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Oh! To Know Him! Part 5

Covered with His Hand

Today is our last day in this beautiful passage in Exodus. I hope you have gotten at least as much out of it as I have!

A question for you:  Are you looking to walk with God on His terms or yours?

Exodus 33:21-23

Then the LORD said, “There is a place near Me where you may stand on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove My hand and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.”

The beauty of God’s Word just captivates me. I am so thrilled that He shows Himself to us in His Word. In this passage, He shows us that He is very worthy of our worship, reverence, and even fear but at the same time He shows us His tender gentleness.

Let’s go to Verse 21:

Then the Lord said, “There is a place near Me where you may stand on a rock.”

He wants us near Him and gives us a way to be near Him even today. He wants to reveal Himself to us even as He wanted to reveal Himself to Moses.

Now to Verse 22:

“When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in a rock…”


God wants to reveal Himself to us. He wants us to know Him. However, this will be done only on His terms in His timing and at His instigation. We, as selfish humans, tend to want everything on our terms and in our time, even if that is not what is best for us or even good for us.

We must begin to see that God only operates on His terms because He is God. His will and His glory are the absolute most important thing.

What is mind-boggling for those of us who rely on the wisdom of this world far too much, is that His will and glory bring His best for us too. I know I beat this drum often but I am beating for myself. He is God and I am not. He is sovereign and all-knowing and He knows everything – past, present and future – He has the big picture. I can trust Him and so can you!

“…and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.”

This phrase brings what Christ did on the cross to my mind. He accomplished a very complex work for us but one aspect of that work is that He covered us. He covered us, as believers, with His perfect, precious, sinless blood. That precious blood operates as a buffer between sinful man and Holy, Mighty God. If not for the blood He covered us in, we would simply die when we got close to God. His great awesome holiness would simply consume us due to our sin. His blood covers us like God the Father’s hand covered Moses that day in the cleft of that rock.

Now on to Verse 23:

“Then I will remove My hand and you will see My back, but My face must not be seen.”

Imagine that! How wonderful our loving God is!!

He allows us to know Him and that in itself is astonishing – God, who created the entire Universe and everything in it! The One who designed all the intricacies of the human body allows us to know Him, even wants us to know Him on His terms and at His mercy.

God is so good and so infinitely wise that it is a wonderful thing to be at His mercy. He loves us so much He sent His Sinless Son to die for us so that we could be rescued out of our sin and reconciled back to Him. He draws us to Himself and every step we take toward Him makes our lives better, richer, more purposeful, more peaceful…

Our Mighty God knows all, sees all, is over all. He has all wisdom – the true wisdom of God – We have only the wisdom He gives us. The wisdom of this world leads to eventual ruin in every sense of the word. He desires for us to live Biblical lives – obedient to Him. Our obedience will be rewarded by our knowing Him better. He is our Reward. (Genesis 15:!)

Let’s Pray: 

Oh, Lord, to see Your glory! I rejoice in Your Word today. I rejoice in knowing You. Help each one of us to know You better. Help us to live Biblical lives, obedient to You so that we may know You and bring You glory with our lives. You truly are our Very Great Reward. Make us what You want us to be and help us to always be moving toward You. Thank You, Lord! Be Glorified in us! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Go Deeper Today:

Deuteronomy 10:12-22



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