So the dear Israelites have turned to worshipping a golden calf, Moses breaks the tablets with the ten commandments on it. My question as I read this is what were they thinking, I feel Moses frustration as a leader. All the punishment could have been avoided if Aaron would have been a better leader. I guess the pressure of the mass got to him. I read it and think what a mess but then we come to chapter 33 and 34. Moses hears from the Lord in chpt 33: 2. “…. But I will not go with you because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” The people realize the Presence of God would not be going with them , this really moved them. Moses goes to the Tent of Meeting to plead with the Lord on the Israelites behalf. Great picture here as Moses goes outside the camp to pitch the tent, v.8 says “whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent”. We forget what it must have been like because we don’t have to rely on one person to hear from God and stand in the gap for our sins. I wonder if as Moses passed by the people they cried out “please speak for us, we are so sorry and we really need and want God’s Presence”.
We need to recognize that God’s Presence is with us wherever we go. We take for granted this grace that we live in, because of Jesus, we don’t have to beg for God to be with us. He is with us all the time! Now the enemy would love to lie to us and say He has left you because you are not perfect. Well that was the way it was in the Old Testament but God has made a great way “Jesus”, Moses was just a human and he led the best he could, but Jesus was both God/human and made the impossible possible. I say all this to challenge us today enjoy having God’s Presence with you all day every day!!!! Ex.33:15-16 “Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” This moves my heart to the awareness of how close we have God to us!! God has done all the work, we just need to be thankful and willing to remember He is here with us. So if you are feeling alone today, you are not!!! God is here, He is waiting to show you, may our head knowledge collide with our heart and spirit and recognize HIM!!!! ” Thank-you Father for your Presence!! Bring peace as we rest in knowing this deeper then ever today!”