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The Shining

From Guilt to Grace to Glory!

Exodus 33


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[read vv. 1-3, 13; ch. 34:29-35]

God actually gave 3 things to Moses on Mt. Sinai:

       The 10 Commandmentsóthe revelation of Godís Law.

       The Book of the Covenantóthe regulation of Godís Law.

       The plans for the Tabernacleóour next study in this book.


The Book of the Covenant [Ex. 24:7] took the 10 commandments and applied them to everyday life for the Hebrew nation.  It was a list of 70 regulations inc. such things as how to make restitution for stolen property, capital punishment, rules for lending money, how to treat widows and orphans, etc.  We arenít going to study this, but you can read it. [Ex. 20:22-24:4]  As you do, remember the cultural atmosphere of that day was different.  Also, remember that there is a progressive revelation throughout the Word of God.  Today all those regulations culminate in the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.


Next came a detailed pattern for the tabernacle.  And everything about this study is a beautiful picture of Christ and what He came to do.


In Exodus 32 the people are guilty of idolatry and immorality even as Moses is returning with the commandments, and the result is:


1.     Fellowship Removed

v. 1-3       Godís absence is the worst form of discipline a person can receive.  Hell is separation from God, not annihilation.  The former is even worse than the latter.  And Godís presence will be what makes heaven the best place beyond imagination!


ďJesus will be what makes it heaven for me!Ē


This removal of Godís presence is a judgment to Israel.

       In Eden it was sin that withdrew Godís presence from Adam.

       In I Sam. 28 it was sin that withdrew Godís presence from King Saul.

       It was sin that caused God to hide His face from David, and he needed the Ďjoyí of his salvation restored.

       And the sins of the world laid on Jesus on the cross caused God to turn His back on His own Son, and Jesus cried out at being forsaken from Godís presence!


If you feel distant from God know this:  it is sin that comes between you and Him, but close fellowship is not far off if you desire it!


What a terrible thing for Israel to be alone in the wilderness without God!

Ephesians 2:12
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:


2.     Fellowship Restored

v. 4-6       The ornaments they had to put off were representative of the old life in Egypt.  Itís not always true that the outside of a person is indicative of the heart.  Sometimes good people are sucked in to worldly fads and fashions and trends.  Some just need to be taught better.  But often the outward signs are rooted in an inward rebellion.


God wants us to be different, first on the inside, but then as an outward testimony.  We need to have a distinction, a separation from the world, that others may see the difference and want the deep down change for themselves!


God says, ok take that junk off, if your heart is truly right w/ it!

Ill.ósome who came to John for baptism were told, if you are serious, show some fruits of repentance, and then come back and Iíll baptize you!  That baptism was a beautiful picture of the difference Christ makes as your old sins are buried and you arise to walk in newness of life!


v. 7  This is not the tabernacle weíll study in detail, but just a temporary arrangement, likely Mosesí own personal tent.  But the camp has been polluted, tainted by their sin.  God said for them to meet Him outside the camp.

Hebrews 13:11-13
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Moses went inside that tabernacle and the glory cloud came down, and God met with him.  Moses mentions grace 4 times, and asks for it.


ďWe donít want to go any further without your presence, Lord!Ē


And we should say, Amen Bro. Moses!  We donít want to take any steps in this world w/out the presence of God.


v. 17        Itís only by Godís grace that this is possible.








Fellowship has been restored, now...


3.     Glory Revealed.

Godís grace leads to glory.  That which begins in grace winds up in glory!

Psalms 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory:

When I was saved by grace my name was written down in glory!


v. 18-23   God says, hereís what Iíll do, Iíll give you a glimpse of me that you can handle with human eyes.


No man hath seen God at any time, physically speaking, but what Moses saw a glimpse of in passing, we have seen in fullness with spiritual eyes in Jesus Christ!

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

His glory was veiled in human flesh while He walked the earth...but there was that one time when He took Peter, James, and John to the Mount of Transfiguration, and thoí they fell asleep, they awoke and saw Jesus transfigured ... all His glory from the inside shown on the outside.  His face was like the sun and his garments like snow!


40 days after He resurrected from the dead the glory cloud came down and took the glorified Christ back to glory for a glorious celebration, and Heís coming back the same way!


No wonder Mosesí face shined after catching a glimpse of God.  He had experienced grace!  Have you?  It will take you on a magical trip of a limetime, of eternity!  From guilt to grace to glory!


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