Read 31.) Exodus 32:1 thru 34:35. Incredibly, not 2 months after God and Israel covenant one with the other, Israel breaks the covenant. It’s almost understandable. Think about it: Your leader, to your eyes, walked up into a raging inferno on the top of a barren mountain, with no food or water more than a month ago! What are you going to think? Moses is DEAD! It was sad, too, as Aaron so readily went along, but he also had reason to believe that Moses was dead, and the people wanted him to lead them! He crafted them an Egyptian-style calf idol, and named it… the LORD! See 32:17-14, It’s fascinating that the Lord offered to make Moses into another new nation, in the place of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But, Messiah was to come thru Judah, and Moses was a son of Levi! Aaron succumbed to the plea of the people; Moses would not give in to the suggestion of God! Moses sought God’s favor: Now that’s faith! Notice too, what this is about… God’s promises, specifically of the giving of the Patriarchs descendants and land. (This is how we know we are on track in our study!) From verse 24, isn’t Aaron’s excuse truly pitiful? Have we ever been as ridiculous? When Moses called the faithful to come to him, those of his own tribe rallied to him in verses 26-29. This is going to result in something big later on. Right decisions and actions can have good future consequences, as we shall see! Chapter 32 closes with mention of a book. The Bible ends with mention of this book, in Revelation 20:15 and 21:27. Believe me when I tell you, you want your name in this book!
Chapter 33 advances this point of difference between those who seek the Lord, and His favor, and those who are just going along. You are one, or the other? We take note, for the first time, of this young aide to Moses named Joshua, too. He will play a prominent role some 40 years from now! From 33:12 thru 34, we see much more concerning this distinction between Moses, and God’s other people. It revolves around this concept of… finding favor with the Lord. The promise is simply, if you will seek God’s face and favor, He will be found of you, and you will find favor! Go back to Genesis 5:21-24, and 6:8+9.
Chapter 34 is just more of this same idea. We have a another great revelation of God, concerning His name and character. We saw one in 4:13+14, and another in 17:15 from Day 27’s reading. Here, we have more, with verses 6 and 7. This our God! Seek His face and His favor, until He has been found of you! In Him, there is joy in abundance forevermore! He will let you find Him! The remainder of chapter 34 relates the 1st, 2nd and 4th Commandments, and the 3 Feasts of Israel. Moses was again on Sinai, in the ‘fire’, for 40 more days and nights, without any food or water! It must be Sept./Oct. of 1446 BC by now. With this, Moses’ face began to glow with a radiance of the glory of the Lord… but, it would fade! We can go be with the Lord until we ‘radiate’ as well! He has made the way for each one already, thru Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell