Exodus 33:7-34:5 Coming out of Babylon

Exodus 33:7-34:5 Coming out of Babylon
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And Moses took the tabernacle (his tent, the actual tabernacle of YHWH had not yet been built), and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.”

Spurgeon re-words this accordingly: “They who seek the Lord must go out from the camp and from the congregation; and if they wish to commune with the Most High they cannot do it in the camps of even the religious and professing world.” It is evident Spurgeon could see in the 1870’s and 1880’s the corporate church was not teaching a face to face relationship, but, a superficial and distant relationship with YHWH.

And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. (distanced from YHWH)

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face* to face*, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

*H6437 פָּנָה panah (paw-naw’) v. to face, i.e. appear; later, in vs. 20 God says that no one, including Moses, can see God’s face. Moses had a “face to presence” communication with YHWH, very similar to our prayer life, yet this essence of YHWH had a pillar of smoke or cloud surrounding it, while verse 20 is about God’s face that apparently could be visible to human eyes.. A benefit for the people watching.

Today, a Believer’s modern-day prayer life, since the day of Pentecost when His Spirit came to dwell in us, permits us to converse “face to face like a friend” because He is near.  Yet it is our disobedience to the commands that keeps us separated from Him.

Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law {Torah} shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Psalm 119:97 “O how I love your law {Torah}! All day long I meditate on it.”)

12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19 And YHWH said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts (H268 אָחוֹר ‘achowr): but my face shall not be seen.

H268 אָחוֹר ‘achowr means “a time to come” The term used here is a Hebrew idiom meaning “on the heels of” or ‘just after____ then this will happen”.

Moses asked to see YHWH’s glory and YHWH is telling Moses that his glory is coming later in the form of Yeshua the Messiah. This fulfills the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Paul tells us in Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Moses will see this after it is accomplished Matthew 17:1-3 “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.”

34 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.

And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

Stone H68 אֶבֶן ‘eben from the root H1129 בָּנָה banah the verb is ‘to build’; the noun is ‘son’ – in the pictographic Hebrew – aleph = father, beit = son, nun sofit = continuance. When you combine these – the Son of YHWH is the continuance of the Father; the Father gives the Torah to Adam and the people forget it in Egypt, so He gives it in written form to Moses, then sends his Son as the continuance in the fleshly form so we would not forget the Torah.

Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Fulfilled here is the word G1096 γίνομαι ginomai meaning “to cause”, “to make happen” we can see this in the verse prior as well.

Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

Fulfil is G4137 πληρόω pleroo “to fill completely”, “to instruct”, “to example completely”. Literally Yeshua came to FULLY EXAMPLE THE TORAH TO GET PEOPLE TO START KEEPING ITS TENANTS PROPERLY.

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