Exodus: Golden Calf - What Blocks Our View of God?




July 25, 2021

I’d ask you to open your Bibles with me to Exodus chapter 33, we found ourselves processing through the book of Exodus. We have found ourselves this past week with VBS and let me assure you the leadership of Berean and her team was just phenomenal at bringing VBS together and all and everything that we saw, but just the excitement of what transpired there. We took the kids also right through the book of Exodus. And we started them there with a whole idea that they were God’s. People found themselves in Egypt and just like we’ve learned ourselves. They came out of Egypt. As they came out of Egypt, they found themselves going through the red sea. After they got through the red sea, they found themselves in the wilderness and in the wilderness, they found God providing for them on a regular basis.

He provided water for them. He provided meat for them and he took care of them, brought them all the way to Mount Sinai. And then they got to Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai, God, all of a sudden had Moses come up on top of Mount Sinai. And he was given the 10 commandments, spent time with him to tell them what the law was going to be. And while Moses was up there, you may recall the congregation was down here and they decided to have some parties and live life out. And all of a sudden, they also transitioned to all of a sudden, they took their eyes off of your way. And to decided that somehow they wanted an idol built and Aaron, after he collected all the gold, somehow molded and shaped for them, a golden calf and the children, visual actually found themselves worshiping a golden calf.

As that’s taking place. Moses is up in the mountain and God knows what’s going on. And he sends him down to his people when Moses comes down and he sees what’s going on, he tosses those tablets on the ground and they break apart and judgment. Now comes upon the children of Israel. There were some of those who did not follow or believe in Yahweh. And they were actually killed at that point about 3000, but the rest of them were also disciplined for their activity. And what had taken place when that all occurred, God chose for himself. Decide are these his people that he wants to continue with? Does he want to start all over with just Moses? And Moses said, no, you need to keep these people. These are your people. It’ll prove to the Egypt that you’re the God who took care of that.

You just didn’t bring them out here to kill him. And so, as Moses is talking with God, they’re now working through this process of what’s going to happen next. And God’s preparing to send them onto the journey. And Moses is pleading with God that you maintain your presence with us. And God agrees. He will go with his presence with them, but something’s a little different now while the Israelites gather over here and the regular camp meeting, Moses finds himself outside the camp with a tent to meet with God. And while he’s meeting with God, it’s God’s plan to send them on the rest of the journey. Moses makes a request of God before they take off on this journey for Mount Sinai. And that’s where the narrative picks up in Genesis chapter three at verse 17. And here’s what we read. We may read the Lord said to Moses, I will also do this thing of which you have spoken for. You have found favor in my sight and I’ve known you by name. The Moses said, I pray to you,

Oh Lord, show me your glory. And he said, I Myself will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious. And I will show compassion on whom I will show compassion. And so Mays, Moses makes his request. That request is that he can see God’s glory. He has been in the presence of God before he understands the president. There’s been the pillar, there’s been the cloud, but he wants to see something different. He wants to see the glory of God. It continues. Okay. But he said, you cannot see my face for no. Man can see me and live. The Lord said, behold, there is a place by me and you shall stand there on the rock and will come about. We all my glorious passing by that will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with my hand.

And until I pass by then I will take my hand away. You shall see my back, but my face, you shall not see. So it’s understanding this glory. We talk about the glory of God, the word that she was called <inaudible> glory. The should kind of glory identifies a God is not just present, but he’s actually living there. He’s dwelling. There. It deals with the idea of more understanding. It’s a residence of God that when that glory shows up, it means God is there right now in presence and residing in that place. And Moses wants to see God face to face. He wants to know God is right here. Now, did you have a sense of somebody’s presence, but they’re not really present. So for example, when you think of the presence of a teacher, you go to a classroom and the teachers in the classroom teacher tells the students what to do, and the students do what they’re told. But when the teacher leaves the classroom, though, they are present in the building, kids having a sense of understand. They’re not really present, even though the present and all a sudden activity changes, even though they’re present, it changes because they don’t know they’re present where they are. This is such a kind of glory. God’s been present with the Israelites, but Moses wants God presence Residing Right in front of him. That he can see him in all his glory. That’s his request. And God says, here’s what I’ll do for you. Moses, I’ll take you on the mountain. I’ll prepare for you to see me. It will not be face-to-face, but my kind of glory will glow in such a way that you will be able to see my glory. I’ll cover you some,

