A Glimpse at Glory

A Glimpse at Glory

Exodus 33, 34 ~ Resolving the Conflict of Exodus 34:6-7

Continuing the topic of “distance”….

In Friday’s post, Law and Glory, we saw the deadly wrath that came on the children of Israel when they broke the Law, and we discussed the fear they experienced when Moses descended Mt. Sinai the second time carrying not only the Law but the glory of God.  The combination of law and glory is, in fact, a fearful thing.  As the story continues, once again, we see a distance created between the people and God.  How?  Moses places a veil over his face creating yet another separation.  Why did a distance need to be constantly maintained between the people and the glory?  What is it about this glory?Continue reading

Law and Glory

Law and Glory

Exodus ~  What Else Came With God’s Law?

This subject of “keeping your distance” might seem like a trivial thing, but it is far from trivial. Ultimately it ends up being a matter of life and death, or worse yet, a matter of heaven or hell.  No, I’m not overstating it, and in the next few posts you’ll see why.

We began to learn about this matter of “distance” from an event recorded in the Old Testament.  It’s important for us to realize that these Old Testament accounts are not just stories.  They are much more than mere events of the distant past with no relevance beyond just the recording of history.

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  I Corinthians 10:11

Evidently, there are some important things to be learned from these “stories”.  So, let’s return to the book of Exodus and the “example” of the introduction of the Law to the children of Israel.  Let’s remind ourselves of what we’ve learned and see what other “instruction” we can receive concerning this topic of “distance”.Continue reading

Keeping Your Distance?

Keeping Your Distance?

Exodus 19, 20 ~ Can We Really Draw Near to God?

The dictionary defines “law” as:  rules that a…community recognizes and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

Simply put, once a law shows up, the penalty for breaking it does too.  A law, with its accompanying penalty, creates a distance between the lawgiver and the one under the law because the consciousness of a broken rule drives a person away from the one who can penalize.  Remember Adam and Eve?  Commands don’t promote closeness.  Decrees and rules result in distance.

The institution of the Law displays the distance that law brings between God, the lawgiver, and His people.  Exodus 19 and 20 tell the story of the Israelites receiving the Law.Continue reading