May 26, 2019

MOSES WENT BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN

And the Lord said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.  So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain.  And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.”  So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.  Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.  And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”  So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.  Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.” (Exodus 34:1-9)

Do we remember that the first tablet of stone that contain the handwriting of God was broken by Moses because of the gold calf the children of Israel made. Now Moses had to return to the mount Sinai before continuing the journey. God is a merciful God> He is giving them another chance to get it right. It was this second time on the mountain that the Lord passed before Moses and proclaimed His Name and Nature-Merciful, and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. The God of the Universe is indeed the TRUE God. His mercy endures for ever, It was because of His mercy that the children of Israel were not consumed after they made the gold calf. The same mercy is what we are still enjoying that He forgives our sins each time we cry to Him. The reason why the earth is still standing is because He is a longsuffering God, waiting and waiting and waiting for us to get our acts together. He gives us multiple chances  to turn to Him, and never gave up on us.  The beautiful part of this act of mercy is that He rains and provides for the just and the unjust. Though He forgives your sins but you will still suffer the consequences of your sins. This is the reason why we should strive not to sin because He says He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation. This is His verdict and nobody can change it. As we go on studying the books of the Bible, we will see many of this transference of consequences of father’s sins on their offspring .  The same thing goes for His mercy. Thousands of people can enjoy mercy because their parents were shown mercy in their lifetime.

Notwithstanding our God is a good God, He abounds in goodness and truth. The children of Israel have enjoyed the goodness and mercy of God because of their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They are His people according to the promise. Moses after hearing the LORD’s proclamation, he bowed down and worshiped Him. He was able to plead again for His continuous presence on this journey if the children of Israel have found grace in His sight, even though they were a stiff-necked people. Did God answer Moses plea? Of course He did as we will see in the next verses of this chapter. I thank God that I have identified with the God of Israel and I am enjoying His goodness and mercy in my life. If you can give your life to Christ, and focus on Him, and seek His face continuously, you too will continue to enjoy His goodness and mercy in all your endeavors. May He continue to guide us into all truth in Jesus Name, Amen.

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