Exodus 33* The Lord refuses to go with Israel. (1-6) The tabernacle ofMoses removed without the camp. (7-11) Moses desires to see theglory of God. (12-23)1-6 Those whom God pardons, must be made to know what their sindeserved. "Let them go forward as they are;" this was veryexpressive of God's displeasure. Though he promises to make goodhis covenant with Abraham, in giving them Canaan, yet he deniesthem the tokens of his presence they had been blessed with. Thepeople mourned for their sin. Of all the bitter fruits andconsequences of sin, true penitents most lament, and dread most,God's departure from them. Canaan itself would be no pleasantland without the Lord's presence. Those who parted withornaments to maintain sin, could do no less than lay asideornaments, in token of sorrow and shame for it. 7-11 Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without thecamp. This seems to have been a temporary building, set up forworship, and at which he judged disputes among the people. Thepeople looked after him; they were very desirous to be at peacewith God, and concerned to know what would come to pass. Thecloudy pillar which had withdrawn from the camp when it waspolluted with idolatry, now returned. If our hearts go forthtoward God to meet him, he will graciously come to meet us. 12-23 Moses is very earnest with God. Thus, by the intercessionof Christ, we are not only saved from ruin, but become entitledto everlasting happiness. Observe here how he pleads. We findgrace in God's sight, if we find grace in our hearts to guideand quicken us in the way of our duty. Moses speaks as one whodreaded the thought of going forward without the Lord'spresence. God's gracious promises, and mercy towards us, shouldnot only encourage our faith, but also excite our fervency inprayer. Observe how he speeds. See, in a type, Christ'sintercession, which he ever lives to make for all that come toGod by him; and that it is not by any thing in those for whom heintercedes. Moses then entreats a sight of God's glory, and isheard in that also. A full discovery of the glory of God, wouldoverwhelm even Moses himself. Man is mean, and unworthy of it;weak, and could not bear it; guilty, and could not but dread it.The merciful display which is made in Christ Jesus, alone can beborne by us. The Lord granted that which would abundantlysatisfy. God's goodness is his glory; and he will have us toknow him by the glory of his mercy, more than by the glory ofhis majesty. Upon the rock there was a fit place for Moses toview the goodness and glory of God. The rock in Horeb wastypical of Christ the Rock; the Rock of refuge, salvation, andstrength. Happy are they who stand upon this Rock. The cleft maybe an emblem of Christ, as smitten, crucified, wounded, andslain. What follows, denotes the imperfect knowledge of God inthe present state, even as revealed in Christ; for this, whencompared with the heavenly sight of him. is but like seeing aman that is gone by, whose back only is to be seen. God inChrist, as he is, even the fullest and brightest displays of hisglory, grace, and goodness, are reserved to another state.
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