But you will be able to see Me and know I resided. I was present, my Chicago glory was there and you will see me as most as, as much as you can. That’s his request. God promises. He will do that. So the next thing that’s going to happen is Moses is going to go up on the mountain. Moses is going to meet with God, but as he meets with God, though, the purpose of that meeting is not just the glory, but the renewal of that covenant. And that’s what we have starting in chapter 34 verses one to nine. And here’s what we read. Now. The Lord said to Moses, cut out for yourself to dun tabbed two stone tablets, like the former ones. And I will write on the tablets of words that were on the former tablets, which you shattered. So be ready by morning, come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me on top of the mountain.

And no man is to come up with you nor let any man be seen anywhere on the mountain. Even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of the mountain. This differs from last time. Last time when they did this, he had other people that went up on the mountain. He’s all alone. This time on the mountain, he continues. So cut out two tablets, stone tablets, like the former ones, Moses rose early in the morning, went up to the Mount Sinai as the Lord commanded them. And he took the two stone tablets. In his hand. The Lord descended in the cloud, stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord that’s y’all way passed in front of him and proclaimed the Lord. The Lord, God compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness and truth who keeps loving kindness for thousands to forgives iniquity, transgression and sin that he will by no means. Leave the guilty unpunished visiting the visiting, the iniquity of fathers on the children on two grandchildren, the third and fourth generations, Moses made haste to bow load towards the earth and worship. Aren’t those great words of the character of God. Don’t you just want to pause and sort of soak them in that God is gracious.God’s compassionate. God’s long suffering.

God will forgive sin. And Moses hears those words as the God of the old Testament as his God, who is your way over the children of Israel. This is the God that they’re renewing this covenant with. They continue. And he said, if now I have found favor in your sight of Lord. I pray that the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate and do you park and pardon our iniquity and our sin and take us for your own possession. So his requests, okay, Lord, this is who you are. Go with us in the future. Be present with us through the wilderness. Take us to the promised land. Just as you promised down the renewing, the covenant is going to happen in the next verses. As God’s going to go through with Moses that re recalling the Sabbath rest they’re supposed to do. Firstborns are first to sacrifice variety of things they’re supposed to do. Not. Everything has already said before. Read quick summary of some of the law after it goes to that summary of the law. There’s a renewal that takes place in very few verses down in verses 30, 27 and 28. Here’s the conclusion to that re renewal. Then the Lord said to Moses, write down these words for in accordance with these words, I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.

So he was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights. He did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote the tablets, the words of the covenant, the 10 commandments. So now he writes the words down. Renewal is going to take place with the children of Israel. So Moses made this request, Lord, I want to see your glory. And there’s been no mention of glory at all in this passage yet nothing’s been said about Moses and what’s happened there, except we know that he passed in front of him. After the passing the Lord, all of a sudden it gives him a recollection and a summary of what the law was. And he says, here’s a renewal for the children of Israel. If I’m going to be their people, if I’m going to follow in their presence, if I’ll be there till the future, here’s what they must do. And he renews The covenant with them and he gets done. Now, Moses has The covenant, he’s got the two tablets. He’s getting ready to go down the mountain. As he go down, as he goes down the mountain. Now we’re going to see what transpired while he was on the mountain verse 30, 29 begins the glory. And it came about when Moses was coming down, the mountain Mount Sinai and the two tablets and the testimony were in Moses’s hand as he was coming down from the mountain

That Moses did not know The skin of his face shown because of his speaking with him. So it’s saying this as Moses coming down, he’s been exposed to this glory. And apparently his glory is this bright shining glory that we would understand it to be. It indicates the presence of God, the gods residing on that mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. And he doesn’t realize That when he was with Yar way, that glory was impacting his skin, as he was spending time with your way, his skin was getting brighter