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18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
Exodus 33:18-23 ESV
I. An Audacious Ask (18)
A. Moses ask to see God unfiltered in all His glory by seeing the face of God.
II. The Answer of God (20)
A. No man can see the fullness of God’s glory and live.
B. Defining glory is difficult because it must be seen to be understood.
C. Nobody can see God and live & God has no body even though He is very much alive.
III. The Autonomy of God (19, 21-23)
A. God will only pass by & will not pose for Moses or any other man to scrutinize.
B. God retains total autonomy to reveal Himself to whomever He wills whenever He wills.
IV. Next Step:
A. God says yes to Moses as an act of mercy not because Moses merited it.
B. We can see what Moses couldn’t in Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-18)
C. If you want to see the glory of God in Jesus Christ with eyes of faith, you need God’s grace to do so. (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Renewal through Returning to Our Redeemer Exodus 34:1-4