Exodus 33 & 34
Friend of God?
Moses, Friend of God
Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting … And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses … So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle (33.7, 9, 11).
Like Moses, if we seek to meet God, He will meet with us. In this case, He not only met with Moses, but God spoke to him as a man speaks to his friend. We talk and sing about being “a friend of God,” but Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (Jn. 15.14).
If we belong to Him, our obedience doesn’t make God love us more. But obedience is the fruit of a genuine relationship with Him. The more we understand His love for us, the more we should want to respond with loving obedience.
Today’s Other Readings:
Sing & Praise His Power
Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power (v. 13).
One day those who set themselves against God with feel the heat of His wrath. One day He will judge all sin and unrighteousness.
Let us who abide under the shadow of His wings, who have had our sin dealt with at the cross, praise and exalt Him for His strength and power.
¹ Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
God does not try to keep His wisdom a secret. Lady Wisdom is shouting from the hill tops; she is standing at the crossroads; she is begging the unwise to listen. Those who disobey God and ignore His wisdom do so willingly and by choice.
As It Was Written
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Imagine the confusion in His inner circle. Imagine the temptation to fear what would happen to them.
Things were coming to a climax in Judas Iscariot’s heart and mind, as well. Verses 14-16:
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
24 “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
It was His time. His life was His to lay down. Nothing would stop God’s plan, but Judas was still accountable for His choice. And so are we when we chose to go our own way. But, while He may discipline us and while He may not remove all consequences, if we are His …
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1.9).
Praise Him for His mercy and grace!
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