Posts Tagged ‘Show me Your glory!’

Show Me Your Glory

November 9, 2010

Here is a ‘mini’ study about God’s glory, goodness and proclaiming His name.

1. Read exodus 33:18-22 and 34:5-7. note that in chapter 33, God announces what He is going to show Moses and then shows him in chapter 34. List what those verses tell you about who God is.

Exodus 33:18-22
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

19 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. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 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. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

Exodus 34:5-7
5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

2. Read the list of characteristics God revealed to Moses. Note which is the easiest and which is the most challenging for you to believe is a part of His goodness.

3. What causes you to question God’s goodness?

4. Meditate on the following words from an ancient hymn. How do you think God’s goodness and the other aspects of His character can “bind” our hearts to Him?

“Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee”
I Know God Is Good, But…

Proclaim the Name of the LORD

May 13, 2010

Exodus 33:18-19 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”
19Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion{show mercy} on whom I will have compassion{show mercy}.”

Exodus 34:5-7 Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him{Moses} there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6nd the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty , visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.

These are the LORD’s response to the cry ‘show me Your glory’! To ‘see’ His glory is to ‘see’ His great mercy, His justice, His goodness and His truth!

Proclaiming His mercy, grace, longsuffering {slow to anger}, justice, goodness, truth and forgiveness are part of proclaiming His name.

Psalm 86:15-17 You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. 16Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant{save me, for I am your servant}. 17Show me a sign for good{a sign of Your goodness}, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.