Exodus Chapter 33

Exodus 33

1And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:

2And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

3Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

4And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

5For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

6And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

7And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

8And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

9And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

10And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

11And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

12And 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.

13Now 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.

14And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

15And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

16For 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.

17And 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.

18And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

16 thoughts on “Exodus Chapter 33

  1. Vs 4-5 God does not care for our fine clothes or pompous ways but wants us to come to him humbly and with a contrite spirit so that he will know that we are serious in our worship of him.

  2. THE BLESSING AND BENEFIT OF NOT DEPARTING

    11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

    In today’s ego driven society almost everybody is out to prove how much they know or how much honor and respect they deserve. However as I read again today about Joshua “A YOUNG MAN” again I am burdened for our younger men.

    Joshua is a type of an Assistant to the Pastor (21st Century terms) and what has moved me to prayer today is the fact that while he did not see or hear what Moses did; he was able to feel the supernatural effects of GOD speaking to Moses.

    With this experience, while Moses went to share the word of GOD with the people, Joshua departed not from the tabernacle. In a few chapters and several years later we will see THE BLESSING AND BENEFIT OF NOT DEPARTING.

    Too often I see younger men seeking and wanting instant recognition; however there are 2 prerequisites

    1. Remain in the presence of GOD
    2. Serve until it is your turn

    Pray for young men to today to catch this burden.

  3. v 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

    In HIS Presence we can find rest.
    We must keep A close relationship with
    GOD. We live in evil times.
    Pray Pray Pray!
    Stay close to HIS Words. HE will take
    care of the rest.
    ” ” I have called thee by thy name” ISA.43:1

  4. God’s Pressence

    In Exodus 32 Moses intervenes on behalf of the people so that God will not destroy them. But now in Exodus 33, God is contimplating a judgement that is just as devastating. God threatens to leave the Isrealites to journey alone, sending in his place an angel to go before them (Ex 33:2-5). Moses knows the absolute blessing of friendship with God (Ex 33:11), so he begs God to stay near to him and to the people (Ex 33:12-16). He recognizes that unless God is personally present, Isreal is no different from other nations. In that vulnerable condition, they would easily be destroyed. He also knows that unless God’s pressence is actively with them, they will not experience God’s favor. God graciously gives Moses more than he asks. He will go with them, and he will give them rest (Ex 33:14), a tranquillity and conidence in the future that only God’s pressence can impart.

  5. We will die if we see God’s face. To see God’s face we must die.

    God seeks relationship with us but we must be willing to strip ourselves of this world and it’s system.

  6. This chapter illustrates the heart. Our heart is what drives each of us to our desires, whether they are for good or for evil. Moses’s heart sought God, thus he was blessed to commune with him. Only God and ourselves know our true heart, which must be as like Moses, if we also want to commune with God. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  7. 7And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

    11And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

  8. 2And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

    before every service, we must pray God will send an angel before us and drive out the enemy.

  9. 17And 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.
    Oh the joys of a relationship with Jesus that He knows us by name. Many people say they know Him, but for Him to know us by name is a different matter.

  10. I have heard a few elders talk about seeing the glory cloud fall in church service… I want to see that! I don’t want to live my life only knowing about the great moves of God our elders had. I want to carry on what they’ve worked for, receiving their greatness and extending it on to generations to come… BUT there are some things I want to see for myself. One of those would be the glory cloud.

  11. V20 “…for there shall no man see me, and live.”

    If we cannot see Him and live, then we must die. If we want to see God and spend eternity with Him, we must be dead to the flesh and alive through Him. It will only be by BEing alive through Him that we will not be consumed with the corruption of this flesh but remain with Him in life.

  12. God and Moses talked face to face in the Tent of Meeting, just as friends do. Why did Moses find such favor with God? It certainly was not because he was perfect, gifted, or powerful. Rather, it was because God chose Moses, and Moses in turn relied wholeheartedly on God’s wisdom and direction. Friendship with God was a true privilege for Moses, out of reach for the other Hebrews, but it is not out of reach for us today. Jesus called his disciples – and, by extension, all of his followers – his friends. He has called us to be his friend, and he desires this kind of relationship with us.

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  14. Verse 11 in the Message Version reads….”And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another. When he would return to the camp, his attendant, the young man Joshua, stayed—he didn’t leave the Tent.” To have a friend in Jesus!

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