a gold star!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Sep 2015 (#)

Fascinating to read Kingwell about our beliefs and the analysis you provide along with comments that follow.

Much water has flown under the bridge but for true believers they follow what has been laid down despite some contradictions that they close their eyes to - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. I also find such beliefs fascinating. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Sep 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I have read each word that you have written. Sometimes I have read paragraphs twice over. It is so hard for me to see God as anything but loving. In the part where it was said that Moses could only see God's back I'm thinking just like a person's back? That in itself makes me wonder? I also wonder what ornaments the people were wearing that God wanted removed? Sorry for all the questions. I personally have answers for none of them. It's so obvious that God and Moses were very close. Thanks for sharing you writing.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Sep 2015 (#)

Hi Nancy, Thank you for being such a loyal follower. The ornaments would likely have been jewelry. As for seeing God's back, that would imply that God has a physical body. I don't think we have to take everything written in the Bible literally. These people lived in a different time than we do and their thoughts and way of life was very different. I too see God as loving despite what some of the Old Testament stories seem to indicate. Blessings.

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