Holy, Holy, Holy
I know you have heard people say, “When I get to heaven I know exactly what I am going to say. I am going to ask God…”
The reality will probably be quite different. I think all we will be able to do is to state that He is holy.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Revelation 5:9
And the LORD said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
“But”, He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see My face and live.
Can you imagine? How would it be for Moses at this point in the dialogue? God Almighty is about to pass His Goodness, all of His goodness, by Moses. How will he possibly stay on his feet? I would think I would either float away full of exhilaration or more likely, fall on my face in absolute reverence and worship, overcome by His presence. One thing about being in the presence of God is that it brings us to a reality of who we are and who He is. A couple of lyric lines from one of my favorite song comes to mind:
We are a moment, You are forever (Be Unto Your Name by Robin Mark)
Let’s go to Verse 19:
And the LORD said….
Those words alone send a thrill through my heart. So many times we look at the Bible and forget that it is the Word Of God. It is all from Him. It is His Words to us.
“…I will cause My goodness to pass in front of you…”
Since Moses asked to see His glory, I think His glory is at least partly seeing His goodness. God is good and perfect. Moses wanted to literally see God with his eyes. God said that He would let His goodness pass by. His goodness is an accurate representation of who He is.
“…and I will proclaim My name, the LORD, in your presence.”
He was going to make Himself more well-known to Moses. Names were very important back in those days. The name was a character description of a person. For God to have proclaimed His name in front of Moses would have helped Moses to know Him better. This was much more than just God introducing Himself –
“Though the visible magnificence of this theophany is apparent from the text, the emphasis falls on a revelation to Moses of God’s sovereign, gracious, and compassionate nature.” (Study Note for verse 19 from The Reformation Study Bible) (theophany – a visible manifestation of God)
Back to the last part of Verse 19:
“I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
This definitely speaks of God and His sovereignty. Here God is clarifying to Moses who is in charge as He continues to make His character better known to him.
Think back to verses 15 and 16 when Moses was asking God to go with them even though God had said that He would not go. Now think about times when you have questioned God. Sometimes we question God in such a way that it is evident that we have forgotten that He is God. We misplace ourselves in the order of things and think that we should somehow get to hold God accountable. What a dangerous mistake!
We have all done it at one time or another. There is definitely a lack of the fear of the Lord in this kind of attitude. It is easy to do when we get buried under by circumstances that spin out of our control. That is why we must keep our eyes on Him and remember that He is always ultimately in control. Like the Israelites, while Moses was on the mountain with God – we can easily lose sight of the order of things and lose sight of this amazing God who is so carefully loving us and molding us into the image of His dear Son.
Now on to Verse 20:
“But,” He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see My face and live.”
Yet another aspect of God – He is not manageable. He is holy. He is bigger and more awesome than we can imagine or even comprehend. We can get close to Him but it will be only on His terms.
Just think about how God does things. As you go through your day, consider how God dealt with Moses and other people in the Bible who loved Him and worshiped Him. He is tender and gentle. His love is never-failing. His patience with His children goes far. He has made a way for us to be close to Him. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk more closely with Him even today. Today is the day to start!
Lord, I thank You for Your Word. I thank You that You are always consistent and unchanging. Praise You, Lord. Thank You for loving us and revealing Yourself to us. Thank You for hearing our prayers. Help us to know You and be faithful to You. You are truly all we need. Help us to know You better and trust You more. Help us to love You with our lives and please make us completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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